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by Disembodied
Mon May 25, 2020 4:33 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5584
Views: 698080

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

There's the Crimson Permanent Assurance, an interstellar insurance company from Charles Stross's Neptune's Brood.
by Disembodied
Mon May 25, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5584
Views: 698080

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

CHOAM (Combine Honnete Ober Advancer Mercantiles), from Dune : because it has its fingers in so many pies, it's difficult to say exactly what it does, but since the bulk of its profits depend on melange, I'd classify it as a spice merchant. General Products, from Larry Niven's Known Space stories. B...
by Disembodied
Sat May 23, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5584
Views: 698080

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

1) Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster
2) Romulan Ale
by Disembodied
Mon May 18, 2020 8:58 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5584
Views: 698080

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

From Larry Niven's Known Space series: Whitefood, also know as Bandersnatchi - especially their large, delicious brains - as eaten by the Thrintun during their ascendancy some 2 or 3 billion years ago. Alternatively, Tree-of-Life root, native to the Pak homeworld: simply irresistible to hominids onc...
by Disembodied
Sat May 09, 2020 2:26 pm
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5584
Views: 698080

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Carl Sagan, Contact (novel)
Ted Chiang, "Story of Your Life" (novella)
Iain M. Banks, "The State of the Art" (novella)
by Disembodied
Fri May 08, 2020 5:15 pm
Forum: Expansion Pack
Topic: Commies.oxp (v2.07)
Replies: 161
Views: 97615

Re: Commies.oxp (v2.07)

I wasn't quite sure how to add detail the blank sides. I think I was trying to go for a guard housing complex here, but I'm not entirely satisfied. Any ideas would be appreciated. These are looking good! As well as structures and general greebling, a few lighted windows (and maybe some gun-turrety-...
by Disembodied
Thu May 07, 2020 8:56 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5584
Views: 698080

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

In Charles Stross's Accelerando, various people/things are uploaded to various places … there's the uploaded, uplifted lobsters who end up getting a job running a space-based factory, for example. Or the uploaded crew of the tiny spaceship, the Field Circus.
by Disembodied
Mon May 04, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: Outworld
Topic: Science Fiction Trivia
Replies: 5584
Views: 698080

Re: Science Fiction Trivia

Cmdr James wrote:
Sun May 03, 2020 6:22 pm
Very good!

There is also (a little hint) a well known scifi series about tanks which shares a name with a common household tool.
Ah, of course - the Hammer's Slammers series by David Drake.
by Disembodied
Mon May 04, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: [Split] Planet City Lights
Replies: 29
Views: 1987

Re: Progress

GearsNSuch wrote:
Sun May 03, 2020 6:52 pm
Disembodied wrote:
Sun May 03, 2020 1:35 pm
It's increasingly obvious that one or other of us is a sockpuppet account, and I've got a horrible feeling that it might be me …
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It's a fair cop …
by Disembodied
Sun May 03, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: [Split] Planet City Lights
Replies: 29
Views: 1987

Re: Progress

I think it's work keeping a yellowish tinge to even high-tech city lights, if only to differentiate them from background stars. :wink: Yellow might be the common colour today but we've been moving towards white for some time now. White is less distinct from a starfield background however. :P It's i...
by Disembodied
Sun May 03, 2020 9:55 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: [Split] Planet City Lights
Replies: 29
Views: 1987

Re: Progress

I think it's not clear what would happen with regards tech level and so I'd be inclined to either randomise or ignore :P I think the question shouldn't be "what would happen?" so much as "how can the differences between planets - e.g. population, technology, and economy, which tend to be intertwine...
by Disembodied
Sat May 02, 2020 3:39 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: [Split] Planet City Lights
Replies: 29
Views: 1987

Re: Progress

high-tech world with its nightside continents ablaze, as compared to a low-tech backwater with only a few (if any) prickles of light, would make those differences immediately obvious. That's what I was getting at, except I'm not convinced that higher tech = more lights. Higher population, yes, but ...
by Disembodied
Fri May 01, 2020 4:39 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: [Split] Planet City Lights
Replies: 29
Views: 1987

Re: Progress

There might also be a place for planets with "volcanoes" in their description to have some splashes and streaks of orange/red … To be honest, though, I'd be happy with a more-or-less linear link between tech/population and quantity of city lights, and choosing a colour - e.g. yellow - which helps di...
by Disembodied
Fri May 01, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: [Split] Planet City Lights
Replies: 29
Views: 1987

Re: Progress

One more idea that could be super immersive: the amount of city lights could depend on the type of economy, so that rich industrial countries have much more lights (and perhaps more complex structures) than poor agricultural ones. Feudal planets could have the light disabled altogether! Definitely ...
by Disembodied
Wed Apr 29, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: [Split] Planet City Lights
Replies: 29
Views: 1987

Re: Progress

another_commander wrote:
Wed Apr 29, 2020 2:52 pm
Illumination mapping on custom planets is now a thing.
And what a thing it is! This is amazing … :o