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Re: Hoo-ray! SC2 Guide finished.
« Reply #45 on: October 19, 2004, 02:47:41 am »

Of course, if you start analysing the shield concept, it doesn't hold up very well. It's fun (and very geeky) to elaborate on it though.

The slave shield looks as if it's a 50% opaque red 'shell', from both the inside and the outside. I'm guessing that the light passing through the shield is still white, but turns red as it bounces back up on the shield (Hayes mentions the red sky). If it delays light and radio variably for every given spot, stretching and compressing, it would be harder to communicate with micro signals atleast. But as someone said, you could probably just put a giant shutter in front of the sun and blink it (slower than the warping of the shield).

Since shielded planets have shading, I'd guess there's night and day.



A cool slaveshield could be some sort of sphere as used in Clifford Simak's 'The largest world' (swedish title). It's about a giant impenetrable shell around a star, sort of like a Dysan sphere. It's built of a material that makes radio and electronics useless, so people living inside the sphere has to get down with farming and that kind of stuff.

Of course, it would be pitch black from the outside, and it wouldn't work well with just a planet...





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Re: Hoo-ray! SC2 Guide finished.
« Reply #46 on: October 20, 2004, 02:07:12 am »

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You interpreted the slave shield as being red because it's transparent to red light? I interpreted it as being opaque and emitting its own red glow (or, perhaps, absorbing all radiant energy from outside and re-emitting that energy randomly in the longer-wavelength part of the spectrum, which makes slightly more sense).


Well, you can't get a very clear image off the starbase view of Earth, but if you go to Earth itself, the continents can be seen easily in the orbit view, both projected and rotating-planet.

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It does specifically say that no humans ever saw the stars again while the shield was up.


A very slight glow would wipe that out. And that could be provided by simple scattering effects, far short of the observed effect.
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Re: Hoo-ray! SC2 Guide finished.
« Reply #47 on: October 20, 2004, 04:06:30 pm »

One big question....If the shield doesnt shut out UV radiation, could we send a single that way? If it does, wouldnt that do some serious damage to the world's ecology?

I always thought that the sky would be red, and during the night, it would be as bright as a full moon, but red, so not much change in the night.day cycle.
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