Re: 22nd century star clipper...
What's more, the cleanliness of the ship's exterior was intentional, and hard-fought by Jefferies; he felt that outer space was the worst possible environment for humans, and so you want everything you need to access to be accessible from the inside
, hence little detail on the outside. Apparently GR fought him on that and what we ended up with was a minor compromise.
"If you can't take a little bloody nose, maybe you ought to go back home and crawl under your bed. It's not safe out here. It's wondrous, with treasures to satiate desires both subtle and gross; but it's not for the timid." - Q