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Fantasy Science Fiction (January 1953 Issue)

FANTASY SCIENCE FICTION JANUARY 1953 
COVER

Copyright, 1953, by Fantasy House, Inc.


DISCUSSION

The cover painting by Alex Schomburg was titled "Earth's artificial satellite." The circular spoke-wheel space station design suggests artificial gravity is present by virtue of Newton's laws which imply centrifugal force imparted by a rotating platform. The supply vehicles make an interesting study. A single rocket engine thrusts each of the red craft toward the apparent docking berths atop the axis of the space station. Without wings, the red bug-like sortie craft are true orbital maneuvering vehicles (OMVs) unable to reenter Earth's atmosphere except via a ballistic type descent. The propane tank shape is not appropriate for such a reentry. The rocket thrust must be steerable such than each craft may pitch and yaw into its berth when required. There appears to be no means of controlling roll. The view of the passengers could be quite varied depending upon the random roll of the craft.


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