SciFi Question of the Day: Could You Make the Kessel Run in Less Than Twelve Parecs?
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AmyBeth Inverness I’ve always wondered if the distance was variable, like the distance between Earth and Mars…
BTW, a real-world sport that is remarkably similar to this is auto-cross racing (where you drive between road cones). The laps are measured in time still, but time is directly proportional to total distance covered during the lap (and assuming you don’t knock any cones down; cones cost 5 seconds each, usually). So, the smaller your number, the more agile your car and driver combination is.
Problem solved, 12 parsecs explained, and we now have a reasonably objective measure of how agile the Falcon is (I’m assuming other stories have provided figures for other ships).
So, yeah, I went there.
Google Plus Answers, Science Fiction Community:
Joshua Stricker Millenium Falcon
John Fitzmaurice If I use a worm hole, I could be there yesterday.
Andy Hainline Well, technically, no one could. Because the parsec is a unit of distance, not time. This would be analogous to me asking you, “Can you run a mile in twelve kilometers?” Doesn’t make any sense. 😛
AmyBeth Inverness The distance between Earth and Mars is variable…
…and making the Kessel run involves going either through or around some dangerous areas in space.
Tobias Moon 1) Fictional universe full of made up words, why does paesec have to hold the same meaning? Force doesn’t. 2) Maybe the Kessel Run is always under 12 parsecs and Han was seeing if they picked up on that before deciding what to charge.
Gustavo Campanelli If the distance traveled by other is greater than 12 parsecs, then they are making big detours. What he’s saying then is that he can go through areas other’s don’t dare enter. In other words, a bad response to a question about the speed of the ship.
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Matthew Graybosch I wouldn’t need half a parsec, as long as my ship’s experimental AT (Atziluth Transfer) drive doesn’t fuck up. The last time AT tech was tried, it inspired a movie called Event Horizon.
Gerri Lynn Baxter warms up the tesseract I can do it in zero parsecs by merely folding space-time…
Y.I. Washington Well, considering a parsec is a measure of distance and not time, yes, because I know a few short cuts.
Zachary Besterfield Make a vessel of rum with twelve parsnips? I don’t know…I’ll give it a try…may take awhile.
AmyBeth Inverness Start with a potato clock, and work your way up.