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  • #61
    the theoretical science behind the fiction

    The diplomat asked:
    How exactly does a sin gun work? The book says it is a cannon powered by an artificial black hole. There are passages that suggests that it is almost as powerful as a planet buster. Is the black hole just the power source, or does the cannon shoot black holes? I imagined that it shoots a black hole which evaporates on target causing a large planet buster like explosion.

    from flavor.txt:
    Active medium: Temporal boundary
    Type: Singularity induction
    Pulse duration: Relative
    Wavelength: .001 nm
    Peak power: N\A (approach inf.)
    Burn rate (1m steel): Relative
    The artificial black hole would be the power source. It is contained within an electromagnetic field which, when opened in the direction of the target, projects a momentary rift that separates the target's atoms not only from physical contact but also from their place in time. When the rift collapses, its energy is released in a thermonuclear explosion, destroying any remaining atoms that weren't spread across the space/time continuum, never to be rejoined.
    I think that's how Star Trek and Andromeda tell it.
    I am on a mission to see how much coffee it takes to actually achieve time travel.


    • #62
      Originally posted by DataAeolus

      And you just told me how it ends. Typing "Spoilers Caution" or something akin would have been a form of courtsey.

      Ah well at least I can narrow my reading list by a bit.
      I am so sorry. Since the book came out a long time ago, I assumed everybody on this board except me had already read it.

      Again, I am sorry if I ruined it for you. It was not intentional.
      'There is a greater darkness than the one we fight. It is the darkness of the soul that has lost its way. The war we fight is not against powers and principalities, it is against chaos and despair. Greater than the death of flesh is the death of hope, the death of dreams. Against this peril we can never surrender. The future is all around us, waiting, in moments of transition, to be born in moments of revelation. No one knows the shape of that future or where it will take us. We know only that it is always born in pain.'"
      G'Kar - from Babylon 5 episode "Z'ha'dum"


      • #63
        The diplomat, I know it wasn't intentional. Just wanted to ask you to be more hmm considerable in future. No hard feelings .

        If we happen to be in a PBEM game, you could become my submissive to make up .
        Who is Barinthus?