Phenocladistics is an emerging field of genetic engineering that differs from gene cleaning, augmentation, and cosmetic alterations. The creations of phenocladistic manipulation are capable of breeding true and creating more of their own kind, providing there is similar blood stock for them to breed with.
In the Petrol Era, identity theft was simply the stealing of personal information and financial fraud. In the Cosmic Era, it is something entirely different.
Also known as a Health Monitor, the Gesund Auf is a very common bionic implant in the Cosmic era, especially in the Atlantic Federation and other leading edge nations.
The main commodity in the Cosmic Era is data and communication, in the form of social media, entertainment, advertising, and other electronic sources of information. The spread of this data is measured in a unit known as a meme (also spelled meem)
A staple of high end sci-fi is the replicator or the nano-assembler. There is a much more practical and less technomagical way to achieve the same goal. The exciting thing is that this technology exists now, and we're getting much better at it.
Common sense and the rule of cool clash over the role of the bow in the hypertech setting of the Cosmic Era
A portmanteau of Kaku and engram. Dr. Kaku of the middle Petrol era posited the quantification of human emotion, while an engram is a cybertechnological recording of a human mind, a snapshot of a mental or emotional state.
Found this article in 'the facebooks' and it read like a breakdown of the Cosmic Era.
A flash copy of a person, inserted into an auton, for a variety of purposes
Expies are cheaply made autons with artificial brains.
A festival of settling scores and airing of grievances
The largest autons in use, Cyclopes are mechanical giants compared to humans, but just knee high to the average battlemech
The tradition of Sabanto-Meido arose in Nippon/Japan after the widescale adoption of robotics and automation. It is a cultural movement to embrace traditional values and to counter the subculture movement of the Ko girls.
One of the more notorious and infamous shadowrunners of the Cosmic Era
Wonder World LLC is the largest operator of virtual theme parks, amusement parks, and other non-sport, non-mmo virtual environments.
The most frequent weak point targeted on a human being is the skull. Pulp the brain, and the body becomes worthless. It was only a matter of time before someone tried to armor the head.
The Cromwell Chassis is specifically the mechanical remains of Major James 'Cyborg' Westerland, but the term has spread to include the pattern of cybernetic upgrade Westerland pioneered.
The next generation in designer engineering, the new skin.
Muse is both a common term for a handheld Cognet linking device, and also a specific brand of said CogLink device. Functionally the Cosmic Era version of a smartphone
By late afternoon, the sky starts to cloud over. The sun shines behind the fluffy clouds, gilding the edges and showing a Jacob's-ladder of rays streaming through the gaps...very pretty. Gradually the clouds shift into a new configuration: you realize with awe-struck, preternatural clarity that the clouds form a map of a coast-line that you know against the blue sky as ocean: surely it's a Sign! Suddenly, the golden beams coalesce into one long ray that strikes across the blue. A star-like gleam flashes under the ray: perhaps it is an island? But the charts show no island there...who would want to hide an island? Who could do it?