Thursday, February 26, 2009

Architecture of the Imagination

"This ship, Cunning Stalker, ... was built in the classical kzinti hemisphere-and-cone pattern, ...

The aft part of the ship contained several cargo holds, whose partitioning could be altered. Richard wondered briefly if might have been a slave transport; ... There was a control center well forward. The engineers had sleeping cabins near the engine spaces, the rest of the personnel about the control center. ...

Sometimes in the wars, humans, who, one way or another, found themselves sharing ships with kzinti, had managed or elude or ambush those kzinti by climbing through ducting too narrow for the great felinoids to enter. Richard noticed, ..., that Cunning Stalker appeared to have been refitted with memories of this in mind. Any ducting too small to admit a kzin was either also too small to admit a human, or else covered with very tough gratings.

... The control center was downright intimidating, with three kzinti busy at instrument consoles ... worthy of a hospital doc. The ports had not yet been opaqued for the transition to hyperspace, and Kzinhome's primary was a vast red ball filling the sky to one side as they skimmed it. ..."

From String by Hal Colebatch & Matthew Joseph Harrington in Man-Kzin Wars XII (Baen, 2009)

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