Editor’s note: This essay by Khannea Suntzu is inspired by the TV adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s science fiction masterpiece “Childhood’s End.” See also “How ‘Childhood’s End’ Finally Made It to TV” on Rolling Stone. I haven’t started watching the miniseries but I’ll be sure to post a review in a few days. I hope they haven’t departed from the book too much, and at least respected Clarke’s spirit and atmosphere. “Childhood’s End” is one of my favorite science fiction novels – see my mini review here. See also some absurdly idiotic comments by the usual suspects.
Editor’s note: Our friend Khannea Suntzu asks sincere questions that need honest answers. Please read until the end for a background.
Editor’s note: This is part 6 of Khannea’s 2113 future history.
Editor’s note: This is part 4 of Khannea’s 2113 future history.
Several hundred million years ago a large object drifted in to the solar system. Deep inside the object was a dormant intelligence. The object swirled by the sun hundreds of times on a fast hyperbolic trajectory before it had sufficiently slowed down. The slowing down process took thousands and thousands of years but the intelligence inside the metallic asteroid didn’t care about a few thousand years. It was one of millions that traveled endlessly through the galaxy on a mission.
Black Holes are collapsed stars that are so dense they have several distinctive effects on objects nearby. At the gravitational states of black holes the universe operates rather haphazardly and different from the normal universe, let alone the parochial mundaneity of our Earth’s surface. It won’t serve much use to explore in exhaustive details what black holes do precisely, but there’s a specific problem with black holes that has profound theological implications for an all-powerful deity such as being believed in by (for instance) the catholic church.
When Hawks did his first laboratory experiment in december 2017 he was looking for a means to push dirt from flat screen solar panels using minimum electrical current. Hawks was a poor researcher working in some dismal US east coast laboratory and he had a pretty dismal methamphetamine habit. So he didn’t realize the implications of his repulsor plate technology. In his private references he briefly mentioned the consequences of the uncannily range of the push. He saw no practical application for the technology and assumed marketing this would be nothing but misery, with all the patent trolls of that era, so he put it up for auction to the highest bidder. Within 12 hours hobbyists world wide had appropriated the blueprints for the repulsor plates and were printing and improving upon the original design. It took 3 weeks for someone to come up with a completely new application.
It is the year 2079 I am floating in the void. This is a mission of great historical relevance. I am 350 Astronomical Units removed from earth. My signals take over two days to reach the inner solar system. I am flying solo in a private fusion-propelled yacht by the name of Stross IV. For dozens of astronomic units in all directions there is no object greater than a small hill.
Editor’s note: This is part 3 of Khannea’s 2113 future history.
It is the year 2113, and humanity “made it”.
It was touch and go there for a while — but the advancing tidal wave of technological progress has swept all things that could be argued problematic aside.
It is the year 2113. It is a very strange future, and one that has been shaped by the world we are already forming. 2113 is a the result of good 21st century where people didn’t die, and there was no major collapse or instability, and very few people died. There was no “great reset” and humanity made it through a number of massive challenges. This 2113 is the best world we could have inherited out of many.
Humans want to survive. Religion is about getting “saved”, and the desire to be saved is basically an allegory on the urgency to want to live. Living isn’t always fun (ask Eugen) but over-all it beats being dead. The desire to live is innate to us as human beings, and many would want to do so even in stark and hostile conditions. Think about the sacrifices the Inuit make for survival. Think about the sheer perseverance of people in concentration camps. Many went on, no matter what hardship they endured. Continue reading Immortality, Quantum Archaeology and my Poo Collection