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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.
29th Jul '17 2:35:55 PM Theriocephalus
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* Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/{{Ringworld}}'': the Puppeteers' Fleet of Worlds is a Kemplerer [sic] Rosette. The Ringworld itself is a "flattened" Dyson Sphere - it is described as being like a ribbon encircling its sun, nearly a million miles wide and 300 million miles in diameter.

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* Creator/LarryNiven's ''Literature/{{Ringworld}}'': the Puppeteers' Fleet of Worlds is a Kemplerer [sic] Rosette. The Ringworld itself is a "flattened" Dyson Sphere - -- it is described as being like a ribbon encircling its sun, nearly a million miles wide and 300 million miles in diameter.



* ''Literature/IllegalAliens'' by Creator/PhilFoglio and NickPollotta. The inside of the shell was covered in solar collectors, and the people lived ''inside'' the shell, as basically it was a big spherical shaped space station.
** Two(?) spheres are actually mentioned. The second was discovered in a previously-unknown sector of space. When opened, it was found to contain a slightly smaller sphere. Which itself had another inside, and so on. The discoverers abandoned their investigation after going several layers deep, positing that "With so many amateur lunatics around the universe, nobody wanted to meet professionals."

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* ''Literature/IllegalAliens'' by Creator/PhilFoglio and NickPollotta. NickPollotta has two such sphere mentioned:
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The inside shell of the shell first was covered in solar collectors, and the its people lived ''inside'' the shell, shell as well, as basically it was a big spherical shaped space station.
** Two(?) spheres are actually mentioned. The second was discovered in a previously-unknown sector of space. When opened, it was found to contain a slightly smaller sphere. Which itself had another inside, and so on. The discoverers abandoned their investigation after going several layers deep, positing that "With so many amateur lunatics around the universe, nobody wanted to meet professionals."



* In the final book of the ''Literature/HyperionCantos'', ''The Rise of Endymion'', the Ousters are growing an organic Dyson Sphere around a star. It does not have gravity. While [[spoiler: this particular one is heavily damaged by the Pax war fleet (at least, the narrator assumes the damage was heavy - he is not a very smart guy and only saw the start of the battle) it is revealed that there are more in existence.]]

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* In the final book of the ''Literature/HyperionCantos'', ''The Rise of Endymion'', the Ousters are growing an organic Dyson Sphere around a star. It does not have gravity. While [[spoiler: this particular one is heavily damaged by the Pax war fleet (at least, the narrator assumes the damage was heavy - -- he is not a very smart guy and only saw the start of the battle) it is revealed that there are more in existence.]]
29th Jul '17 1:27:24 PM Theriocephalus
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* The jungle world of Pryan (World of Fire) in ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle'' is eventually revealed to be a Dyson's Sphere. Not much is done with this concept, apart from the facts that there is no night on the planet except in areas where night cycles are created by artificial means, and its nature makes navigating the planet when one was expecting a more normally arranged world rather difficult.

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* The jungle ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle'': Pryan, the world of Pryan (World of Fire) in ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle'' fire, is eventually revealed to be a Dyson's Sphere. Not much is done hollow sphere with this concept, apart from an internal surface covered by miles-high jungles and with four small suns at its center. As the facts that there is suns never set or move, it has no true night on (the closest most of the planet except in world gets are storms that move over its surface at regular intervals and provide some measure of darkness) outside of areas where night cycles are created darkness is provided by artificial means, and its means. Most of the characters are not aware of the world's nature makes for a while, resulting in some difficulty and confusion when navigating the planet when one was expecting it, as most of them had a more normally arranged "regular" world rather difficult.in mind.
** 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 settingís 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 Haploís attention when he enters the world -- itís 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.
** Originally, it was designed by the Sartan to be essentially an enormous power plant for the same reasons that itís theorized high-tech civilizations would be driven to build such spheres -- its shape meant that all the sunsí energy would be captured without any being lost, which the Sartan could then transmit to the other worlds.
28th Jul '17 5:45:07 PM Theriocephalus
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* ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'' has a Dyson Sphere that belongs to the Void Engineers; the Copernicus Research Center functions as an Earth-away-from-Earth for a large number of Engineers, researchers, and their families. This actually puts the Void Engineers under suspicion: People started thinking that it'd be unlikely they managed to build 'The Cop' on their own, and some wonder if they got it from [[EldritchAbomination some... "friends"... they met beyond the stars]]. In one outcome of TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, the Void Engineers retreat to the Sphere ''en masse'' and '''leave the Universe''' in their own portable biosphere.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has a plane called [[http://wiki.mtgsalvation.com/article/Pyrulea Pyrulea]], which is a Dyson ''Forest.''

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* ''TabletopGame/MageTheAscension'' has a Dyson Sphere that belongs to the Void Engineers; the Copernicus Research Center functions as an Earth-away-from-Earth for a large number of Engineers, researchers, and their families. This actually puts the Void Engineers under suspicion: People started thinking that it'd be unlikely they managed to build 'The Cop' "the Cop" on their own, and some wonder if they got it from [[EldritchAbomination some... "friends"... they met beyond the stars]]. In one outcome of TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, the Void Engineers retreat to the Sphere ''en masse'' and '''leave the Universe''' in their own portable biosphere.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has a plane called [[http://wiki.mtgsalvation.com/article/Pyrulea Pyrulea]], which is a Dyson ''Forest.''''Forest''. It's a hollow sphere around a star, with its entire inner surface covered by towering rainforests of massive, massive trees -- "massive" here meaning that their individual leaves are large enough to build a small house on.



* ''TabletopGame/AT43'''s Therians freaking ''love'' Dyson Sphere, so much in fact they plan on putting every solar system they can find into them.

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* ''TabletopGame/AT43'''s Therians freaking ''love'' Dyson Sphere, Spheres, so much in fact that they plan on putting every solar system they can find into them.



* * ''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.
* ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'', by default, features massive ringworld structures that are typically inhabited by ancient fallen empires - if not, then they are abandoned and unusable derelicts. One of the core features of the '''Utopia''' expansion is giving the player the ability to build megastructures - including a dyson sphere, ringworlds, and space station habitats. Notably, building a dyson sphere/ringworld is a ''massive'' undertaking, requiring you to find a star system without any colonized planets. In the case of the dyson sphere, this is because once the construction is 100% completed, every single planet in that system is turned into a barren, frozen husk (as you would expect from switching off the sun). In the case of the ringworlds, it is due to all of the other planets being dismantled and used to actually build the thing.

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* * ''StarWarsTheOldRepublic: Knights ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'': The ''Knights of the Eternal Throne'' expansion introduces has 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'' ''Franchise/StarWars'' galaxy.
* ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'', by default, features massive ringworld structures that are typically inhabited by ancient fallen empires - -- if not, then they are abandoned and unusable derelicts. One of the core features of the '''Utopia''' expansion is giving the player the ability to build megastructures - -- including a dyson sphere, ringworlds, and space station habitats. Notably, building a dyson sphere/ringworld is a ''massive'' undertaking, requiring you to find a star system without any colonized planets. In the case of the dyson sphere, this is because once the construction is 100% completed, every single planet in that system is turned into a barren, frozen husk (as you would expect from switching off the sun). In the case of the ringworlds, it is due to all of the other planets being dismantled and used to actually build the thing.



* 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 5, well 4 now after 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. Setting also has widespread gravity generators, so that's not a problem either.
*** 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.

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* The F'sherl-Ganni of ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' have built several of these. these.
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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 5, well 4 now after 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. Setting The setting also has widespread gravity generators, so that's not a problem either.
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either. Of course, when we say "more realistic..." The 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.



* [[http://www.orionsarm.com/eg-article/4845fbe091a18 Many types]] appear in ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm''. Most impressive is probably the [[http://www.orionsarm.com/eg-article/4847416b8b0ad suprastellar shell]], a solid Dyson Sphere (actively supported) that people live on the outside of. The one and only solid Dyson Sphere which people live on the ''inside'' of is called "The Impossible Dyson" and exists only in a virtual reality.

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* [[http://www.orionsarm.com/eg-article/4845fbe091a18 Many types]] appear in ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm''. Most impressive is probably the [[http://www.orionsarm.com/eg-article/4847416b8b0ad suprastellar shell]], a solid Dyson Sphere (actively supported) that people live on the outside of. The one and only solid Dyson Sphere which people live on the ''inside'' of is called "The "the Impossible Dyson" and exists only in a virtual reality.



* There are quite a few stories of small children getting the misconception Earth is like this.
** And of some grown-ups mimicking this, completely disregarding the fact that Earth would be a Dyson Sphere if the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollow_Earth Hollow Earth theory]] was proved true. To summarize: Earth is hollow and there is a tiny star inside, providing enough heat and light to sustain life. Just ask them ''[[{{Satan}} who]]'' is inside.

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* There are quite a few stories of small children getting the misconception Earth is like this.
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this -- and of some grown-ups mimicking this, completely disregarding the fact that Earth would be a Dyson Sphere if the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollow_Earth Hollow Earth theory]] was proved true. To summarize: Earth is hollow and there is a tiny star inside, providing enough heat and light to sustain life. Just ask them ''[[{{Satan}} who]]'' is inside.
22nd Jul '17 5:17:32 AM moloch
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** 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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** 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]]" 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.
22nd Jul '17 5:16:58 AM moloch
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** The main plot is set in a Dyson Sphere inhabited by a society which seems suspiciously similar to Iain M. Banks's Culture 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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** The main plot is set in a Dyson Sphere inhabited by a society which seems suspiciously similar to Iain M. Banks's Culture 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.
25th Apr '17 7:17:46 PM PaulA
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* William Forstchen's Gamester Wars universe has a Dyson Sphere setting that's still being built-- the {{Precursors}}' ancient robots have been at it for millions of years and it's still only half-complete, because of its size. There's also a RingWorldPlanet and other stellar-scale objects in the same universe.

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* William Forstchen's Creator/WilliamRForstchen's Gamester Wars universe has a Dyson Sphere setting that's still being built-- the built--the {{Precursors}}' ancient robots have been at it for millions of years and it's still only half-complete, because of its size. There's also a RingWorldPlanet and other stellar-scale objects in the same universe.
17th Apr '17 5:04:04 PM nombretomado
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* Part of ''The Time Ships'' by StephenBaxter is set in a Dyson Sphere.

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* Part of ''The Time Ships'' by StephenBaxter Creator/StephenBaxter is set in a Dyson Sphere.
13th Apr '17 6:19:34 AM Screedle
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* ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'', by default, features massive ringworld structures that are typically inhabited by ancient fallen empires - if not, then they are abandoned and unusable derelicts. One of the core features of the **Utopia** expansion is giving the player the ability to build megastructures - including a dyson sphere, ringworlds, and space station habitats. Notably, building a dyson sphere/ringworld is a **massive** undertaking, requiring you to find a star system without any colonized planets. In the case of the dyson sphere, this is because once the construction is 100% completed, every single planet in that system is turned into a barren, frozen husk (as you would expect from switching off the sun). In the case of the ringworlds, it is due to all of the other planets being dismantled and used to actually build the thing.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'', by default, features massive ringworld structures that are typically inhabited by ancient fallen empires - if not, then they are abandoned and unusable derelicts. One of the core features of the **Utopia** '''Utopia''' expansion is giving the player the ability to build megastructures - including a dyson sphere, ringworlds, and space station habitats. Notably, building a dyson sphere/ringworld is a **massive** ''massive'' undertaking, requiring you to find a star system without any colonized planets. In the case of the dyson sphere, this is because once the construction is 100% completed, every single planet in that system is turned into a barren, frozen husk (as you would expect from switching off the sun). In the case of the ringworlds, it is due to all of the other planets being dismantled and used to actually build the thing.
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