a pilot of a spaceship with a torch drive
He held a torcher’s contempt for the vast distance itself. Older pilots thought of interplanetary trips with a rocketman’s bias, in terms of years—trips that a torchship with steady acceleration covered in days.
Sky Lift in Imagination Nov. 8/2
The idea that anyone but a torcher could work a torch ballistic did not sink in.
Sky Lift in Imagination Nov. 19/1
I stood two watches down in the damping room, whereupon Chief Engineer Roch stated in writing that he did not think that I would ever make a torcher as I seemed to have an innate lack of talent for nuclear physics.
Time for Stars vii. 72
Another school pointed to the companion equations for length and mass, maintaining that the famous Michelson-Morley experiment showed that the length transformation was ‘real’ and pointing out that the increase of mass was regularly computed and used for particle-accelerator ballistics and elsewhere in nuclear physics—for example, in the torch that pushes this ship.
Time for Stars viii. 83
R. Heinlein 'Sky Lift'
Research HistoryMalcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a 1968 reprint of Robert Heinlein's "Sky Lift"; Derek Hepburn verified this in its first magazine appearnace in 1953. Douglas Winston submitted a cite from a reprint of Robert Heinlein's 1956 "Time for the Stars".
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