Re: So it *could* happen here...

Damien Broderick (
Thu, 08 Jul 1999 13:16:27 +0000

At 09:27 PM 7/07/99 +0200, Anders wrote:

>It also shows that nearby supernovae aren't necessarily
>planetkillers. As far as I know there was no major extinction the last
>million years.

No, but if you're inside a relativistic starship (or time-machine, in my fanciful version in DREAMING DRAGONS), that's a lot of compressed sleet all at once... I get more and more worried about the hazard of travelling fast. Nano streams catapulted to near c, the front-runners taking the ablation shock (but maybe, alas, adding to it in secondaries), sounds like maybe the only plan that's safe against wear&tear.

Damien Broderick