The Omicron Matter – The Start of a Journey – Improving Performance


A new entry in the Omicron Matter – The Start of a Journey. Rachael is alternating time with John O’Malley on Smith’s ship. While she is there, she is reviewing data from the jumps and has come up with ways to improve performance.

For those who are new to the Omicron Matter, the book home page is good place to start.

Author’s Note

After my literary efforts, John Smith’s crew is severely depleted.  Simone Campbell and Edward Wayland have left his service. Winifred Stanhope and Findley Brown have proven too untrustworthy even for Smith. Millicent has had to supply crew members to fill in the missing spots. Rachael and John are the logical choices because of their earlier interactions. It doesn’t mean that Camille has to like it.

Even with the Omicron devices, it takes time to cross the void.  How does one pass the time when stuck in a relatively small space and few new stimuli? Crew members will handle it differently over the course of this chapter.

Thanks for you support. As a note, I have done some big updates to the book home page (mostly better linking and better chapter explanations.)

Look for more on Wednesday

Rachael – Improving Performance

It was day two of Rachael’s three day shift on Smith’s Ship – the second of the journey.  Winifred Stanhope and Findley Brown were confined to their quarters or worse. She hadn’t seen them and that suited her just fine.   Alfred and Neville made Winifred and Findley meals so they couldn’t be too bad off.

Rachael reviewed the readings from the devices on this ship and compared them with the readings of Millicent’s ship. At each stop, the data was exchanged so she, Jason, and Simone could compare the two ships.  She asked the ceiling, “Camille, can you run a detailed resistivity check and storage decay check at the next stop and tell Charles to do the same?”

The aristocratic voice replied, “Worried your toy will break, Miss Weiz?”

Rachael smiled at the comment and said, “Not at all. If the numbers are remaining close to our baseline measurements, I want to start feeding more energy in. I would like to see what these things will do. The original estimate to our destination was 30 days. If we can change that to 25 days, so much the better.”

Camille drawled, “You have already shaved off 20 years to the travel time and the interval is nearly instantaneous.”

Rachael said, “Instantaneous to the outsider viewer.  But to me it is 30 days. What is it worth to you to spend 5 days less with me?”

There was a pause then, “Hmmph, more work for me. But you make a compelling argument. I’ll see that lazy collection of circuits on Morgaine’s does his work.”

Rachael smiled cheerfully and said, “I knew we could agree on something. Even it is a mutual dislike.”  She looked at the monitors and dials and sighed. That was it for the day. They would drop out of the jump in three hours. She couldn’t swim with the ship in transit and Smith’s gym did not have the specialized equipment that she and Charles had made over the past few months.  There were weights so she could work on her strength to occupy the time.

She switched into athletic clothes and headed to the gym. Redman was by the weights and bowed a little at her entrance. Smith and Neville faced each other in fencing clothes across the gym mat.  She rolled over to the weights and began her routines.  Half of the routines could be done from the chair. Redman assisted with spotting on occasion and the two of them watched the sparring of Smith and Neville between sets.

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