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Topic: The Physics of Forge of God/Anvil of Stars

From: Mike Clark
Location: Olympia, WA
Date: 10/18/2009

A long time ago after I first read Forge of God and Anvil of Stars, I wondered about the physics involved in the story (the "privileged band" being an operative term). I wrote asking about where this had come from, and whether it was something invented by you or someone else, and you responded that an actual physicist, though an obscure one, had come up with something that inspired you on the subject.

I have long since lost that correspondance (hard disk crash!), and have reason to try to dig up the name of the physicist. Do you still have the information so that you could re-enlighten me?

Thanks!

Re: The Physics of Forge of God/Anvil of Stars

From: Greg Bear
Date: 11/05/2009

Actually, a number of physicists and other thinkers have tinkered with similar theories. The most famous is likely John A. Wheeler, with his "its from bits" approach. David Deutsch has worked with computational physics, and Ed Fredkin is a pioneer in this area. There may be others!

Re: The Physics of Forge of God/Anvil of Stars

From: Al Brady
Location: Sydney
Date: 11/05/2009

Instead of flying from A to B about Id use noach to edit things so Id been where I wanted go the whole time. That would save a lot of walks to get smokes.

Re: The Physics of Forge of God/Anvil of Stars

From: Greg Bear
Date: 11/12/2009

Yes, but would other folks use noach to edit us?

Re: The Physics of Forge of God/Anvil of Stars

From: Al Brady
Location: Cambridge
Date: 01/05/2010

Hmm, so you'd end up with a constantly rewritten moment of time perhaps? I need to think that through.

Re: The Physics of Forge of God/Anvil of Stars

From: Greg Bear
Date: 01/06/2010

Whirlpool space, maybe.

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