Jun. 27th, 2006

oneirophrenia: (Blue Me)
*Le sigh*

Now, not only do I NOt get at least 70% of calls made to my phone, I can't call out at all. Even when I'm in the middle of Uniontown. The new phone should be here by Thursday, though, so hopefully by then I'll be able to have reliable phone service.

And my 'net connection is spotty, at best, too--due to problems Atlantic Broadband has been having with some routers or something at the Uniontown office. I can still get emails, and, occasionally, instant messages...but I keep falling on and off AIM every ten minutes, it seems.

My god. Being awake since 9am chasing paperwork and governmental bullshit all over the county just to get my medical bills paid is no fun at all. I'm going to sleep now, and I probably won't be awake until tomorrow.
oneirophrenia: (Swirly)
After talking to [livejournal.com profile] eolh this weekend, I've greatly revised what I plan to do with the "Drift" universe of alterna-Human species, postHumans, Machine Intelligences, and pissed-off aliens. Basically, I figure this is a milieux that can be explored in many different ways across a vast number of stories, so there's just no point in packing it all into one. Right now, I've reduced the story to specifically deal with the most basic issues presented by the milieux: what exactly is "being Human" about, and how do physical differences influence or change that perspective? And furthermore, what does that mean in light of godlike postHumans and Machine Intelligences? And what about non-Human intelligences...especially those that may not like us very much?

Well, that's where Ecce Homo comes in. The story's prettymuch as already described: Xanthian- and Pelabi-run Expedition to find the colonator that seeded their worlds picks up representative members of a number of other Human species on the way and eventually encounters the completely alien Spiralites. But within that limited story, we've got at least ten or more different Human species bopping around, some massively different than others (the Starry Nighters, for instance, are barely even recognizable as Human) and some (like the Pelabi) not that much different than Original Humans, we've got giant spaceships with really big engines, First Contact scenarios, a policy of Noninterference with cultures/species below the Survivable Impact Threshold (a.k.a. The Prime Directive), pissy aliens, a shapechanging postHuman "god" from the Foundation Worlds, and the world-weary ancient colonator Erasmus with its own mysterious plans. Plus, there will be lots of pretty things to look at: planets with gigantic nebulae visible in their skies, superjovian gas giants with thousands of colonized moons, travelling moons, solar sails big enough to giftwrap the earth in monomolecular sheeting, exploding planets, fierce space battles involving immense biomechanical Spiralite warships, and Dei Ex Machinae in the form of transcendant MIs who get pissed off if "biologicals" and their neverending wars disturb their endless cosmic experiments.

You certainly don't realize just how big the Galaxy is until you start plotting something like this out....

So true.

Jun. 27th, 2006 08:26 pm
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