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Meet the Defiant

Posted March 15 into Books by John Birmingham

I think I'm going to like this ship:

Like all the interstellar-capable warships of the Royal Armadalen Navy, the Defiant was bigger on the inside than out. Not impossibly so. Its relative internal volume was only three times greater than the external dimensions of the stealth frigate, and a third of that was given over to the hyperspace buffer between the outer hull, a thick protective shell of exotic dark matter, and the discrete pocket universe of the vessel proper; the crew quarters and amenities, the engineering, command and combat decks, and stowage.

Hardy had served on HMAS Daring, an older ship of the same class, during the Javan War, and she was quietly pleased to see the improvements made since then. She had a cabin to herself for starters, an unheard of luxury during the war, even on the navy’s capital ships, the dreadnoughts and titan cruisers that sortied from Armadale System and fought their way into the heart of the Javan Empire.

27 Responses to ‘Meet the Defiant’

Bondiboy66 puts forth...

Posted March 15
You have whet my appetite further! I do like a Space Opera, me

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Coriolisdave would have you know...

Posted March 15
I totally read that as "HMAS Darling" and got hopes up for blackadder

John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted March 15
Yeah, me too. I will have to change it.

John Birmingham mumbles...

Posted March 16
It's now HMAS Resolute.

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Dave C mumbles...

Posted March 15
Tardis absolutely ridiculous!

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Therbs asserts...

Posted March 15
"Exotic" dark matter. Sorry, I wouldn't trust that stuff. It sounds foreign.

Sudragon mutters...

Posted March 15
Is it made locally, or imported from the Han Peoples Republic of Stars?

Barnesm reckons...

Posted March 16
The is some math using Einstein's Field Equations and general relativity that physicist Miguel Alcuberrie has developed propose space time can be warp to compress on one half and expand on the other thus driving a starship. this has been called the Alcubierre drive. These calculations have posited a negative energy density and thus relied on 'exotic' particle to produce this effect.

So its not a bad science concept for Birmo to employ for his star drive.

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Spanner mumbles...

Posted March 15
Shut up and take my money.

(I love the reverences to the the RAN and now the Daring class destroyers. The tour of the Vampire at Darling Harbour is well worth the price of entry.)

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HAVOCK21 has opinions thus...

Posted March 15
Yeah, but it sounds better than " Fecal Screed" thats for fkn sure!

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Vovchara mutters...

Posted March 15
What happens to people in pocket-dimension when whatever allowes it suffers battle damage?

John Birmingham mutters...

Posted March 16
Wait and see.

Therbs puts forth...

Posted March 16
Without Warning gives a clue.

Mad Yank Andy swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 16
I imagine the pocket universe goes "Slurp!"
Only in vacuum, no one can hear the "Slurp!"

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Murphy_of_Missouri reckons...

Posted March 16
Oh thank God this project is next.

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trib has opinions thus...

Posted March 16
Been hitting the EVE Online hard, JB?

This sounds interesting.

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Barnesm reckons...

Posted March 16
Inspired by Deep Space Nine's The Defiant

"Development on the Defiant began around 2366 in response to the Borg threat to the Federation. Officially classified as an escort vessel, the Defiant was nothing less than Starfleet's first design of a warship designed to combat the Borg. The vessel featured minimal equipment for scientific research and was not designed to accommodate families. (DS9: "The Search, Part I")

The Defiant did not perform well in its initial trial runs. The vessel was overpowered and over-gunned for a ship of its size – so much so that the Defiant nearly shook itself apart when the engines were tested at full power. Ultimately, these design flaws, combined with the Borg threat becoming less urgent, led Starfleet to the decision to abandon the project and place the prototype in storage. (DS9: "The Search, Part I")


at Memory Alpha
http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/USS_Defiant_(2370)

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Barnesm mumbles...

Posted March 16
The is some math using Einstein's Field Equations and general relativity that physicist Miguel Alcuberrie has developed propose space time can be warp to compress on one half and expand on the other thus driving a starship. this has been called the Alcubierre drive. These calculations have posited a negative energy density and thus relied on 'exotic' particle to produce this effect.

So its not a bad science concept for Birmo to employ for his star drive.

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Surtac swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted March 17
I'm really really looking forward to this one and so far it's raising none of the red flags I expect from what I've been calling the New New Space Opera books I've been seeing in recent years.

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Blarkon puts forth...

Posted March 17
Love me some spaceship art. Perhaps as you begin to virally market this book, you might spin up some sort of Terran Trade Authority style work to whet your adoring audience's appetite for the material.

Blarkon ducks in to say...

Posted March 17
Or maybe even engage the services of some of those guys that create 3d models of well known spaceships and then critique the design to build some high quality 3d models of the ships from this series and then do some discussion videos on the ships.

Barnesm mutters...

Posted March 20
and then print them out on your own 3D printer

Blarkon is gonna tell you...

Posted March 21
I do have a Rocinante kit on order. Lets face it, who doesn't buy an SF book that has an awesome spaceship on the cover?

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Guru Bob ducks in to say...

Posted March 21
I much prefer the Armidale system over the Armadale system...

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HAVOCK21 puts forth...

Posted March 21
I cannot help but think, you should really utilise a naming convention such as M for the ships. You know:

Maudlin
Magnificent
Melancholy
Magazine
Mayhem
Madness
Morose
Macabre
Malignant
Miraculous.

M Class Ships, second only to H class ships I must say.

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Blarkon reckons...

Posted March 21
How the hell did you, of all people, when coming up with a list of things that start with "M" leave off "Muppet"

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HAVOCK21 mumbles...

Posted March 21
ROFL---yeah. FKN THOUGHT ABOUT IT I TELLS YA!!!!!!

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