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    Thread: Papercutters rewrite !
Post: RE: Papercutters rewrite !

There is a papercutter image somewhere in the Macrystis project, by TSSL; Here it is. Here is a cleaned up version I've made.
stevebowers Encyclopaedia Galactica Articles 29 537 Today, 08:04 AM
    Thread: Considering Linelayers
Post: RE: Considering Linelayers

I could add some colour to Phil B's image, if required. Currently it works as a Negentropy Alliance grey ship.
stevebowers General Setting Discussion 19 210 Today, 03:08 AM
    Thread: Considering Linelayers
Post: RE: Considering Linelayers

I'd put a dedicated transapient mind in the linelayer - the wormhole needs to be stabilised and maintained en route, and needs to be expanded upon arrival (although this can be handled by transapients...
stevebowers General Setting Discussion 19 210 02-19-2024, 05:39 AM
    Thread: Luna to wormhole
Post: RE: Luna to wormhole

Quote: -- I seem to remember reading a sci-fi book where a character’s lungs safely collapsed and their circulatory system was supported by contractile tissue throughout the body. Though that was fo...
stevebowers General Setting Discussion 5 59 02-17-2024, 07:53 PM
    Thread: Luna to wormhole
Post: RE: Luna to wormhole

In order to travel as an embodied person at 10 gees of acceleration (or more), you could immerse yourself in a bath of comfortable, damage-limiting utility fog with inbuilt entertainment. Most OA citi...
stevebowers General Setting Discussion 5 59 02-17-2024, 08:29 AM
    Thread: Artificial Planet from Transmutation
Post: RE: Artificial Planet from Transmutation

The energy produced by transmutation of silicon to iron is relatively small compared to the energy produced by fusion of hydrogen to helium, so this would reduce the waste heat somewhat; but the outpu...
stevebowers General Setting Discussion 13 134 02-16-2024, 08:11 PM
    Thread: Known Canon Issues
Post: RE: Known Canon Issues

Quote: -- My biggest concern about that option is that the question of why the universe isn't overrun by self-repping tech when it is so common in Terragen civ (and presumably other peer civs which w...
stevebowers General Setting Discussion 390 6,092 02-16-2024, 07:14 AM
    Thread: Artificial Planet from Transmutation
Post: RE: Artificial Planet from Transmutation

One way to cool down a large accretion disk would be to use the dust itself. If you transfer heat to the dust up near the centre of the disk and send it on eccentric orbits outwards into deep space, t...
stevebowers General Setting Discussion 13 134 02-16-2024, 05:09 AM
    Thread: Known Canon Issues
Post: RE: Known Canon Issues

We don't use strange matter viruses in the setting any more, although the idea of strange matter itself is sound. A 'strange matter virus' is a technology that uses strangelets to change normal matter...
stevebowers General Setting Discussion 390 6,092 02-15-2024, 08:52 PM
    Thread: Artificial Planet from Transmutation
Post: RE: Artificial Planet from Transmutation

Bok Globules are rich sources of resources. Even better are protoplanetary disks and the regions around T Tauri stars, since they contain a lot of dust and solid matter that has not yet accreted i...
stevebowers General Setting Discussion 13 134 02-15-2024, 07:42 PM
    Thread: Artificial Planet from Transmutation
Post: RE: Artificial Planet from Transmutation

If you start from a cloud of protons and neutrons (an approximation of an early star) then to make an Earth-like planet made of iron, apparently you'd produce 375,000 years of solar output, although m...
stevebowers General Setting Discussion 13 134 02-11-2024, 07:42 PM
    Thread: Artificial Planet from Transmutation
Post: RE: Artificial Planet from Transmutation

When I try to replicate my workings-out, which were very rough-and ready, I'm getting even higher values (in the thousands of years worth of solar luminosity). I think I'll ask some real astronomers a...
stevebowers General Setting Discussion 13 134 02-11-2024, 08:35 AM
    Thread: Artificial Planet from Transmutation
Post: RE: Artificial Planet from Transmutation

There is a big problem with making a planet-mass object using transmutation; specifically the transmutation would create a very large amount of waste heat. To make a planet with an iron core as large ...
stevebowers General Setting Discussion 13 134 02-11-2024, 03:38 AM
    Thread: Typos
Post: RE: Typos

Fixed; thanks!
stevebowers Website and Content Issues 633 6,188 02-08-2024, 04:31 AM
    Thread: Guanche rewrite
Post: RE: Guanche rewrite

In the very earliest articles, written by Alan and Anders, AI is used as a synonym for archailect or transapient. This is definitely misleading, and suggests that archailects are just another kind of...
stevebowers Encyclopaedia Galactica Articles 10 90 02-07-2024, 08:31 AM
    Thread: Considering Linelayers
Post: RE: Considering Linelayers

Smart particles that home in upon the sail are probably the best solution; this can be coupled with some sort of 'light sail' system to help with acceleration and manoeuvring, or maybe even a secondar...
stevebowers General Setting Discussion 19 210 02-07-2024, 08:06 AM
    Thread: Guanche rewrite
Post: RE: Guanche rewrite

Quote: -- Archai is the plural form of archailect and they aren't really something that can be used interchangeably. -- After twenty one years, I never noticed this. I have always used 'archai' as a ...
stevebowers Encyclopaedia Galactica Articles 10 90 02-07-2024, 03:26 AM
    Thread: Guanche rewrite
Post: RE: Guanche rewrite

Good idea. It is unlikely that a naturally life-bearing world could be colonised by a low-tech or prim culture, even if they were engineered to thrive there.
stevebowers Encyclopaedia Galactica Articles 10 90 02-06-2024, 08:51 AM
    Thread: Updated January 2024
Post: RE: Updated January 2024

Quote: -- Multiversalism is just Max Tegmark's multiverses. That's funny. -- That is the basis for it, but I could elaborate on the potential religious and philosophical ramifications of a multivers...
stevebowers The latest from Orion's Arm 5 487 02-06-2024, 05:46 AM
    Thread: Ultratech Economics (article rewrite)
Post: RE: Ultratech Economics (article rewrite)

I've added an image to this article, made up of a number of planets I've made in the past but not used. I've also added random names to the planets. https://www.orionsarm.com/eg-article/468065756bab2
stevebowers Encyclopaedia Galactica Articles 19 220 02-04-2024, 08:23 AM