[Runequest] Fact check
vikingjarl at gmail.com
Sun Apr 7 12:02:17 EST 2013
Ringworld is based on Larry Niven's book of the same name. I came to
know him fairly well back in the days when we both going to Cons & to
English Regency Dancing events. He always struck me as very stringent in
using his science in books. I remember an occasion of him discussing the
physics of it & also mentioning that it was based on the work of Dyson
(of the "Dyson Sphere concept"). So I suspect that he is probably
correct in his assumptions to make the concept work. Perhaps someone who
is more versed in these things can shed some light on this.
On 4/6/2013 12:42 PM, Simon Phipp wrote:
> Much as I liked RungWorld as a rules set, some of it was a little
> far-fetched, even as Space Opera.
> Having atmosphere 500 miles up? According to Wikipedia, the
> stratosphere has a pressure of 1/1000th Atmosphere and stretches to
> around 32 miles, the mesosphere extend to about 53 miles, and the
> Thermosphere above that extends to around 240 miles and contains
> satellites and the International Space Station. Also, atmosphere boils
> away into space unless protected by having gravity. Something that
> generates a gravity effect through rotation would, I assume,
> continually throw its atmosphere away quite quickly.
> I am sure there is an explanation for this, as with any futuristic
> As for the Ironclad Great Troll Paratrooper, he could jump out at
> altitude, freefall happily until it was time to open his parachute
> then, gulp, things might go a bit wrong.
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