Re: Set the controls for the heart of the sun

Sandy Madole (
Sat, 16 Aug 1997 10:08:42 -0400

Carl wrote:
>At 11:38 AM 8/15/97 -0700, Paul Hughes wrote:
>>What an ingenious idea Carl!
>.. David
>>Criswell's idea of stellar mining - in which the sun is mined for
>>heavier elements while converting it into a white dwarf?
>Thanks for the reference,
. I suspect his work,
>like that of Beech, was dedicated to *extending* the lifetime of the Sun,
>whereas I want to *shorten* it. They want to carefully husband resources,
>whereas I want to extract as much as possible as quickly as possible.

Yea!!! With 100 billion other useable stars just in this ho-hum galaxy,
why not?

>making the whole mass of the Sun into fodder for controlled fusion, we
>should be able to 'burn down' the Sun much more quickly than it is doing the
>job by itself. (This assumes that it is possible to feed a fusion reactor
>on protons, which might not be possible.)

The Stewards and the Extropians are at it again.



"Set the controls for the center of the Sun and crank 'er up to warp 10!"
--Dennis Miller, summarizing Ross Perot's presidential platform