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Die-cast Toy Cars. Payment We accept the following payment methods: Paypal Only Please contact us if you have any questions. Which brought me back to Dyson spheres and all the questions I had about them. Freeman Dyson is a very smart man; I could not believe that one of the leading physicists of our time would devise something which had such obvious flaws. So I visited the University of Massachusetts science library, tracked down the issues of Science from in which Dr. Dyson published a couple of letters explaining his idea, and got a surprise: the Dyson spheres of science fiction bear little resemblance to his original concept.
Dyson had suggested that these spheres would be individual habitats orbiting a star, rather than a solid shell with a sun at its center. In fact, he owed his inspiration to J. I was thinking about this when I stumbled upon a web site article about the properties of fullerenes, sometimes also known as buckyballs. So my Dyson sphere would be something like that: a vast assembly of hexagons, each one sharing sides its neighbors, constructed in orbit around a star.
An afternoon spent doing the math for the dimensions of such an object producing bowel-loosening results. Once I drew pencil sketches of Hex, my friend Rob Caswell came up with the frontispiece illustrations that appear in the book. Rob also read the book as I was writing it and made several suggestions.
Figuring out why someone would go to the trouble of building something like this provided me with much of the plot and story. Hex is about the discovery and exploration of Hex. Read an excerpt. Listen to an audio interview. Sounds interesting as hell. Steele is one of those authors I have been meaning to read for a long while. Might as well get to it.
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This sounds great! That aside: WANT. I absolutly adored ringworld; I have an absolute love for strange world concepts.
Since then, my wife and I have devoured his books. When I saw this pop up on Amazon, I was stoked. In fact, I may just go order it now….
It was only Earth sized, divided into hexagonal regions, created by the Markovians to each have a different climate, tech level, etc. Sounds like Steele is upping the ante on this. Sandy 8 — Yeah, that was my first thought, too. Similiar, but enough to make me interested. The similarities do intrigue me, though. Pedantry alert: 1. Suspect Mr.
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Steele meant 1. The clue is in the title: Ring world, not Sphere world or Ballworld or whatever. The ring shape is important to the setup and the plot in many ways. This is of course all nitpicking offhand comments. They are the artefacts of an extinct race, some of which are now inhabited by others. Sounds intriguing. I see the following four Coyote books for sale in e-form, but not the first.
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The physics pedant in me cannot resist. Surface area must be measured in units of area, which means square miles, not miles. I have not had the pleasure of reading any of Mr. Any recommends on where to start? You could spin it, but that leaves the problem of the poles.
At least some of those habitats are going to have the gravity of the sun pulling them inward without benefit of already being in free fall. So there has to be some kind of antigravity keeping them where they are. That said, the focus on the Dyson Sphere as opposed to the alien race gimmick will hopefully ensure this gets sent off in its own direction. Hello John, I very much like Alan Steele. I also enjoy reading his works. This is one that I plan to get as soon as I can.