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Man, living on an eyeball planet sure would be convenient for producing solar energy.

I wonder whether you'd ever achieve the level of technology required to take advantage of it, though. Mining would be brutally difficult outside the habitable zone.

On a planet the size of Earth, or a few Earths, it seems the habitable zone should be large enough to develop a major civilization, no?

No idea. It just seems based on our own experience that resources aren't likely to be evenly distributed.

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