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ANTIcarrot (transfer from Disqus)

And I've only just noticed to damage to her uniform, and the tearing on the body's tail. Very nice detail.

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Murphy (transfer from Disqus)

Is it deliberate that all expedition members are Raharr?

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Darth_Biomech

Do you mean the landing party? Generally yes, it's easier on organization and execution if everybody's "on the same page" and you don't need to, say, bring an extra food crate because one of your team is an insectoid. Mixed teams are a relatively rare sight for these kinds of missions - unless it is specifically required.

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Carefulrogue (transfer from Disqus)

Imagine the logistical nightmare. And really, for what gained benefit? Lighter, and by that much, much softer scifi pulls the trick every once in a while, but looking at a story like the DeathWorlders where you have human sized racoons, and giraffe like and szied aliens, they might walk the same halls, but they shouldn't be equipped and being deployed together.

The Damned Trilogy also pulled it off I think, but with a set of aliens that tended towards commonality more than difference, similar needs, and sizes, and those who didn't conform didn't see action. Good books, would recommend.

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Murphy (transfer from Disqus)

The only benefit I see is that it would convey to the humans that aliens are a cooperative kind. But of course, this landing party did not plan to make contact at all.

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Carefulrogue (transfer from Disqus)

Sure, if the intent was to open diplomatic contact, that's be reasonable. But it's moot.

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kosongnekramer (transfer from Disqus)

it would be pull instead of pulled

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Ben Martin (transfer from Disqus)

Love the detail of the Major contorting to read her reaction

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Carefulrogue (transfer from Disqus)

And a very human one at that. Cocktail of surprise, horror, dismay--and from our perspective, the locking of the logical facalties, as she hasn't noticed the absence of one additional body.

I can't wait for the next page or two where we get to see the major's inquisitive look in detail.






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If a spaceship accelerates at the same rate as it would in a free-fall under Earth's gravity (Otherwise known as "1G acceleration"), it can reach Jupiter from Earth in just under 6 days. It would need to flip in the middle of the travel, to start decelerating and enter the planet's orbit.