In one of the scenes from Crash And Burn, there’s a reference to a neutron star.
Here’s the snippet…
A bolt of light flashed, originating from the World Ender. A sphere formed, spinning, glowing as brightly as his female’s hair.
“Is that a neutron star?” she asked.
“It has similarities.” It would be as deadly.
The crust of Tau Ceti heated. Orange and red spread across the surface, a rolling wave of death and devastation. There was no more blue, no more white. The planet resembled a sphere of molten lava.
His Safyre gripped his hands hard. “They’re all dead, million of beings. No one could have survived that.”
Crash said nothing. He couldn’t lie to her. No one could survive it. Any being who hadn’t evacuated was dead.
They watched as the destruction continued. More and more bits of the planet broke off, sucked toward the simulated neutron star. The pieces entered into an orbit around it, forming a ring of debris. That debris grew denser until it was all that was left of Tau Ceti.
The planet no longer existed.
What would that look like?
National Geographic has a great documentary on neutron stars.
(You can also click on the photo to go to the YouTube Video)
Crash And Burn
Crash was manufactured to be one of the best warriors in the universe. The cyborg has spent many human lifespans fighting the enemy. But, unlike his battle-loving brethren, he doesn’t enjoy killing. When he escapes the Humanoid Alliance, he vows to never end another life.
Then he meets Safyre, an infuriating human female, and he considers breaking his vow.
Safyre will do anything to save her friend, the being she loves like a sister. She’ll ravish a huge hunky cyborg, kiss his best friend, and invoke scorching hot desires the male never realized he could feel. Dark soulful eyes, a quick wit, and a tempestuous passion won’t divert her from her mission.
Love, and a planet-destroying weapon, however, might stop her permanently.