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Topic: star roads

From: ben
Location: usa
Date: 06/08/2013

Mr. Bear,
the star road are depicted as being virtually invincible many time in the trilogy but theres one quote that creates quite a controversy throughout a forum i actively participate in.
when the librarian stumbles upon a system covered in star roads she notes that the network had crumbled where automatic deletions and adjustments had not sufficed.

could you clarify if you meant that the tidal forces working on the network for millions of years had broke the star roads or if there had been so many automatic deletions that the network had effectively crumbled, your clarification would be much appreciated.
thanks,
Ben

Re: star roads

From: Greg Bear
Date: 06/17/2013

As I recall, I was trying to take into account the problem of mathematically predicting an orbital system over long stretches of time. Such complex systems tend to chaos or worse over thousands of years. Not even the star roads could avoid accumulated errors! And without adjustments from dedicated engineers, they would suffer damage.

Re: star roads

From: ben
Location: usa
Date: 06/17/2013

so, still confused.. can star roads be destroyed by things other than the halo effect. i think i remember them being described as indestructible in cryptum.

anyway, thanks for clarifications

Re: star roads

From: Greg Bear
Date: 06/17/2013

Maybe they simply give up... I'll ask a few Precursor theorists what the solution could be!

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