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From: "Robert Borski" <rborski@charter.net>
Subject: (whorl) From Green to Blue if you're a goose: some numbers
Date: Fri, 1 Sep 2000 11:41:52 

Mnemonic having written:

<I don't think it's likely that the inhumu go back and forth as often as
people have previously speculated.  In both books I believe, Horn says that
even when the two planets are at conjunction, the trip between is dangerous
and many inhumu do not survive (forgive me for not having and exact

Here are some numbers I hope will help bring things a little more into
perspective about the trip from Green to Blue. They prove nothing other than
the arduous nature of the trip for creatures more familiar to us.

Green and Blue, at their closest point, are 35,000 leagues apart; this has
been determined by Gagliardo, the Soldese astronomer.

At 3 miles per league (LEXICON URTHUS), this amounts to 105,000 miles--over
four times the circumference around the Earth at the equator.

For a flock of geese to fly this distance, it would have to fly, at 50 mph
(its normal migratory speed) twenty-four hours a day, a total of 87 days, or
nearly three months.

Of course, maybe the inhumi can fly faster than 50mph, although I'm still
not sure how they propel themselves over that 105,000 miles of void. (I'll
spare you my theory about short digestive tracts and le Petomaine-type

Robert Borski

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