Wormholes and Swords is a blog dedicated to Science Fiction and Fantasy, with a bit of real world technical stuff thrown in from time to time. It is managed by T.D. Wilson, author of the Science Fiction book series, The Epherium Chronicles.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Fantasy Trivia Time

One of my favorite characters in fantasy novels is R.A. Salvatore's Dark Elf, Drizzt Do'urden.  I have read all but the very latest book concerning this fascinating character, but early on Drizzt's life, he nearly died.  In the City of Menzobarranzen, the Drow matriarchal society is brutal and absolute.  Males are the underlings and viewed with scorn, especially by the priestesses of Lolth.  In the opening chapters of the book Homeland, Drizzt is a mere baby and his older brother, Dinin, saves his life.  How did it happen?

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Final Trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Looks like the final trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is out.  It looks good.  Cannot wait for this movie.  It is in theaters, December 13.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

The Next Generation of Speed

I was always fascinated about reading the stories of the SR-71 Blackbird.  It was THE coolest aircraft to talk about.  Made from titanium alloy plates, it leaked and really didn't look like a plane.  When it got to speed, the fuselage sealed up and it could outrun anything in the air. including its armaments.  It wasn't viable as a fighter, so the US Air Force made it a spy plane.

I saw one of the original test planes, the YF-12A at the US Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio.  It was really cool and they now have a decommissioned SR-71 in the Cold War exhibit.  If you ever get a chance, be sure to stop by and look at all the displays, including that one.

Now, the next generation of high speed aircraft is coming.  The SR-72 which is a concept aircraft from Lockheed Martin.  Here is a link to their information.  It uses turbine based combined propulsion.  It easier terms, its a turbine jet engine combined with a ramjet.  With the new ramjet that was tested on the HTV-2 hypersonic test vehicle, this new aircraft could go from near standstill to MACH 6 quite quickly.  Just hope the pilot can take it.

Anyway, here is the information: