Monthly Archives: January 2015

The Original Empty Quarter

The Empty Quarter I work in is a partial development of the Arab Muslim regions of the world today, in 2015: complete with strong Islamist currents, lots of violence and fanaticism, and an intense cultural conservatism. But Traveller is a … Continue reading

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Another Set of SciFi Scenes

For the “If various planets and stars were in place of our Sun” speculation.

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Hydrophobia, Buckypaper, Prestalgia, and Bothersome Technopolitics

While hydrophobic coatings have their uses, it’s buckypaper that looks to be most useful. A proper TL 14-15 material! It’s been a while since I read Engines of Creation: Eric Drexler’s more recent book Radical Abundance focuses less on the … Continue reading

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The Andromeda Galaxy

The galaxy is now zoomable! And the Andromeda Galaxy, alone, has a trillion stars. “There’s a lot more where that came from – hundreds of billions of galaxies!”

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Odd New Weapons

There’s no way I will be able to keep up with the waves of new weaponry… but at least I can point out a few highlights taken from a Buzzfeed list. CornerShot – yes, a gun that actually shoots around … Continue reading

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Fighting for a Starport

Well, an airport actually… but you get the picture. Donetsk Airport has been fiercely fought over for months now: the Ukrainians invested to hold the site has been hardened enough to be called “cyborgs” by both friends and foes. While … Continue reading

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Even Faster Computers

First germanium-tin semiconductor laser directly compatible with silicon chips Swiss scientists have created the first semiconductor laser consisting solely of elements of main group IV (the carbon group) on the periodic table. Simply, this means that the new device is … Continue reading

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Aging Software

Not really useful for most campaigns… but if your PCs are working a missing persons case, this kind of aging software could be quite useful!

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The Ever-Falling Cost of Memory

We all know this to be true, but it’s nice to see it presented in a tidy table. Prediction: The cost for 128 kilobytes of memory will fall below U$100 in the near future. Creative Computing magazine December 1981, page 6 There should … Continue reading

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Science Interstellar

The Imperial Empty Quarter is definitely in the poorhouse, with the average high-pop system at TL 9, and an absolute majority at TL 7 (as opposed to the Imperial average of TL 12). Still, there is a growing market of … Continue reading

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