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  1. So I'm currently writing WIP science fiction novels (Links in my sig), and I know some of you guys are too, So what scifi do you guys write? Post here, and we can get something of an archive going maybe, like the fan works library
  2. Hey Guys, I'm currently reading Downbelow Station by C J Cherryh, and I thought it would be fun to recreate the titular space station in KSP. There is, however, a problem I'm running into. In the book, all of the docking ports on this space station are on the ring, not the hub. Given the diameter of the station and how fast it would have to spin to generate 1g, the surface of the ring is moving by at about 73 meters per second, way too fast to even hope to perform a successful docking. So to anyone here who has read the book or is even just familiar with the story, what am I missing here? Cherryh's work in science fiction is for the most part pretty well grounded in scientific accuracy, so how is it she did not think of this? If anyone has any insight into this subject, I would really love to hear your thoughts. Thanks.
  3. Hey guys! I am new to the kerbal community and really hoping y'all can help me out! I am writing a novel about life among the clouds of Venus and I need help figuring out some basic science about how people would do it. I have done quite a bit of research online but there still remains a number of questions I can't seem to answer. They are as follows: 1. What is the range of atmospheric pressure above Venus in the range of 20-50 Km? I understand that near the top would be about 1 bar. 2. What would the temperature range be like in this 20-50 km area? I have heard wildly different estimates. Some say that towards the bottom of this 20 km the temperature would be near tropical climate and that higher up, close to the 50 km, the temp would be closer to sub-polar. Then again, others have said that even near the top of this range the temp would be well above 150 Fahrenheit. This would imply that it would be even warmer the lower you go. 3. My third question should be fairly easy to clear up. The habitat design in my book mimics airships. The things I need to know are how much mass can a given quantity of air lift, and what would be the pros and cons of helium, hydrogen, and earth air. Should there be any other gases I should consider? 4. The highest mountain on Venus is about 11 km as I understand. Would it be practical to mine resources from mountain tops to fuel an expanding economy? If it wouldn't, what other options would there be? My understanding is that asteroids would be too far away to be practical and that the atmosphere wouldn't have enough elements to meet all of the expected needs. 5. How hard would it be to get water from sulfuric acid? Are there any other things I need to know? Remember, I am a noob at this and really want my book to be scientifically accurate. Thanks a ton for any help you can offer me!
  4. KSP is more or less about the exploration of space as is Star Trek which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary - a TV series which led to the invention of automatic doors and the mobile phone and I always assumed everybody on this forum had seen at least one episode of that franchise, but a few days ago I was taught wrong. Which led me to the question what are your favorite science fiction films (and why?), which do you consider 'must see' and which films are still on your personal to do list? So here's my selection: Contact - nice exploration of the 'what if they answered the call' theme Firefly - weird genre mixture yet interesting characters The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - the mean of propulsion is worth an entry in this list Independence Day - the film that made Will Smith famous Interstellar - for bringing General Relativity to the Big Screen The Martian - a more realistic approach to 70s disco music in space Star Trek - a social critic view of society put into space Star Wars - features explosions in space. An early precursor to KSP. Never saw 2001 - A Space Odyssey and Alien.....gotta correct that some day... What is your list?
  5. I think he was the best written and the most smartest character in entire star trek series, yes he was also most annoying character, aside Wesley Crusher of of course But i wonder why Q not intervened when Jean-Luc Piccard nephew died in the fire (In Star Trek: The Next Generation motion picture) he might save they boy, and would be also nice cameo appearance of Q in the movie