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02:40am 24/01/2017
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
The new plan is to keep the RNV Exeter in the polychrome universe, although with a modified plot line [Thanks guys for debugging that!] and start a new story, in an original universe...

So, here's your chance to suggest an idea or two for the new 'verse!

I'm open to characters, plot lines, scenarios.. pretty much anything within the following constraints;
1] this is more-or-less our reality, plus ~100 years.
2] original content.. so no asking for characters that already exist and belong to someone else. Although using a pre-existing character to describe one is ok Eg "someone like Steve Rogers" etc..

and that's more or less it... I'm aiming for more a 'hard' sci-fi world, so magic and super-powers probably not, unless I can think of a good plausible reason why it would work. [it's not magic, it's VR/AR.. or some other hand-wavium]

The other thing is... Ideally, I'd like to get paid for this. [I'm broke!] So, if anyone would like to suggest a method of funding. In the past putting out a tip jar was low-key, but erratic. So... I'm more thinking along the lines of maybe Patreon.

I would continue to post story stuff to here, but maybe like a month after it was available on Patreon, [or wherever I end up] with other perks for regular subscribers etc [like, writing them/their characters into the story, or beta-copies or behind the scenes stuff perhaps.] If you have any suggestions for idea along that lines, or things you'd love, I would be interested in knowing.

The other thing is... all this will only work if I have more readers, and word of mouth is the most effective way of getting people to know about authors. So, I'm asking people to spread the word please. Signal boost..that's all. Do a review if you like my prior stuff perhaps... I know this is nebulous at present but hell I work better when I'm looking at a pile of assorted bits and thinking; 'Now, what can I do with this..?'

Either way, I promise I will write the best story I know how...

Crossposted from: http://siliconshaman.dreamwidth.org/1233688.html comment count unavailablecomments so far over there.
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 acelightning
 
08:47am 24/01/2017 (UTC)
 
 
Ace Lightning: rocket
In 2117, we've got orbital habitats, and bases on the Moon and Mars, and some asteroid mining (but not very much, because the technology it takes to get there costs almost as much as what you can sell the ore for). The Earth's climate is warmer than it is today, but not uninhabitable. All energy is produced by things like wind, solar, tidal, wave, or geothermal sources; burning anything, even a small candle or a bit of incense (religions use LED "candles" and electronic aroma diffusers), is prohibited by some very strict laws - this includes smoking of any kind (although cannabis candies and the like are as legal as beer). Life for humans in the solar system is pretty okay...

...but where are the aliens? Weren't the Vulcans, or the Sirians, or the folks from the Pleiades, or somebody, supposed to have made First Contact by now? People are seriously wondering.

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 siliconshaman
 
12:19pm 24/01/2017 (UTC)
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
LOL! You and I think very alike! That's actually pretty close to what I was thinking, although the Emissions prohibition laws are enforced somewhat variably depending on where you are.

Asteroid mining would be ramping up as earth resources are being out-stripped by demand. Population I think will have peaked, and been in decline for decades depending on where you are, but lifestyle will be on the up for many, leading to increased demand.

Oh, and Japan's probably just about to finish their first space elevator, which will place in question the permits that the launch industry have on burning things.. [although many companies opt for the exempt hydrogen/oxygen fuel mix.]
 
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 acelightning
 
05:02am 25/01/2017 (UTC)
 
 
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Yes, we do think alike in many ways - I've noticed that quite a few times :-D

I pretty much just pulled all that out of my arse in the middle of the night. But a lot of it might have been my subconscious telling me what I want things to be like in a hundred years. Yeah, my own 100th birthday will be in 2047... but I've mentioned before that 100 is only a convenient excuse for a really big party; my actual intention is to "live forever, or die trying" - and it's not even that far-fetched an idea any more. But if I do, I'd like my future to be at least moderately comfortable... and, most of all, I want it to be interesting! (Not in the Chinese sense, though - I've had quite enough of that already!)

Go ahead, tuckerize me into 2017 - I dare ya :-D

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 siliconshaman
 
11:35am 25/01/2017 (UTC)
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
Well, it's possible. They're doing human trials ona prolong drug already, and are beginning to crack immortality. So, it's a matter of just living long enough to reach the point where such things become available generally.

so yeah, theoretically you could be celebrating your 200th birthday on the moon as well..

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 acelightning
 
11:23am 26/01/2017 (UTC)
 
 
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I've read that there's serious research going on regarding replacing lost telomeres and/or preventing them from getting lost in the first place - and I know there's a lot more research also going on about other factors we consider part of "aging". I figured out a long time ago that I don't have to live forever "all in one go", so to speak. I just have to live until the next major medical breakthrough... and then the next one... and the next one... and so on. And by the time I either get bored with that or my meatware just simply can't be repaired any more, they'll be able to upload me into the Cloud, the Grid, the Net, whatever they're calling it that week... and then I can live for thousands of years more :-D

So it doesn't look as if I can celebrate my 100th birthday on the Moon, but my 200th is going to be, if anything, an even bigger party... :-D

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 siliconshaman
 
11:46am 26/01/2017 (UTC)
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
2047... I dunno, it's possible. Elon Musk hopes to have the first of his Mars rockets up and running by 2018/2020. Which he might just manage. Now, they can only make the Mars run every 2 years, during closest approach, so it's pretty doubtful he'd just leave them lying around the rest of the time and they're quite capable of making the Moon without orbital refuelling, giving him a fleet of boosters plus crew capsules the size of a 747.

A lunar colony makes sense at that point, aside from anything else, you can mine the moon and defray some of the costs of colonising Mars.

Given that his plan is to have people on Mars by 2032, and he's already suggested tourism as a revenue stream, you could have your 100th on the Moon, and be celebrating as a lunar centenarian by 2147. [it's been suggested that living in low gee would also prolong life.]

I might also point out, there's not that many people left who worked on the Apollo project, so if when you're getting near to your 100th, I'd suggest you remind Space.corp of that and suggest it would be good P.R to give a free trip and stay at the lunar hotel to the Apollo veterans... then all you have to do is come up with a way to stay there...

At least, that's the way I'm going to write it happening I think... might not have been the first, but certainly the longest resident.
 
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 acelightning
 
01:00pm 27/01/2017 (UTC)
 
 
Ace Lightning: rocket
I have very mixed feelings about Elon Musk; right now he's buddy-buddy with President Cheeto and his anti-science crew, and I don't understand that at all.

I wouldn't mind living on the Moon, at least for a while, but 100 years in one place, even if that place is the Moon, might get boring after a while. But maybe Mars, or an orbital habitat, might be ready by then :-)

I didn't work directly on the Apollo program. I had a summer job at Grumman, which came from my having been a runner-up in Grumman's scholarship program - which was only open to children of Grumman employees, and my father was one. The scholarships were for high school students who wanted to study science and/or engineering in college, with the implication that they'd come to work at Grumman when they finished school. The finalists who didn't win, like me, were given summer jobs at Grumman while they were undergraduates; the concept was that giving them jobs on the shop floor (actually building aircraft) would give them an understanding of the real-world problems often encountered in trying to build a design that looked really great on paper, but was highly impractical. Except that they "couldn't" give me a job on the shop floor - in spite of the fact that they already had women working in the wire-harness room, and my father had worked there for a while before switching to installing the completed harnesses in airplanes. He had taught me how to solder "mil-spec" while he was assembling wire harnesses, and I could easily have done the job. But instead I got three years of utterly pointless low-level clerical jobs. The closest I got to the Apollo program was filing/re-filing some of the blueprints for the LM when I worked in the blueprint library.

Of course, in 200 years, I may well be the only surviving person who had even that minor level of involvement... :-D

P.S. - yes, I did see Hidden Figures... I had a very complex, but mostly positive, emotional response to it.

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 siliconshaman
 
04:35pm 27/01/2017 (UTC)
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
I think Musk is trying to 'talk sense to power'... or acting as ambassador for the geek-nation. He sure as hell doesn't agree with much of what President Fart has said. Personally, although I think it's laudable effort, it's doomed to failure. You can lead a horses-ass to water, but you can't make them think.

And yeah, you've mentioned before you weren't directly involved, but anyone that was directly involved was probably senior to you, unless they took on interns for the later Apollo builds. [although those would most likely be collage or university grads] So, there will come a point where you're it.

and heck, 200 years, you might well be the only living person who remembers the era before the space-age! ["but great-great-great grandma, didn't you worry the earth might get hit by an asteroid and everyone would die?"]
 
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 acelightning
 
10:02am 28/01/2017 (UTC)
 
 
Ace Lightning: rocket
In my earliest memories, television sets (black-and-white, of course) were rare, expensive gadgets, with little round CRT screens (maybe 6 to 8 inches across?) driven by tube circuitry. And not every household had a telephone. The house my family moved to when I was 3 had, as some of its major selling points, the presence of a slightly more advanced (but still B&W) television, an all-electric stove, and "hydronic" heating (pipes embedded in the cement slab). Telephones became more common, but a specific phone number represented a location - and a dwelling had one telephone. Extension phones gradually became available for home use, but they were an expensive luxury.

And so on.

I hope someday my great-great-great-step-nieces/nephews (there's almost no chance I'm ever going to have biological grandchildren) say to me, "Granny Ace, what was a 'veteran'?"

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11:52am 28/01/2017 (UTC)
 
 
Syona aka the Silicon Shaman
I was thinking honorary children etc.. but yeah. I'm not sure I can imagine a world where war is a half-forgotten memory... but it would be nice. Figuring out immortality might just do it though, live long enough and you get tired of hearing the same bullsh*t time after time.
 
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 acelightning
 
01:28pm 28/01/2017 (UTC)
 
 
Ace Lightning: Fiat Pax
Shitfire, I'm only 69, and I'm already tired of hearing the same old bullshit! (Although someone seems to have dynamited the sewage-treatment plant about a week ago, and it's not only raining sewage, the excrement is impacting the impeller...)

[Insert video of the Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again"...]

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 johnpalmer
 
02:12am 02/02/2017 (UTC)
 
 
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Keep in mind, Musk is trying to bring more manufacturing to the US, and it helps to have a President who wants you to succeed so he can claim the credit.

(I'm not saying you shouldn't worry/ponder re: Musk, merely that there's an innocuous explanation.)
 
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 acelightning
 
12:38pm 02/02/2017 (UTC)
 
 
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It's hard to tell the bad guys from the good guys without a self-updating score card, at least so far. And my inner science-fiction-technogeek keeps getting into arguments with my inner progressive-old-hippie...
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