I really did comprehend, intellectually at least, that I was engaged in one of the most profoundly thrilling endeavors in human history.
How conservative can you be if you have jumped off the edge of the solar system?
Do conservative people travel at relativist speeds?
By the end of the first year of our voyage we were already traveling at more than a third of the speed of light. And even though there were no sensory cues at all to confirm that we were all well of it and believed it. And I think I can safely say we all found it more than a little thrilling. By the time we reached turn over in nine more years our velocity was going to peak at a hair frying 0.99794 C.
Does a conservative man race photons?
A character in the book Variable Star by Robert A. Heinlein and Spider Robinson.
[Johnston is referring to a literal definition of conservative, not the present day political definition. I have another 20 minutes worth of the book to listen to. Both James and I are enjoying it a great deal.–Joe]