Brown dwarf stars... an unusual setting for a book or game?
Hi all, here's a random thought for the day, triggered by a NASA report on the identification of sizeable numbers of brown dwarf stars (https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=7727). The interest to me was that brown dwarfs are a kind of weird middle ground between stars and giant planets (https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2019/nasa-s-webb-telescope-to-search-for-young-brown-dwarfs-and-rogue-planets).
They typically form like stars, out of a collapsing disc of gas, rather than planets, which form in the residue left after a star has formed. They cannot sustain fusion but do manage to have a reasonable temperature - anywhere from a little under 0 Centigrade to a few thousand degrees. Many are of a temperature which could comfortably sustain water clouds in an atmosphere, and surface water on the ground (whatever the ground might look like).
So my wild thought, partly harking back to Mission of Gravity, which we read together back in March last year, was to speculate what it might be like to live on such an object. I've thought about planets around red dwarfs before, which could make quite a comfortable home, but never about the possibility of actually living on a cool star. Of course, there might be conditions that would preclude the whole thing from the start, like radiation or whatever, but I wonder at what stage of development an intelligent being living there would begin to speculate that there home was a star rather than a planet?