From: KENT@?????.???????.???.edu Date: Sun, 16 Oct 1994 18:46:45 -0500 (EST) Subject: Re: Sphere based on Smoke Ring?
I was wondering, has anyone done a sphere based on Larry Niven's Smoke Ring? If not, it would be a great addition, with LOTS of exotic creatures and situations. For those who don't know, the Smoke Ring is the thickest part of a gas torus in orbit around a neutron star. The Ring is Earth-normal pressure, and is breathable and temperate. The remnant of a gas giant orbits within the Ring, constantly losing atmosphere, replacing what is lost from the torus and the Ring to outer space. A Sunlike star orbits the neutron star at a distance of 250 million kilometers, providing light and heat. There is native life in the Ring; puffball-like plants, floating jungles of various symbiotic plants, all sorts of different animals, all of which fly (the Ring is always in free fall). Water collects from clouds into spherical "ponds" up to tens of meters across. Chunks of rock and metal collect and get used up by the native life, or fall into the ponds. In Niven's books, the Ring has been settled for ~500 years, and a variety of cultures have sprung up, the most powerful at the leading Lagrange point (L4). Thoughts, anyone?