Date: 02/23/2013 5:39 PM Title: Chapter 1
Thought I'd take a nibble on some of your questions. :)
Fic Q: No, I don't think the mission was intended to find Spectra bases -- given that they were reportedly abandoned once the Spectrans realised the gig was up, were they expected, the good guys would have gone packing heat. And probably not in old rockets. ;)
Science questions: Yes, you can project infrared light, same as any other light... naturally, the losses from the provision of thermal energy to the surrounding water as well as scattering must be accounted for, but it's entirely possible to project it.
Alas, I can't even pretend answer as to why Mark was so short with Princess. He's Wonderboy -- we wonder about him all the time. :D