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View Poll Results: Rate The Shocks of Adversity.
Outstanding 17 41.46%
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Old April 19 2014, 05:31 PM   #46
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Re: TOS: The Shocks of Adversity by W. Leisner Review Thread (Spoilers

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Does anyone know what ship model was used for the ship on the cover?
I've wondered that. It looked to be a new design, which would be very unusual (but welcome).
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Old June 26 2014, 12:10 AM   #47
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I enjoyed the book. One part was a little weird, though:

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Old June 26 2014, 09:16 PM   #48
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Tricobalt torpedoes could achieve that, presumably. But it was a standard photon torpedo that was stolen if I remember correctly.

Concerning planetary bombardment, ST has so far consistently relied on beams. I can think of half a dozen examples on a whim.
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Old June 26 2014, 10:37 PM   #49
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I enjoyed the book. One part was a little weird, though:

*shrug* Did the book say anything about the planet having an extremely high oxygen concentration or something?
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Old June 27 2014, 01:19 AM   #50
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I enjoyed the book. One part was a little weird, though:

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Old June 27 2014, 02:14 AM   #51
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Re: TOS: The Shocks of Adversity by W. Leisner Review Thread (Spoilers

Since the book is over a year old, and the word SPOILERS in the thread topic, I'm going to throw caution to the wind here.

I don't remember if I had directly taken my cue from "Obsession," but that episode does indeed say that a tiny amount of antimatter would rip away half a planet's atmosphere. I feel comfortable saying an antimatter device specifically designed as a destructive weapon would wipe out an entire biosphere, or at the very least, leave anyone not killed instantly with a very, very short life expectancy.

But I'm glad you enjoyed the book regardless, Snaploud.
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Old June 27 2014, 04:38 AM   #52
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Well, "Obsession" got it enormously wrong. The specified amount of antimatter was an ounce, which would react with matter with a maximum of 1.22 megatons of energy (according to this calculator). That's about equal to the maximum yield of the most powerful bomb currently in active service in the US arsenal. But it's an eighth the size of the Tunguska event, and a fortieth the size of the largest nuclear bomb ever detonated on Earth -- neither of which ripped away any significant amount of our planet's atmosphere.

Basically Star Trek has a very bad track record when it comes to antimatter yields. Sometimes it says a tiny amount would destroy a planet or a star system -- but then it gives us something like the climax of ST V where an antimatter-warhead photon torpedo is detonated less than 30 meters behind Kirk, Spock, and McCoy and it does nothing but knock them over.
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