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12th Oct '17 1:39:08 AM PaulA
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* Before writing ''[[Literature/CoDominium The Mote in God's Eye]]'' Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle asked physicist (Dan Alderson) to develop laws of their '{{verse}}. They told him what they want the proposed [[FasterThanLightTravel FTL drives]] to do, and what they want to avoid. Dr. Alderson then custom designed a FTL drive to spec, with additional limits. Niven and Pournelle kept within those limits. As a bonus, Alderson's drive equations also got them DeflectorShields.

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* Before writing ''[[Literature/CoDominium The Mote in God's Eye]]'' ''Literature/TheMoteInGodsEye'', Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle asked physicist (Dan Alderson) to develop laws of their '{{verse}}. They told him what they want wanted the proposed [[FasterThanLightTravel FTL drives]] to do, and what they want wanted to avoid. Dr. Alderson then custom designed a FTL drive to spec, with additional limits. Niven and Pournelle kept within those limits. As a bonus, Alderson's drive equations also got them DeflectorShields.
25th Sep '17 2:58:44 PM Amahn
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*** Interestingly, the originally planned but abandoned story for 3 would have taken this "research" further and revolved around the above mentioned negative effects of playing around with physics like this. Some of the groundwork for this story can be seen in 2. Specifically over use of the Mass Effect wreaks havoc with Dark Matter, ultimately leading to low mass stars going supernova at a "young" age. The Reapers knew this but didn't have a way of preventing it, so would periodically wipe out advanced civilizations as a stopgap measure to restrict the use of the Mass Effect and thus stave off the eventual damage.
2nd Sep '17 4:22:05 PM Dvandemon
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** Pym particles, named after [[ComicBook/AntMan Hank Pym]] which allow matter to be shrunk or enlarged at will, ignoring the square cube law and drawing extra mass (in the case of growing) from or shunting excess mass (in the case of shrinking) to another dimension; it's later explained that Pym Particles specifically adjust an object along three axes. [[SizeShifter size]], [[SquareCubeLaw strength]] and [[HollywoodDensity density]]. They illustrate this with Ant-Man and two other seemingly unrelated characters whose powers applied Pym Particles on those other axes.

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** Pym particles, named after [[ComicBook/AntMan Hank Pym]] which allow matter to be shrunk or enlarged at will, ignoring the square cube law and drawing extra mass (in the case of growing) from or shunting excess mass (in the case of shrinking) to another dimension; it's later explained that Pym Particles specifically adjust an object along three axes. [[SizeShifter size]], [[SquareCubeLaw strength]] and [[HollywoodDensity density]]. They illustrate this with Ant-Man Ant-Man, Wonder Man and two other seemingly unrelated characters Vision whose powers applied Pym Particles on those other axes.
2nd Jul '17 12:10:42 PM nombretomado
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* TheOtherWiki has plenty of details on how the Minovsky Particle works: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Century_technology#Minovsky_physics]]

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* TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki has plenty of details on how the Minovsky Particle works: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Century_technology#Minovsky_physics]]
1st Jul '17 5:47:39 AM rdococ
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* In ''VideoGame/SpacePiratesAndZombies'', neutrinos are used to handwave a lot of the more exotic weapons. Depending on how they're energized, they can destabilize DeflectorShields, desintegrate ship hulls through armor, or vampirize a ships reactor.
19th Jun '17 10:33:38 AM Piterpicher
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* Unexpected as this trope may be in a MichaelBay film, ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction'' goes in this direction with Transformium, suddenly providing an explanation of how transforming robots, which seem to have traits of both machines and biological entities, can exist.

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* Unexpected as this trope may be in a MichaelBay Creator/MichaelBay film, ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction'' goes in this direction with Transformium, suddenly providing an explanation of how transforming robots, which seem to have traits of both machines and biological entities, can exist.
17th Jun '17 10:12:05 AM nombretomado
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* "Ice-nine" in KurtVonnegut's ''Literature/CatsCradle''. Nothing more than a fictional crystal structure of ice, with specific physical properties similar to crystals of various other real-life compounds, it proves to be one of science fiction's most memorable {{MacGuffin}}s. (Vonnegut worked in the marketing department of General Electric as a younger man, where his brother was a researcher. Said brother worked with Langmuir, who had much earlier dreamed up ice-nine for a visiting H.G. Wells, but nothing came of it.)

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* "Ice-nine" in KurtVonnegut's Creator/KurtVonnegut's ''Literature/CatsCradle''. Nothing more than a fictional crystal structure of ice, with specific physical properties similar to crystals of various other real-life compounds, it proves to be one of science fiction's most memorable {{MacGuffin}}s. (Vonnegut worked in the marketing department of General Electric as a younger man, where his brother was a researcher. Said brother worked with Langmuir, who had much earlier dreamed up ice-nine for a visiting H.G. Wells, but nothing came of it.)
15th Jun '17 3:08:49 PM Az_Tech341
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The TropeNamer is the {{Anime}} series ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam.'' Creator/YoshiyukiTomino wanted to write a RealRobot anime. However, anyone remotely familiar with either engineering or military tactics will tell you that such devices are almost impossible to effectively use; a bipedal platform is needlessly complicated, hard to properly armor, and the easiest thing to shoot at on a battlefield. Enter the Minovsky Particle: an EMP-like, sensor-jamming, delicate-electronics wrecking PlotDevice that not only renders all ranged targeting and guided missiles useless, but requires [[{{Unobtainium}} Helium-3]] to produce. Consequently, humans had to [[IWantMyJetpack go to space]] to get Helium-3, fight old-school close combat battles using systems capable of tricky microgravity maneuvering, and eventually standardize the technology to simplify maintenance. The result? A world full of HumongousMecha -- which, far from being contrived, seem like a natural evolution of military technology ''in light of'' the Minovsky Particle. And what's truly elegant is the metafiction: from a {{Doylist}} view, Mobile Suits made the particle necessary; but from the {{Watsonian}} or InUniverse view, it's ''the particle'' that made ''Mobile suits'' necessary.

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The TropeNamer is the {{Anime}} series ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam.'' ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. Creator/YoshiyukiTomino wanted to write a RealRobot anime. However, anyone remotely familiar with either engineering or military tactics will tell you that such devices are almost impossible to effectively use; use effectively; a bipedal platform is needlessly complicated, hard to properly armor, and the easiest thing to shoot at on a battlefield. Enter the Minovsky Particle: an EMP-like, sensor-jamming, delicate-electronics wrecking PlotDevice that not only renders all ranged targeting and guided missiles useless, but requires [[{{Unobtainium}} Helium-3]] to produce. Consequently, humans had to [[IWantMyJetpack go to space]] to get Helium-3, fight old-school close combat old-school, close-combat battles using systems capable of tricky microgravity maneuvering, and eventually standardize the technology to simplify maintenance. The result? A world full of HumongousMecha -- which, far from being contrived, seem seems like a natural evolution of military technology ''in light of'' the Minovsky Particle. And what's truly elegant is the metafiction: from a {{Doylist}} view, Mobile Suits made the particle necessary; but from the {{Watsonian}} or InUniverse view, it's ''the particle'' that made ''Mobile suits'' necessary.
15th Jun '17 3:04:50 PM Az_Tech341
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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', everyone possesses "Aura" - a sort of energy field created and powered by the soul. Aura itself is loosely defined but it has a set of internally-consistent effects. for example, it projects a defensive field around the body when active that deflects most incoming energy, though some force penetrates it and can knock a person around or cause pain. It can be used to power superhuman feats such as massive leaps, lifting enormous weights, or striking armored machines or monsters with melee weapons or fists. It can be channeled into weapons, armor, and attacks, which [[MySuitIsAlsoSuper explains the lack of clothing damage]]. It is also used to power Semblances, which are unique powers specific to each individual, which also adhere to their own internal rules per person. If someone's Aura is depleted, they lose most of it's offensive and defensive benefits and they cannot use their Semblance anymore until it regenerates.

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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', everyone possesses "Aura" - a sort of energy field created and powered by the soul. Aura itself is loosely defined defined, but it has a set of internally-consistent effects. for For example, it projects a defensive field around the body when active that deflects most incoming energy, though some force penetrates it and can knock a person around or cause pain. It can be used to power superhuman feats such as massive leaps, lifting enormous weights, or striking armored machines or monsters with melee weapons or fists. It can be channeled into weapons, armor, and attacks, which [[MySuitIsAlsoSuper explains the lack of clothing damage]]. It is also used to power Semblances, which are unique powers specific to each individual, which also adhere to their own internal rules per person. If someone's Aura is depleted, they lose most of it's offensive and defensive benefits benefits, and they cannot use their Semblance anymore until it regenerates.
15th Jun '17 6:28:10 AM Zaptech
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* In ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', everyone possesses "Aura" - a sort of energy field created and powered by the soul. Aura itself is loosely defined but it has a set of internally-consistent effects. for example, it projects a defensive field around the body when active that deflects most incoming energy, though some force penetrates it and can knock a person around or cause pain. It can be used to power superhuman feats such as massive leaps, lifting enormous weights, or striking armored machines or monsters with melee weapons or fists. It can be channeled into weapons, armor, and attacks, which [[MySuitIsAlsoSuper explains the lack of clothing damage]]. It is also used to power Semblances, which are unique powers specific to each individual, which also adhere to their own internal rules per person. If someone's Aura is depleted, they lose most of it's offensive and defensive benefits and they cannot use their Semblance anymore until it regenerates.
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