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Cosine
Wed, Jan 30, 2019, 5:06pm (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S2: All the World Is Birthday Cake

Er. Make that black hole superradiance. My bad.
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Cosine
Wed, Jan 30, 2019, 5:04pm (UTC -6)
Re: ORV S2: All the World Is Birthday Cake

How this could have been done better, IMO:

* Mercer takes the obvious out, and points out that Earth and Moclus have different constellations. Even if the planet is largely ignorant of astrophysics, they still have decent astrometrics and they clearly don't regard themselves as being the centre of the universe, figuratively or literally (the former notably being the big problem in "First Contact"). Bonus points if he gives them extensive information on Earth's and Moclus's astrological traditions to back up his case. It's just barely enough to secure their release, but the leader still break off relations in disgust in light of the P.U.'s rejection of astrology.

* The black hole revelation comes after Kelly and Borus are returned to safety and the crew spend some time pondering the implications.

* It turns out that the P.U. was looking for a candidate black hole to investigate the possibility of using black hole superluminance as a power source--

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulCdoCfw-bY

* While it couldn't--yet--be used as a practical way to generate power efficiently the experiment would vent off an enormous amount of energy--enough that it would appear that the star had returned. It would continue to be brightly visible for some decades.

* Mercer persuades the P.U. to use the Gilliac black hole as their test subject. Have it be located eight L.Y. from the planet, say.

* Flash forward eight years and have the star's "reappearance" and subsequent consequences play out as aired.

The planet can't reasonably claim ownership of that black hole, and if their astrophysics is too backward to work out what's really going on and they've broken off relations so the P.U. can't just tell them... well, isn't that their lookout?
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