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Megastructures, by Paul Lucas (2/19/07)
However, if a civilization were to convert all of the material in the system to the job of supporting life, by creating the vast habitable surface area of, say, a ringworld or Dyson sphere, the problem could be circumvented.
Fusion Future, by Paul Lucas (9/4/06)
Researchers have been promising the "fusion breakthrough" for over half a century now. The reality of fusion power may not be as rosy as some would like to paint.
Colonizing The Moon, by Paul Lucas (3/20/06)
However, not everyone is confident the ice will be able to be harvested as a useful resource. The temperature in the perpetual dark of those craters is hundreds of degrees below zero, making the ice steel-hard and razor-sharp.
Surfing Hell at Mach Twenty-Five: The Science and Speculation of Atmospheric Reentry, by Paul Lucas (1/2/06)
Getting into orbit can seem relatively straight-forward compared to screaming through burning layers of atmosphere at over two dozen times the speed of sound just to return home.
Hunters in the Great Dark, Part 2: The Weapons of Deep-Space Warfare, by Paul Lucas (6/13/05)
Any physical object entering this field would become instantly charged, allowing an open circuit to form with the ship's capacitors. From an observer's perspective, it would look very much as if a bolt of lightning lanced outward from the ship to incinerate the incoming threat.
Hunters in the Great Dark, Part 1: A Hard-Science Look at Deep-Space Warfare, by Paul Lucas (6/6/05)
Shooting a target a million miles distant would require targeting accuracy on the par of a sharpshooter hitting a flea from orbit.
Homesteading the High Frontier: The Shape of Space Stations to Come, by Paul Lucas (2/21/05)
A permanent manned outpost in space was seen as the logical successor to the first manned space flights as far back as the 1960s.
Orbital Oddballs: Unusual Ideas For Future Space Travel, by Paul Lucas (11/15/04)
[T]he reality of future space travel may turn out to be far stranger than anything we've previously imagined.
Cyberpunk Festivals and Nanotech Genies: Singularity Sky by Charles Stross, by Paul Lucas (11/15/04)
The book manages to successfully marry the old genre of space opera to the newer memes of cyberpunk, nanotech, and twenty-first century physics.
Cruising the Infinite: Strategies for Human Interstellar Travel, by Paul Lucas (6/21/04)
The spaces between solar systems are unimaginably vast. . . . When human beings are ready to go, how will we get there?
Shadows of the Soviet Space Age, by Paul Lucas (5/3/04)
. . . people sometimes forget that there was another great space program of the last century, one that had an early lead. . . .
Sailing the Photon Sea: Spaceflight with Solar and Magnetic Sails, by Paul Lucas (3/15/04)
Solar sails are without a doubt the most poetic of all forms of near-future spacecraft: gigantic, mirror-like, hundreds of miles wide but gossamer thin, riding on currents of unfiltered sunlight.
The Nuclear Space Age: Fusion, Plasma and Antimatter (part 2 of 2), by Paul Lucas (1/19/04)
Spine drives have been seen most notably in some of Larry Niven's Known Space stories.
The Nuclear Space Age: Orion, NERVA, and Beyond (part 1 of 2), by Paul Lucas (1/12/04)
Chemical rockets got humans to the moon. But no further.
Orbital Railroads: Beanstalks and Space Fountains, by Paul Lucas (7/14/03)
Space Fountains can be used to create truly gigantic structures and towers as well as used merely to hold a space station aloft.
Cosmic Rope Tricks: Space Tethers and Rotovators, by Paul Lucas (4/14/03)
The hammer thrower spins around, holding onto the crossbar, imparting momentum to the ball. When he or she releases the hammer, the hammer sails down field, while the thrower is forced back a step or two by the momentum transfer of the throw. This is basically what happens to two tethered satellites in orbit. . . .