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By Alan Crowe (Wed Oct 15, 2008 at 06:46:45 AM EST) (all tags)
Why are aliens coming to Earth? They haven't arrived yet so we cannot ask them, but we can guess. Poll inside.


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Q: What do you consider . . . by slozo (4.00 / 1) #1 Wed Oct 15, 2008 at 09:03:39 AM EST
. . . to be an alien?

So... by ana (2.00 / 0) #2 Wed Oct 15, 2008 at 10:07:15 AM EST
How ya gonna build a starship? It's gonna take a hell of a lot of fuel, so one nice way is the Bussard Ramjet concept. You gather up interstellar hydrogen, and use it in your (yet to be invented) fusion reactor.

However, for the nearest 100 parsecs or so surrounding the solar system, there's a significant underdensity of interstellar gas. So if They are coming and using a Bussard Ramjet, they'll find we live on an island in the middle of a lake. They can't get here.

Cool, eh?

"And this ... is a piece of Synergy." --Kellnerin

You obviously have little experience with aliens. by nightflameblue (2.00 / 0) #3 Wed Oct 15, 2008 at 10:31:52 AM EST
The idea that they can only run ships on fuel types we are aware of is pretty comical to them. Yessir, ol' Zorlacher and me were just tittering about that the other day.

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Getting in would be just fine by ShadowNode (4.00 / 1) #8 Wed Oct 15, 2008 at 09:52:02 PM EST
Acceleration would be hard, but they'd likely be going pretty fast by the time they reached the low density bubble anyway.

Stopping would be hard, as would getting back out once you did.


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To rescue our financial system by herbert (2.00 / 0) #4 Wed Oct 15, 2008 at 10:39:12 AM EST
with banking technologies far in advance of our own.

Like Monopoly money? by nightflameblue (2.00 / 0) #5 Wed Oct 15, 2008 at 11:33:28 AM EST
n/t

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Economics 2.0 by Vulch (2.00 / 0) #6 Wed Oct 15, 2008 at 01:29:14 PM EST
Personally, Im cool with it. by LinDze (4.00 / 1) #7 Wed Oct 15, 2008 at 02:15:11 PM EST
I'm just going to do whatever my cat tells me to. 

-Lin Dze
Arbeit Macht Frei
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