"the [science fiction] writer should be able to convince the reader (and himself) that the wonders he is describing really can come true...and that gets tricky when you take a good, hard look at the world around you."
The planet Dune presented a very harsh environment to its human inhabitants. The most sensible way to live was to burrow underground in solid rock. What sort of mining equipment would be needed to cut rooms in rock efficiently?
These tools were also used by the Fremen once they were able to work within the system to get the tools of the Imperium to do their work in transforming Dune:
Read more about the future of mining equipment, including software simulations and tele-remote operated underground machinery.
See also the slaver disintegrator, a rather effective technology used in "digging tools" in the novel Ringworld, by Larry Niven.
Read more about the future of mining equipment, including software simulations and tele-remote operated underground machinery. See also the slaver disintegrator, a rather effective technology used in "digging tools" in the novel Ringworld, by Larry Niven.
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