Literary Challenge #50 Discussion Thread
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Join Date: Jul 2012
09-23-2013, 08:21 AM
Originally Posted by
Did Vov keep hold of the Supercomputer, or has Mycroft been forced to downgrade his accommodations aboard the bedpan?
I left something out. Maybe I should go put that into the story, but the supercomputer stayed aboard the
. However, Starfleet did have to buy the salvage rights from Vovonek, for a sum of GPL.
Not sure the new accommodations are that much of a downgrade, though; all the systems of the
are properly integrated, unlike Vov's improvised system, and it
the very latest in Federation computer technology (along with holoprojectors in most areas of the ship, so Mycroft can project his avatar as desired!).
As a side note, I started giving the ships derogatory nicknames in imitation of a tradition I've seen in the US Navy, where sailors often mock their own craft. The carrier USS
, for instance, is variously known as the
; the carrier USS
was sometimes known as the
prior to her retirement (it also picked up the nicknames "Big E" and "Fleet Starship"); the submarine USS
, decommissioned in 1996, was often called the
; and so forth. (After looking up one of the above examples, I also found what I think is my favorite pair of nicknames. In 1975, the guided-missile frigate USS
collided with the carrier USS
John F. Kennedy
in foggy conditions; after that, the
became known as the
, while the
I was amused to find that the
, the first nuclear-powered carrier in the US fleet, was also known as
I'm old enough not to care too much about what you think of me --
But I'm young enough to remember the future, the way things ought to be...
- Rush, "Cut To the Chase",
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