Category Archives: Science Fiction

Measuring Up

So this is a bit of one-off worldbuilding. In the spirit of NANOWRIMO, I’m just going to throw this together superfast and let the chips fall wherever they land. So, I was reading this on the Zompist bulletin board, when … Continue reading

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Playing With Blender Cycles

This is just a little something to fill in over our trip. A successful render with Blender Cycles. Musgrave Hetero Terrain noise(cycles nodes), bumpmapped diffuse shader above sealevel and a fairly simple glossy shader below sealevel. All with a hypsometric … Continue reading

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Repost: The Collapse of a Civilization

or: Big Things Die Hard So right now I have two draft posts, both of which refuse to come together. One requires me to just sit down and pound away at my notes in a way I just haven’t had … Continue reading

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A Little Eye Candy

Ladies and Gentlemen, for your viewing pleasure, Winchell Chung’s DY-100 orbiting a class-M planet. Maybe it’s a museum piece. Thank you for your attention, The Astrographer

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Soviet “Odin” Launch System

This is a bit of a side jaunt. I’m putting up information on an alt-N1 rocket I designed some time back. KT-1(Krupnyy Transportnyy-Odin, N1-equivalent(-ish)) Blok A boosters(0,2,3,4 or 6) Diameter: 5m Span: 6.3m Length: 15.84m Dry mass: 28,460kg Propellant mass: … Continue reading

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Sadwillow Rebooted

The map on this page got me to thinking about automated terrain generation again. I’ve discussed the inadequacies of most terrain generation before, and I stand by it. On the other hand, as Realmwright says, there are advantages to exploring and … Continue reading

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More Goodies

The internet archive now has full editions of Ares Magazine up. Issue 16 has a couple of articles referenced by Winchell Chung over on Atomic Rockets. Page 1-7 is, “Galactic Empires,” by Robert Freitas. On page 15 is another article by Dr. Freitas, “Crimes, … Continue reading

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Using the Route Finder in chView2

The Route Finder Report has always been one of my favorite tools in chView2. Even with the distance links displayed, it can be very hard visually to ascertain a good route between two stars in a three dimensional display. Route … Continue reading

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UNSEA

This is a post introducing the new world where I am setting my science fiction work at present. I’ve named it for a major organization in-world, the United Nations Space Exploration Authority. I like the idea of a point of … Continue reading

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A Private Little Federation

This is another one of my little Star Trek articles. In some ways this is a development of my Star Trek-ly ideas that I’ve wanted to use in my own ‘verse. In other ways it’s almost an exorcism of sorts. … Continue reading

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