Once upon a time I was asked to beta-read a piece of Star Trek fanfiction. The first thing that caught my eye as a problem was that the author had a starship lifting off from a ground based port and going to warp drive shortly thereafter. By shortly I mean within the atmosphere.
I’m not a Trekker, and Lord knows I’m not a physicist, but it struck me that a starship is a big object and that causing it to get anywhere near, let alone exceed the speed of light would result in a whole lot of energy being dumped into the atmosphere.
What are the likely effects of a non-quantum (ie really big and dense) object hitting reltativistic speeds below near-earth orbit?