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Why aren't there kamikaze warp bombs?

Can't land close enough. A armed warp-capable ship won't be able to get close enough to the planet before getting shot down. When a warp is normally used, the arrival point is precise enough to target ...
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Why aren't there kamikaze warp bombs?

The Black Hole Moves Much Faster Than Light It takes a finite (but small) amount of time for Hawking Radiation to dissipate the energy in a small black hole. If the black hole is moving at an extreme ...
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Why aren't there kamikaze warp bombs?

Everything warp drills a hole into subspace. You can almost instantanously create a wormhole back into a catastrophe
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Why aren't there kamikaze warp bombs?

FTL disrupting plasma barriers (shielding) In the proposed universe, the mechanism of attaining FTL is precisely, not grossly, deformed spacetime using microwave generated plasma. The solar wind is ...
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Why aren't there kamikaze warp bombs?

Geon Communicators mean Stable Micro Black Holes if a warp drive is improperly used, it collapses the ship's mass into a black hole. One thing that can be done with the warp field without much ...
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Why aren't there kamikaze warp bombs?

The device doesn't work well near big gravitational bodies. The physics of such a device are quite sensitive, and the massive gravity fluctuations near planets and stars tend to disrupt their ...
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What's a semi-plausible 24 hour planetary sterilization look like?

One Good Plague Deserves Another Killing all life on a planet shy of blowing the whole thing out of existence is a LOT harder than it sounds. To much life exists deep under the ground/water for even ...
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What's a semi-plausible 24 hour planetary sterilization look like?

Not energy-restricted but also visually appealing and entertaining? Simple: irradiate every square centimeter of the planet’s surface. Let’s examine what you’re trying to do: Sterilize the entire ...
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What's a semi-plausible 24 hour planetary sterilization look like?

There's a method that might suit you in Alistair Reynolds' novel Redemption Ark. It is used by a machine civilisation, the Inhibitors, who seek to prevent life spreading between star systems. It ...
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Effects of a hypothetical "proton-decay" bomb for a fictional story

We're already talking theoretical physics here so pardon me if not everything here is purely based in known quantum mechanics. We actually do know that protons can decay by the weak interaction into ...
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Effects of a hypothetical "proton-decay" bomb for a fictional story

One way to imagine this is to presume that protons do naturally decay, as required by some theories, but that your hypothetical weapon simply speeds up the process by many orders of magnitude. Since ...
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Is it possible for a type 3 civilisation to use a blackhole bomb to stop a gamma ray burst?

First of all, mirrors are not guaranteed to reflect gamma rays the same way they reflect light. Few days ago, I stumbled upon this Action Lab Youtube video attempting the same experiment with X-rays, ...
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Is it possible for a type 3 civilisation to use a blackhole bomb to stop a gamma ray burst?

Aside from the question of the effect it'd have, a "black hole bomb" doesn't create energy out of nowhere, it extracts it from the rotation of the black hole. You would need to first create ...
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Is it possible for a type 3 civilisation to use a blackhole bomb to stop a gamma ray burst?

A black hole bomb sounds like overthinking. If you can make a portable, quickly growing black hole that will last without caring, you could just put it near the sun and consume it (if the black hole ...
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