Sun Miner
Image from Steve Bowers
A SunMiner starscoop extracting matter from a star using a ramscoop.

Highly derived, cyborgised clade that during the ComEmp and early post-ComEmp periods specialized in starscooping and star-lifting, acquiring great wealth. Now largely "old money", although still will take on projects, especially if challenging or aesthetic.


A SunMiner starscoop uses ramscoop technology to extract material from the outer atmosphere of a star; a rotating field lifts hot material into the extraction.collection facility, where the metals and other elements are separated out centrifugally. Most of the hydrogen and helium is discarded, taking excess heat away from the vessel with it (although some of the hydrogen and helium may also be exported).

Cooled Orbital Rings

Larger scale extraction projects are carried out with cooled orbital rings; highly eccentric rings carry material and heat away from the star, allowing the rapid extraction of large quantities of matter.

Starlifting and Grazers

Polaris starlifting
Image from Steve Bowers
The star-lifting array around Polaris squeezes this brillant star using intense magnetic fields, causing mass to be ejected from the polar regions
Even larger projects use Starlifting technology, and since the Gati Hertzprung Russell ascension, transapient level SunMiners have increasingly used godtech such as Grazer wormholes.

Image from Steve Bowers
This grazer wormhole is extracting hot matter from the surface of a star

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Development Notes
Text by M. Alan Kazlev
additional material by Steve Bowers
Initially published on 31 December 2007.