19. "RE: A question on Dyson Spheres & UF"
In response to message #17
> The >impossibly strong part just needs to be the structural skeleton, thick >enough to support itself plus everything you hang off of it, and I'm >prepared to handwave that this is thin enough that you only need one >or two solar masses' worth.
If we were really gaming this out soft sci-fi style, where you're allowed to use magic (heisenberg compensators!) and the science only has to be good enough for "viewer has a laymans enthusiasm for the subject matter" and not "viewer has a degree in the relevant disciplines," then for narrative purposes I'd actually flip it around; the structural skeleton would be the "magic" part of the sphere, emanating some sort of technobabble fuckery that meddles with the four fundamental forces in such a way as to prevent the structure from imploding space and time around itself.
Then you can do whatever you want with the rest of the sphere, and you've set for yourself a few excellent plot hooks if you ever want to use your sphere in that way.