NEWS: Happy New Year! It is now time to announce the winners of the Fourth Quarter Writing Contest:
1) Zerraspace’s By Dark of Day – Part 01 – Another Alone
By Dark of Day - Part 01 - Another Alone“I’m telling you, cousin, you need to take a load off!”
These words he’d said on and off for the past few hours. For the duration of the journey, Ontoga had hoped to endear me to this, this “Starbase Equador”, and now that I was finally aboard, I found myself no less worn out by it.
“You’d better have a better idea than sinking myself in a bottle for this,” was the first thing that came out.
Nobody else would have caught the near-scowl that flashed across his face: “I can assure you it’s got better service than the mess hall at the Meios Orbiter. Come on, Ellemaya, just take a look around. What do you think they don’t have?”
Before his extended arms, one might think he owned a palace. What could he want of this place? I’d give, it was hundreds and not thousands that packed the reception hall, but more than enough to box me in, to drown out my voice and cut off my thoughts… but it wouldn’t b
2) Joeabuy1000’s No Fireworks
No FireworksFrom the desk of Commander Amanda MacGuffin
31 December 10001
It had been a minor but thorny situation for myself and Subcommander Lee on how we would be celebrating the start of another year in the Gregorian Calendar. For the past few weeks, the subcommander and I have debated on the nature of the New Year's celebrations in the Pa'atratira Delegation, with the lofty aim of uniting the human staff of the delegation and showcasing human culture to the counterparts while providing a respite from the operations through the festivities. However, the actual celebratory programs have left us and the rest of the administrative department in a rut. We have activities planned out but had immense trouble sorting out the right way to replicate the ubiquitous pyrotechnics used in other human worlds when celebrating the onset of the New Year.
Finding alternative ways to celebrate the New Year was easy enough; the subcommander and I scrounged for activities and found that our own cultural back
3) Whachamacallit1’s No Longer Our World
I would also like to extend a warm welcome to all of our new members and also thank many of our more senior members for their continued level of involvement, which is essential for making OPaaT the awesome community that it is today. For more info about OPaaT and what we are all about please check out the New Member Guide fav.me/d5dhxa8 as well as the FAQ fav.me/d5uaq58 and our ever-growing star map fav.me/d5gb11j
Our first unified paradigm document fav.me/d70ctot has now been added to the OPaaT Bylaws folder one-planet-at-a-time.deviantar… As most of you are aware, the purpose behind canonizing a guidelines document is to provide the necessary framework for a shared universe community in a way that reduces the need for future retractions due to inconsistencies by engaging in proactive annual discussions so that major problems can be addressed before they happen. Guidelines documents take a year to debate, have a maximum word count of 1250, and can deal with anything from “space magic” to economics. The next document for 2015 will provide a unified paradigm for Telepath Guidelines, and all input for this discussion should be directed to the comments section below. Diagrams and text-based proposals are certainly welcome as long as links to these are provided within appropriate comments, but debate-specific deviations are not eligible for submission into group folders.
2014 will also have our first book club lineup. The basic idea is to first cover something from the best deceased sci-fi author, then something from the best living sci-fi author, and then finally a work of literature that is available on dA. In April the QUESTIONS FOR THE READER section of the news update will have four discussion questions for Frank Herbert’s Dune; in July we will cover Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake; and in October we will cover Caelum Lex fav.me/d5gro6q
1) I.L. Jackson’s Guide to Ship Classes fav.me/d6qcfpt
2) Zerraspace’s Guide to Designing Intelligent Aliens fav.me/d6rrnwt
3) Wired Magazine: A Neuroscientist’s Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious www.wired.com/wiredscience/201…
4) SketchUp www.sketchup.com/
5) Blender www.blender.org/
Now that the FTL paradigm is finally in order it is now time to hold a space ship contest. Entries will be judged mainly by their visual presentation, but special consideration will also come into play if there are any entries that are especially interesting in terms of design and/or overall divergence.
One of the most viable sci-fi communities that I have found to date can be found at Sci-Fan-Horror sci-fan-horror.deviantart.com/ What really sets this group apart is the quality of its journal entries sci-fan-horror.deviantart.com/… and the people who write them and comment on them. This group has a genuine commitment to increasing exposure for sci-fi artists and writers on dA and it shows. Below are ten of my favorite journal entries and deviations:
1) Is Creativity Dead? fav.me/d6vku2q
2) Is Artistic Integrity Integral to the Artist? fav.me/d6pkd9u
3) Female gamers. We exist, don’t we? fav.me/d6mhgby
4) SFH Featured Artist: Graceyn fav.me/d6pmoax
5) SFH Featured Artist: Mothbanquet fav.me/d5wktnk
6) Teela on the Ringworld
7) An Unproven Concept
8) AIRSHIP ARMADA
10) Trafero, Large Magellanic Cloud