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Pre-Transit Gate colonial efforts? Transit Gate/SU timeline?

Postby mraichelson » Tue Apr 29, 2014 3:16 pm

I feel like this has been touched on at least in passing but search is failing me at the moment. A couple things that I've been kicking around in terms of setting and background stuff:

Were there efforts at launching colony ships before the introduction of transit gate technology? (Sort of like the program.)

Does transit gate tech span back to the beginning of the Solar Union/Solar Calendar as a whole or does it {pre/post}-date the beginning of the SC? Based on what's in the background it sounds like it was sort of the lynchpin in helping to tie everything together bringing the SU into being and making the relaunch of the SC a thing.

And yeah, that is all coming from trying to validate or scrap some theoretical storyline stuff, namely to see if something like this fits within the SC proper: If you launched a colony ship to fractional-light speed (sub full light speed (rules are rules, even in physics), but fast enough to invoke time dilation a la theory of relativity) is there the chance of someone arriving to a colony world that was transit-gate colonized in the intervening "drive time" it took them to try to get there (but since they were in weirdy time-shift mode without proper communication to let anyone know "still on our way!" vs "oops, exploded on day 4, we're not going to be showing up." nobody was really sure if they were ever going to get there)?

(I feel like I keep getting hung up on the wrong things in this game. :))
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Re: Pre-Transit Gate colonial efforts? Transit Gate/SU timel

Postby Zero Revenge » Tue Apr 29, 2014 5:31 pm

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Re: Pre-Transit Gate colonial efforts? Transit Gate/SU timel

Postby mraichelson » Tue Apr 29, 2014 6:41 pm

Awesome, that "Starship tech" thread was one I was looking for (but couldn't find in search to save my life). And I hadn't ever seen any of the WWIII/IV stuff before, good to read.
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Postby mraichelson » Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:20 pm

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Re: Pre-Transit Gate colonial efforts? Transit Gate/SU timel

Postby Foghammer » Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:47 pm

I'm going to need to do a lot of reading this summer... I can follow about a little less than half of the discussions people have here about space, traveling in it, the physics involved, and technology. And I only "follow" that little-less-than-half insomuch as I can extrapolate from smatterings of things I have read in PopSci, other sci-fi games/movies/writings, and the one or two college-level space books I thumbed through in elementary school thinking it made me look smart and cool. This conversation isn't there yet, but it feels like it might get there.

Are there any suggested essays on sub-light speed travel, generation ships, and folding space for "faking" FTL travel? I can only assume these are all things that real-life science has proposed at one time or another.
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Re: Pre-Transit Gate colonial efforts? Transit Gate/SU timel

Postby mraichelson » Tue Apr 29, 2014 11:22 pm

Trying to find the link again, but ther ewas a post in a thread somewhere to a site that had a massive catalog of categorized propulsion systems from various different sci-fi settings. Most of my understanding of it comes from formerly having a job with a massive commute and chain-listening to the audiobooks of all the Ender-verse books, a recent run through the "Forever War" books, and watching plenty of Cosmos and things of that sort. (I also have a HS friend who wound up with a degree in astrophysics, but I try not to bug him with my doofy questions. :))
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Postby Soren » Wed Apr 30, 2014 12:40 am

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I own , which is primarily about STL interstellar travel. It's a pretty good overview of the state-of-the-art when it was published (1989, when I was four), and not a lot has fundamentally changed since then.
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