One-Planet-at-a-Time Quarterly News Update: Second Quarter, 2015
NEWS: Now is the time to think about an Intelligence Paradigm. In other words, we need to come to a consensus about what kinds of AI, transhumans, and extradimensional entities will be permitted in our worldbuilding. Prominent examples in other story universes include Blade Runner, Ghost in the Shell, Star Trek, Star Wars, A Fire Upon the Deep, the Culture series and the Revelation Space series. If you would like to contribute to this discussion, please visit the comments section of the First Quarter News Update fav.me/d8dalhg Below are the winners of the First Quarter painting contest:
1) Tectix's Sullivestic III fav.me/d6gv5uw
2) XelfrepuslaX's Boundaries fav.me/d5pb8e4
3) darkchild130's The Contractor fav.me/d6gv9bw
1) Blue and Orange Morality, etc tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php…
2) Cyberbrains, etc ghostintheshell.wikia.com/wiki…
3) The East India Company: The original corporate raiders www.theguardian.com/world/2015…
4) Dark Energy Survey Science Verification data arxiv.org/abs/1504.03002
5) USDOE-sponsored Nanorobotics review www.osti.gov/scitech/biblio/87…
The next contest will cover comics (traditional, digital, 3D, etc). The deadline for this contest is the last day of July at 11:00 pm EST (3rd Quarter Update will be in August).
Our newest affiliate is World-Builders-Inc world-builders-inc.deviantart.… The nice thing about this group is that there are gallery folders for each worldbuilding project. Below are ten of the best deviations:
1) Daroneasa's Worst Camping Trip Ever fav.me/d8na4vs
2) Alpha-Dilophosaurus's Celtic Republic of Pretani Map fav.me/d8m1rnu
3) ForbiddenParadise64's Ao-Oni Map fav.me/d86jzvp
4) Whachamacallit1's Typhid C map fav.me/d5h74ha
5) WorldBuildersInc's Rana fav.me/d8gp4hq
6) ZoPteryx's Ornamented Anomalothere fav.me/d7r4s53
7) jbconcepts87's Wyvern fav.me/d88cik0
8) palaeorigamipete's New Rudderrunner fav.me/d8btp5x
9) wrytalin's Lancer fav.me/d868kjx
10) wrytalin's Lost Souls Forever fav.me/d868i7y
BOOK CLUB: The Star en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Star… is a highly underappreciated story by Arthur C. Clarke. In many ways it is the perfect short story: it is a quick read; the writing is vivid yet economical; it makes the reader think; and, most importantly, the story is memorable. The story has generated some discussion in recent years www.goodreads.com/book/show/13… , but not nearly as much as it deserves. Upcoming 3rd and 4th quarter selections: Niven's The Mote in God's Eye and Malicious-Monkey's Ilion.
QUESTIONS FOR THE READER:
1) One common platitude is 'the Lord works in mysterious ways.' Apart from a random universe or a capricious deity, are there any arguments you could make for an alternative analysis of this story?
2) In one blog discussion everythingisnice.wordpress.com… a commenter (25 February 2010 at 21:02) observed that The Star highlights that science fiction itself is "culturally Christian, or more precisely, culturally marked by a specific set of religiously contested discourses" and then uses this assertion to explain why science fiction "has been such a relatively trivial part of the culture in Africa and East Asia." Do you agree with this observation?
3) While reading an article by an actual Jesuit astronomer www.thinkingfaith.org/articles… referencing Clarke's The Star, I thought of another question: If humans are "meant to be God's butterflies" (Chaos Theory reference), does that imply that reconciling Clarke's thought experiment with religion requires a quasi-Diestic emphasis on free will as opposed to predestined supernatural interventionism?
4) Okay, so the premise of this story is as old as Job. From a worldbuilding standpoint, what is your opinion about the problem of evil?