A Thing of Eternity wrote: SadisticCynic wrote:
Wouldn't the field generators have frictional parts?
Sorry if I'm being overly into the details of such things.
No, they would likely be electromagnets, which is simply a coil of wire. I don't see the need to go higher tech than simple magnetic levitation for this job.
Don't worry about being nit-picky, I'm a hard-SF freak (I don't think authors have to use hard science, but I enjoy things more when they do), and I love thinking about this kind of stuff. If I every really get into writing (as opposed to just worldbuilding by myself) it'll all come in handy. That's right, I'm one of those "I'm writing a novel, and have been for X years" kinda people... oh the shame.
Electromagnetism, why can't I think of these things myself?
I love the details myself. I get a thrill of pleasure whenever I read something that is presented but not explained and I understand it based on other things I have experienced, read or learnt. It means each time I read the book I understand things a little better. For example in Dune Frank describes prescient vision as having a kind of Heisenberg indeterminacy. This meant nothing to me the first time I read Dune but then in my studies of physics it was mentioned (not in detail yet but soon if all goes well) and it got me thinking not only about prescience but also about bigger questions like free will.
I'm rereading Destination: Void and I'm tentatively linking the multiplier circuits he mentions to the myriads of synapses neurons can form. This is what makes reading fun!
(For the above paragraphs many I know would simply dismiss me as a nerd... aw well.)
Ion breeze? I feel so uneducated! Wikipedia here I come...
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