The Neurophages II

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The door opened fully, hissing and squeaking slightly. As the cryogenic vapour dissipated, Miles slunk closer. No klaxon had sounded, no warning lights blinked, only the fizzing gasses slowly sublimed around him. Dim red light illuminated a frosted crystalline sarcophagus held by heavy metal clasps and thick wrought iron chains.

With trepidation Miles reached out with his sleeve and polished the surface of the casket above the shoulders hoping to see the face of the occupant. He was staring at the most beautiful face he had ever seen, the only imperfection being a nasty red scar that ran from her temple across her cheek to the corner of her mouth. He leaned closer and breathed on the glass in order to get a clearer view. Vigorously he rubbed with his sleeve once more and when he looked again he noticed with a shock that her ice-blue eyes were open and were gazing straight into his soul.

Miles staggered back, caught himself, and raced down the corridor towards Marie-Louise’s chaotic workshop.

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  1. Avatar Pyropunk 51 (PPP LoA)

    feel free to jump in at any time

  2. Avatar Anonymuncule

    I dig it. Steam powered space travel.

  3. Avatar Pyropunk 51 (PPP LoA)

    i have no idea how this is technically feasible. the oxygen requirements alone must be astronomical.

  4. Avatar Ridcully Calvert

    I am liking this…

    and I am also quite interested to see where it goes.

    As for the steam powered space travel, maybe they are heating the water with a nuclear reaction

  5. Avatar cthulhuburger

    Eyes gazing straight into someone’s soul is a bit cliche, but I’ll cut you some slack because I think you mean it literally. Good stuff.

  6. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    the question is, was angel taken literally?

  7. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Great descriptions. Feels distant somehow…um, like it’s in space or something. Go figure.

  8. Avatar Abstract

    Yes, it’s possible. A reactionless drive is actually theoretically feasible if you work with a violation of Lorentz symmetries applied in a specific way. (The article was the MIT Tech Review blog, and I justify my spacecraft in my forthcoming graphic novels using this approach.) As you’ve stated, however, the oxygen requirements would be astronomical, and you’d have to have some freakishly big radiators, as well as a heck of a lot of coal, giving you an insanely large R (propellant-to-mass ratio). One wonders whether or not you’d be able to apply the resultant waste heat to crack down the resultant CO₂ into carbon and oxygen.

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The Neurophages by Pyropunk 51 (PPP LoA)