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  •  Kinda OT, but I'm desperately seeking (6+ / 0-)

    sci-fi expertise of the 'hard-sf' variety. I need someone who knows from orbital decay and, um, delta-V values and all of that. Physics, astrophysics, cosmology--hell, at this point I'll take cosmetology!

    If anyone can help with hard science type guidance, I'd really appreciate a kos-mail.

    "Gussie, a glutton for punishment, stared at himself in the mirror."

    by GussieFN on Sun Dec 01, 2013 at 07:38:20 PM PST

    •  Try the local university? (7+ / 0-)

      Sounds like you need an astrophysicist, or a rocket scientist, more than you need someone with sf experience.

      You might find a professor, an adjunct, or a Ph.D candidate who loves sf -- but even if you don't, they might still be willing to tell you what you need to know.

      Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

      by Youffraita on Sun Dec 01, 2013 at 09:51:56 PM PST

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      •  This is the problem with (4+ / 0-)

        not knowing anyone!

        "Gussie, a glutton for punishment, stared at himself in the mirror."

        by GussieFN on Sun Dec 01, 2013 at 10:29:46 PM PST

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        •  OK, start small: the department (5+ / 0-)

          secretary knows everyone. Guaranteed.

          Drop by the office. Explain your problem. Ask to whom you might be able to speak. (Flash your most recently published novel around.) And hope she's nice & not a harridan.

          Alternately, look for a physics lecture & try to corner someone at the end of it. Not the prof, but maybe a TA or even a student.

          By now, I should think the Science Fiction Writers of America have a website: maybe you could ask there?

          Greg Benford is a physicist but I don't really know him: we had a conversation decades ago.

          But I do know (from that conversation) that Benford can take difficult scientific principles and render them into English that even the non-scientist can comprehend.

          Connie Willis has a website. She's no scientist, but she knows the theories & can convey them -- I assume you have read her short story At the Rialto, which is about a convention of physicists in Hollywood? It's terrific: best depiction of quantum mechanics, EVER.

          I hope this helps. If I were you, though, I'd check out the local university first. Offer a grad student some beers in exchange for picking their brain on the concepts you need to understand.

          Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

          by Youffraita on Sun Dec 01, 2013 at 11:14:14 PM PST

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    •  Are You a Gamer? (3+ / 0-)
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      GussieFN, RiveroftheWest, MT Spaces

      When I need a science question like that answered, I turn to the Steve Jackson Games Forum.  Steve Jackson publishes the GURPS role-playing system and a lot of GURPS players are also physics geeks, or at very least compulsive number-crunchers.

      Read my webcomic, "Hannibal Tesla Adventure Magazine" at http://www.kurtoonsonline.com/

      by quarkstomper on Mon Dec 02, 2013 at 12:15:53 PM PST

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