Category Archives: History

Repost: The Collapse of a Civilization

or: Big Things Die Hard So right now I have two draft posts, both of which refuse to come together. One requires me to just sit down and pound away at my notes in a way I just haven’t had … Continue reading

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Repost: Motivations Governing Cultural History

I’m going to gradually go through the best posts of the last six years. Part of building a world is populating it. Where are the cities? Who are the leaders? What do they speak? What kind of music is playing … Continue reading

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The Ragged Edge

This is kind of a development document trying to get some of my ideas about human interstellar settlement into order. It’s both kind of in-character and out-of-character as I haven’t quite worked out the specifics of the fictional technology and … Continue reading

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More Goodies

The internet archive now has full editions of Ares Magazine up. Issue 16 has a couple of articles referenced by Winchell Chung over on Atomic Rockets. Page 1-7 is, “Galactic Empires,” by Robert Freitas. On page 15 is another article by Dr. Freitas, “Crimes, … Continue reading

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Goodie Bag

The time has come to post some links. Some may be useful, others may just be fun. Still others may just be symptomatic of mental illness on my part :). Rocketry and Spacecraft The first thing in the Rocketry and Spacecraft … Continue reading

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UNSEA

This is a post introducing the new world where I am setting my science fiction work at present. I’ve named it for a major organization in-world, the United Nations Space Exploration Authority. I like the idea of a point of … Continue reading

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Astrographer’s Notebook – Solar Union Timeline

This is a timeline I created, presumably sometime in late 2001 or 2002, covering the history of my Solar Union/Malthusian Empire setting. Most of it has been altered since, but a lot of the elements are likely to remain in … Continue reading

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Astrographer’s Notebook – An Introduction to Human Culture

Another look at the slightly edited contents of some of my notebooks. This is from one titled, “Malthusian Empire Setting,” which is just named for a polity that existed a little farther along the timeline from my Solar Union setting. Given … Continue reading

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The Salvage Army

This is kind of a quicky idea I got while reading Waste and Want by Susan Strasser(Amazon link) with my wife. The book is essentially a history of trash, but what I’d like to talk about here is a short … Continue reading

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Space: 2079

My alternative title for this was, “2081: A Space Odyssey.” This is the first stage in my process of building the skeleton of a future history. As T.S. Eliot said, “Mediocre writers borrow, great writers steal.” So far this work … Continue reading

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