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An idea for a new weapon (semi-OT]

From: Thomas Barclay <Thomas.Barclay@s...>
Date: Wed, 21 Oct 1998 12:52:39 -0500
Subject: An idea for a new weapon (semi-OT]

The URL below has a description of the impacts of Solar Storms and
Flares on our worldwide power grids. Pretty eye opening.

This gives me some ideas for a nasty attack in the FT realm. (I think 
ST has used Solar Flares for direct attack on shipyards, and Niven 
did for shooting down spaceships, but no-one to my knowledge has 
thought of this twist yet):

Using some technique (grav, nuclear warhead, special beam battery, 
who knows, maybe one of the astronomical types on the list), induce a 
large solar storm on a sun just slightly prior to a carefully planned 
assault. Then your forces go in. Comms is down, but you have pre-set 
orders. You've disrupted the power grid and overloaded transformers 
and the like all over. PDCs may be down, as may some fleet elements. 
(Let's assume your storm was worse than even normal flareups). You 
attack confused, damaged defenses. Sounds nasty to me. 

Or even as just a terrorist weapon - don't even attack, just use it, 
do a huge economic damage, and continue your war of attrition 
elsewhere. No Sun Busters, No Planet busters, just something that 
brings on solar storms/flares. 

I have to imagine this would be very effective, even in the time of 
the GZG game history. Not at all fun. :)

Thomas Barclay		     
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