Leviathan Wakes

January 28, 2011

I’ve long thought that one of the coolest things about being a writer is getting to meet lots of other writers, and then sometimes getting to read their new books before anyone else. That’s how I got to read Leviathan Wakes, by James S.A. Corey, an awesome big spaceship book that’ll be out in June.  And we all know how much I like big spaceship stories.

I also seem to be developing a secondary career interviewing said authors about their new books, which is also very cool.  See, here we are!

The interview also has a Part 2 and Part 3.  Come, learn the answer to the all-important question:  Who would win a bar fight, the crew of the Rocinante, or the crew of Serenity?


7 Responses to “Leviathan Wakes”

  1. Mom Says:

    Leviathan sounds wonderful! I’m looking forward to it.

  2. Bradford Says:

    I haven’t had a chance to see the interview yet, but I wanted to wish you a happy birthday. So here goes….best wishes on your birthday!

    Long time fan,

  3. It looks cool but i have know clue what was said and you looked hot

  4. Adam. Says:

    I was a little confused by their assertion that a big spaceship would be unlikely to have a crew aboard. Accelerating a big thing aggressively takes a lot of oomph (I believe the scientific term is DeltaV).
    To use a modern example a racing power boat would leave a nuclear powered aircraft carrier in it’s wake in a drag race from a standing start. But the aircraft carrier has it in the bag if you’re circumnavigating the globe.
    The big spaceship may be capable of travelling very fast, but it’s the acceleration that pastes you over the aft bulkhead.

  5. carriev Says:

    I think the issue is that the whole idea of large, crewed spaceships is unworkable. Most of the bulk of the ship comes from keeping the crew alive, and in the real world the tasks we do in space don’t need a crew at all, so why spend all that energy moving all that mass around? It’s the debate about how realistic manned spaceflight is at all.

  6. Adam. Says:

    That assumes that a big spaceship needs a big crew (I accept that historically warships have had large crews compared to civilian ships of similar displacement). In the overlap between the Age of Sail and the Age of Steam, the Windjammers were built to have what was considered a tiny crew for what were amongst the largest sailing ships ever built.

    If you use the tractor/trailer configuration (Nostromo) then the trailer doesn’t need any life support at all, and the tractor only has to maintain half a dozen grease monkey’s (or highly qualified reactor engineers more likely).

    The real bulk problem is carrying enough reaction mass to get up to speed and then slow down again.

  7. Adam. Says:

    My appologies to monkeys everywhere for perpetrating the grocer’s apostrophe.

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