Another Wikily sub of the Cosmic Era that is saved from being dry cos of the itallics and I was almost tempted to give it a 4 for some of the later sections, esp. the part of the Phoenix Engines effectively creating all the villains the can appear time and time again no matter how many times you 'think' them killed. Go to Comment
A truly enjoyable read. A window into our own humanity's future? The verisimilitude of the virtual reality experience and the effects thereof described here is awesome (and yugen!). And of course, the Japanese. Go to Comment
Like Muro said, the first thing this reminds me of is the Internet addiction problem and the Hikikomori is what the Chinese call "home boy/girl" (literal translation here). And yugen makes me think of meditation.
This is a good sub for showcasing and linking to the other subs of the Cosmic Era (even though I haven't read all the linked ones). I esp. liked the contrast b/w Ukiyo (Floating World) and the French word meaning sinking world that have come to represent virtual reality versus the real world. However, what I felt a little weird about this sub is that it felt like details are missing (at least to me). Or rather, I should say that I somehow expected that the sub would dive into some of the more important/signature social groups floating around in Ukiyo. That might not be your intention and I understand that. It's just that the sub is feeling more like an overview atm. Go to Comment
This is a pretty on point idea, but you don't lend enough credibility to human creativity as well as ingenuity. If we can develop structures like the one listed above then I think we show the capacity to learn from it's data.
The conclusion is pretty clear though, humanity will inevitably become space explorers, but in a very different sense of the term. We would more thsn likely just re-route the light speed issue by sending ships out into space attached with breeding colonies, by the time they arrive at their destination amcloned generation wouldmrestart the growth and development of the human race, still living aboard planetary vessels (structures almost as large as the moon).
We know and understand the locust archetype for alien resource harvesting, and we would probably learn from our mistakes and program machines to harvest resources while we as a race spent ample time unlocking the true potential of the mind. Eventually evoloving into 5th dimensional beings if we found the strength to overcome impossible barriers of perception that actually can be broken. It just requiresma slight re wiring of the brain over generations of cryosleep and a "matrix" simulation to force our evolution.
The real question though is can I ise your idea to RP as space mice? Go to Comment
Followed the Maw link to Cymeks here, to see what they are exactly, and i love the multiple meanings of the term, as well as the description. Could be an insult, could be mis-used, could be help for traumatized brains, not just straight-up "enhancers", etc Go to Comment
I reminded of something Pieh wrote back in to 2010, I will just repost his comment...
"I'm not sure there are any redeeming qualities in this one. I think the last line hits it on the head. It's almost like I was handed an overly generic, staple, cookie-cutter, bland, stereotypical wizard, then given some totally useless information. When given the information I looked up and said "Whut?" then I was told: Oh... Just act like Gandalf."
This is really good character, excellent combination of bits and pieces to give us both a feeling the visceral nature of the character and the psychological depth of the person. You tell us both how he feels and how he smells. Excellent stuff. I like the style of asides in his voice and the content text in the god's eye voice.
The only thing is you could have been more "mechanical" or disciplined in the write up. For example in paragraph 1 you call you him a realist and pragmatist when describing his appearance. You toss in the game use suggestions into his background and some the sentences are beneath you. But this all minor stuff, really a great character.I find it distracting and unnecessary to reference the Avengers other than it is impressive to see what you built from that brief scene. Go to Comment