Howard Tayler wrote:
I'm glad you liked it.
I love toning the violence down by using silhouettes. It makes the blood richer, redder, and gorier, because that's what you're imagining.
You got the consequences exactly right, too. I have a friend who maintains robotic systems for an automotive manufacturer. These robots don't just paint the car or weld on bumpers. They have robotic fork lifts that run on a track and go into the warehouse, pick up a 1,000 pound engine & transaxle asembly and transport it back to the installation site. If anybody happens to get in the way, just imagine a bug on the windshield. Of course, the track has a laser fence around it, but it can't be perfectly solid, and Murphy declares that any body part that happens to intrude will do so between
the beams. Add in the fact that the "batteries" in the Schlockiverse hold about as much power as the Hiroshima bomb (and that's just for the flashlights), shake, stir, and you have the recipe for instant disaster. Then, of course, there's Murphy's Law Of Thermodynamics: "Things always get worse under pressure."
I've been doing some calculations. They're rough, and based on the statements that Oisri is about the size of Earth's moon and 1.2 times Earth's mass. I've also used the assumption that the core is degenerate star material
with a density (calculated) of about 3.7*10^17 kg/M³:
Body Mass (E) Mass (kg) Radius (M) Volume(M³)
Oisri 1.2000 7.168E+24 1.737E+06 21.953E+18
Earth 1.0000 5.974E+24 6.371E+06 1.083E+21
Luna 0.0123 73.475E+21 1.737E+06 21.953E+18
Oisri Core 1.1877 7.095E+24 166.042E+00 19.175E+06
As you can see, if the core of Oisri is Neutronium (or degenerate star matter, to be precise), the vast majority of Oisri's mass is concentrated in a sphere with a radius of 166 meters. Using Newton's Law of Gravitation (which would underestimate things), one kilogram on the "surface" of Oisri's core would be subject to a force of 17.175E+09 Newtons, compared to 9.84 Newtons on the surface of the Earth, for a surface gravity of 1,745,000,000 G. Give or take a gnat's whisker. If the gravity shielding fails for even a millisecond, the people on the surface might survive; a human in good physical shape blacks out at 15 Gees; logically, soldier-boosts would include Gee-Tolerance. I'd guess that it'd be possible for purely biological boosts to keep someone concious and able to order "helmet" and "Gee-protection" up to 30 Gees or so. Since the suits can protect from falls of hundreds of meters, I'd guess that's pretty automatic anyway, and Howard has said suit inertiics are capable of "hundreds of gees." Of course, pulse-power is not constant power; typical engineering ratios are 5:1 to 10:1, so if we assume a suit can handle a surge of 500 Gees, it could realistically handle 50-100 Gees continuous, as long as the batteries hold out. Then again, it wouldn't take much power to sustain a static gravity shield; the power comes when you have to move--it all has to do with work functions. If you put a brick on a table, the table doesn't do any work holding up the brick. As you increase the gravity, the brick does work on the table. It's the gravity change
which does the work. Thus, standing still would only drain your power at the rate caused by inefficiency. Walking along wouldn't use power much faster. Climbing stairs would eat power; going down would gain energy, but it might not be storable (the suits may not be able to create Neutronium). Actually, to be exactly correct, moving up would increase your potential energy of position relative to the gravitational field; going down would decrease it. Falling would convert potential energy into kinetic energy. This is why objects which fall to Earth do not decreacrese the Earth's gravity field, but this doesn't violate the Law Of Conservation Of Energy. Fields aren't energy sources; position & velocity relative to a field represent energy. The same rule holds for electrostatic and electromagnetic (in fact, all of quantum chromodynamic) fields.