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It's probably a sad thing that my first reaction to this theoretical ecology of vampires is neither "who cares", nor "wow, that's cool", but "wait, I think there's an error in that first expression".

Date: 2009-04-21 12:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] usekh.livejournal.com
And this is why I love my friends :)

Date: 2009-04-21 01:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nefaria.livejournal.com
Strange that he made s a constant instead of a variable dependent on H and/or V, with no living humans it would become 0.
Edited Date: 2009-04-21 01:40 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-04-21 10:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lederhosen.livejournal.com
There is that; I suspect the formula is rather less good for near-zero H. My main objection to it is that that the '-aHV' term in that first expression shouldn't be in the denominator, but after the fraction term altogether - I suspect it might be a formatting error.

Date: 2009-04-21 09:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thette.livejournal.com
Hmm... I think Sunnydale is established as having something like 30 000 inhabitants. (Wikipedia Pete told me so once. 38 500, when I went back to check.)

Date: 2009-04-21 11:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deor.livejournal.com
And we love you for it.

Date: 2009-04-22 12:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jesusandrew.livejournal.com
Have you read Peter Watts' novel Blindsight? Interesting hard SF take on vampires. [livejournal.com profile] mysterysquid owns a copy, or it's available for free on the web here.

Date: 2009-04-22 08:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lederhosen.livejournal.com
No, I haven't - I think the last attempt I read at vampire SF was The Hunger.

Date: 2009-04-22 08:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jesusandrew.livejournal.com
It's not primarily about vampires - it's a very good "first contact with with higher alien life" novel - but the mission leader was specifically chosen to be a vampire, and the background on how this works on a scientific and evolutionary level is sprinkled through the novel.

Date: 2009-04-22 10:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] krfsm.livejournal.com
And there's a longer version of the endnotes linked to from the backlist (which also has his Rifters trilogy, and a set of short stories).

Date: 2009-04-22 11:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deor.livejournal.com
While at the site, check out his slideshow on the discovery and evolutionary development of vampires.

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