As the population boomed in the late Petroleum Era, there was a demand for more building, more homes, more businesses, more offices, and all competing for the same real estate
Shibboleth - a custom, principle, or belief distinguishing a particular class or group of people, especially a long-standing one regarded as outmoded or no longer important.
Many consider the passing of the Social Justice Code in 2054 to be the turning point of the Petroleum Era's middle period to end period.
Neo-Geneticism is the Cosmic Era system of belief (and the underlying technology) that the improvement of humanity will not be done by exceptional individuals and lifetime accomplishments, but rather in utero, and through manipulation of the human genome and genetic augmentation
Eager to distance itself from the racist and brutalist connotations of eugenics, beneuegenics (or literally good eugenics) is the grading of the quality of a person's genetic material
Also known as making the jump from cyborg to cymek
7 Methods of fighting robots in the Cosmic Era. These techniques and equipment also work against power armor troopers, cyborgs, and other high armor/small size targets.
The Lillith Virus, named for Adam's first wife, was first found in an ice core sample from Antarctica. It's spread through the human population was rapid.
A primitive sibling of EDS, Electromagnetic Sensitivity is a rare affliction that grew to prevalence in the late Petroleum Era, and persists into the Cosmic Era. What was formerly a psychosomatic form of hypochondria is a recognized, and paradoxically, officially discredited disease.
Catharsis is the act of purging stress and tension. Most commonly used in psychiatric diagnosis, it is also demonstrated to absolute effect in the movie The Purge.
A long fancy word meaning 'Something that Floats'
If a society has adventuring as a career path long enough, some unusual subtypes will emerge
Title says it all
Intersectionality is the nebulous web of privilege and discrimination that is the crux of social justice/injustice, and protoculture is the passing of behaviors from one generation to the next among non-human primates
Proper redo of my 4D Construct of adventuring parties. Usable in any genre you are willing to introduce the concept of 4D beings.
A powerful legacy of the Imbrians, an application of arcanotech sophisticated enough to simply be magic.
In the Cosmic Era, time has been adapted to the Metric system.
"Maps are a human thing. They like to make simplified models in which things are labelled, placed on grids and details are glossed over. I assume it is because their minds are spatial and not mathematical. Things to the human mind are defined by there relation to other things. That is why they need two points to draw straight line, whatever that is. Sincerely, though I don't understand the utility of it, but I don't fight it. The Captain says go to grid space 10-K, and I can discern what he means."
-Lagrimal-0201020101, Chief Navigational Program for the FTO freighter Mtuzanizibar.
100 Word Piece of Sci-fi Minutia
The greedy, obnoxious, exploitative things the entertainment industry does in the Cosmic Era
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?