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    Thread: Dietrich and the S1 section of the rise of the archailects article
Post: RE: Dietrich and the S1 section of the rise of the...

The mission to Epsilon Indi definitely had artificial womb tech, and that was launched in 488 AT. I expect that many or most of the missions launched after that date would have it too, or could develo...
stevebowers Encyclopaedia Galactica Articles 27 247 01-24-2023, 01:59 AM
    Thread: Dietrich and the S1 section of the rise of the archailects article
Post: RE: Dietrich and the S1 section of the rise of the...

One aspect of the Dietrich ascension I wanted to suggest was that this was one of a small number of S:1 ascensions in that era, most of which resulted in the creation of a completely incomprehensible ...
stevebowers Encyclopaedia Galactica Articles 27 247 01-23-2023, 01:24 AM
    Thread: Lower Energy Terrestrial Ecosystems
Post: RE: Lower Energy Terrestrial Ecosystems

The energy for a bioluminescent organism has to come from somewhere, so you would need an energy input at the top trophic level of the biome concerned. If this energy comes from sunlight/starlight, th...
stevebowers General Setting Discussion 4 51 01-22-2023, 09:06 PM
    Thread: Dietrich and the S1 section of the rise of the archailects article
Post: RE: Dietrich and the S1 section of the rise of the...

Ben Higginbottom hasn't been active on the forum for about eighteen years, although I do have some contact with him still.
stevebowers Encyclopaedia Galactica Articles 27 247 01-22-2023, 08:12 PM
    Thread: Lower Energy Terrestrial Ecosystems
Post: RE: Lower Energy Terrestrial Ecosystems

Light levels are quite low under the surface of the sea, so seaweed uses a variety of accessory pigments to increase the amount of energy collected. Brown algae and red algae can grow in deeper water ...
stevebowers General Setting Discussion 4 51 01-21-2023, 09:56 PM
    Thread: Dietrich and the S1 section of the rise of the archailects article
Post: RE: Dietrich and the S1 section of the rise of the...

I'm happy with this. As I recall, Dietrich was first mentioned by contributor Ben Higginbottom, and I expanded her role slightly; but any extra details are welcome. Note that some of her history might...
stevebowers Encyclopaedia Galactica Articles 27 247 01-21-2023, 09:00 PM
    Thread: Plankton processors in the Ocean of Ys
Post: RE: Plankton processors in the Ocean of Ys

Excellent! Is this a microscopic view, or a view from space?
stevebowers Art and Visual Media 11 85 01-21-2023, 08:46 PM
    Thread: Typos
Post: RE: Typos

Quote: -- I haven't read much about conversion drives, but what does the word "bright" indicate? -- The simplest explanation for this statement is that conversion drives are a very energetic form of ...
stevebowers Website and Content Issues 569 5,357 01-19-2023, 07:34 AM
    Thread: Minor Werewolf update
Post: RE: Minor Werewolf update

That's fine. On the other hand there could be people in the near future who have extreme surgery to change themselves permanently into werewolves; especially humanoid werewolves like Lon Chaney in th...
stevebowers Encyclopaedia Galactica Articles 22 226 01-16-2023, 08:25 AM
    Thread: Banks Orbitals vs Ringworlds
Post: RE: Banks Orbitals vs Ringworlds

Good idea. Some red dwarfs are very dim, such as Van Biesbroeck's Star, which has a luminosity of 0.0005 x Sol. This star would have a habitable orbit radius of about 3.3 million kilometres; about t...
stevebowers General Setting Discussion 7 61 01-14-2023, 10:46 PM
    Thread: Pellet Beam propulsion.
Post: Pellet Beam propulsion.

NASA are looking into beamriders (at last). https://www.popularmechanics.com/space/deep-space/a42467338/propulsion-system-interstellar-travel-earth-neptune More details here https://www.nasa.go...
stevebowers Real Life But OA Relevant 0 113 01-14-2023, 12:26 AM
    Thread: Constellations List
Post: RE: Constellations List

The Ruprecht catalog is a catalog of star clusters, so any individual stars in that catalog would need additional identifiers.
stevebowers Encyclopaedia Galactica Articles 53 540 01-13-2023, 06:32 PM
    Thread: Banks Orbitals vs Ringworlds
Post: RE: Banks Orbitals vs Ringworlds

Both Ringworlds and Banks Orbitals require magmatter-strength materials to avoid falling apart. Since both types of megastructure require godtech in their construction, we can assume that there would ...
stevebowers General Setting Discussion 7 61 01-12-2023, 09:16 PM
    Thread: Keith Wigdor's AI images for OA
Post: RE: Keith Wigdor's AI images for OA

Drashner1 Wrote: (01-11-2023, 03:11 AM) -- Are these images being saved into the OA CMS so that they can be readily inserted into EG articles when desired? If not, is that something we should look...
stevebowers Art and Visual Media 32 316 01-11-2023, 07:09 AM
    Thread: Keith Wigdor's AI images for OA
Post: RE: Keith Wigdor's AI images for OA

No, I love it. If these images can act as inspiration, all the better.
stevebowers Art and Visual Media 32 316 01-11-2023, 07:06 AM
    Thread: Keith Wigdor's AI images for OA
Post: RE: Keith Wigdor's AI images for OA

I particularly like the later ones with no figures included; the figures produced by this AI are a bit scary, sometimes. Much better than they were only a year ago, mind you.
stevebowers Art and Visual Media 32 316 01-11-2023, 03:00 AM
    Thread: Keith Wigdor's AI images for OA
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stevebowers Art and Visual Media 32 316 01-11-2023, 02:45 AM
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stevebowers Art and Visual Media 32 316 01-11-2023, 02:44 AM
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stevebowers Art and Visual Media 32 316 01-11-2023, 02:43 AM
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stevebowers Art and Visual Media 32 316 01-11-2023, 02:40 AM