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John Byrne

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Posted: 30 June 2020 at 7:05am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

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Michael Penn
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From the moment I learned of this when I was a kid, I've
never stopped having the thought of... what if this
happened over Manhattan?!

(My grandparents were around in 1908, so somehow I
can't grasp that that is now 112 years ago! 112 years ago
is like the Civil War, right?)
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Eric Sofer
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Some have posited that this was an anti-matter incursion into our universe. I'd buy that up to the point where it happened of Siberia. I mean... even if it got lucky and missed every bit of matter in space, the instant anti-matter hit our atmosphere, it would go off, thousands of miles up. It would be over a hemisphere, not just Siberia.
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Andrew Bitner
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Yeah, I think anti-matter would have reacted with the atmosphere first, though... I guess it would be possible for the relative density of the atmosphere to not trigger a full blown reaction. It might have "sizzled" on its way down, then reacted when it hit a more solid mass of matter.

But it's more likely it was a meteor.

That said, it might be a fun subject for an anthology of sf stories about "what caused the Tunguska blast?"
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John Byrne

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Despite what Hollywood thinks, the actual urbanized surface of the Earth is quite small. (I want to say 2%, but don’t hold me to that.) Cities are not really likely to be hit.

With 7/10ths of the surface being water any meteor strike is most likely to be a wet one!

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Eric Sofer
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Andrew - I think I agree that an anthology of such stories could be kinda interesting.
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Paul Kimball
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I'm guessing anyone who has a time machine has gone back to find out what
happened(from a safe distance).
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John Byrne

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I'm guessing anyone who has a time machine has gone back to find out what happened(from a safe distance).

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Actually, the blast was CAUSED by someone with a time machine going back to check it out, and causing a temporal inversion.

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John Byrne

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Eric Sofer
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Certainly. Two time travelers appeared in the same space at the same instant... and that's why we can't have nice time travel any more.
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Bill Mimbu
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"...The biggest interdimensional cross rip since the Tunguska Blast of 1909."

- Ray Stantz, GHOSTBUSTERS (1984)

(Yeah, he got the date wrong, but he also just fought a giant marshmallow man of his own making)
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Carlos Velasco
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Coincidentally, last night I dreamed about an "invisible" and almost silent but very powerful spherical explosion which happened a few meters from me.

In the dream, the explosion affected me. I remember checking if I was still alive and then wondering if I was going to have some kind of damage.

We often dream about other planets and galaxies or the future of Earth, but Earth's past has some moments that I wish they were somehow recorded in 4K:

- Moon impact against Earth (Moon formation)

- Asteroid who killed the dinosaurs

- Huge volcano explosions, dust covering the sky for years

- Extinct animals and plants

- Other asteroids such as this one or even nearby supernovas explosions

Mars oceans would have been an interesting sight too.


Edited by Carlos Velasco on 01 July 2020 at 6:12am
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