In Space, you don't need wings...

From: Joseph K Mcallister <jkm2@Ra.MsState.Edu>
Subject: [] Re: X-Wing / Star Fury
Date: 16 Mar 1995 20:12:15 GMT
X-Disclaimer: the "Approved" header verifies header information for article transmission and does not imply approval of xontent. See .sig below.

Subject: Re: X-Wing / Star Fury

In (3jl9c3$, (Ruben Garza, Jr.) writes:
>2) Ships CAN bank in space if the navigation system translates stick
>   movements into a series of thruster bursts.  We don't see them,
>   but that doesn't mean the X-Wing isn't covered with small thrusters.
I can see it now:

Contractor: Well, General, I understand you're looking into new space fighter specifications.

General: Yes, you see, our current ships are OK, but the pilots complain that they don't look cool when they're flying, so we'd like you to try something like this: [spreads out documents]

[mumble, mumble, mumble]

Contractor: OK, you want us to increase the fuel capacity by 30% percent so we have more to blow away making the ships imitate atmospheric behavior in vacuum.

General: Yes, that's it exactly!

[Contractor pushes concealed button. Two men in trenchcoats enter and grab General.]

Contractor: Well, boys, it seems we've got our saboteur. Don't hurt him, though, he's a just a harmless looney who happened to be in the wrong place.

Man#1: So he's the one who ordered the 10,000,000 horses to walk in front of the tanks?

Man#2: He's the one who caused all the pilot deaths trying to go around the four 1000-foot masts he had mounted on the carrier?

Contractor: Yup....

General: [struggling] But you don't understand! 100-foot giant robots are so much neater than tanks! Women go crazy for men with a really long sword! Philistines! You're all Philistines!

[merciful fade to black]

Moderators accept or reject articles based solely on the criteria posted in the Frequently Asked Questions. Article content is the responsibility of the submittor. Submit articles to To write to the moderators, send mail to
Eclipse's SF Links
The Eclipse WebRing
Next |Next 5 |Skip Next |Previous |Random |List Sites