astroengine writes: "Considering the vast distances and epic time scales, what would an interstellar spacecraft, or starship, actually look like? Forget your warp drives and hyperspace, the Tau Zero Foundation and the British Interplanetary Society have teamed up to put a design to the nuclear pulse propelled vehicle. But the sci-fi isn't far away, there's one configuration that resembles Discovery One from "2001: A Space Odyssey.""
... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage
from beginning to end.
-- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"