Shelfari edited the glossary entries of Old Man's War Tuesday, October 12, 2010.
- Edited the description of Skip Drive: Old Man's War introduces a new form of FTL interstellar travel called a Skip Drive. This is a misnomer because it is not a drive system at all as it has nothing to do with acceleration. The Skip Drive simply takes an object, like a space ship, and punches a hole in the universe you're in, and places the object at its destination, just in a new, essentially identical universe. The universe in general doesn't like anomalies, due to the laws of physics, so it considers such a huge anomaly as a completely new spaceship as too much change and attempts to keep everything in the new universe identical to the previous universe to keep differences as small as possible. There are limits on the skip drive due to the users in the book not knowing all there is to know about how it works. It is likely that the Humans in the book did not invent it, or at least by themselves. The limitations are as
follows:Theobject skipping must be out of a major gravity wellTheobject skipping cannot skip out too far, as it will exceed its skip horizon.TheColonial Union and other governments use devices called skip drones to communicate. These skip drones are essentially computers equipped with skip drives. A ship or satellite will launch one of these devices away from local gravity wells and skip to its target locale and download its information to the local people.Inthe second book The Ghost Brigades, the CDF knows more about the Skip drive, they are continually modifying it. They come out with a new, smaller skip drive that can be operated at the Lagrange point of two planetary objects. The Skip Horizon is touched upon, but clearly no CDF member in the book knows why the Skip Horizon exists. It is the maximum range of a skip drive. If an object skips beyond the Skip Horizon it disappears, and no one knows what happens to it.Moreadvanced races, notably the Consu, have a more complex understanding of skip drives and can even detect ships skipping into a system. (Wikipedia)
- Edited the description of BrainPal: The BrainPal is a neural implant that allows members of the Colonial Defense Forces (CDF) to send and receive data; including speech, battle plans and much more. The Brainpal comes pre-programmed with a treasure trove of information. CDF soldiers use their brainpals to translate alien languages, watch classic cartoons and read old
books.Brainpalallows the CDF soldiers to operate colonial technology by thought alone. A CDF rifle can only be used by someone with a brainpal.Tothe members of the Ghost Brigades the Brainpal does much much more, it provides a synthetic consciousness that allows the newborn soldiers to function until their own identities develop. The Brainpal allows special forces platoons to integrate into a single hive mind. (Wikipedia)