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[Sci-fi world building project] The Orion's Arm Universe Project

ShanadeusShanadeus Registered User
edited May 2011 in Singularity Engine++
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About the project
Wikipedia wrote:
Orion's Arm, (also called the Orion's Arm Universe Project, OAUP, or simply OA) is a multi-authored online science fiction world-building project, first established in 2000[1] by M. Alan Kazlev, Donna Malcolm Hirsekorn, Bernd Helfert and Anders Sandberg and further co-authored by many people since.[2] It was described by Cory Doctorow as "a pretty thoroughgoing post-Singularity thinggum with lots of opportunity for fun noodling".[3] Anyone can contribute articles, stories, artwork, or music to the website. A large mailing list exists,[4] in which members debate aspects of the world they are creating, discussing additions, modifications, issues arising, and work to be done.

About the universe
Wikipedia wrote:
OA is set over ten thousand years in the future, and claims to adhere to plausible, or "hard" science fiction; that is, no human-like aliens, no literal faster-than-light travel or other violations of the known laws of physics, and no "naval analogy" space battles. Certain speculative technologies, such as the creation of "negative-mass" (averaged null energy condition-violating) exotic matter and the manipulation of strange forms of matter, such as magnetic monopoles and Q-balls, on length scales much smaller than that of an atom appear in the setting, distinguishing it from "ultra-hard" science fiction (which assumes only technologies proven to be possible at the time it is written).

The denizens of this universe are ruled over by god-like, superintelligent artificial intelligences (AIs), called "archailects", the descendants of humanity's (though not exclusively) early artificial life experimentation. These beings are so powerful that they can create new miniature universes, and are completely beyond the comprehension of normal humans. Their bodies exist as distributed intelligences in networks of planet-sized computer brains; their subroutines are themselves sentient, making an "archai" an individual and a civilization at the same time. Extraterrestrial life exists, but the focus is entirely on the descendants and creations of Earth life, here collectively called "terragen life". Normal humans, called "baselines", are an endangered species. Their genetically and cybernetically enhanced descendants have supplanted them.

There are many types of intelligent life: nearbaselines (enhanced humans), posthumans, cyborgs, vecs (intelligent robots), aioids (intelligent computers), uploads (intelligences transferred into computers), neumanns (self-replicating robots; named for John von Neumann), provolves (animals with enhanced intelligence, similar to "uplift" - see below), rianths (humans with animal DNA spliced in), splices (similar to provolves, upgraded with human DNA), neogens (life genetically synthesized from non-life) and xenosophonts (aliens). Nanotechnology is common. Ringworlds, Dyson spheres and other "megastructures" exist. Much of civilised space is connected by a network of wormholes.

The above probably confused you more than it enlightened you so I figured I'd take illustrated backstory on the site and post it here with definitions to all the new terms:

The Story
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Terminology

[For a longer list: clicky.]
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Thread Purpose

To simply discuss the various clades, technologies, cultures and civilizations in the Orion's Arm universe. In addition to a variety of interesting articles in the EG (Encyclopaedia Galactica) for technolust people and transhumanists to enjoy there are plenty of good sci-fi stories on the site.

Links

Introduction
FAQs
Encyclopaedia Galactica
Latest Updates
Stories & Art

TVtropes on Orion's Arm

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  • AbracadanielAbracadaniel Certified BrimperRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    you are a dude who loves to post things

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  • godmodegodmode Nooo-ooo-ooo... That ain't dancin', SallyRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
  • EdcrabEdcrab Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    There aren't even any links

    Come on, man

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  • The GeekThe Geek Oh-Two Crew Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited May 2011
    Shan, honest question here. Do you make any posts that are neither new threads nor posts in your own threads?

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  • ShanadeusShanadeus Registered User
    edited May 2011
    Yeah, I messed up a bit in the editing of the OP.

    Everything should be where it is now!
    The Geek wrote: »
    Shan, honest question here. Do you make any posts that are neither new threads nor posts in your own threads?

    You'll find me in any future technology thread!

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  • godmodegodmode Nooo-ooo-ooo... That ain't dancin', SallyRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Ah, it's all becoming clear to me now.

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  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited May 2011
    shanadeus thread is very shanadeus

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  • OlivawOlivaw good name, isn't it? peach treesRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    So is this sort of like the SCP stuff but for sci-fi instead of horror?

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  • ShanadeusShanadeus Registered User
    edited May 2011
    Olivaw wrote: »
    So is this sort of like the SCP stuff but for sci-fi instead of horror?

    Yeah, that thread inspired me.

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  • MysstMysst King Monkey of Hedonism IslandRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    the galaxy is on orion's belt, stupid

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  • Blake TBlake T Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I am still unclear on what Orions arm is.

    But cool I guess.

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  • SolarSolar Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I find this to be somewhat interesting

    However it seems like most of the world building is pretty much done

    Not really a world-building exercise, so much as it is now a world.

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  • SeriouslySeriously Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Isn't this where Orikaeshigitae got his name?

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  • TurambarTurambar Avocado at law Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    So what do you want us to do?

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  • ShanadeusShanadeus Registered User
    edited May 2011
    Pick your favourite clade.

    I like the ant provolves:

    http://www.orionsarm.com/eg-article/47e86cf4927da

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  • ShanadeusShanadeus Registered User
    edited May 2011
    Blake T wrote: »
    I am still unclear on what Orions arm is.

    But cool I guess.

    Imagine a bunch of transhumanists and sci-fi writers getting together to co-create a fictional universe that follows a couple of principles designed to make it different from other fictional universes such as the galaxy not being populated with humanoid aliens, no single galaxy-spanning empire/culture and no "humanity victorious"-trope.

    What I love the most about Orion's Arm is the diversity of it all.
    There are countless of descendant intelligent species and cultures from earth lifeforms of all phylum in the form of "provolved" species (intelligent dolphins, intelligent monkeys, etc) and "splices" (the previous, but through genetic splices) - which also include mythical and extinct lifeforms (Neanderthals, yetis, "dragons" that have been biologically engineered and uplifted as well.

    It's worth pointing out that biological lifeforms are outnumbered by mechanical ones, and both groups are vastly outnumbered by beings living in digital space.

    All of which have their own unique and interesting religions, cultures, philosophies and ideologies.

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  • KoshianKoshian __BANNED USERS regular
    edited May 2011
    what if you went to space work and a mars bear was there

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  • DruhimDruhim Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited May 2011
    Shanadeus wrote: »
    Blake T wrote: »
    I am still unclear on what Orions arm is.

    But cool I guess.

    Imagine a bunch of transhumanists and sci-fi writers getting together to co-create a fictional universe that follows a couple of principles designed to make it different from other fictional universes such as the galaxy not being populated with humanoid aliens, no single galaxy-spanning empire/culture and no "humanity victorious"-trope.

    What I love the most about Orion's Arm is the diversity of it all.
    There are countless of descendant intelligent species and cultures from earth lifeforms of all phylum in the form of "provolved" species (intelligent dolphins, intelligent monkeys, etc) and "splices" (the previous, but through genetic splices) - which also include mythical and extinct lifeforms (Neanderthals, yetis, "dragons" that have been biologically engineered and uplifted as well.

    It's worth pointing out that biological lifeforms are outnumbered by mechanical ones, and both groups are vastly outnumbered by beings living in digital space.

    All of which have their own unique and interesting religions, cultures, philosophies and ideologies.

    So basically what you're saying is you fantasize about fucking future intelligent space dolphins.

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  • ShanadeusShanadeus Registered User
    edited May 2011
    Druhim wrote: »
    Shanadeus wrote: »
    Blake T wrote: »
    I am still unclear on what Orions arm is.

    But cool I guess.

    Imagine a bunch of transhumanists and sci-fi writers getting together to co-create a fictional universe that follows a couple of principles designed to make it different from other fictional universes such as the galaxy not being populated with humanoid aliens, no single galaxy-spanning empire/culture and no "humanity victorious"-trope.

    What I love the most about Orion's Arm is the diversity of it all.
    There are countless of descendant intelligent species and cultures from earth lifeforms of all phylum in the form of "provolved" species (intelligent dolphins, intelligent monkeys, etc) and "splices" (the previous, but through genetic splices) - which also include mythical and extinct lifeforms (Neanderthals, yetis, "dragons" that have been biologically engineered and uplifted as well.

    It's worth pointing out that biological lifeforms are outnumbered by mechanical ones, and both groups are vastly outnumbered by beings living in digital space.

    All of which have their own unique and interesting religions, cultures, philosophies and ideologies.

    So basically what you're saying is you fantasize about fucking future intelligent space dolphins.

    Pretty much.

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  • SeriouslySeriously Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Koshian wrote: »
    what if you went to space work and a mars bear was there

    I thought this said mars bar at first and I was so excited

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  • SeriouslySeriously Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    wait I actually don't think I've ever encountered a mars bar they might suck

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  • FoolproofFoolproof thats what my hearts become in that place you dare not look staring back at youRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I enjoy lost generation ship stories like the setting for the RPG Metamorphosis Alpha. Any good stuff like that in the orion's arm universe?

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  • WeaverWeaver Hail CascadiaRegistered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Saw the thread title, thought somebody had figured out a way to do a collaborative Universe Sandbox project.

    I am so dissapointed.

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  • chiasaur11chiasaur11 Never doubt a raccoon. Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Weaver wrote: »
    Saw the thread title, thought somebody had figured out a way to do a collaborative Universe Sandbox project.

    I am so dissapointed.

    Yeah, that sounds much more fun.

    Right up until someone starts playing billiards with your carefully designed solar system.

    And then the whole thing turns into Deep Impact: The series.

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  • WhippyWhippy Moderator mod
    edited May 2011
    shanadeus you got kicked out of d&d for doing this

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    i'm watching you

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  • TonkkaTonkka Some one in the club tonight Has stolen my ideas.Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    UH OH.

    Also: HI WHIPPY!

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  • WhippyWhippy Moderator mod
    edited May 2011
    HELLO RYAN POTTER

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  • TonkkaTonkka Some one in the club tonight Has stolen my ideas.Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    MY IDENTITY!

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  • joshua1joshua1 Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    So.... How about those space dolphins?

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  • TonkkaTonkka Some one in the club tonight Has stolen my ideas.Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I mean...

    HELLO RYAN RASCO.

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  • WhippyWhippy Moderator mod
    edited May 2011
    noooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

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  • TonkkaTonkka Some one in the club tonight Has stolen my ideas.Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    AAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    Wait, are we still friends?

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  • KoshianKoshian __BANNED USERS regular
    edited May 2011
  • WhippyWhippy Moderator mod
    edited May 2011
    Tonkka wrote: »
    AAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    Wait, are we still friends?

    yeah why dont you come on over we'll pop some brewskis throw some fat steaks on the grill and watch the big game

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  • TonkkaTonkka Some one in the club tonight Has stolen my ideas.Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    Tonkka wrote: »
    AAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    Wait, are we still friends?

    yeah why dont you come on over we'll pop some brewskis throw some fat steaks on the grill and watch the big game

    That

    That sounds awesome.

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  • WhippyWhippy Moderator mod
    edited May 2011
    bro night!

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  • TonkkaTonkka Some one in the club tonight Has stolen my ideas.Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    I LOVE BRO NIGHT!

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  • WhippyWhippy Moderator mod
    edited May 2011
    naked bro night!

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  • TonkkaTonkka Some one in the club tonight Has stolen my ideas.Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    WOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

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  • TonkkaTonkka Some one in the club tonight Has stolen my ideas.Registered User regular
    edited May 2011
    This is now the Whippy/Tonkka lovefest thread.

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