Re: Project Orion

Date: Fri Jun 16 2000 - 23:49:00 MDT

John Clark writes:

> Idea for a science fiction novel: A huge nickel iron asteroid is heading for
> Earth, it would take a 200,000 megaton bomb to divert it but no existing
> rocket is nearly powerful enough to deliver such a huge payload to the
> asteroid. The Earth seems doomed, then our hero remembers Project Orion.

Footfall, an exciting "space opera" science fiction novel by Niven and
Pournelle, finds humanity forced to build an Orion as the only ship
powerful enough to fight off alien invaders. Your description was much
clearer than the one in the book, though.


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