This was my entry into the 2019 Sapiens Plurum short story contest. In news which will shock precisely nobody, as this was my first attempt at writing a short story for a contest, not only did it totally fail to win, it didn’t even get an honourable mention.
Matthew beheld not the mote of smartdust in his own eye, for it was hiding itself from his view with advanced magickal trickery.
His brother Luke beheld the mote, yet within his brother’s eye was a beam of laser light that blinded him just as surely.
Luke went to remove the mote of dust in Matthew’s eye, but judged not correctly, and became confused.
Mark looked upon the brothers, and decided it was good.
Megastructures are big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big they are. I mean, you may think you live in a big city, but that’s just peanuts to even the smallest megastructure.
Three of the more famous megastructures:
- A Halo installation: 10,000 km by 318 km (¹)
- A Culture Orbital: 3,000,000 km by 12,000 km
- Larry Niven’s Ringworld: 299,200,000 km by 1,600,000 km (²)
Oh, and the Sun for scale. It’s at the end of the video, the small white dot in the middle of the Ringword’s… er… ring. Radius 695,700 km.
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¹ Do not put a big ring this close to the ground. If you do, the heavy stuff of the ring will pull on the big deep water between land, making the water go very high and over everything, and everyone will have a bad day and not go into space ever.
² A Dyson sphere is the same size, but fully encloses the star instead of just encircling it