From: "Roy C. Lackey"
Subject: Re: (urth) Blue as Ushas - long Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2002 03:11:05 -0600 Welcome, Chris >It stands to reason that the ship itself wasn't made for FTL travel, >otherwise it wouldn't have been made a generation ship. The ship could be >accelerated to light speed by a miracle, of course, but generally speaking >the Outsider doesn't work that way. Yes, God does work in mysterious ways, >but there's a certain perversity involved in manifesting divine power to >change the course of a starship and violate the laws of physics, and yet >working so indirectly (through Silk) on affairs inside the starship. As far >as the time stoppage, if this were a product of the ship's velocity then >everyone would have experienced it, not just Silk - not to mention there are >some other effects of such phenomena that would have been rather disruptive >to the Whorl. I agree that FTL travel for the _Whorl_ is very doubtful. Anyway, the usual take on FTL ships is that they travel *backwards* in time. Therefore the arrival of the ship in Ushas' far future is even less likely. -Roy --