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Planet Stories, March 1951. Cover art by Allen Anderson depicts “Black Amazon of Mars” by Leigh Brackett.
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#scifi #sciencefiction #magazinecover #1950s
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Inkjet prints of this one on the way soon - will be added to the shop. Provisional title is Utterly Atrocious Hellblob...
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A bit of promo for my free software...

EXPLANATOR ?

Decades ago, there was an article in TAS Journal No. 10 and 11, called

“A referee’s guide to planet building”

http://wiki.travellerrpg.com/JTAS10

http://wiki.travellerrpg.com/JTAS11

by the Keith Brothers, which impressed me immensely. I suddenly saw how much could be interpreted into the dry numbers of the UPP. After all this article impressed me so much, that I started to write a program that should do what the article did.

In those days, when owning a computer was nothing ordinary, I was the proud owner of a SHARP MZ-80K with dual floppy discs and a 7-dot matrix printer. An amazing 48K of memory was at my disposal, with 16K left after the BASIC language was loaded.

Many, many years, many operating systems, and many versions later, I am still working on that software that does what the Keith Brothers did in that article.

There is software available on the Internet that is very good in translating those dreary UPP numbers into long tables, but I never found something that “explained” a world. So I had to write it myself.

So, what does EXPLANATOR do?

Basically, it takes the information from Travellermap.com and adds text to it. What once was simple numbers, now becomes entertaining text.

In addition I included the interaction between worlds. In GURPS Traveller there was a very good system (WTN / BTN) to generate the relations between worlds, to establish how much traffic occured between Planet A and Planet B.

This establishes a network of relations between different systems so you can tell your players exactly how many passengers and how many tons of cargo will be leaving for Planet X in the next hours.

It also tells you what ships you will be encountering o your way to the jump point, again based on the relations to the neigbouring systems.

Another feature is the temperature scale. While most rulesets contain formulae to define the values, I found no table thta gave me exact data what temperature was to be expected at certain poins of the world at specific times of day. EXPLANATOR contains a system that gives you clear values for each hexrow for morning, day, evening and night.

Additionally, while the software is written for 64bit Windows versions, you can also run it on MAC or Linux systems. You only have to download the according version from qb64.net, install it and load the Explanator.bas file. Run it by hitting with F5.

So I invite you, again, to check out my FREE software.

https://peterssoftwareprojects.wordpress.com/

and EXPLANATOR

https://peterssoftwareprojects.wordpress.com/2017/07/07/explanator/
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Glass Squid. Tentacles atop its head. Visible beak. Cartoon eyes. Spits ink.
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Part three, in this post I make an Experiment with super speed and super strength. She hits like a nuke. I give you Megaton! Let me know what you think.
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