One of the things we do here in our free FREA News Blog is share the kind of fascinating information we dig up from the Enzmann Archive. Most of it was written between the 1940s and 1990s. Here are some brief descriptions of articles you can find on our Starships blog. Why read Starships Now? So you can find out how possible interstellar travel is and has been for decades. Enzmann considered every aspect of what it is to be human so his starships could support life.
In Food for “Starlings”: Nutritious and Delicious, Enzmann muses on the crucial importance of nutrition for voyagers on difficult missions aimed at colonizing distant worlds. Diets need to promote well-being, diminish sickness, maximize work efficiency and increase longevity. Not only palatability but tasteful, satisfying, and carefully prepared foods. Chickens and their eggs, but no turkeys – dwarf cattle and pigs, pollen from stingless bees in mini-hives, fruits from dwarf citrus trees, and plenty of spices and powdered supplementation. The starship will act as an interstellar ark – taking representatives of various species for populating new worlds and that provide occasional meals when they reproduce excessively.
Tap into Enzmann’s egregious sense of humor in Scatology in Space as he discusses the temptations and hesitations of increasing velocity on long voyages by ejecting unnecessary mass, specifically accumulated human feces, into interstellar space. He ponders, “Spectacular! A gigantic fart that precipitates a cosmic crap, the sight of which could make elephants feel like amoebas.” He also asks questions like, “What if intelligent extraterrestrials would encounter our flying feces?” – and he certainly has answers!
Ship Fitting of Echolance Starships discusses Enzmann’s many considerations needed to travel interstellar space, including artificial gravity, simulators, auxiliary bridges, communications within and between other ships, living quarters, garden decks, and education and commercial facilities. He dives into great detail explaining the air, air pressure, and atmospheric conditions required, frozen gasses for air storage, spacesuits, airlocks, and contract systems. All details are considered when planning for Goddard’s Grand Design – the colonization of our solar system and beyond.
Dr. Enzmannn once told us that a Shovel Full of Sand could produce immense energy to power a starship for centuries, providing yet another alternative to chemical propulsion in space. But how could this immense energy be utilized and released?
These are only a few of the articles we publish from our research of the national treasure the Enzmanns produced during their lives. Starships Now is one of five nonfiction categories we cover in our blog and research journal. Join FREA and read it all! Starships Now, Planetology, Cosmology, Chronology, Physiology, and The Symbologist. All yours to read as a member – and add to that every issue of Enzmann Chronicles Science Fiction.