Oh - and if YOU were a giant robot from outer space - wouldn't YOU want to look like us?
I probably wouldn't actually. If I was a giant robot from outer space with the ability to decide what my form was actually going to be I probably wouldn't pick the humanoid form. It is a bit of a jack-of-all-trades configuration really, with some alarming areas of vulnerability in the design. (For a start I would want something with a lower centre of gravity, getting knocked over by the defending forces is just embarressing, even if I did do huge amounts of damage to their cities when I fell over).
Not to say that humanoid robots and mecha don't have good reasons for existing - they are good for fighting giant alien humanoids until "Culture Shock" does its thing, and without hands and arms how could you handle a riot baton to stun rampaging stolen construction mecha? But if I was coming down to Earth it would depend if I was coming as friend (in which case I would indeed want to look like the locals, but not too much - "uncanny valley effect" and all) or whether I was coming as foe. In the latter case I'd probably want to look alien and terrifying (so probably a bit like Cthulu I guess.....).
Can any of you who are reasonably conversant with Proper Science explain how the whole 'planet spiralling through space' idea could actually work? Ie, how there is gravity on the planet and it isn't ripped to bits by the stress?
Post by Grand Moff Muffin on Sept 14, 2008 7:24:21 GMT
There isn't really any problem, Ralph.
Gravity is the result of the mass of a planet. Gravity on Earth would be pretty much the same regardless of whether the Earth is spinning or not, or orbiting a star or not. It's the mass of rock that pulls us towards it.
And stress is only caused by acceleration or deceleration - there is no stress on a body in freefall in space. The only dangers to Cybertron came from the force at the start that forced it out of its orbit around Alpha Centauri (the engines built by Megatron, some say), and any obstacles such as asteroids or extreme gravitational forces caused by other massive bodies it encounters on its journey, which cause it to accelerate or decelerate.
Little is known about this goblin beyond its dual role as an offensive weapon and teapot.
Well, the existence of a structurally stable Saturn-sized honeycombed metal planet with Earth's gravity and a breathable atmosphere at its surface probably is impossible.
It would have to be made of some incredibly low density materials, and I'm not sure there is anything solid in the universe with a sufficiently low density to fit the bill.
But if it could exist, it would have no problem whizzing through interstellar space, as per my previous post. Martin
Indeed - after all, it isn't as if our own planet isn't already travelling through space at a rather impressive lick even as we speak. Just going around in circles rather than in any more purposeful direction.
(Does make me wonder about Megatron's alleged planetary engines though. For the planet to travel from Alpha Cent to Sol in any sensible time frame then either they provided a quite horrifying (and dangerous) level of acceleration to the planet, or they were burning for a rather frightening length of time by human standards - where did all the fuel come from for a start? (assuming Megatron didn't just channel a huge amount of anti-matter into them, which comes with its own problems of course)).
Hmmmm, yes. How exactly was fuel produced on Cybertron? Can't imagine them having much of an industy in war time.
I'd say that they must have had a fair industrial base of some sort. They throw around missiles and what-not with great abandon, and these have to be manufactured somewhere. However, the nature of that industrial base is open to question.
I suppose (taking some inspiration from the Zentraedi in Macross) that they may have had automated factories - taking in raw materials at one end and producing finished munitions the other. (That might explain the existence of the State Games - something to help occupy a leisured majority of the population.) I'm just speculating now of course.
As to the energy question, that is a good one - given that Cybertron doesn't seem likely to have abundant natural resources of radioactives or whatnot. Maybe they had enormous thermal potential generator stations, exploiting a temperature gradient between surface and core? No, I don't find it that convincing either.
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