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(Slate)   She doesn't look like much, kid, but she's got it where it counts   (slate.com) divider line 11
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2013-05-18 02:14:56 PM
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The Ship of the Imagination travels at the speed of ... THC
2013-05-18 06:53:46 PM
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Roughly 8 hours from Earth's hyper limit to Alpha Centauri using the Theta Band, plus or minus if there is a grav wave in between. But that's only for fast couriers and warships seriously pushing their luck. A MAN streak drive would do it even faster.
2013-05-18 02:54:02 PM
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Shan: I bring it up because clearly Luke is a sheltered kid, and likely wouldn't have even HEARD of the KR to know what the hell Han was talking about.


Which offers up a completely different interpretation: Han was talking out his ass. He saw a pair of rubes, and fed them a line of bullshiat, finely tuned to get them to buy passage on his ship. Obi-Wan saw through it, but also saw that this was probably their best way off planet anyway (the Force and all that). I sincerely doubt that's what the script intended, but I like it better that way.
2013-05-18 12:41:22 PM
1 votes:
Oh, and WHO THE HELL CARES if a Federation Heavy Cruiser is faster than a smuggler's light transport in another galaxy?

The question should be, is the Enterprise fast enough to lure a Lyran Tiger into running over its own escort frigate with its ESGs?
2013-05-18 11:13:51 AM
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BarkingUnicorn: That's an impressive bit of nerdy analysis.

So, which is the fastest ship?


The TARDiS. It can get anywhere before it leaves.
2013-05-18 11:02:58 AM
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0Icky0: If it takes days for the Enterprise to get to Alpha Centauri, the nearest system to ours, why do we see stars streaming past in the view screen any time they kick up into warp?


You're right, logically it can't be the ship actually passing by stars that fast. It must be a distortion of light as viewed by an observer inside a warp bubble, sort of like a gravitational lensing effect. Otherwise the stars would not move visibly.

A more realistic way to show what the ship was doing would have been to photograph the ship brightly lit, with no stars around it, when it's near a planetary system, since the brightness of the nearby star would wash out any background stars, while in interstellar space, there would be no light except the stars and light coming from the ship.
2013-05-18 10:25:12 AM
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The Incredible Sexual Egg: What about the Event Horizon?


That's probably not the best way to travel, what with the ship reappearing seven years later and the entire crew dead. Kind of a design flaw
2013-05-18 10:22:08 AM
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0Icky0: If it takes days for the Enterprise to get to Alpha Centauri, the nearest system to ours, why do we see stars streaming past in the view screen any time they kick up into warp?


Because it wouldn't be as cool if Picard yells 'Warp 10! Get us out of here NOW!' and nothing changed out the window.

Actually, since they are traveling close to or over the speed of light, all of the light they are able to see will form a circle directly in front of their direction of travel, then collapse into a pin point of light that may contain a view of all the light in the universe.  In this majestic view, we might be able to gaze into eternity, across streams of time, and into their showers to see what they are doing right now.
2013-05-18 09:19:24 AM
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Bloater Drive, biatches.
2013-05-18 07:07:09 AM
1 votes:
Technically, the TARDIS doesn't "go" anywhere since it exists in all points in space and time simultaneously.
2013-05-18 06:54:34 AM
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Dave and the Mission: BarkingUnicorn: That's an impressive bit of nerdy analysis.

So, which is the fastest ship?

TArdis can go anywhere/anytime instantaniously
Planet Express ship and Heart of Gold (and the Dune ships) fold space, so almost instantanious
Enterprise warp 9 is lightspeed x10^8  very very fast
Alumninum Falcon and other SW ships go everywhere in road trip time, so also very very fast
Galactica can get to Alpha Centauri in six days
Lost in space took almost 6 years
Serenity estimates decades
The Voyager probe would take thousands of years


Wait...who's "they"? What the hell is an "Aluminum Falcon"?
 
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