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 19526 Jabrosky, Wed, 1st May '13 4:05:36 AM from San Diego, CA
Madman
I'm working on non-fiction for the time being. I have found that writing non-fiction is easier than fiction because you only need to relay information instead of making everything up, but that's just my experience.
 19527 matti 23, Wed, 1st May '13 5:20:36 AM from Australia
Matti23
Clashing FTL Drives

I'm just thinking up a sci fi story and was wondering if anyone could solve a problem I had. My Sci Fi universe has 2 different types of FTL drive, a Warp Drive and a Wormhole Drive. The longer the wormhole drive is active the longer your jumps. It creates a tunnel that gets longer and longer and the universe of the story is represented as kind of "spherical bubble" so you can imagine the tube being able to reach further and further. The Wormhole generator is carried within the starship and generates a spherical bubble that grows to encompass the spaceship. The warp drive immediately starts moving you in a given direction by distorting space.

I was wondering how you could make it so that you couldn't just leave your wormhole drive on whilst travelling with the warp drive. This has caused a problem because now the heroes should be able to instantaneously wormhole out of a fight as soon as they meet trouble after "saving" up their wormhole drive. I try to give explanations that kind of make intuitive sense in a very general way eg. The warp jammer machine in the story unevenly induces distortion in the space around the enemy ship to prevent them getting the shape of space needed to warp. Hyperspace and subspace as places with different laws of physics do not exist in this story. You can travel deeper and more shallow to the bubble but the laws of physics are consistent everywhere. Psychic powers do not exist. Communication is by quantum entanglement.

The power limitation explanation doesn't work as the story covers many generations of a exponentially growing civ and they go from having 1/100 of the galaxy to 3 galaxy clusters under their control and millions of dyson swarms per galaxy. This is a pretty hard problem and I was wondering if anyone could figure out the solution.

 19528 Septimus Heap, Wed, 1st May '13 5:26:22 AM from Zurich, Switzerland Relationship Status: Mu
A Wizard boy
Already answered. You don't need to post it in 4 threads simultaneously.

 19529 Ars Thaumaturgis, Wed, 1st May '13 5:31:58 AM Relationship Status: I've been dreaming of True Love's Kiss
[edit] Nevermind, then — I hadn't yet seen the other post, I believe.

One thought that comes to mind is that the distortions employed by the warp drive interfere with the wormhole generator, meaning that keeping the former on prevents successful activation of the latter.

Otherwise perhaps the wormhole generator produces some form of harmful radiation, or slowly buckles the ship's hull.

edited 1st May '13 5:33:32 AM by ArsThaumaturgis

 19530 De Marquis, Wed, 1st May '13 5:44:44 AM from Hell, USA Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
Who Am I?
@Wheezy- need more details to answer your question, but generally the purpose of life in most works of fiction is to form relationships with other people and share exciting experiences with them.

@Jabrosky- That's a very lucrative work-related skill you have. I'm jealous.

@Matti 23: I answered your question on one of the other threads, but in the future, please limit yourself to one thread per discussion topic.
“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”
 19531 Jabrosky, Wed, 1st May '13 9:37:51 AM from San Diego, CA
Madman
[up]As a matter of fact, I don't expect to make a lot of money off my current project, which I will most likely self-publish as an E-book. However, it will be a labor of love for the subject matter (ancient Egyptian and Nubian history, in case you're curious).
 19532 demarquis, Wed, 1st May '13 9:59:24 AM from Hell, USA Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
Who Am I?
Ahh, but you are adding to your skill set, and creating something to put into your eventual portfolio, so that's always good.
“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”
 19533 Wheezy, Wed, 1st May '13 2:18:33 PM from Tampa, FL. Again.
(That Guy You Met Once)
I know. I meant the actual moral of my story. I was able to spin it in more of an Anti Nihilist direction, though.
 19534 Night, Wed, 1st May '13 4:19:52 PM from PSNS Intrepid Relationship Status: Drift compatible
Who you are does not matter.
I'm writing histories of Imperial Japanese Navy ships.

...thank god for combinedfleet.com's TROMs or I'd go crazy-er.

edited 1st May '13 4:20:01 PM by Night

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 19535 Tera Chimera, Wed, 1st May '13 4:40:19 PM from somewhere out there
Cool Celtic Composition
Wondering which one of these sounds better.
  • "So, wait, you're saying that she shut the project down by faking supernatural occurrences? ...Jinkies."
  • "So, wait, you're saying that she shut the project down by faking supernatural occurrences? ...Where's a Great Dane when you need one?"
"The Uncertainty Principle isn't about uncertainty and it isn't a principle; other than that, it's perfectly named." — David Van Baak
 19536 Ars Thaumaturgis, Wed, 1st May '13 4:50:31 PM Relationship Status: I've been dreaming of True Love's Kiss
I speak only for myself, but I think that I only recognised the reference in the second version because I recognised it in the first.

For one thing I doubt that I would have quickly guessed if asked what breed Scooby Doo was.

Okay, I have a question about wording.

I have a group of sentences where I use two theys, but they're different theys? So I should probably replace that pronoun with the character names, but that sounds clunky.

I should probably include the sentences so you guys can see.

Then, Bob had made the suggestion that he and Alice chip in so their parents could go on vacation for the weekend and they [[they in this case is Bob and Alice]] could watch Carol while they [[they is their parents here]] were gone. Alice had agreed to this.

I have no idea how to word this so it isn't awkward as fuck.

(Also was this supposed to go in the random questions thread as opposed to writers block? Fuck)

edited 1st May '13 4:56:55 PM by Hermiethefrog

 19538 nrjxll, Wed, 1st May '13 4:58:23 PM Relationship Status: Not war
[up][up][up]I'd go with "Zoinks" over either of those.

 19539 Tera Chimera, Wed, 1st May '13 5:06:32 PM from somewhere out there
Cool Celtic Composition
[up][up][up] Not surprising. For one thing, he's designed to be the opposite of what a good Great Dane should look like.

[up][up] Maybe...

Then, Bob had made the suggestion that he and Alice chip in so their parents could go on vacation for the weekend. That way, they could watch Carol while their parents were gone.
"The Uncertainty Principle isn't about uncertainty and it isn't a principle; other than that, it's perfectly named." — David Van Baak
 19540 chihuahua 0, Wed, 1st May '13 5:21:33 PM from Standoff, USA Relationship Status: I'm in love with my car
Writer's Welcome Wagon
@Tera Chimera: I like "Jinkies" better.

THAT WORKS THANK YOU.

The capslock is because I'm excited and happy. Yeah.

 19542 Oh So Into Cats, Wed, 1st May '13 5:23:31 PM from The Sand Wastes Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
This whole writing thing is ridiculously hard.

Eidolonomics: ~60.4k/100,000 words
 19543 chihuahua 0, Wed, 1st May '13 5:47:40 PM from Standoff, USA Relationship Status: I'm in love with my car
 19544 Masterofchaos, Wed, 1st May '13 6:12:35 PM Relationship Status: In Lesbians with you
I don't have a Christmas icon yet
Aaaahh. I have a small problem.

Ok, so, I was told before that, when writing, I can use "?" or "!" but it's not a good idea to use "?!" Problem is, there are several points in my story where "?!" would be a proper response. Any advice?

edited 1st May '13 6:17:48 PM by Masterofchaos

(This is why interrobangs need to be more mainstream.)

?! Is probably inappropriate for academic and formal writing. In fiction, however, feel free to use it. Just do so sparingly. ?! Is one of those things that gets tiring if used too much like em dashes and ellipses. Similarly, I think you can use ?? And !! but those should be used like... Once in an entire novel. Very very rarely.

That's my take, anyways. If someone has sources that say otherwise go for it.

 19546 chihuahua 0, Wed, 1st May '13 6:26:23 PM from Standoff, USA Relationship Status: I'm in love with my car
Writer's Welcome Wagon
Really, it's your call. I suggest that you use them sparingly and go harsh on them when editing.

Basically, what [up] said.

edited 1st May '13 6:27:05 PM by chihuahua0

 19547 De Marquis, Wed, 1st May '13 6:29:18 PM from Hell, USA Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
Who Am I?
Can you copy and paste the part in your writing where you think it might work? (the thing is, there is almost always a better way for a character to express themselves than "!?", but I'm not willing to shoot it down until I see it).
“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”
 19548 Masterofchaos, Wed, 1st May '13 6:40:59 PM Relationship Status: In Lesbians with you
I don't have a Christmas icon yet
[up][up][up] and [up][up]

You have a point there. Thanks.

[up]

Here's one from the first book.

“I’m fine, mom.” He said calmly, “I’m in an alley.”

“An alley? Why are you in an alley?”

“Well, I’m being chased by a woman, and I’m trying to get away.”

“Chased? Chased? Why were you chased? What’s going on?”
 19549 De Marquis, Wed, 1st May '13 6:51:20 PM from Hell, USA Relationship Status: Buried in snow, waiting for spring
Who Am I?
I presume that you are thinking of using it with the second "Chased?" I think that would be over-doing it. Given the context, and having repeated the word, and using italics, I think is sufficient to get the point across that the mother is suddenly concerned. Anything more and you're just being redundant.
“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”
 19550 Leung Bai Fang, Wed, 1st May '13 9:17:58 PM from California
(ʘ‿ʘ✿)
^ I agree.

And I really hate to look like some kind of grammar snob, but... okay, I'm a grammar snob.

Things like 'he said' and 'she asked' are extensions of the sentence within the quotation-marks, and should not be capitalised. Furthermore, full stops preceding 'he said's should be turned into commas, though other punctuation-marks, like ? and !, should remain as they are. Some examples:

Correct: "I want to eat that kitten, " he said.

Incorrect: "I want to eat that kitten." He said.

Correct: "Do you want to eat that kitten?" she asked.

Incorrect: "Do you want to eat that kitten?" She asked.

Source.

edited 1st May '13 9:18:58 PM by LeungBaiFang

Let's not go there. *flails noodle arms*
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