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Re: Sci-Fi story help
« Reply #60 on: May 09, 2017, 09:57:40 PM »
Which is why a simple fusion battery in every device is much more reliable than having multiple interacting power distribution systems. :D

And it means that consoles are less likely to explode in showers of sparks when you get hit by a torpedo.

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Re: Sci-Fi story help
« Reply #61 on: May 09, 2017, 11:45:00 PM »
Which is why a simple fusion battery in every device is much more reliable than having multiple interacting power distribution systems. :D

And it means that consoles are less likely to explode in showers of sparks when you get hit by a torpedo.

Only Star Trek has exploding consoles
Assuming that power systems need maintenance, every separate system will add to complexity.
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« Reply #62 on: May 10, 2017, 02:20:34 AM »
Which is why a simple fusion battery in every device is much more reliable than having multiple interacting power distribution systems. :D

And it means that consoles are less likely to explode in showers of sparks when you get hit by a torpedo.

Only Star Trek has exploding consoles
Assuming that power systems need maintenance, every separate system will add to complexity.
Yeah, it's a bit of a characteristic conceit of my future vision that power systems are as easy and simple to maintain as batteries, but virtually perpetual.

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Re: Sci-Fi story help
« Reply #63 on: May 13, 2017, 07:04:45 PM »
Faster than light travel in my science fiction is by jumping through wormholes which are form through some kind of gravity interaction with the stars and the rest of the universe.
They tend to form on a G2 class star somewhere around Pluto orbit or around 6 light hours out.
Smaller stars they form closer in while larger stars form further out.

Now what I am curious about is assume that a star is around 8 solar masses.
It has wormholes really far out as one might expect. Probably be something like 45 light hours out from the star.

An 8 solar mass star can go super nova and leaves a core of several solar masses behind.
This then becomes a neutron star.

What should I have happen with wormholes around the neutron star? I am not too worried about black holes because I believe that neutron stars are far more common.
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Re: Sci-Fi story help
« Reply #64 on: May 28, 2017, 08:24:42 PM »
I have a general writing question. When there is a conversation and a lot of one liners, (for example: Jack says, "the Earth is flat." Jane responds, "No it is not!") are you suppose to start a new paragraph whenever you switch speakers. That is what I remember being taught but in some novels, I don't see the authors doing that.
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Re: Sci-Fi story help
« Reply #65 on: May 28, 2017, 08:32:58 PM »
I'd say go for whichever feels like it flows better.

Then get a second opinion.

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« Reply #66 on: May 28, 2017, 08:43:54 PM »
I have a general writing question. When there is a conversation and a lot of one liners, (for example: Jack says, "the Earth is flat." Jane responds, "No it is not!") are you suppose to start a new paragraph whenever you switch speakers. That is what I remember being taught but in some novels, I don't see the authors doing that.
Yes, when you switch speakers, you generally start a new paragraph. That's the rule.

Of course it's totally okay to break this rule when you have a dramatic and/or stylistic reason for doing so.

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Re: Sci-Fi story help
« Reply #67 on: May 28, 2017, 08:55:36 PM »
I have a general writing question. When there is a conversation and a lot of one liners, (for example: Jack says, "the Earth is flat." Jane responds, "No it is not!") are you suppose to start a new paragraph whenever you switch speakers. That is what I remember being taught but in some novels, I don't see the authors doing that.
Yes, when you switch speakers, you generally start a new paragraph. That's the rule.

Of course it's totally okay to break this rule when you have a dramatic and/or stylistic reason for doing so.

OK, at least I remember right  :-[
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Re: Sci-Fi story help
« Reply #68 on: May 28, 2017, 09:14:20 PM »
I have a general writing question. When there is a conversation and a lot of one liners, (for example: Jack says, "the Earth is flat." Jane responds, "No it is not!") are you suppose to start a new paragraph whenever you switch speakers. That is what I remember being taught but in some novels, I don't see the authors doing that.
Yes, when you switch speakers, you generally start a new paragraph. That's the rule.

Of course it's totally okay to break this rule when you have a dramatic and/or stylistic reason for doing so.

OK, at least I remember right  :-[
I firmly believe that English grammar and style exist for a very good reason - ease of reading. However, I originally came up with Rule 0 to refer to the rules of grammar.

Rule 0 states: all rules have exceptions, including this one.

It describes grammar, but it's also applicable to all other systems that have rules. :)

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Re: Sci-Fi story help
« Reply #69 on: June 25, 2017, 10:16:49 PM »
Each speaker gets his own line. And once in a while throw in something to help us keep them straight, like:

Frank looked at Joe like he was an idea. Joe had to defend his idea.

For me, six lines tops without a helper like that.
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