In a previous work, a reader pointed out that there were eight years in my MC’s service, but the events did not add up, time-wise. I had to create a spreadsheet with the timeline for those eight years to reconcile everything, and issued the changes. In this article I will show you one difficult challenge I faced and how I kept is all straight. I had a scenario that involved multiple, timed events. I got quickly bogged down and decided I needed to start over. First I decided to develop a set of logic statements. Here is where I started…
Fact 1) the Americans landed on Earth’s moon to reestablish a post after the Soviets had completely obliterated the previous post and killed them all to the last man.
Fact 2) the distance between the existing Soviet post on the far side of the moon to the new proposed American post construction is 3,933 kilometers. The first thing that will arrive is the Soviet hovertank battalion, followed later by slower-moving Soviet artillery battery. The tank battalion will not be strong enough to take the post without artillery, because the Americans will have some artillery units in place by the time they get there. It is when the Soviet artillery arrives that the assault will begin.
Fact 3) Twenty-four American ships arrive on Luna with equipment, water, fuel, and men. Some ships are recycled to build artillery pieces, and some are sent back to Earth to pick up more men, equipment, water, and fuel. As check-distance.com soon as the first ships land, the Americans hit the ground running to build a new post and a defensive grid.
Okay, I had my work cut out for me. The first thing I had to establish was how long will it take for the Soviet tank battalion to arrive once they discover that the Americans have landed, and how long will it take for the slower moving artillery to arrive? I know how far apart the two points are: the Fabry Crater the Soviets have their post built near is 3,933 kilometers from Landau Crater, the landing site the Americans want to build their post near. I have now established the distance. Now I have to decide how fast the tanks and artillery travel. I decided on a speed of travelling at about forty-eight meters per second, which roughly figured as one hundred and six miles per hour. Since I established the distance in metrics, and the speed in metrics, we can easily calculate: