daniel l.

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  1. The Dawn Spacecraft, which has explored Ceres and Vesta, will soon be shut down as its fuel reserves are depleted. Apparently, NASA is dedicated to ensuring that Dawn never touches Ceres itself, and intend to place it in a safe parking orbit indefinitely -- or until a future spacecraft can retrieve it or destroy it. I, for one, am glad that we aren't sending all of out planetary orbiters to their destruction upon End of Life. We gotta have something to put in the museum, right? https://www.popularmechanics.com/space/satellites/a23085942/dawn-spacecraft-nasa-out-of-fuel/
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    New Radio Image of the Galactic Center

    Uh, I don't understand.
  3. https://gizmodo.com/new-south-african-telescope-releases-epic-image-of-the-1827572028 I find this to be absolutely stunning. It reminds me of Gregory Benford's novels. I'm hoping we'll someday visit this place -- in the distant future, no doubt.
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    Science fiction authors of the KSP forums, UNITE!

    Thanks. Once I finish with this first novel, The Venus-Luna Run, I plan on perhaps writing a few novellas and short stories to cover the lore. It is my hope to make something as extensive as the works of Niven or Banks.
  5. Holy... wow. And what about Neptune? Could somebody living on (or inside) a moon of Neptune survive? If not, how far out would somebody have to go to survive either in the open or living underground inside an asteroid, moon, or dwarf planet?
  6. The force goes away once the squeezing is done and the star has become a bottomless pit. A stable black hole can exist at any mass, though smaller ones have shorter lifespans due to decay by Hawking Radiation. So you could theoretically compress anything into a black hole. Everything is held together and apart by certain forces. Enough gravity, however, can overwhelm those forces. Enough gravity can collapse the electrons of atoms onto their nuclei. Whenever an electron collides with a proton, it forms a neutron. So this process of collapsing atoms will create a body of solid neutrons of extreme density. But even there it doesn't quite end. Enough pressure and you can break the forces holding those particles together until there's physically nothing left but a single point of infinite density. Nobody even knows what a singularity is made of, I think.
  7. I'm not really speculating on motivations right now. I can just chop it up to being a weird phenomenon or hyper-advanced aliens of unexplainable motives -- it's SF you know. What I'd kinda like to know, however, is how much damage could such a process do. Aside from the freezing, the comes after the collapse, the process itself would cause the collapsing star to brighten exponentially, and cook everything within range. But what is that range? Which planets would survive, which wouldn't, and what would the effects on them be? Blown-away atmospheres? Melted crust? Vaporized? I want to be as scientifically accurate about these effects as possible.
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    Science fiction authors of the KSP forums, UNITE!

    Okay. So I've finished editing chapter 2, and I think I've gotten it pretty polished. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1BzR7FUu4ekT3lGDfXvdlWxauIAhiYtg3U4Ik74YY8U0/edit?usp=sharing For the record, this chapter introduces a lot of new characters (some of whom belong to demographics I'm largely inexperienced with, I hope I've written them in a respectful manner), and I've deliberately given the protagonist a few major flaws as well. Also, there's a bit of profanity -- I prefer realism Please, do not mistake this story for something in the YA genre. While the characters are a bunch of young men and women, and they're going on an adventure...
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    Science fiction authors of the KSP forums, UNITE!

    Thanks. I'll give chapter 2 the fixing it needs, post it tomorrow, and get back to work on chapter 3! I hope you guys like the novel itself -- though it's purpose is mainly to build the world so I can place bigger, more important stories in it without self-contradiction.
  10. Okay, so I have this idea for a Sci-Fi story called Blackout. And I'd like some of the super smart people here to tell me if this can happen, and if so, how will it happen? Basically, the story goes like this: In the near future, radio astronomers begin to detect strange signals coming from nearby stars. The signals are continuous, repeating patterns. At first, thought to be alien transmissions, that hope is turned to terror when the signals begin to get louder and louder, culminating in the stunning and horrifying collapse of the entire star into a black hole -- the final process itself taking only an hour. This happens several times over the decades, the star-killing phenomenon getting closer and closer to Sol. Finally, it is reported to the horror of all humanity that these signals are now coming from our sun and that we have only twenty years before the collapse. So here's how I imagine the collapse happening: Some sort of unexplained force starts compressing the star, this process takes an hour. As the star gets further and further squished, the added friction creates more heat, and the fusion process becomes more powerful. As it shrinks, the star gets exponentially brighter (somewhere in the range of several thousand times), in the process vaporizing the innermost planets and melting the crust off of those further out, sterilizing the entire system. Finally, the star can't be squeezed any further, and it collapses into a black hole, plunging the entire remaining solar system into darkness. So what I'd like to know is: How bright will the Sun get as it's squished? What is the curve for that? And what will happen to planets and moons based on their distances? Will Mercury be vaporized? Earth and Luna melted? Will Jupiter's atmosphere be blown away? Are Uranus and Neptune safe? These are all things I'd like to know.
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    Science fiction authors of the KSP forums, UNITE!

    @Bill Phil Okay. Here's chapter 1, after a quick polish. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1atJnPdK7BlEpo6-fu29J0cwrgAxg_8B9-8lUHEdPxvY/edit?usp=sharing Chapter 2 will probably take a little while longer. A lot of it could be kinda dubious now that I've looked at it -- I'm following the writing technique of "Just write everything, then edit."
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    Science fiction authors of the KSP forums, UNITE!

    Thanks. I'll go over the first two chapters, give them a quick edit to fix any major typos and other problems -- they're in the first draft stage. I should have them posted on here within an hour.
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    Science fiction authors of the KSP forums, UNITE!

    Now, I wonder if I can get you guys' opinions on this. For some time now, I've been working on a short novel as a means of building up a sci-fi universe to eventually write bigger stories in. The story is quite simple: Tom Parnell, a young man straight out of flight school (for spacecraft) in the 23rd century, buys a century-old freighter called the Norfolk. This ship is vastly slower than the ships of Tom's present -- it lacks the engine upgrades provided by the Sundered (their actual name is unpronounceable) -- a long-lost offshoot of humanity, physiologically adapted to the dark, low-g environments of their homeworld in the Luhman 16 system (tall and skinny, large eyes, white/translucent skin). So Tom hires several of his friends as crew and embarks upon a mission to carry a valuable commodity from the Floater colonies on Venus to the Solarian/Sundered colony on Luna -- a dangerous trip, as Norfolk is incapable of taking the safe direct route, and thus instead must travel via old-fashioned orbital mechanics, which makes them vulnerable to pirates. I'm attempting to avoid the 'hero' trope by making all the characters relatively flawed. And by putting all of them in their late teens or early twenties, I'm in a better position to write them competently -- and have it make more sense when they inevitably mess things up. So basically, a bunch of youths buy a space jalopy and attempt to make money with it while dodging pirates and attempting to get into each other's pants. In general, I'm aiming for a character-oriented story in the style of the pulp stories of yesteryear. The aim of the story itself is to flesh out the universe so later novels can have a better foundation to build their stories upon. If anyone is interested, I can post the first two completed chapters for critique. I was working on the third chapter until I caught a cold a couple weeks ago, and it spoiled my mojo. If you guys are indeed interested, I could finish the novel. I'm aiming for 50k to 70k words. Also, if anyone would like to collab on this, please PM me. SPECIES GLOSSARY & LORE: Solarian - Any human born within the Sol system of rootstock genetics. AKA, classical humans. Sundered - A human offshoot from Luhman 16. Their ancestors were abducted from Earth by an unknown alien species approximately 100,000 years ago and enslaved for the amusement of their captors. Unfortunately for the aliens, the creatures they had taken weren't just another animal species, but an intelligent race in its early years -- the proto-Sundered managed to successfully rebel and drove their captors off the planet, they never returned. For millennia afterward, these people diverged from humans on Earth: Taller and skinnier due to low gravity, extremely pale skin due to the lighting conditions of their world (comparable to moonlight on Earth), larger eyes to see in the dark better, and are largely hairless due to the tropical climate of the planet (brown dwarves emit significantly more heat than light). Having had no culture or civilization to speak of at the time of their abduction, the Sundered developed entirely independent of Earth, and so the way they live and interact is almost entirely alien to Solarians -- though the feeling is mutual. the Sundered were reunited with their Solarian cousins when a probe from Earth entered their system and accidentally triggered the old alien defense systems, which destroyed the probe; in response, the United Nations of Earth sent a drone battlefleet which engaged and disabled the defenses, finally freeing the people from their world. Also due to these defenses, which targeted any surface establishment that drew too much attention to itself, the Sundered developed the habit of living discreetly, never using any sort of broadcast communications systems -- meaning they were never able to listen to or respond to Earth's own radio broadcasts. Floater - A species of intelligent, airborne plants. The floaters thrive in warm, thick, carbon dioxide-rich atmospheres. So it was no surprise to humanity in the 22nd century that when a generation ship inhabited by Floaters arrived in the Sol system and opened communications with the United Nations of Earth, their first paragraph after a customary greeting had been to ask if they could colonize Venus. In return, they offered a cultural exchange and access to the technology of their ship -- though it was hardly more advanced than the Solarians own tech. As Floaters age, they shed their extremely durable skins, which settle on the surface of Venus; these skins are extremely valuable in the Solarian economy due to their durability and aesthetic qualities, so much effort is made to harvest them from the surface before the heat ruins them (a Floater skin can last up to a month on the surface). As you can see, I've already fleshed out this universe quite a bit.
  14. Is it likely that worlds like Mercury or Mars might have sealed-up underground caverns that maintain an atmosphere comparable to an earlier stage in the planet's existence? If so, then given the lack of plate tectonics on such worlds, such a cave could be billions of years old, and could have enough pressure to sustain liquid water.
  15. I'm pretty sure it'll still work.... .... Did you download it first? Did you look at the post-date?