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27th Sep '16 8:37:09 PM PaulA
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* Creator/CJCherryh wrote about one method in her ChanurNovels. The main character speculates how the bad guys might hijack loose interplanetary debris and accelerate same, followed by aiming said debris at the main character's homeworld.

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* Creator/CJCherryh wrote about one method in her ChanurNovels.Literature/ChanurNovels. The main character speculates how the bad guys might hijack loose interplanetary debris and accelerate same, followed by aiming said debris at the main character's homeworld.
21st Sep '16 6:17:32 AM E1craZ4life
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->''"WheresTheKaboom? There was supposed to be an Earth-shattering kaboom!"''

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->''"WheresTheKaboom? ->''"WheresTheKaboom There was supposed to be an Earth-shattering kaboom!"''
21st Sep '16 6:17:20 AM E1craZ4life
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->''"Where's the kaboom? There was supposed to be an Earth-shattering kaboom!"''

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->''"Where's the kaboom? ->''"WheresTheKaboom? There was supposed to be an Earth-shattering kaboom!"''
14th Sep '16 12:00:36 AM PaulA
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** The prequels ''Earth Unaware'' and ''Earth Afire'' feature a precursor to the Little Doctor called a "gravity laser" or "glaser", developed as an asteroid mining tool. One of the test shots almost destroys the firing vessel as the field expands kilometers beyond what they had expected, and when used as a weapon against the Formics they mount it on expendable drones.

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** The prequels ''Earth Unaware'' ''Literature/EarthUnaware'' and ''Earth Afire'' ''Literature/EarthAfire'' feature a precursor to the Little Doctor called a "gravity laser" or "glaser", developed as an asteroid mining tool. One of the test shots almost destroys the firing vessel as the field expands kilometers beyond what they had expected, and when used as a weapon against the Formics they mount it on expendable drones.
11th Sep '16 9:12:21 PM PaulA
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* OrsonScottCard's ''EndersGame'' involves the "Little Doctor" device, which is indeed capable of blowing up a planet, and is used for that purpose near the end of the book. In the sequel ''Children Of The Mind'', a second such disaster is narrowly averted.

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* OrsonScottCard's ''EndersGame'' Creator/OrsonScottCard's ''Literature/EndersGame'' involves the "Little Doctor" device, which is indeed capable of blowing up a planet, and is used for that purpose near the end of the book. In the sequel ''Children Of The Mind'', ''Literature/ChildrenOfTheMind'', a second such disaster is narrowly averted.



*** Specifically, in Ender's Game, the weapon is explicitly stated to be NOT a missile. Circa 3000 years later, by {{CotM}}, it's shown to be the payload of a missile or missile-like device.

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*** Specifically, in Ender's Game, the weapon is explicitly stated to be NOT a missile. Circa 3000 years later, by {{CotM}}, ''Children of the Mind'', it's shown to be the payload of a missile or missile-like device.
14th Aug '16 5:09:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* In Flying Buffalo's ''NuclearWar,'' there is a rule that allows an improbable series of events to result in a nuclear chain reaction that not only destroys the Earth, but the entire solar system.

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* In Flying Buffalo's ''NuclearWar,'' ''TabletopGame/NuclearWar,'' there is a rule that allows an improbable series of events to result in a nuclear chain reaction that not only destroys the Earth, but the entire solar system.
10th Aug '16 2:49:37 PM ScorpiusOB1
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** You've too a slower way, if you can wait enough, and not with a bang but with a whimper instead. It has [[http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1987A&A...178..283G been calculated]] that once the Earth is absorbed by the red giant Sun seven and half[[note]](not five as usually stated, according to stellar evolution models the Sun will need more than two extra billion years to go full red giant after hydrogen has been exahusted at its core)[[/note]] billion years from now, it will last 200 years ''at best'' before being vaporized.

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** You've too a slower way, if you can wait enough, and not with a bang but with a whimper instead. It has [[http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1987A&A...178..283G been calculated]] that once the Earth is absorbed by the red giant Sun seven and half[[note]](not half billion years[[note]]While the Sun will exhaust the hydrogen at its core within five as usually stated, billion years, according to stellar evolution models the Sun will need more than two extra billion years to go full red giant after hydrogen has been exahusted at its core)[[/note]] billion years that event. The life of a star is usually not something to seat and watch[[/note]] from now, it will last 200 years ''at best'' before being vaporized.
9th Aug '16 2:31:30 PM Ripburger
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* Two space shooter games take this to the next level, with star-destroying weapons. The Shivans in ''VideoGame/FreeSpace2'' can do this with some eighty dreadnoughts combined, and ''{{X-COM}} Interceptor'' had a nova bomb you could research, which was needed to destroy the moon-sized alien superweapon to win the game. What was cool about the nova bomb was that it ''wasn't'' just needed for the final mission - you could use it any time you liked to wipe stars off the map, along with any bases or fleets in the system.

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* Two space shooter games take this to the next level, with star-destroying weapons. The Shivans in ''VideoGame/FreeSpace2'' can do this with some eighty dreadnoughts combined, and ''{{X-COM}} ''[[{{VideoGame/XCOM}} X-COM]] Interceptor'' had a nova bomb you could research, which was needed to destroy the moon-sized alien superweapon to win the game. What was cool about the nova bomb was that it ''wasn't'' just needed for the final mission - you could use it any time you liked to wipe stars off the map, along with any bases or fleets in the system.
7th Aug '16 9:49:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''TheGuardianLegend'' - You have to save the world from this fate by blowing up NAJU, the massive alien base on a collision course with Earth.

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* ''TheGuardianLegend'' ''VideoGame/TheGuardianLegend'' - You have to save the world from this fate by blowing up NAJU, the massive alien base on a collision course with Earth.
5th Aug '16 6:58:24 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The Covenant in ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' "glass" planets - they blast them from orbit until the surface has melted into a glasslike substance.
** The UNSC NOVA bomb. It is a cluster of nine nukes, each surrounded by a shell that, when the bomb goes off, briefly compresses each of the nine explosions to neutron-star density, giving each blast a 100x boost. One is [[spoiler:accidentally set off on an Elite loyalist vessel in orbit around a loyalist world: the planet is wiped clean of life, its moon ''is shattered'', and nearly the entire fleet massed nearby is annihilated.]]
** Actually subverted with the Covenant. They ''can'' do it, but it takes a huge number of ships and several years; the idea of glassing every square millimeter of an entire planet is pure UNSC propaganda. In practice, the Covies primarily focus on glassing population centers, and burn just enough crisscrossing orbits across the rest of the planet to let the convection kill off anyone who managed to avoid being directly fired upon. Still, while the planet might not be completely glassed, it will still require lengthy and costly re-terraforming before it is anything close to inhabitable again.

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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
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The Covenant in ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' "glass" planets - they blast them from orbit until the surface has melted into a glasslike substance.
** The UNSC NOVA bomb. It
substance. However, this is a cluster of nine nukes, each surrounded by a shell that, when the bomb goes off, briefly compresses each of the nine explosions to neutron-star density, giving each blast a 100x boost. One is [[spoiler:accidentally set off on an Elite loyalist vessel in orbit around a loyalist world: the planet is wiped clean of life, its moon ''is shattered'', and nearly the entire fleet massed nearby is annihilated.]]
** Actually
subverted with the Covenant. They a little; they ''can'' do it, but it takes a huge number of ships and several years; years, with the idea of glassing every square millimeter of an entire planet is being pure UNSC propaganda. In practice, the Covies primarily focus on glassing population centers, and burn just enough crisscrossing orbits across the rest of the planet to let the convection kill off anyone who managed to avoid being directly fired upon. Still, while the planet might not be completely glassed, it will still require lengthy and costly re-terraforming before it is anything close to inhabitable again.
** The UNSC NOVA bomb. It is a cluster of nine nukes, each surrounded by a shell that, when the bomb goes off, briefly compresses each of the nine explosions to neutron-star density, giving each blast a 100x boost. One is [[spoiler:accidentally set off on an Elite loyalist vessel in orbit around a loyalist world: the planet is wiped clean of life, its moon ''is shattered'', and nearly the entire fleet massed nearby is annihilated]].
** Forerunner ships were quite capable of doing this; one of their weapons was actually designed to lift and ''flip'' a large chunk of a planet's crust.
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