Post by J. Clarke
I haven't spent the 35 bucks to read the paper but if the press
descriptions are to be believed there are calculations that seem to be
consistent with known physics that allow for something akin to a black
hole in which quantum repulsion acts to eliminate the event horizon. I
understand that enough can be calculated to allow astronomers to
identify such if they are at all common.
One article stated that they repel instead of attract on a macroscopic
scale however I suspect it got things garbled.
What the ramifications are I have no idea.
Hey, maybe Van Vogt was right!
'Well, here goes!' Renfrew said.
He looked at Blake and me, grinned, rubbed his hands together
gleefully, and added: 'For a week I've been watching,
thinking up questions to ask this cluck and - '
He faced Cassellahat. 'What,' he began, 'makes the speed
of light constant?' Cassellahat did not even blink. 'Velocity
equals the cube of the cube root of gd' he said, 'd being
the depth of the space time continuum; g the total toleration
or gravity, as you would say, of all the matter in that
'How are planets formed?'
'A sun must balance itself in the space that it is in. It
throws out matter as a sea vessel does anchors. That's a
very rough description. I could give it to you in mathematical
formula, but I'd have to write it down. After all, I'm not
a scientist. These are merely facts that I've known from
childhood, or so it seems.'
'Just a minute,' said Renfrew, puzzled. 'A sun throws this
matter out without any pressure other than its - desire -
to balance itself?'
Cassellahat stared at him. 'Of course not. The reason, the
pressure involved, is very potent, I assure you. Without
such a balance, the sun would fall out of this space. Only
a few bachelor suns have learned how to maintain stability
'A few what ?' echoed Renfrew.
I could see that he had been jarred into forgetting the
questions he had been intending to ask one by swift one.
Cassellahat's words cut across my thought; he said: 'A
bachelor sun is a very old, cooled class M star. The hottest
one known has a temperature of one hundred and ninety degrees
F., the coldest forty-eight. Literally, a bachelor is a
rogue, crotchety with age. Its main feature is that it
permits no matter, no planets, not even gases in its
Predictably, this becomes a plot point..
What's not in Columbia anymore..