Saturday, December 06, 2008

Options for a Red Giant Future

Planetary engineering on the largest scale might one day reveal itself to us through the observation of a Dyson sphere or other vast object created by an advanced civilization. But it's interesting to think about alternative strategies for using celestial energies, strategies that assume vast powers at the disposal of mankind as projected into the distant future. Thus an interesting proposal from the Swiss theorists M. Taube and W. Seifritz, who consider what to do about the Sun's eventual evolution into a planet-swallowing red giant.

Or do what I did in my short-story "One Hundred Years."

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