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“Righteous Stuff” update, again, from Cincinnati

October 3, 2009

It’s a gorgeous Saturday outside in Cincinnati and I’m sitting here writing. I’m trying to increase the number of Draka scenes and I need to go back to Stirling’s books, I guess. I feel that my command of the odd Southern dialect he created is slipping. I would expect that took him as long to write as it does for me. I have to speak it, then write.

I’m at about 84K and March of 1958, with the first orbital flight – which should be the climax of the book – a little more than a year off. I am trying to stay within Stirling’s timeline that he presented in The Stone Dogs. It’s been a bit of a trick because he postulated space stations within two years of the first orbital flight. That orbital flight was to have been made with a scramjet, not a disintegrating-totem-pole rocket, so I’ve had to do some extended speculation on how to make that work. There are good, solid, physics reasons why we aren’t doing that yet today, so I’m wary of too much handwaving. One of my goals with this novel is to present a plausible alternate space program, one that takes a different direction because of different opportunities and external pressures. Fitting that in with Stirling’s predictions has been an interesting intellectual enterprise. If I had started from scratch I would not have a timeline like this one at all.

I’ll excerpt another chapter in a bit.

I looked at the stats for this blog again. It still gets more hits from people searching for “mule deer” than anyone else. I’m thinking about changing the name of the blog to “Mule Deer Heaven” or something…

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