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Terraforming, Quantification, Techniques and Limitations.

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Re: Terraforming, Quantification, Techniques and Limitations
Post by Annachie   » Mon Apr 28, 2014 5:48 pm

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The topic as presented is sub light not FTL, so current Honorverse conditions don't really aply.
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Re: Terraforming, Quantification, Techniques and Limitations
Post by Michael Everett   » Tue Apr 29, 2014 4:28 am

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A good example is found in the Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold with the planet Komarr where the entire population lives in domed cities while using waste heat, reflected sunlight and bio-engineered organisms to slowly terraform the planet into something that humans can live on.
One of the characters speculates that by the time it's done, the Komarrans will be unable to actually leave the domes due to becoming almost genetically agrophobic (or however it's spelled), but the process is noticably speeded up when the orbital mirror is almost doubled in size to the point that it'll take only a few centuries rather than the millenium formerly estimated. Using the words only and centuries together? Wow, sci-fi really messes with your sense of scale.
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Re: Terraforming, Quantification, Techniques and Limitations
Post by namelessfly   » Tue Apr 29, 2014 6:14 am

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Michael Everett wrote:A good example is found in the Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold with the planet Komarr where the entire population lives in domed cities while using waste heat, reflected sunlight and bio-engineered organisms to slowly terraform the planet into something that humans can live on.
One of the characters speculates that by the time it's done, the Komarrans will be unable to actually leave the domes due to becoming almost genetically agrophobic (or however it's spelled), but the process is noticably speeded up when the orbital mirror is almost doubled in size to the point that it'll take only a few centuries rather than the millenium formerly estimated. Using the words only and centuries together? Wow, sci-fi really messes with your sense of scale.



I have to start reading this author.

Thank you for revealing them to me.
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Re: Terraforming, Quantification, Techniques and Limitations
Post by SWM   » Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:37 am

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namelessfly wrote:
Michael Everett wrote:A good example is found in the Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold with the planet Komarr where the entire population lives in domed cities while using waste heat, reflected sunlight and bio-engineered organisms to slowly terraform the planet into something that humans can live on.
One of the characters speculates that by the time it's done, the Komarrans will be unable to actually leave the domes due to becoming almost genetically agrophobic (or however it's spelled), but the process is noticably speeded up when the orbital mirror is almost doubled in size to the point that it'll take only a few centuries rather than the millenium formerly estimated. Using the words only and centuries together? Wow, sci-fi really messes with your sense of scale.



I have to start reading this author.

Thank you for revealing them to me.

Bujold is good. You'll like Miles Vorkosigan. Talk about a flawed hero!
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Re: Terraforming, Quantification, Techniques and Limitations
Post by drothgery   » Tue Apr 29, 2014 12:04 pm

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SWM wrote:Bujold is good. You'll like Miles Vorkosigan. Talk about a flawed hero!
Though I don't think Cordellia, Elena, Taura, Elli, Rowan, Ekaterin, or Tej has a shower scene ...
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Re: Terraforming, Quantification, Techniques and Limitations
Post by namelessfly   » Tue Apr 29, 2014 1:30 pm

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drothgery wrote:
SWM wrote:Bujold is good. You'll like Miles Vorkosigan. Talk about a flawed hero!
Though I don't think Cordellia, Elena, Taura, Elli, Rowan, Ekaterin, or Tej has a shower scene ...



Man can not live by shower scenes alone.
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Re: Terraforming, Quantification, Techniques and Limitations
Post by Jonathan_S   » Tue Apr 29, 2014 2:59 pm

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drothgery wrote:
SWM wrote:Bujold is good. You'll like Miles Vorkosigan. Talk about a flawed hero!
Though I don't think Cordellia, Elena, Taura, Elli, Rowan, Ekaterin, or Tej has a shower scene ...
Miles does have at least one ice bath scene.

But that's a quite different thing :D

edit: Actually doesn't Ekaterin have a brief scene in a shower in A Civil Campaign? Reread that one recently and I seem to recall her musing on <snerk> while showering. [Yep, in Chapter 8]
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