11/05/20 – Going In Spacetrawler, audio version For the blind or visually impaired, November 5, 2020. https://www.baldwinpage.com/spacetrawler/wp-content/uploads/sites/15/2020/11/2020-11-05-audio-ST.mp3 Previous | Next First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent Previous | Next First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series | Archive | Most Recent It wouldn’t be “Baldwin chase scene,” if it didn’t start with no one knowing what the heck is going on. First Strip First Series | First Strip Second Series | First Strip Current Series| Archive | Most Recent 11/04/20 – Whizzing By 11/09/20 – Chain Of Command 17 Comments Efogoto November 5, 2020 at 1:27 am 2 years ago For the next few pages, cue up “Yackety Sax”! Rikard November 5, 2020 at 2:36 am 2 years ago Thinking up theoretically possible conditions to sci-fi weirdness is quite fun. I believe the guys behind Darths&Droids had a good one for a planet with a core made of water. This one is even niftier – it’s a great setting for RPG-adventures in a starsystem-sized “mining boom town”. Just imagine, the deeper you go, the more exotic and valuable the materials, but the hazards! Not to mention claimjumpers, pirates, smugglers, excise agents, Big Mining Company, truckers union, agitators, and indigenous lifeforms. The Saprophyte November 5, 2020 at 12:29 pm 2 years ago I was thinking is sounded like he designed it as a video game level. Coyoty November 5, 2020 at 4:04 am 2 years ago They think something else there is more threatening. FlySwatter November 5, 2020 at 7:54 am 2 years ago Now that’s more like what I was expecting from the Symbiont. russell styles November 5, 2020 at 11:02 am 2 years ago Basically a Dyson Sphere made of pumice. I cannot locate the source, but have heard that a cloud of air the size of Saturn’s orbit would effectively be a black hole. Herb November 5, 2020 at 3:11 pm 2 years ago It probably depends on what you mean by “a cloud of air.” If said cloud had uniform density of air in Earth’s atmosphere, then its mass would have a Schwarzschild radius of about 22,000,000 kilometers–considerably less than the radius of Saturn’s orbit, 1,400,000,000 kilometers. So no black hole, unless I tanked my calculations. A cloud of air that size, though, would compress under its own gravity. It would be denser at the center than at the fringes. You’d have to add more air to fill up the volume. It’s possible that once the additional mass was added, you’d have a black hole filling the sphere of Saturn’s orbit. Or maybe gravitational compression would cause the original, sea-level-density cloud to collapse inside the Schwarzschild radius? Of course, the original cloud would have a mass seven orders of magnitude greater than that of the sun, so gravitational compression would probably result in nuclear fusion. A star! A big star. Now you’ve got the attention of that Galactic Police, who were already interested in where 1.5 x 10^37 kg of nitrogen, oxygen, and trace elements had gone missing. TB November 5, 2020 at 2:12 pm 2 years ago Wouldn’t it be smarter to just go sideways under the surface and pop out in some unexpected area? Pete Rogan November 5, 2020 at 4:06 pm 2 years ago Well, well, well. Stangor knows a good deal more about the Calama Void than she’s told so far. What more does she need to disclose? What she’s said so far suggests that any inhabitants live inside the shell, not on the burning surface facing the star. Which might say something about the habitability of said Void — like whether the shell is massive enough to keep an atmosphere or whether the star has pulled it all into itself. Considering how many principles of physics are being violated here in the mere continuing existence of a Dyson sphere, Stangor could have quite a good deal to reveal about how things work here, what the inhabitants are like, and what to do when they encounter some. Which could be shortly; if the ‘Starbanger’ isn’t to penetrate the hollow space where lives the star, it’s either going to come to rest in the shell or plow through some habitations. I’m not sure which outcome is more troubling. And I’m beginning to regret I didn’t spring for the treadle on the floor-mounted pop. Getting enough to drink is SUCH a suck. Font Lady November 5, 2020 at 8:33 pm 2 years ago It could be worse. Instead of a Dyson Sphere… … … They could be about to enter a Dyson Ball Vacuum. I’ll just see myself out. DSL November 6, 2020 at 8:12 pm 2 years ago That wall panel behind Stangor looks familiar. Efogoto November 8, 2020 at 3:24 am 2 years ago Better look here. Christopher Baldwin November 8, 2020 at 12:11 pm 2 years ago It’s funny to have put that in the bridge design 11 years ago, for better or worse, and that every now and again someone notices. 🙂 TB November 6, 2020 at 10:41 pm 2 years ago It does! But I can’t place it. Help me out. Muzhik November 8, 2020 at 11:07 am 2 years ago @TB; Last frame of Efogoto’s link. For some reason I instantly recognized it there but not in other places. In Star Trek TOS there was a panel in the middle of the helm, between Checkov (wait — didn’t he have a gun in that scene?) and Sulu, which was used for navigation. It was essential, but no one knew what it was for except for the two helmsmen. Pete Rogan November 8, 2020 at 6:55 pm 2 years ago I love Easter eggs that aren’t found for years. Never mind the ones in my work — if you want the Prince of all Easter eggs, look to J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Silmarillion.” It’s the collection of legends-as-history detailing everything from the Creation of Middle-earth to the fall of Númenor, the greatest civilization of Men. The book about the island continent of Númenor and its destruction is the longest in the Silmarillion, and sets the stage for the events of the end of the Second Age and the start of the Third, some six thousand years to come. The name of this book in Westernesse is ‘The Downfallen,’ or in the Adûnaic language of Númenor, Akallabêth. The name of the book in High Elvish Quenya? Atalantë. Tolkien scholar Ruth S. Noel says this may make “The Silmarillion” the longest build-up to a pun in English literature. Ya gotta love it. Meran November 16, 2020 at 12:23 pm 2 years ago I believe I caught that when I first read it years ago, when the book was first published. You and I are probably the only two people who’ve actually read it. Sadly. 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