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30th Nov '17 7:18:19 PM StarSword
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* In ''Literature/{{Aeon 14}}: The Last Bastion of Star City'', the eponymous settlement is a Dyson sphere built around a neutron star. The inhabitants have reportedly fended off a number of Orion Guard attacks by dumping matter into the star to produce a targeted X-ray burst.



* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'''s Season 8 expansion "The Sphere" takes place inside of one as the Federation, the Klingon Empire and the Romulan Republic fight [[Series/StarTrekVoyager the Voth]] for possession of Omega Particles.

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* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'''s Season 8 expansion "The Sphere" takes place inside of one as the Federation, the Klingon Empire and the Romulan Republic fight [[Series/StarTrekVoyager the Voth]] for possession of Omega Particles. [[spoiler:We eventually learn that it, the original one from ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', and a ''third'' that is visited in "Uneasy Allies" were all built by the Iconians, the BigBad of the first several years of the game's existence.]]
26th Nov '17 8:01:22 AM nighttrainfm
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* In ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'', Christopher Archlight (called simply V most of the time) uses a monster called Number 9: Dyson Sphere, which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. In fact, in terms of sheer size, it's no-doubt the biggest Duel Monster in the history of the franchise, being the size of a small star, and it seems to be one of the most powerful Numbers. [[spoiler: Despite this, in his duel against Kaito, Kaito manages to destroy it and win the duel.]]

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* In ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'', ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'':
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Christopher Archlight (called simply V most of the time) uses a monster called Number 9: Dyson Sphere, which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. In fact, in terms of sheer size, it's no-doubt no doubt the biggest Duel Monster in the history of the franchise, being the size of a small star, and it seems to be one of the most powerful Numbers. [[spoiler: Despite this, in his duel against Kaito, Kaito manages to destroy it and win the duel.]]
26th Nov '17 8:00:35 AM nighttrainfm
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* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', [[MechanicalLifeforms Legion]] states that the end desire of the mainstream geth is to build a structure somewhat analogous to a Dyson Sphere and upload each one of their individual programs into it. The geth gain proportionally in intelligence as they mass together, with more bodies or "mobile platforms" available meaning faster processing and higher thought processes. If every geth were able to simultaneously occupy one such super-structure, [[MechanicalEvolution they would become nigh-omniscient]]. As of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', they've finished it....just in time for [[spoiler: the quarian Migrant Fleet to roll in with a new weapon that disables geth, who then destroy the superstructure, which houses the majority of the geth "species" and utterly shattering their ability to process and analyze data. The geth revert to survival mode, and turn to the Reapers for code upgrades to protect them from immediate destruction by the quarians.]]
** For VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda, the VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon, Meridian, is one of these.

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* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
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In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', [[MechanicalLifeforms Legion]] states that the end desire of the mainstream geth is to build a structure somewhat analogous to a Dyson Sphere and upload each one of their individual programs into it. The geth gain proportionally in intelligence as they mass together, with more bodies or "mobile platforms" available meaning faster processing and higher thought processes. If every geth were able to simultaneously occupy one such super-structure, [[MechanicalEvolution they would become nigh-omniscient]]. nigh-omniscient]].
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As of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', they've the geth have finished it....just in time for [[spoiler: the quarian Migrant Fleet to roll in with a new weapon that disables geth, who then destroy the superstructure, which houses the majority of the geth "species" and utterly shattering their ability to process and analyze data. The geth revert to survival mode, and turn to the Reapers for code upgrades to protect them from immediate destruction by the quarians.]]
** For VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda, ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'', the VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon, Meridian, is one of these.
20th Nov '17 10:56:03 PM PaulA
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* The Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel ''The Also People'' has two.
** The main plot is set in a Dyson Sphere inhabited by a society which seems suspiciously similar to Iain M. Banks's Culture[[note]]And by "suspiciously similar" we mean the dedication is "They say talent borrows and genius steals - [[LawyerFriendlyCameo we got it off the back of a truck with no questions asked]]!" [[/note]] and who have orbited a planet inside it. As a mark of the dwellers sense of humour the planet is called Whynot and is home to a massive supercomputer named God.

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* ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoNewAdventuresTheAlsoPeople The Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures novel ''The Also People'' People]]'' has two.
** The main plot is set in a Dyson Sphere inhabited by a society which seems suspiciously similar to Iain M. Banks's Culture[[note]]And by "suspiciously similar" we mean the dedication is "They say "I'd like to remind everyone that while talent borrows and genius steals - steals, New Adventure writers [[LawyerFriendlyCameo we got get it off the back of a truck with lorry, no questions asked]]!" asked]]." [[/note]] and who have orbited a planet inside it. As a mark of the dwellers dwellers' sense of humour the planet is called Whynot and is home to a massive supercomputer named God.
8th Nov '17 3:06:42 PM Theriocephalus
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** It is the biggest of the four worlds by far, having far more surface area than even the pre-sundering Earth, and as there has simply not been enough time in the setting's relatively brief history for the mensch population to grow enough to inhabit more than a tiny part of its surface it is very sparsely populated. This is also why Zifnab gets an elf inventor to start shooting rockets day and night to attract Haplo’s attention when he enters the world -- it’s all but stated that without some visual cue to head for, Haplo could have spent a lifetime flying over Pryan without ever coming across civilization.

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** It is the biggest of the four worlds by far, having far more surface area than even the pre-sundering Earth, and Earth. It's also the most sparsely populated, as there has simply not been enough time in the setting's relatively brief history for the mensch its population to grow enough to inhabit more than a tiny part of its surface it is very sparsely populated.surface. This is also why Zifnab gets an elf inventor to start shooting rockets day and night to attract Haplo’s attention when he enters the world -- it’s all but stated that without some visual cue to head for, Haplo could have spent a lifetime flying over Pryan without ever coming across civilization.
8th Nov '17 3:05:32 PM Theriocephalus
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** It is the biggest world by far, having far more surface area than even the pre-sundering Earth, and as there has simply not been enough time in the setting’s relatively brief history for the mensch population to grow enough to inhabit more than a tiny part of its surface it is very sparsely populated. This is also why Zifnab gets an elf inventor to start shooting rockets day and night to attract Haplo’s attention when he enters the world -- it’s all but stated that without some visual cue to head for, Haplo could have spent a lifetime flying over Pryan without ever coming across civilization.

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** It is the biggest world of the four worlds by far, having far more surface area than even the pre-sundering Earth, and as there has simply not been enough time in the setting’s setting's relatively brief history for the mensch population to grow enough to inhabit more than a tiny part of its surface it is very sparsely populated. This is also why Zifnab gets an elf inventor to start shooting rockets day and night to attract Haplo’s attention when he enters the world -- it’s all but stated that without some visual cue to head for, Haplo could have spent a lifetime flying over Pryan without ever coming across civilization.
6th Nov '17 9:29:00 PM Theriocephalus
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** It is the biggest world by far, having far more surface area than even the pre-sundering Earth, and as there has simply not been enough time in the setting’s relatively brief history for the mensch population to grow enough to inhabit more than a tiny part of its surface it is very sparsely populated. This is also why Fizban gets an elf inventor to start shooting rockets day and night to attract Haplo’s attention when he enters the world -- it’s all but stated that without some visual cue to head for, Haplo could have spent a lifetime flying over Pryan without ever coming across civilization.

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** It is the biggest world by far, having far more surface area than even the pre-sundering Earth, and as there has simply not been enough time in the setting’s relatively brief history for the mensch population to grow enough to inhabit more than a tiny part of its surface it is very sparsely populated. This is also why Fizban Zifnab gets an elf inventor to start shooting rockets day and night to attract Haplo’s attention when he enters the world -- it’s all but stated that without some visual cue to head for, Haplo could have spent a lifetime flying over Pryan without ever coming across civilization.
5th Oct '17 3:34:02 PM Discar
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* The F'sherl-Ganni of ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' have built several of these.
** They call them "buuthandi", a shortened version of a F'sherl-Ganni phrase that roughly translates to "This was [expletive] expensive to build" (fully transliterated as "expensive and expensive-expensive [expletive] we built."). At one point, the characters gather a fleet to ''assault'' one.
** The author tried to depict them more realistically then a solid shell build around a star. In this setting Dyson Spheres (there are four, formerly five before one was destroyed) are constructed from a flexible material. They are practically bubbles around a star kept inflated by the solar wind. Habitats are anchored to the interior of the sphere. The setting also has widespread gravity generators, so that's not a problem either. Of course, when we say "more realistic"... the galaxy's general populace assumes the buuthandi to be more like the cloud or network of orbiting satellites envisioned by Dyson. One character goes nearly catatonic upon learning that they are fully contiguous.

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* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'':
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The F'sherl-Ganni of ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' have built several of these.
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these. They call them "buuthandi", a shortened version of a F'sherl-Ganni phrase that roughly translates to "This was [expletive] expensive to build" (fully transliterated as "expensive and expensive-expensive [expletive] we built."). At one point, the characters gather a fleet to ''assault'' one.
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one. The author tried to depict them more realistically then a solid shell build around a star. In this setting Dyson Spheres (there are four, formerly five before one was destroyed) are constructed from a flexible material. They are practically bubbles around a star kept inflated by the solar wind. Habitats are anchored to the interior of the sphere. The setting also has widespread gravity generators, so that's not a problem either. Of course, when we say "more realistic"... the galaxy's general populace assumes the buuthandi to be more like the cloud or network of orbiting satellites envisioned by Dyson. One character goes nearly catatonic upon learning that they are fully contiguous.contiguous.
** Much later, the "All-Star" is discovered, which is a massive solid sphere around a star. It is mostly a computer dedicated to holding all the virtual minds of trillions of inhabitants; they could upload every single person in the galaxy without going over sixty percent capacity. It's implied that all the survivors of previous galactic epochs created Dyson spheres of some flavor or another to hide from the rest of the galaxy.
9th Sep '17 12:53:26 AM Chabal2
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* ''ComicBook/Transmetropolitan'' has an inversion: instead of building the sphere around the Sun, the planet Mercury ws covered in solar panels in order to supply the gargantuan energy needs of Earth.

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* ''ComicBook/Transmetropolitan'' ''{{ComicBook/Transmetropolitan}}'' has an inversion: instead of building the sphere around the Sun, the planet Mercury ws was covered in solar panels in order to supply the gargantuan energy needs of Earth.
9th Sep '17 12:53:01 AM Chabal2
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* ''ComicBook/Transmetropolitan'' has an inversion: instead of building the sphere around the Sun, the planet Mercury ws covered in solar panels in order to supply the gargantuan energy needs of Earth.
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