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LilSaber
Post  Post subject: Alpha Centauri  |  Posted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:47 pm

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This is really cool!
https://www.scientificamerican.com/arti ... -centauri/


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marnixR
Post  Post subject: Re: Alpha Centauri  |  Posted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:52 pm
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unfortunately i can only see the first few lines - i don't really feel i want to spend 7 dollars for a digital copy

can you give a quick summary of the article ?

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Chrispen Evan
Post  Post subject: Re: Alpha Centauri  |  Posted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 10:19 pm
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http://earthsky.org/space/breakthrough- ... a-centauri

Not the SciAm story but the same theme.


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marnixR
Post  Post subject: Re: Alpha Centauri  |  Posted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 10:55 pm
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didn't Larry Niven toy with the concept of a sail and a laser cannon in one of his short stories ?

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Dywyddyr
Post  Post subject: Re: Alpha Centauri  |  Posted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 11:08 pm
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Not just a short story - it was how the Motie ship arrived in Human space in the rather thick novel The Mote in God's Eye.


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marnixR
Post  Post subject: Re: Alpha Centauri  |  Posted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 11:02 am
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oh, I must have read an earlier short story that must have been worked out into a full novel later on

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