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December 7th, 2011


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02:20 am - Orion's Arm Universe Project
So, a couple days ago I started chatting with this interesting person over on FurAffinity, and while we're talking they link to something on this website. It's a website defining the Orion's Arm open science fiction setting.

Orion's Arm Website

Apparently it's been around for like, ten years or so, and I'm wondering how the heck have I not heard of this before? It's a really deep hard sci-fi setting focusing on the lives of sapient beings around the year 10500 when humanity has been far surpassed by more and more advanced transbeings and AI Gods.

It's got basically everything I've been trying to develop for my own science fiction setting without the guilt of deciding where I'll fudge it.

At any rate I encourage you all to visit the site and read about the setting. It's pretty darn cool.

Current Mood: impressedimpressed

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From:datapacrat
Date:December 7th, 2011 08:02 am (UTC)
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(whistles innocently)


I believe the specific link was to here, in case anyone's curious.
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From:relee
Date:December 7th, 2011 04:14 pm (UTC)
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Hee hee, I hope you don't mind, I almost always refer to people who share things with me ambiguously. <3
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From:datapacrat
Date:December 8th, 2011 11:48 am (UTC)
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I mind very little these days. Feel free to ambig as much as you like.
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From:porsupah
Date:December 7th, 2011 10:22 pm (UTC)
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That pic reminded me of the "wolves" encountered early in Vernor Vinge's "A Fire Upon the Deep" - might you have come across said work? Definitely recommended, especially if you enjoy a wide-ranging space opera with a generally sound scientifically plausible background. Each pack member can survive individually, but it's through close-range communication with other members of "themselves" that they maintain a sense of self, and considerably greater intelligence.
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From:datapacrat
Date:December 8th, 2011 11:54 am (UTC)
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I haven't read any of Vinge's "Zones of Thought" series, but I've read a lot of other Vinge fiction, and they're definitely on my to-read list.

Funnily enough, I /have/ read a fanfiction which uses that series as a base: The Finale of the Ultimate Meta Mega Crossover, blurbed as "Vernor Vinge x Greg Egan crackfic. This was supposed to be a bit of utterly deranged fun, but got out of control and ended up as a deep philosophical exploration.".

And I've also heard of that particular form of pack-intelligence - I specifically recall reading of an art-form based on having a mind's multiple bodies look at different visuals in order for a combined effect.
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From:porsupah
Date:December 7th, 2011 09:05 am (UTC)
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Ooh, sounds intriguing! Hopefully the quality of the writing will rise to the challenge.

(They could stand a bit of a site refresh, though - it does feel a bit creaky)

Myself, I'd only really set such a universe rather closer to the present - 10500 is such a huge way off. Even considering just a fairly linear rate of progress, we're somewhat more technologically advanced than 6000BC. As soon as one considers the rather more rapid pace in the past century or two, though.. electronic computers didn't exist 100 years ago, and now we've got ICs with features a small fraction of the wavelengths of visible light, with gate counts into the billions.

Of course, the bigger changes will happen once easy interfacing with the brain becomes possible - no surgery, as easy as wearing glasses or swallowing a pill. When you can suddenly gain the means to look up information in a vast library in your mind, makes notes with perfect accuracy, or truly immerse oneself in a virtual world, whether wholly artificial, as with SL, or merely a representation of another natural location, permitting you to share some wonderful family occasion as if you were really there, with all the sights and sounds no less seemingly real than usual.. that's when the technology will see widespread adoption.
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From:relee
Date:December 7th, 2011 04:14 pm (UTC)
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The writing is definately better than the website. What really surprised me is that they still use yahoogroups instead of having a dedicated web forum.
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From:datapacrat
Date:December 8th, 2011 12:00 pm (UTC)
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Several YahooGroups, as it happens - one for worldbuilding, one for fiction, one for Celestia add-ons, and I believe at least one more private one for project management.

Email isn't actually /obsolete/, you know. And YG mailing lists offer a few useful additions to the basic email protocols. There's just no particular need to switch to a self-hosted forum at this time.

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