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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2018 1:54 am 
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So, I know that there's a limit to carbon nano tube strength, and a limit to what a space elevator can do. This is basically a really, really large version of that.

What is the upper limit / how much mass can be in that 1g city, given that too short of a cable will cause massive rotational effects (i.e. -- the cable has to be long enough that the gravitational effect is the only noticeable effect).

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Pun-level: IT'S OFF THE FREAKIN' CHARTS!!


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The schlockverse clearly has access to materials for stronger than carbon nanotubes. Just look at the world forge, Eina-Afa, or the buthandis. That's the whole point of PTUs.


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Just don't look out the window, if you're prone to motion sickness.

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I'm surprised they don't just use fusion for antigrav. You'd need gravity effects to maintain and fuel annie plants to begin with, after all.


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Yeah, also figured that the use of spin gravity is to better hide. Manipulating gravity would probably negate the stealth gained by not using annie plants.


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I'm looking at today's page wondering why he doesn't set them in a star pattern. 6 cities spinning off of a single center point each counterbalancing the others would seem ideal. I suppose those fusion plants might be particularly dangerous and need a minimum safe distance, plus splitting the cities into separate centrifuges spreads out the failure points.


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I just hope Petey doesn't have enough rope to hang himself. :P


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If they're dakka-firing wild long-gun shots across they galaxy, and enough of those shots to actually hit things, they would be blowing up more than just annie plants. It takes considerable energy to penetrate a plant's walls after all, and while that energy may not to be enough to destroy a star or even a planet, it would be enough to say, blow up a bulding, even a multi-story one. Or blast a hole in a field or desert on some planet. Heck, random energy beams might even be seen coming out of nowhere and streaking across space.

Yes, space is mind-bogglingly big, and most of it has nothing more than a few random molecules and a few grains of dust for light-years. But for essentially random shots from another galaxy to be hitting anything at all, the Pa'anuri would have to be beam-spamming on a scale so epic that even the misses should be seen, or at least registered on monitoring devices.

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