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jasong 2015-09-08 09:41

[QUOTE=kladner;409483]Rapture in Space is a short story. It is fairly raunchy and explicit. It is freely available at the link given. However, it has redeeming social importance in that intercourse in space is pivotal to the plot, and that it explores various sub-cultures of an almost-present reality. The space tech is the shuttle. The speculative explanation of an unlikely outcome (hehe) is amusing.

Transreal is very good, too. Rudy does take some getting used to, unless you are already inoculated with Hunter Thompson and the like. Transreal may also be the collection which includes a story with Bill Burroughs, Neal Cassady, and Jack Kerouac, IIRC. (EDIT: But on reflection, I think that might be wrong.)[/QUOTE]
Was surprised to see White Light in there. I thought Rudy Rucker sounded familiar.

A series others might want to try, something more recent, is Stephen Bennett's Koban series. It's sort of generic in it's basic premise, humans getting their butts kicked by an alien race and then fighting back. But the background they add in is pretty detailed.

If any of you enjoy the books and are reasonably good at drawing, I'd love for you to post some artwork of the concepts, especially the Krall. I couldn't for the life of me find any artwork, official or otherwise.

only_human 2015-09-11 23:07

[URL=""]Elon Musk: Nuke Mars[/URL]
[QUOTE]"There's the fast way and the slow way," said Musk (to make Mars an inhabitable planet). "The fast way is [to] drop thermonuclear weapons over the poles [of Mars]."[/QUOTE]

Uncwilly 2015-09-11 23:24

[QUOTE=only_human;410115][URL=""]Elon Musk: Nuke Mars[/URL][/QUOTE]
Mars does not have enough gravity (and magnetosphere) to hold onto enough atmosphere.

only_human 2015-09-11 23:33

[QUOTE=Uncwilly;410116]Mars does not have enough gravity (and magnetosphere) to hold onto enough atmosphere.[/QUOTE]Perhaps not for an ordinary geological timescale, but several thousand years retention is not too brief on a human scale.
[QUOTE]Thermodynamics of terraforming
The overall energy required to sublimate the CO[SUB]2[/SUB] from the south polar ice cap is modeled by Zubrin and McKay.[1] Raising temperature of the poles by 4 K would be necessary in order to trigger a runaway greenhouse effect. If using orbital mirrors, an estimated 120 MWe-years would be required in order to produce mirrors large enough to vaporize the ice caps. This is considered the most effective method, though the least practical. If using powerful halocarbon greenhouse gases, an order of 1000 MWe-years would be required to accomplish this heating. Although ineffectual in comparison, it is considered the most practical method.[citation needed] Impacting an asteroid, which is often considered a synergistic effect, would require approximately four 10-billion-tonne ammonia-rich asteroids to trigger the runaway greenhouse effect, totaling an eight degree increase in temperature.[/QUOTE]

firejuggler 2015-09-28 17:38

second time I post this link but... liquid water on mars, confirmed ( salty waters)

no evidence of seamen or pirate yet.

Nick 2015-10-15 11:31

At about 1400UTC today, a team of students at the TU Delft will attempt to send a rocket up to an altitude of 50km.
The fuel mixture includes candle grease, laughing gas and coffie sweetener.

Twitter feed: [URL][/URL]

Nick 2015-10-16 09:48

They failed, but will attempt again today at about 1400 UTC (1600 Central European Summer Time).
Live feed: [URL][/URL]

Nick 2015-10-16 15:44

The Delft rocket reached 21457 metres altitude, a new European record for amateur rocket scientists.

kladner 2015-10-16 16:36

It is wonderful to see success and progress from an "amateur" group. I put in the quotes because of the immense talent and ability of the students. Obviously, they qualify for the description, as they are doing it for love of the work, but they sure get professional results! :smile:

xilman 2015-10-16 19:12


European - Russian mission to the Lunar south pole. I'd post more and pretty-up the link but I'm being harrassed by someone of the feline persuasion...

chalsall 2015-10-16 19:53

[QUOTE=xilman;412876]I'd post more and pretty-up the link but I'm being harrassed by someone of the feline persuasion...[/QUOTE]

Never deny a pussy what it wants... Bad things can happen...,.

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