History Main / DysonSphere

24th Feb '17 12:17:32 PM LadyJaneGrey
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BigDumbObject or PlanetSpaceship not big enough for you? Look no further. SciFi authors have made ''[[AddedAlliterativeAppeal solar-system-sized]]'' artifacts into a trope of their own. The TropeNamer is physicist and mathematician [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeman_Dyson Freeman Dyson]], who theorized in a 1959 scientific paper that, given the ever-increasing demand for energy typical of industrial civilization, SufficientlyAdvancedAliens might need to capture ''all'' the energy radiating from a star.

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BigDumbObject or PlanetSpaceship not big enough for you? Look no further. SciFi authors have made ''[[AddedAlliterativeAppeal solar-system-sized]]'' artifacts into a trope of their own. A prime example to illustrate how ScienceFictionWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale.

The TropeNamer is physicist and mathematician [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freeman_Dyson Freeman Dyson]], who theorized in a 1959 scientific paper that, given the ever-increasing demand for energy typical of industrial civilization, SufficientlyAdvancedAliens might need to capture ''all'' the energy radiating from a star.
17th Feb '17 3:35:19 AM Malachi108
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* * ''StarWarsTheOldRepublic: Knights of the Eternal Throne'' expansion introduces an artificial world called Iokath. A Dyson sphere constructed by an incredibly advanced ancient civilization, it completely engulfs its star, making both completely undetectable to the larger ''StarWars'' galaxy.
19th Dec '16 6:47:24 PM Ikibrod9000
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* In ''Literature/JunctionPoint'', it's offhandedly mentioned that the tianlong are considering it for the star that their capital planet orbits.
27th Nov '16 2:54:15 PM ScorpiusOB1
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KIC_8462852 KIC 8462852]] is a star larger and brighter than our Sun located in Cygnus, that according to data from the ''Kepler'' telescope suffers irregular changes in brightness consistent with many small masses in close formation orbiting together the star. Among the hypotheses that can explain those variations is that the star is surrounded by a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyson_swarm Dyson swarm]][[note]]It's far more likely they've a natural cause, such as asteroids and/or comets passing in from of the star.[[/note]].

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** A [[https://arxiv.org/abs/1503.04376 recent proposal]] is to look for Dyson spheres built around [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_dwarf white dwarfs]], the cooling corpses of Sun-like stars, something that would resolve the issues of Dyson spheres built around main-sequence stars (namely, very low gravity). These constructions, however, would be much harder to detect.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KIC_8462852 KIC 8462852]] is a star larger and brighter than our Sun located in Cygnus, that according to data from the ''Kepler'' telescope suffers irregular changes in brightness consistent with many small masses in close formation orbiting together the star. Among the hypotheses that can explain those variations is that the star is surrounded by a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dyson_swarm Dyson swarm]][[note]]It's far more likely they've a natural cause, such as asteroids and/or comets passing in from of the star.[[/note]]. star, variations of the star's luminosity, or even unrelate, interstellar, dust clouds passing in front of it.[[/note]]
7th Nov '16 1:44:52 AM Theriocephalus
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* In ''UndocumentedFeatures'', the [[TheRepublic Republic of]] [[BigGood Zeta Cygni]] makes its home in a Dyson Sphere (which happens to be home to one of the most blatant [[ShiningCity Shining Cities]] in written fiction.

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* In ''UndocumentedFeatures'', ''Fanfic/UndocumentedFeatures'', the [[TheRepublic Republic of]] [[BigGood Zeta Cygni]] makes its home in a Dyson Sphere (which happens to be home to one of the most blatant [[ShiningCity Shining Cities]] in written fiction.fiction).



* ''FanFic/GloriousShotgunPrincess'': This is what [[spoiler:Autochthon's [[GeniusLoci worldform jouten]]]] looks like from the outside.



* ''TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}}''... First, Crystal Spheres as such (e.g. Realmspace has pseudo-stars, walking cursed people and ''big magical scroll-like writings'' on its inner surface). Also, while [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/23109322@N00/2059380289/ Penumbra's]] Stellar Well isn't a Dyson Sphere, it's a large enough part of it, and the disk behind it is of Dyson Sphere scale.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}}''... ''TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}}'': First, Crystal Spheres as such often take this appearance (e.g. Realmspace has pseudo-stars, walking cursed people and ''big magical scroll-like writings'' on its inner surface).surface, while Herdspace's inner surface is out-and-out inhabitable and home to ''colossal'' megafauna). Also, while [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/23109322@N00/2059380289/ Penumbra's]] Stellar Well isn't a Dyson Sphere, it's a large enough part of it, and the disk behind it is of Dyson Sphere scale.



* One of the C'tan stargods in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is [[SealedEvilInACan sealed]] inside a Dyson Sphere. Whether it was imprisoned or sealed itself there is not quite clear (although the background seems to suggest the latter).

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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000''
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One of the C'tan stargods in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' star-gods is [[SealedEvilInACan sealed]] inside a Dyson Sphere. Whether it was imprisoned or sealed itself there is not quite clear (although the background seems to suggest the latter).



* The core book of ''TabletopGame/{{The Splinter}}'' suggests that the game world is actually one of these.

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* The core book of ''TabletopGame/{{The Splinter}}'' ''TabletopGame/TheSplinter'' suggests that the game world is actually one of these.



* Umbra, the Big Bad in the 1984 animated series ''WesternAnimation/MightyOrbots'' WAS a Dyson Sphere. He was the core of the Shadow Star, a world so large it contained its own internal sun.

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* Umbra, the Big Bad BigBad in the 1984 animated series ''WesternAnimation/MightyOrbots'' ''WesternAnimation/MightyOrbots'', WAS a Dyson Sphere. He was the core of the Shadow Star, a world so large it contained its own internal sun.
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29th Oct '16 7:18:35 PM nerd4life123
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***Of course, when we say "more realistic..." The general populace assumes the buuthandi to be more like the cloud or network envisioned by Dyson. One character goes nearly catatonic upon learning that they are fully contiguous.
20th Oct '16 1:26:42 PM __Vano
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In fiction, Dyson Spheres tend to be abandoned and uninhabited. If they are inhabited, the residents are usually not at a tech level capable of building the sphere. This is because, if your protagonists run into a sphere whose residents are in the full flower of their technological might, they and their problems promptly get overwhelmed.

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In fiction, Dyson Spheres tend to be abandoned and uninhabited. If they are inhabited, the residents are usually not at a tech level capable of building the sphere. This is because, if your protagonists run into a sphere whose residents are in the full flower of their technological might, they and their petty problems promptly get overwhelmed.
29th Aug '16 11:48:02 AM DarkHunter
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* In ''[[Videogame/{{X}} X3: Terran Conflict]]'', [[spoiler:a plot leads you to The Hub, an ancient space station inside a Dyson Sphere. However, the latter ''orbits'' a star, and looking outside, you can see more of them, like in Dyson's concept.]] In the ''Xtended'' GameMod for the previous game, ''X3: Reunion'', the Sohnen - the robotic representatives of the {{Precursors}} that built the PortalNetwork - possess a dyson sphere built around tiny star in a remote sector, which the player must dock with to interact with the friendly faction of Sohnen. Inside the sphere, the miniature star is surrounded by a massive gyroscope spinning at a rate that will crush any ship.

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* In ''[[Videogame/{{X}} X3: X-Universe]]'':
** In ''X3:
Terran Conflict]]'', Conflict'', [[spoiler:a plot leads you to The Hub, an ancient space station inside a Dyson Sphere. However, the latter ''orbits'' a star, and looking outside, you can see more of them, like in Dyson's concept.]] ]]
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In the ''Xtended'' GameMod for the previous game, ''X3: Reunion'', the Sohnen - the robotic representatives of the {{Precursors}} that built the PortalNetwork - possess a dyson sphere built around tiny star in a remote sector, which the player must dock with to interact with the friendly faction of Sohnen. Inside the sphere, the miniature star is surrounded by a massive gyroscope spinning at a rate that will crush any ship.ship.
** The games' fluff speaks of the Ancients, who have uploaded their minds into vast computer arrays called "Presence Clouds", which are more or less dust clouds that completely surround a star, feeding off of it for their energy needs. Though not a single solid object, this does qualify as a Dyson sphere as originally imagined.
4th Aug '16 12:03:28 AM nightshade01
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** The ''Literature/StarTrekDestiny'' trilogy features the Caeliar. They build a sphere around their sun to hid it from the rest of the galaxy and another smaller one around their planet which draws energy from the sun's sphere allowing them to make the Omega Particles which power their civilization. [[spoiler:An offshoot faction of them which were sent back in time, by an accident which nearly destroyed their civilization, billions of years to one of the first galaxies to ever form]] build spheres around every single star in the galaxy thereby harnessing not just the full power of a single star, but the full power of an entire galaxy. [[spoiler:They do this in order to create a ''StableTimeLoop'' and CAUSE the 'accident' which sent them back in time to begin with]]. The Enterprise E briefly visits this 'shrouded galaxy' by traveling through a subspace corridor and realize any race capable of doing such a thing is one best left alone, and very quickly gets out of there.

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** The ''Literature/StarTrekDestiny'' trilogy features the Caeliar. They build a sphere around their sun to hid hide it from the rest of the galaxy and another smaller one around their planet which draws energy from the sun's sphere allowing them to make the Omega Particles which power their civilization. [[spoiler:An offshoot faction of them which were sent back in time, by an accident which nearly destroyed their civilization, billions of years to one of the first galaxies to ever form]] build spheres around every single star in the galaxy thereby harnessing not just the full power of a single star, but the full power of an entire galaxy. [[spoiler:They do this in order to create a ''StableTimeLoop'' and CAUSE the 'accident' which sent them back in time to begin with]]. The Enterprise E briefly visits this 'shrouded galaxy' by traveling through a subspace corridor and realize any race capable of doing such a thing is one best left alone, and very quickly gets out of there.
31st Jul '16 10:29:03 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** ''Literature/HaloBrokenCircle'' features an incomplete Shield World similar to (if nowhere near as complex as) Requiem, named "The Refuge" by its current inhabitants the Ussan Sangheili. [[spoiler:It also has an experimental emergency feature where it can break apart and hide its various components in a nearby asteroid belt.]]

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** ''Literature/HaloBrokenCircle'' features an incomplete Shield World similar to (if nowhere near as complex as) Requiem, named "The Refuge" by its current inhabitants inhabitants, the Ussan Sangheili. [[spoiler:It also has an experimental emergency feature where it can break apart and hide its various components in a nearby asteroid belt.]]
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