Thanks to everyone who entered the Adrift on the Sea of Rains competition. Most of the entries were correct. I obviously didn’t make the questions hard enough. Yesterday, I used one of the many dice I have left in a jar from my RPG days to choose the two lucky winners. And they are: Derek Hawthorn and Ole Andreas Imsen.
For the rest of you, commiserations. You could, of course, always buy a copy at the Whippleshield Books online shop.
The answers to the questions were:
1. By what name is the semi-mythical Project Rainbow better known?
It’s better known as the Philadelphia Experiment, in which the USS Eldridge was allegedly turned briefly invisible in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in 1943. See the entry on Wikipedia here for more information.
2. In the rocket equation, what does Ve stand for?
Ve is exhaust velocity or effective exhaust velocity. See the entry on the rocket equation on Wikipedia here for more information.
3. What world record does SAGE hold?
SAGE, or Semi Automatic Ground Environment, was run on the AN/FSQ-7 computer built by IBM. It was, and remains, the largest computer ever built. See the entry on Wikipedia here for more information.