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13 Sep, 18 tweets, 2 min read
SOMA is an interesting game about a lot of complicated transhumanist topics and the meaning and value of life and survival but the thing I keep taking away from it is :
Can we build an Omega space gun? I want one.
It's an underwater launch system for satellites and deep space probes!
It uses a long barrel from the bottom of the ocean, using magnetic propulsion to accelerate a launch vehicle to escape velocity before it reaches sea level.
It's powered by a geothermal energy plant on the bottom of the ocean, and it can launch cargo into orbit without needing a chemical rocket.
It's awesome.
And none of the problems faced in Soma: your terminal brain damage, the end of the world, the mad AI, zombies/robots, slow death of all humanity, and the inability to get a scope-creeped project released?

None of those were the fault of the space gun!
Apparently the space gun is 5 kilometers long. That's a lot of barrel and magnets
*bangs table*
I just want to launch 10 tonnes of cargo into space with no fuel required and powered by renewable energy, is that so wrong?
Imagine being able to launch a JWST and a half into orbit every day.
That'd be sweet
Which is one of the worldbuilding nitpick I have for SOMA. You don't build a space gun just to launch a new Direct TV satellite every couple years. Clearly you have some major investment into space travel that means it's worth building a launch system like this
And yet there's never a single mention of anybody living anywhere but on the earth's surface and the bottom-of-the-sea folks at Pathos 2
Just a single line of "The astronauts on the space station/Mars only had supplies for a year or two" would he enough
Also I'm slightly surprised they weren't able to deflect a comet. A space gun gives you launches so cheap you can afford a lot of a lot of missions to attempt deflection
But the story depends on it, so I can buy that they just failed to detect it until too late to really make a difference
To paraphrase somebody:
There are two kinds of civilizations in the galaxy:
1. Those who invest in early asteroid detection and deflection, and...
2. Those who only exist in ruins studied by #1
That's the part from Rendezvous with Rama that feels so real.
The first chapter explains that the Earth's asteroid survey detected Rama as it entered the solar system, and explains that we only have an asteroid warning system because we don't have a Venice anymore.
And we just gotta hope that we get a city-flattening warning shot, and not a dinosaur-killer headshot.
But you know what'd really help? A bunch of sky survey satellites! And you know what would be a great way to get them into orbit for cheap? AN OMEGA SPACE GUN!

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