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Topic: Gliese 581 C, too close for comfort?!!

From: Ricardo
Location: Glendale, CA
Date: 04/27/2007

Well, if our universe is anything like the Forge/Anvil universe, 20 light years is a little too close for me!! Exciting discovery though, eh Greg?

By the way, how about a CATEOT update? I know, patience, patience......

Re: Gliese 581 C, too close for comfort?!!

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/27/2007

The "c," as some apparently call it, is a marvelous discovery. Sounds a bit like Vulcan actually--

City at the End of Time is approaching the endgame, but it's a complicated effort! Have to get it just right...

Re: Gliese 581 C, too close for comfort?!!

From: Ricardo
Location: Glendale, CA
Date: 04/29/2007

Vulcan - maybe Gene Roddenberry was even more of a visionary than we imagined! One commentator's view was that life on "c" would mostlikely be large flat bugs,that brought to mind Enders Game...... I think I'd prefer Vulcans to Buggers for next-door neighbors!

Re: Gliese 581 C, too close for comfort?!!

From: Greg Bear
Date: 04/30/2007

Thinking this over, the consensus seems to be that this planet is tidally locked--one side facing the sun continuously. That leaves out Vulcan--but Poul Anderson and others have speculated about such worlds, and their strange weather!

Hal Clement's centipede-like Mesklinites lived on a much higher gravity planet, not tidally locked.

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