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2. org/). aero/). org/). 3. org/) 4. Starship Century: Toward the Grandest Horizon, Gregory Benford and James Benford, editors. 30 5. Using Medicine in Science Fiction: The SF Writer’s Guide to Human Biology, Henry G. Stratmann, M. 31 About the author A physicist and computer scientist, Edward M. Lerner toiled for thirty years in the vineyards of aerospace and high tech. Then, suitably intoxicated, he began writing science fiction full time. When not prospecting beneath his sofa cushions for small change for his first spaceflight (or at rest upon those cushions, practicing hibernation for his first interstellar trek), he writes technothrillers like Energized (powersats), the InterstellarNet adventures of First and Second Contact and, with Larry Niven, the Fleet of Worlds series of space operas.
A dispersed-with-distance incoming signal beam, skimming the surface of the Sun, comes into focus more than forty billion miles away. 23 But once we can station a relay at that distance, directly behind the Sun along the line to the outbound starship, the comm link can achieve tremendous amplification. With our Sun as a lens—the more massive the star, the more powerful the lens—gains of a 100 dB or more are practical. In terms of signal-power gain, that’s a factor of ten billion. Once a starship reaches, say, Alpha Centauri, the explorers can (comparatively easily) deploy a relay station to that star’s anti-Sunward side.