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  1. Ocean of Storms: A Timeline of A Scientific America

    Whoo boy, you put the kitchen sink into this one. Thanks for the update. Scary to consider letting certain genies out of their bottles. Yet without that as a real threat, those genies would have never stayed in the bottle as long as they have.
  2. Ocean of Storms: A Timeline of A Scientific America

    You do quality, independent work. No worries.
  3. LEVIATHAN Rising: An Alternative Space Age

    My point about Ike's "coronary" was more along the lines that the future is an unknown territory, and that Ike would have no guarantees that the arrangements he makes in 1956 will be operable in 1957. Strauss may start with no political ambitions, but who knows how that might evolve if he takes...
  4. LEVIATHAN Rising: An Alternative Space Age

    Pity it is absolutely impossible for Vice President Strauss to succeed to the Presidency following Ike's massive coronary in 1957...
  5. A Sound of Thunder: The Rise of the Soviet Superbooster

    Wow, ask and ye shall receive. Thanks!
  6. A Sound of Thunder: The Rise of the Soviet Superbooster

    I was an undergraduate in the early 1980s and one of my more memorable classes, "Contemporary Soviet Union", was taught by a retired DIA analyst. During the time of the Dying General Secretaries, he brought special attention to the growing competition between the "young Turks" of Mikhail...
  7. A Sound of Thunder: The Rise of the Soviet Superbooster

    Picture a super-strong wind shear kind of wind that topples that sucker over on its side. "I don't understand Comrade! Those bolts were made by Socialist Labor! There's no way they could have failed!"
  8. A Sound of Thunder: The Rise of the Soviet Superbooster

    That Re-Entry Capsule may prove useful in the event of a Solar storm. Was that a consideration?
  9. A Sound of Thunder: The Rise of the Soviet Superbooster

    If we had built a couple dozen Orbiters, I could see price being a factor. Not so much if we only build a half-dozen. Especially as part of the overall cost of the project.
  10. A Sound of Thunder: The Rise of the Soviet Superbooster

    My inner broken-record keeps asking "if the Orbiter had a been built from titanium instead of aluminum, would the greater heat resistance have led to either a different heat shield design or the ability to withstand the temperatures longer of a Columbia-type accident?
  11. A Sound of Thunder: The Rise of the Soviet Superbooster

    There are several Grade-B through ZZZ movies that show a standard Orbiter being used to travel to the Moon. Please God, no. Just don't send a winged spaceship that can't break out of LEO on a round trip to the friggin Moon. It just doesn't belong there.
  12. A Sound of Thunder: The Rise of the Soviet Superbooster

    That's EXACTLY what I was hearing as I read your update. Although hearing Sir Humphrey with a Russian accent wasn't working very well. Thanks.
  13. A Sound of Thunder: The Rise of the Soviet Superbooster

    Might the more recent work done for the Russian atomic cruise missile "9M730 Burevestnik (NATO: SSC-X-9 Skyfall) be a successor technology to this? A radioactive exhaust was seen as a feature, not a bug. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9M730_Burevestnik
  14. A Sound of Thunder: The Rise of the Soviet Superbooster

    But doesn't THIS TL contemplate not just a Soviet lunar capability, but as series of lunar missions starting in the mid-70s? In fact, if they want to do a "first", what better than establish the first lunar base by 1980?
  15. WI: Space Shuttle is actually very good.

    "Into the Black" by Rowland White specifically dismisses the advantages of building the Orbiter from titanium rather than aluminum. But I still have to wonder. His point is based upon conversations with those in Lockheed who had built the Blackbird, but I'm not sure if those conversations...
  16. A Sound of Thunder: The Rise of the Soviet Superbooster

    With a Soviet Union having, or having the potential for a manned lunar capability, I see no way that the United States would "abandon the moon". Having won the original race, there is now time to re-think the entire lunar program and put it on a more sustainable basis. Perhaps a shuttle, both...
  17. Common Tropes or PODs treated as near ASB

    Was Prussia always doomed to become Europe's Sparta? Perhaps a Sweden/Prussian State could have contained Russia without becoming Darth Nation.
  18. Kingdom of California: A Timeline of British Colonization

    This is begging for consideration of how the United States would evaluate this. Especially in light of OTL Anglo settlements along the Brazos River in Texas. At some point, settling parties from the US and California would encounter each other. How amicable would those encounters be?
  19. Ocean of Storms: A Timeline of A Scientific America

    About the only reason I see for more than 500 miles cross-range would be to facilitate an emergency mid-ocean return.
  20. Ocean of Storms: A Timeline of A Scientific America

    Thank you BoO. You've been missed.
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