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Sci Fi Rating System

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Given the difference between fantasy and sci fie subs, I am proposing a voluntary Rating system

Rating Description/Criteria
10 Proven, existing technology, perhaps with creative application.
9 Technology is currently in functioning Prototype stage. Examples: Boston Dynamics military robots
8 Technology is currently in functioning Prototype stage, but application in submission exaggerates its capabilities.
7 Technology does not exist, though its existence does not seem to violate any known laws of physics, including availability of materials. Eg. Fusion Power plants
6 Technology does not exist, it does not appear to violate laws of physics, though scale and availability of raw materials may be stretched. Eg. Beanstalks, Antimatter power plants
5 Adheres to Einsteinian Physics - i.e. Limited to speed of light
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3 Adheres to Newtonian Physics - Conservation of Energy
2 Adheres to Aristotelian Physics - follows _some_ system.
Eg: Star Trek
1 Attempts to follow most Sci Fie tropes, but magic or psionics plays a major part - eg. Star Wars, Babylon 5
0 Pure magic. Does not follow any semblance of physical possibility.


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valadaar
January 23, 2014, 15:14
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Might just get rid of this one :)
Scrasamax
January 23, 2014, 15:29
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Or fill in the missing numbers and add examples, citing both popular entrants in the genre like Star Trek, Star Wars, Stargate, etc
valadaar
January 23, 2014, 16:22
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I would expect some rather spirited discussion. Much of star trek/star wars i would put in the 1 or lower category :)
Scrasamax
January 23, 2014, 16:54
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True but the scale distinctly favors 20 minutes into the future sci-fi, which distinctly limits what can be high rated versus low rated.

valadaar
January 23, 2014, 18:21
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Ok, ill adjust the scale and put in examples.
Murometz
January 23, 2014, 15:43
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Interesting!


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       By: Raptyr

Nine times out of ten, it’s the undead that do the running.

Not strictly animal or vegetable, the Corpse bud is a peculiar individual that shares characteristics from multiple kingdoms and species. In appearance, all corpse buds bear a shape of a large rounded top bud divided into four lateral segments, and a much longer, narrower bottom bud, also divided into four segments. Between the two halves are a set of four radial limbs, rounded on top and flat on the bottom, covered with tiny serrated hooks facing towards the body. In overall size, it’s limbs reach as wide as a spread hand, with the body being as thick as a fist. It is as long as a human hand from top to bottom.

Internally, the top bud of the corpse bud contains a bacteria filled membrane that produces the hydrogen that the corpse bud uses to stay aloft, and a series of fungal gills for the dispersal of spores for reproduction. The lower half of the bud contains a number of fine filaments, as well as a sharp barbed stinger containing a powerful local anaesthesia.

The Corpse Bud mobilizes by inflating its top bud, and steers by rotating its arms rapidly about its body. The corpse bud ordinarily drifts with the wind, orienting towards the scent of recent decay and death. It preys on the recently dead, burrowing the lower bud into the victim, using the anaesthesia in case the victim is dying, and not truly deceased. Once embedded, it releases its filaments into the body, replacing the current nervous system. This gives it full animation of the body, and allows the corpse bud to direct it.

Corpse buds are not a malevolent species, being primarily concerned with breaking down the host body for food, and infecting the reproductive cycle with spores in order to mate with other corpse-bud bodies. To preserve the corpse for this purpose, Corpse buds will seek out dry locations to prevent bacteria from destroying the corpses. This often causes a large number of corpse buds to gather in a single location.

In culture, Corpse buds are used to repair broken spines or degenerative diseases, as the sentient mind will easily overcome the mind of the non-sentient corpse bud. Once infected by a corpse bud, however, removal is usually fatal, and the infected individual cannot reproduce, or risk infecting another. Thus, it is a technique often reserved for the elderly, or a last resort.

Necromancers and other dark sorcerers will often preserve the corpses of their victims magically, and infect them with corpse buds, creating traditional undead as well, so as to seed their lairs with undead both offensive and non, in order to throw their enemies off balance. They will also enslave the rudimentary minds of the corpse buds, and transform the docile things into a plague. There have also been accounts of magically transformed corpse buds with stronger minds and a taste for living flesh, but thus far all accounts are unproven rumors.

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