Hello Eclipse Phase community,
I'm in the process of writing a little fan project for EP, a future timeline that extends the setting by about four hundred years. I don't have any kind of scientific background, so there are some technology related things I've been pondering. I would greatly appreciate the help, and I'll probably post the timeline under Homebrew when I figure it all out. Anyway, questions.
1. Can a QE comm be used for egocasting? My guess is probably not, massive waste of resources and energy, etc. But if you can't, then how useful is a farcaster in an extrasolar situation? Wouldn't your signal take hundreds if not thousands of years to arrive back in the Sol system? These questions might be covered in Gatecrashing, I may have missed them.
2. Lighthuggers, how might they potentially work? I read a little about pion rockets on Wikipedia, and it wasn't clear to me how they were different from EP's exisisting ships powered by antimatter (they just have lots of antimatter!). Also, if a reactionless drive were somehow created to work with a Lighthugger, what other kinds of technology would come out of it? Some scary planet-busting weapons I suppose.
3. Biology question, could there possibly be an ecosystem in which heterotrophs never evolved, even at the microbial level? Could intelligent life ever rise out of such a system?
Actually that's all I've got for now, more might come up later. Again, the help and guidance is appreciated.