I’ve always found the DC (presumably &ld…

I’ve always found the DC (presumably “deceleration”) stations from Forbidden Planet (1956) to be interesting. While never elaborated on, the associated dialogue and visuals of the scene suggest that the even the C-57D’s artificial gravity is unequal to the task of protecting the crew completely from the inertial forces of dropping from 16 times the speed of light to 0.3896c in a few seconds and that the stations are tightly confined inertial dampening fields.

Even after the stations deactivate, the men seem to be in some physical discomfort implying that they feel some deceleration forces even through the DC station fields.

It’s a bit surprising how infrequently acceleration and deceleration forces in space travel are realistically addressed in science fiction. The fluid-filled inertia tanks in Joe Haldeman’s “The Forever War” (1974) is the primary other example that immediately comes to mind other than the more prosaic “acceleration chair/couch” found in “The Mote in God’s Eye” (1974) by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle and the similar “shock couches” of the 1950s EC Comics’ science fiction titles.