Questions tagged [megastructure]

For questions about megastructures, any incredibly large structure built by intelligent beings, almost always impossible with current technology and materials and frequently approach (& exceed) the size of a small moon.

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Title of a sci-fi book I read many years ago involving hollow solar system/galaxy sized (can't remember) megastructure

Story started with the abduction of a number of inhabitants of a planet by technologically superior aliens. I think the abductors and abductees were all human. They are transported by spaceships to an ...
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Wouldn't orbitals eclipse themselves?

From http://www.vavatch.co.uk/books/banks/cultnote.htm: Perhaps the easiest way to envisage an Orbital is to compare it to the idea that inspired it (this sounds better than saying; Here's where I ...
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What is the tallest terrestrial building/arcology that is not also a space elevator? [closed]

In one of the prequels to Dune books, I forget which, they describe a 900+ story building that is in ruins. In The Night Land, the Last Redoubt is a pyramid seven miles tall. I haven't seen the new ...
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What is the actual shape of the Vavatch Orbital? A true ring?

In Iain M. Banks, fairly rockin' culture novel, Consider Phlebas a good third of the book takes place on what is called the "Vavatch Orbital". An orbital is apparently any massive artificially ...