In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>,
Robert Carnegie <***@excite.com> wrote:
>On Monday, 25 June 2018 21:40:52 UTC+1, ***@gmail.com wrote:
>> On Monday, June 25, 2018 at 5:15:05 PM UTC+1, Nyrath wrote:
>> > I am pretty sure this is an old short story by Arthur C. Clark or
>> > There was a scene on an early model space station. One of the
>construction crew relates an embarrassing story. At that time the
>station had not spun up to create artificial gravity so everything was
>in free fall. The man had somehow managed to get himself stranded in the
>middle of a room, with no way to move to within grabbing distance of a
>> > He figures the only thing to do is to throw an object away and use
>the recoil to propel himself towards a wall. Unfortunately he had just
>woken up so is only dressed in his underwear. He has to throw that away
>since that is the only reaction mass available.
>> > The embarrassing part was of course that was the day the station was
>entertaining visiting VIPs who were inspecting the progress. Who were
>annoyed at the nude man frantically scrambling away down the corridor.
>> > Does this story sound familiar?
>> It's from ACC's *The Sands of Mars*. One of the crew is describing an
>embarrassing moment when he found himself stranded in mid-air in the
>zero-g section, and using his underwear as reaction mass. Unfortunately
>the Director was showing his wife around the station, hence the man's
>change of jobs.
>> Mike Stone, Peterborough, England
>> Always drink upriver from the herd.
>There's a controversial Doctor Who episode where
>the Doctor uses a cricket ball; it bounces off the
>hull and he catches it. That part is okay...
>but he is /outside/ the spaceship.
Hm, I don't think I've seen that one. Can you remember the
title? Which Doctor it was?
Dorothy J. Heydt
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