Quoted Material:

* A Rollicking Band of Pirates We; Cat like Tread; and The Pirate King

By William Schwenck Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, 1879.

* Onward Christian Soldier By S. Baring Gould and W. H. Jude, Oliver Ditson publisher, 1926.

* Widsith Anglo-Saxon poem, authorship unknown, pre-6th century.

* Friggin in the Riggin Old sailor’s tune, authorship unknown, 18th century.


Referenced Material:

* A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, published by William Heinemann, 1962.

 (film) Directed by Stanley Kubrick, Warner Brothers, 1971.

*Yellowbeard Directed by Mel Damski, Orion Pictures, 1983.

*The Sea Hawk by Rafael Sabatini, 1915.

(film) Directed by Michael Curtiz, Warner Brothers, 1940.

*The Adventures of Robin Hood  (film) Directed by Michael Curtiz, Warner Brothers, 1938.

* Moll Flanders (1722) and A General History of the Pyrates (1724) by Daniel Defoe.

*The Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh, 1889.

* Sheer Heart Attack by Queen, Elektra Records/Hollywood Records, 1973/1991.

*Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland By Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (Lewis Carrol),

published by Macmillian, 1865.

* Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix, produced by Chas Chandler, Bella Godiva Music, 1967.

*Dearg Doom by Horslips, produced by Alan O’Duffy and Horslips, Horslips Records 1973.


Useful Resources:



*Beyond Einstein: The Cosmic Quest for the Theory of The Universe by Dr. Michio Kauka and Jennifer Trainer, published by Bantam Books, 1987.  Getting on in years as these things go, I found this to be one of the easier of the M-Theory books to digest with my, admittedly, pitiful math skills.

* A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking, published by Bantam Dell Publishing Group, 1988.  A bit esoteric, gave me a low-grade headache and a slight nosebleed, but well worth the effort.  I understand a more reader-friendly edition is now out.

*Death by Black Hole and Other Cosmic Quandaries by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, published by W. W. Norton & Company, 2007.  My favorite science writer!  Solid info, well-explained for blockheads like myself.

*Dictionary of Mythology by Bergen Evans, published by Dell Books, 1970.

*Life as we do not Know it by Peter Ward, published by The Penguin Group, 2005.

* The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory by Brian Greene, Norton 1999.  A good book but a little hard to digest for the layman, watching the television version on NOVA first might be helpful.

* The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality by Brian Greene, Knopf, 2004.  Why are these things always so long?

*Interplanetary Flight: An Introduction to Astronautics by Arthur C. Clarke, L. Harper & Brothers 1951.  Excellent and well organized if a bit dated.

* Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution by Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Donald Goldsmith, published by W. W. Norton & Company, 2004.



Nova Science Now on PBS, great stuff, as is The Elegant Universe, also by Nova.  The History Channel, when on a Nazi break, has a fantastic show called The Universe. There’s often good fare on the Science Channel, when they’re not explaining how toothpicks are manufactured, and Discovery Channel is much like Science Channel but likes to show people eating bugs in the wilderness.  Whatever . . .



*Astronomy Nexus, The:

*Atlas of the Universe, An:

*Atomic Rocket:


*The Classification of Stars:

*Electric Company:

* Internet Stellar Database, The:

*NOVA science NOW PBS:

*Observatory, The:  (

*Pirate Ring, The:

*Pirate’s Glossary of Terms:

*Rare Earth:

*Relativity and FTL Travel:

*Rocketpunk Manifesto:

*Science Channel website:



*Tough Guide to the Known Galaxy:



For Sporto, Rix and Boo

Thanks to the Brians Collis & Abernathy for their time and advice.


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