By Donald Moffitt
The bold Sultan of Alpha Centauri can simply declare the illustrious name of Caliph if he makes a ritual pilgrimage to the holy urban of Mecca. This trip accomplished, he'll rule the complete inhabitants of the larger Islamic universe. yet human wisdom has now not but been capable of conquer the numerous demanding situations provided by means of interplanetary commute. even though, the Sultan resourcefully enlists the aid of Abdul Hamid-Jones, a smart fugitive with a cost on his head and the legislation on his heels. Thrown into the bewildering global of the Sultan's schemes, Abdul gets a hasty advent to advanced physics and the much more complicated political intrigues of the Sultan's courtroom. accountable for the profitable execution of the Sultan's plan, Abdul slowly realizes with horror that the destiny of the total sunlight process will be resting on his shoulders.
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But time will fly for you. The time dilation effect won't be very noticeable for most of that initial year of boost, but by the time you get up to within about one millionth of one percent of the speed of light, it'll reach a factor of approximately seven hundred. So you'll do the entire middle part of the journey—covering some three and a quarter light-years of distance—in what will seem to you to be about a day and a half. Turnover will take place halfway through that day and a half, and I guarantee that the captain and crew will be very busy.
Water stayed in basins. Flower arrangements in cabins showed the slightest droop. People weighed a pound or two—more than they had when the ship was berthed at Deimos. Steadily, weight increased. In ten minutes it had doubled. At the end of the first hour it was up to about six percent of a Terrestrial G and still increasing. The ship's modest hydrogen reserves would be used up long before it crossed the orbit of Jupiter, but by then it would be safe to turn on the Harun drive— at that point the Saladin would be traveling several million miles below the plane of the ecliptic, no inhabited body of the Solar system would be anywhere near its path, and the memories of the Solar system's traffic computers would have been searched to insure that no spacecraft had strayed from the ecliptic on a course that would risk intersecting the trajectory of the Saladin at close range.
A retinal check is extremely unlikely," the ambassador had said. "Mars has adhered to civilized standards for over two centuries. " "Don't worry," the attache laughed. "You look like a proper Centauran. Your build is a plus; it's fortunate you were born on Earth. The gravity on our capital planet is two and a half times that of Mars—about ninety-five percent of Earth gravity. " Both of them turned to look at the view outside the huge curving windows of the departure lounge. Lit from one side, Mars was an enormous breast in the sky, with Olympus Mons for a nipple.
A Gathering of Stars (The Mechanical Sky, Book 2) by Donald Moffitt