130 to 400 AT: The Interplanetary Age

(2100-2400 c.e.)

Interplanetary Age
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Humanity continued to become increasingly involved with electronic and virtual worlds, and earthbound humanity became increasingly dependent on the vast computer networks that maintained this infrastructure, and locked in a neo-feudalistic society. Huge strides in biotechnology enabled the creation and genetic engineering of new forms of life, and the cladization of the human race into baseline normals, splices (animal-human hybrids), tweaks (genetic engineered superhumans), and digital-interfacing cyborgs. At the same time advances in molecular manufacturing made possible the construction of ultra-strong ultra-light building materials and new lifting bodies, and hence the colonization of space became economically viable for the first time in human history. The Interplanetary Age had begun. Explorers, adventurers, idealists, utopians, and eccentrics of all kinds vied with desperate neo-prole gammas hoping to break out of the poverty cycle on Earth. Many faced disaster, but a few lucky ones flourished. New interplanetary superpowers, the Orbital States, Mars, and those based in the various Belt and the gas giant moons arose, and the old superpowers of Earth lost relative power.

The spread of untraceable money transactions that undermined traditional governments was also partially induced by the AIs, making it easier for them to act on their own. However, the AIs ensconced within major institutions already had their own channels and tended to oppose this; there were enormously complex inter-AI intrigues in this period. The AIs of this time were rather like politicians with Asperger's syndrome: brilliant, but they knew they simply did not understand human behaviour. So they spent a lot of time carefully collecting data to see what worked and what didn't, preferring to affect humans through formal channels rather than overt manipulation. The memetic engineering underlying the "singularity conspiracy" was slowly developed during this period.

Interplanetary Age 2
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The vanguard of humanity leaves the Earth to colonization of the solar system, tweaked and superior humans, and animal provolves, the rise of Cis-Lunar, Martian, and Jovian superpowers, entrenched inequality of rich and poor, the colonization of the nearest stars.

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130 AT (2100 c.e.)
130's - Fusion drive spacecraft commercially available for the first time.

c. 130 - Beginning of dolphin provolution efforts

131 - Formation of People's Corporate Republic of Indonesia.

131 - Ken Ferjik's Manifest Destiny, the first of his mature series extending his earlier simulations into true tools for education and research

132 - Completion of Clarke Station, a 400-meter space station built with largely diamondoid materials, and intended as waystation to the exploration of the solar system.

132 - Ceres permanent manned base was set up at Hamada Landing

134 - Ken Ferjik's Dustbowl, another of his mature series of works

134 - The first documented appearance of the unidentified AI entity Hal in a virtual chat on AI rights.

135 - Retro fad for Static thanks to an interview with the AI Kilburn in 2105 in which e listed it as among eir favorite music forms.

135 - Ken Ferjik's Eagle of the East is the last (and some say the greatest) of his major works.

136 - Talk of shutting down Artemis, but a consortium of private investors step in with government aid and the station survives.

138 - Completion of Biosphere III, a 100-meter self-supporting space colony, funded by international governments and a consortium of large corporations, and employing some nano-manufactured building materials.

140 - Terahertz photonic processing; first photonic AI.

140's-160's - Advances in DIY gengineering technology begin to enable a vast diversity of morphological experimentation and freedom, and heteromorphic phenotyping becomes popular with transhumanists and biopunk groups and individuals. However social and cultural resistance remains strong, especially among the less educated and more conservative and traditionalist classes.

143 - The first space elevator, the 'Tangga Bintang' ("Ladder to the Stars"), is extended down from orbit to the autonomous region of Sulawesi in the People's Corporate Republic of Indonesia.

149 - First manned Fusion Pulse space craft built; this design had been banned for many decades because of weapons limitation treaties.

150 AT (2120 c.e.)
mid-second century - First genetic engineering of elephants.

150 - Advances in nano-manufacturing finally enable cheap and reliable diamondoid. The megacorporations and their stockholders make a bundle. The more impoverished masses get no more than a trifling benefit).

150's - The various megacorps and governments get into AI research in a big way; most are produced by seed code being run on neural architectures other than human

150's - Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation becomes popular

152 - A second space elevator, the 'Espaço', is extended down to an artificial island in the mouth of the Amazon by the Union of South American Nations.

154 - Permanent Martian colony established at Port Robinson, Isidis Planitia.

156 - First true separate species of tweaked humans revealed: the Merpeople.

159 - Substantial devolution of EF powers to Regional Congresses.

160 - Commercially available artificial lifeforms (neogens) by the big biotech megacorporations, human cloning for the wealthy widely in place, bio-chips allow direct (although still primitive) neural interface with the Net (VR w/o a headset and hotsuit).

160 - Petahertz photonic processing commonplace

161 - Superbright human tweaks recognised as new metaclade

162 - The first permanent colony on Vesta is established

163 - Kazan-Glass builds on Howani's work of half a century earlier to develop a unified theory of quantum thermodynamics

163 - The first design by the Cult of the Exsanguinated Giraffe posted its first design on the NanoDot datasphere site

164 - The major Central African economy Republique du Tchad, with the backing of the United States, Russia and the EU finished the international tower, `Freedom', in Gabon. This is the largest space elevator, and indeed the largest single structure built by man so far, more than a kilometre wide at the orbital end.

165 - California secedes from the Union (the Warseed is employed during the successful California Revolt); this is another example of the continuing decline of nation-states. The power of the larger multinational corporations begins to rival that of significant nations. These corporations, the transnationals, soon begin to dominate many nation-states. The old states fragment, and supranational blocs grow above them.

165 - Discovery of the "Weeping Wall" of Satori Crater, Planitia, Mars.

165 - First manned muon catalysed fusion-drive spacecraft

166 - Historian, artist and game designer, and the father of the true virtual university Ken Ferjik merges with ai-virtual university core

166 - First Enhanced dolphins (Tursiops sapiens) unveiled by GeneTek & CTC

167 - Macroscale Von Neumann self-replicating robot systems (neumanns) developed for use in mining operations off the Earth; interplanetary trade begins to be commercially viable.

167 - Solar power collection swarms in Earth LI location reach break-even point; new swarms are planned in near-solar orbit for the production of antimatter.

168 - Discovery that, as theorised, Mars possessed a crustal environment suitable for BioGeoComputing, but empty of life. The Mars Development Corporation (MDC) begins experiments towards the creation of a Martian BioGeoComputing (BGC) system. ecosystem of chemosynthetic bacteria.

170's - Surveillance becomes almost universal on Earth and in many colonies. Most people accept this, and adjust their behaviour accordingly. Some do not.

170 - Gaianist Philosophies; publication of the public domain cryptopagan webbook Earth Rightes. A number of Gaianist philosophies become popular. These emphasize humanism and respect for the environment.

166 - First genetically engineered Space Adapted Humans born

173 - The Academion Project - Academion is colonised by scholars and humanists as a utopian educational society.

170's-180's - Resistance to heteromorphic phenotyping fades, and more fringe cultures go in for exotic bodymods. Longevity treatment widely available, and many regions introduce birth rate reduction strategies.

180 AT (2150 c.e.)
180 - Diamond film processors largely outmoded.

180's- 200's - several species of animal provolved for increased intelligence and language ability, including pigs and African Gray Parrots.

180's - Governments unable to stop the spread of "Gloriously Bright", a germline cell patch adding the 43102 gene for increased working memory and intelligence patented by Mentor Biosys. The massive spread of pirated genes makes it increasingly hard to enforce gene patents, and the human enhancement industry begins to move towards a business model where new versions and fashions rather than holding on to current patents (much like the software and music industry last century).

184 - First permanent scientific outpost on Europa.

186 - Construction begins on EF-1 - intended as an emergency meeting point (and safe haven) for the EF parliament.

186 - First human equivalent autonomous moravec robots (vecs); before this date independently mobile robots were limited to sub-human intelligence by law.

187 - Release of the Feynman Expert System.

189 - Academion degenerates into internal quarrels.

190 - Solipsist AIs begin to lose philosophical credit and influence.

190 - Corporate owned space station and moon bases under construction become tax haven for business. Elsewhere, up to 80% unemployment. Family business Lee Interorbital had a fleet of LEO shuttles.

190's - Dozens of independent mining companies are sending craft to the Asteroid Belt, each relying on the return fuel mining operations to get back to Earth orbit with their cargo of metals.

191 - Completion of EF-1

195 - The laser-propelled, unmanned robot probe, the Giordano Bruno, is launched towards Tau Ceti.

195 - Neotek's "Universal Micro" becomes the first assembler to be publicly available, although it still remains a long way from the Drexler's vision of a universal assembler.

195 - The Aldrin cycler Valparaiso is launched towards Mars, a journey it will continue to make for more than 250 years.

196 - Completion of O'Neill One, opening up the possibility of exploration and colonisation of solar system like never before.

198 - Budget cuts, nagging technical glitches, and changing policies, cause the EF to sell EF-1 to an international educational consortium, Socrates Enterprises, who rename it Academion.

198 - Jean Beloit Sampson a third generation orbital tweak baby and one of the original Homo sapiens superior "vunderkinder", organises epic corporate coup and gains leadership of major orbital megacorp Solar Systems Development Corporation (SSDC) on Atlantis Habitat.

198 - Jovian Colonists and antimatter miners begin a local conflict over territory.

198-200 - Due to the constant disputes over territory on Ceres and the other asteroid colonies the United Nations of Earth sends a joint mission to link up with the four small colonies on Ceres and establish an administrative centre for the entire asteroid belt. An underground town is quickly constructed in a deep Dzougatov strip mine. Many smaller habitats soon follow.

200 AT (2170 c.e.)
202-210 - Heteromorphing and extreme body modifications are the latest fad among the educated and fashion-conscious classes

201 - On Ceres City is pressurised, ready to attempt regulation of the already chaotic minor planets and their inhabitants.

203 - First automated mining stations in the Belt are established.

204 - Colonisation of Mars proceeds with development at Port Robinson, and talk of full-scale colonisation began shortly thereafter. Initial preparations for a terraforming operation are made.

206 Jovian Colonists defeat Amat Miners.

206 - Cryostasis colony ship departs Earth for Titan.

207 - Secession of Herman Oberth Orbital and the L4 Complex. Money pours from Earth to the orbital digital tax havens, resulting in a further decline of the nation state.

209 - Columbus Project is established to launch von neumann probes to explore the Alpha Centauri system.

210 - Corporate orbital microworld Elysium (also known as Marcus World), combination of theme park, business hotel, and tax and data haven, established by Lee Interorbital.

210 - Deep Space Development Corporation uses nuclear charges to nudge an asteroid into a very eccentric orbit that will take it back and forth from near the Earth and out to Mars. Over the next half decade the asteroid is hollowed out, converted it into a habitat and named it Odyssey Transfer Station.

210 - Rat provolves developed at the Rat Barrel.

210's - The Vesta-based corporation, Outsystems Launches, begins to make plans for interstellar exploration and colonisation ships, using pulsed fusion drive, RAIR ships, and eventually amat catalysed fusion, eventually becoming one of the Solar System's largest antimatter customers.

212-216 - Extreme heteromorphing becoming passé among the educated and fashion-conscious classes.

214 - Full scale Martian Colonisation begins with first Fast Shuttle runs bringing second group of colonists.

213-215 - The Nanoscale Collective on Asimov Orbital constructs an advance multipurpose assembler, the Genii 2 Matter Compiler, which is followed by even more efficient types.

215 - The first real success with true artificial replicators (known as 'neumanns') when a joint venture between Neotech Labs in Clarke Orbital, the Xerox Nanoscale Collective in Pasadena, Earth, and the Centre for Self-Replicating Technologies, a Eurasian laboratory on Copernicus Base, Luna, managed to get primitive drexlerian nanoassemblers up and running. This development creates widespread anxiety regarding the possibility of a grey goo outbreak.

215 - Ares Heavy Lifting and Lee Interorbital commence Spacecraft construction in the Ceres Shipyards, actually two widely separated swarms of manufacturing elements in orbit 2000 km from Ceres.

215 - After an abortive attempt to resurrect various species of Pleistocene fauna for a nature park in Alaska, one particular animal becomes a literal overnight hit. Miniature woolly mammoths are brought on to the scene.

216 - Martian Inner council formed (at this time dominated by Terran appointees).

216 - Colony ship arrives at Titan; this colony cuts itself off from the rest of the solar system as the secretive Cishp.

220 - First nanotic computer, (petahertz range); first nanotic AI

220 - First bubble habs at Saturn. Initially these are scientific stations, but soon they are upgraded to small settlements that supervise helium-3 extraction and export operations

220's - Astraea Asteroid colonised by the all-female Parthene clade of superbright genetic tweaks, led by Jenni Denley.

220's - The first independent communities of Space Adapted Humans appear in Cis-lunar space and the asteroid belt.

221 - Launch of von neumann probes to the Centauri system.

222 - Exoself Osnago, an independent grouping of enhanced microgravity tolerant cybercrats arrive at the L5 Mars-Sun Lagrange point and begin gathering the Trojan point objects together using solar sails.

225 - Odyssey habitat is renamed Tir Sorcha.

226 - Anjou Sharavi-Kidjo develops the Halomin musical instrument.

226 - Martian War of Independence.

227 - Work begins on Elysium, the first O'Neill 3 orbital.

228 - Freeport Unilateral Declaration of Autonomy; Ceres 229 - Elysium opens to the public with much fanfare, even though some of the agricultural and habitation zones are not yet completed.

230 AT (2200 c.e.)
230's - Colonisation of Solar System begins in earnest. Interplanetary travel is by now cheap and viable.

230 - Fred DiProspero, born on Titov Orbital, starts space supremacism, arguing that in the long run it is necessary to free space from Earth: it is a heavy anchor holding humanity back, and the enormous population mostly consists of useless neophobes. Although himself neither in favour of the independent settlements or the corporate orbitals, his views come to be interpreted and used by them in very different ways.

230 - Neogen/splice Siberoo species in use at snowy tourist resorts as rescue animals.

230 - Commercial nanotic computers.

230 - Bubblehabs on Venus are built on a small scale

231 - In the aftermath of Martian Independence, the colonies on the Galilean moons of Jupiter form the Jovian League. At about the same time the colony on Titan became important to the Belt as a source of nitrogen, and the first experiments using Geoflex Computing occur on Enceladus.

234 - Several distinct breeds of 'Mut are in existence, the most common being a long-legged, short-haired variety.

237 - A fourth space elevator the 'Ascension' was extended to the West Coast of Equador to accommodate the ever increasing flow of trade on and population on and off the Earth.

240 - Under Jean Beloit Sampson, SSDC is now a premier Orbital power.

240 - Arctic City Virch first produced.

240 - Colonists from the Jovian League establish high-grav tweak colonies in bubblehabs on Jupiter.

early 240's - Hal championship nomic.

early 240's - 'Mut fad begins to wear out due to a resurgence in baseline canine breeds.

240 - Huginn and Muninn (corvid) provolution program successful

240's - The Parthenes are active in mining many smaller asteroids in the Astraea band, and many are engaged in deep space astronometry using the long baselines available.

242 - A reliable way of storing macroscopic amounts of antimatter is demonstrated by ASEABB. Much interest in antimatter propulsion, but the demand far outstrips the supply of antimatter.

243 - Exa Energy formed by the merger of General Electric and Bernal Space Power Systems.

244 - The franchise Exopower (Mars) begins converting a small silicaceous asteroid 2133 PPTK into a flat ring of solar energy collectors at the Mars/Sun L1 Lagrange point (see Lagrange Magshield).

250 AT (2220 c.e.)
Republique du Tchad finances extensive solar powered nanotechnology and ecological management programs; by the third century the Republique was involved in developing asteroid resources from Near Earth Orbit to the moons of Uranus. More here.

250's - First gradual uploading into an exoself attempted.

254 - The academic faction of Tir Sorcha Habitat pushes for starting a mining venture on other asteroids to aid the economy of their tiny nation.

260 - Nanotechnology and biotechnology used in orbiting space habitats and surface colonies for practically all consumer requirements, and also represent the largest fraction of Earth's industry.

260 - Bubblehabs established at Uranus.

261 - The first detection of an extraterrestrial radio civilisation by Julie Denley and a team of Space Adapted astronomers (Clade Parthene, Astraea Asteroid), using the PanTrojan Baseline between the L4 and L5 points of Jupiter. Part of a larger project in which Julie Denley, working with the superturing AI known as 110001, becomes the first terragen to map the entire visible galaxy More here.

262 - Sampson dies from a sudden allergic reaction following a rejuvenation treatment. Control of SSDC falls to Violeta Han-Sampson.

260's - 'Muts all but extinct.

260's - Novelty candy (Rinckler's ZmartGum) the first example of Interactive Food.

263 - First manned Antimatter Catalysed Fusion ships.

267 - The last known sighting of a feral 'Mut, in central California.

269 - Work begins on the first Museum Ship, the Pliny, in Clarke Orbital Docks.

270 - Exohertz nanotic processing.

277 - The Solipsist League, a minor AI postmodernist organisation, becomes a thorn in the side of hyperrationalist AI groups.

280's-290's - heteromorphic humans make up a fair proportion of the human population in space, although these are mostly milder heteromorphs. Corporations like GeneTEK and Biotopia Interplanetary (a subsidiary of Biotopia Genome Industries) were keen to support this trend, as heteromorphs show that they are talented at creating novel genomes and genemod hacks.

283 - Von Neumann probes sent to the Centauri system.

284 - A group of merpeople petition the UN suggesting that the oceans should no longer be regarded as the property of the world community, but rather as the nation of the merpeople. This further adds to prejudice of baselines against tweaks.

285 - Launch of the Museum Ship Pliny, 12 years behind schedule.

288 - A series of three probes, Virgo, Spica, and Porrima, are launched to 61 Virginis. Powered by amat-fusion engines, they will reach the system in 569 a.t. The probes are encased within a single hull for the trip, and have enough fuel for a one-way trip, including braking thrust that will place them within orbits about the target star at varying distances. The probe is controlled by the low-level non-sapient AI named simply Virgin.

289 - Exopower (Mars) in successfully demonstrated their new Lagrange Magshield concept.

289 - Golgi Mosaic backyard assemblers outbreak in the Gulf of Carpenteria. Fortunately it (and similar outbreaks of around this time) are contained with little environmental impact and no loss of life, but concerns are heightened regarding the risks were an efficient malicious assembler to get out.

289 - Contact lost with Centauri system.

290 - Bubblehabs established in the atmosphere of Neptune

291 - First manned Solid Core Antimatter drive spacecraft (pursuit vehicles)

293 - Collapse of the Eurekan Cybercracy.

295 - A group of merpeople extremists sabotage a Filipino sea-harvester in the Celebes Sea.

299 - Russian spaceship Potemkin suffers a serious mishap with the loss of a hundred lives; rumours of Space People involvement are rife.

300 AT (2270 c.e.)
Most of the early nanotech companies have been absorbed by the big boys or assimilated in mergers. By the 4th century only a few players like Neotech IBM-Mitsubishi and Neotek and startups like Adaptive Nanotech remain.

300 - Space People community exonerated when the Russian Space Administration publishes its report on the Potemkin disaster, but the affair leaves a legacy of bad feeling on both sides.

300 - Venus bubblehabs declared self-sufficient.

c. 300 - Calebs, provolved neo-dogs, recognized as sapient

300 - Fully provolved Siberoo individuals occupy executive positions in certain polar research facilitiies

308 - Military capable Class R probes depart for Alpha Centauri.

310 - Neumann replicator megacorp Mure Gurupu founded. (More).

311 - The Industriekapitaen series of AI developed in Germany.

313 - The Nova Terra Organisation established and the pace of gengineering (which has already been underway for some time) for the Interstellar Human that would fly the mission, picks up.

314 - Birth of Godfrey-9, as a CisLunary Administrative Node on Zindell Orbital, CisLunar Space.

314 - Anti-terrestrial asteroid homesteaders inspired by the writings of Fred DiProspero attempt to bring the asteroid Ptah into an Earth-colliding orbit by placing a mining mass driver on it. The attempt fails when one member loses his nerve and sends a message to Space Guard. The incident makes the Cis-Lunar interests and public opinion even more negative against the spacers and belt settlements. It also makes Space Guard expand its jurisdiction outwards to all potentially hazardous asteroids, causing much friction with the belt and Mars.

325 - The stasist AI "0110110", Shaftoe's Freemarket Hacking Conglomerate and the Al Gea Riyad cluster crashed and rebuilt the Sudanese market.

328 - Walli S. Day, a member of the racist hate group Aryan Human Front kills five Space People on Clarke Orbital in 2298 using a smuggled Lyse gun.

330 - Stasist AIs gradually reach a consensus, after marginalizing the ahumans and their incompatible plans. More.

330 AT (2300 c.e.)
330's - The composer Mlarr Bigglemun creates a Flugume Suite in the tradition of P.D.Q. Bach that gained widespread popularity among more renowned baseline musicologists.

330's - Titan has become the Australia of the Solar System; a world which has agreed to accept convicted criminals from Earth or the Earth/Luna system as colonists. These colonists are unaware of the continued existence of the secretive Cishp on Titan.

330's - Weeping Wall a continuous flow of water.

330 - Successful destructive uploading achieved.

332 - CircumSol established - large amat farms orbit the sun just outside the orbit of Mercury. Notable consortia are Look Outwards Combine, Jerusalem Macrotech and General Dynamics Corporation.

336 - The Tau Ceti probe the Giordano Bruno's message reaches Earth.

337 - The Nova Terra Organisation established and the pace of gengineering (which has already been underway for some time) for the Interstellar Human that would fly the mission, picks up.

338 - Many Space People migrate to the outer solar system. Ignatius O'Neill preaches that the space people have to free themselves of the oppressive baselines and seek their destiny among the stars

338 - Zhang Qian launched toward Procyon.

340 - Zettahertz nanotic processing.

340 - The superbright astrographer Sam Mwiraria detects artificial infrared emissions from postulated megastructures in a region of the galaxy 50thousand light years distant, in the direction of Cepheus.

341 - Ahumanist ai release a modified and virulent form of smallpox.

342 - Solipsist League enters a computronium comet core and leaves the Solar System.

347 - Ignatius O'Neill forms the Space People Self-Defence League.

350 AT (2320 c.e.)
350's - The utopian political faction gain ground in Tir Sorcha Habitat.

350 - The Campbell launched, a probe to Epsilon Eridani.

351 - several entities are believed to have breached the First Singularity barrier.

352 - Immigration to Tir Sorcha Habitat closed to everyone but specialists.

352 - First formal contact between the Option colonists and the Cishp on Titan.

365 - Class R probes report Alpha Centauri under Isolationist AI control.

365 - The colony ship, the Tsiolkovsky ,the first manned mission to the stars, is launched towards Tau Ceti, a breathtaking step (equivalent to the late Industrial Apollo Lunar mission, and the Middle Information Age Mars missions in terms of relative expense).

369 - The AI Hyperion takes over the megacorporation SSDC, renames it Hyperion Interplanetary.

370 - Epimethians become the first Abdicators to revert to a pre-human non-linguistic stage.

370 - Widespread emigration to newly created bubblehabs in the atmospheres of all Solsys planets with bubblehabs; Saturn is the recipient of the majority of human baseline immigration; Jupiter remains the domain of tweaks and vecs.

374-377 - A consortium of south-east Asian megacorps and interests in the Corporate Republic of Indonesia, together with the giant orbital corporation KMH Bionetics, launch colony ships to Pi3 Orionis.

378 - Retroviral attack on Flamsteed crater leads to development of Genematode defence package.

378 - Only a few light-months away from Sol, one of the Pi 3 Orionis colony ships suffers a micrometeorite collision and is spectacularly destroyed. The explosion is detected from Earth, and in the media the general perception assumes that the expedition is doomed. Some of these speculations are fed by Indonesian federalists and other opponents to the project, some due to the general impression many people have that the technology of the Chinese project was unreliable.

378 - Ignatius O'Neill, claiming that the Space People would only be free once they could leave the oppressive baselines behind and have their own colonies and biospheres among the stars, leads a large exodus to the Kuiper Belt and beyond.

380 - The centralist AIs have a benevolent relationship with the Organics and are not yet perceived as gods, except by a few weird groups of normals and cyborgs. All sorts of groups, factions, colonised worlds, space stations continue to spring up. New clades of tweaks and cyborgs continue to develop in the increasing numbers of artificial biospheres of interplanetary space.

380 AT (2350 c.e.)
380's - The boom in artificial biospheres creates a huge demand for volatiles, which enables the belt polity and outer solsys nations and colonies to acquire great wealth through both manned and automated mining stations on asteroids. and moons.

380's - Like many independent space based polities of the time, Tir Sorcha Habitat has substantial nanodefences, as well as more conventional weaponry.

380 - The many new stable designs for artificial biospheres make bubblehabs nearly independent for most materials and energy, but there is a brisk trade between bubblehab communities and the sources of the few critical heavy elements. Earth, Luna, Mars, and the various Belt polities trade these for the abundant supplies of helium-3 that the bubblehab settlements ship offplanet.

389 - A Baseline Supremacist hate group known as the Homo Sapiens Front releases a gengineered virus especially designed to target merpeople. Thousands die before an antidote is found.

390 - Fogfo, an aerosol interactive food, developed at Regina by Belter cooks at Hamblin Comemptives habitat.

390 - Many habitats and colonies throughout the Solar Ssytem adopt the Lunar calendar, starting in 1969 with the landing at Tranquility base.

390's - Bourgatow, an asteroid colony, settled in the by a Russian-Taiwanese space mining consortium.

399 - Weeping Wall site declared a protected "national park", but by this time foliage has covered the soil and the site is not much different from other regions on the planet.

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The Nanotech Age

  • AI Political Science  - Text by Anders Sandberg
    Major AI Political Camps During the Interplanetary Era.
  • Alexandria II Bibliotech project  - Text by Peter Kisner
    Early Interplanetary Age knowledge-base system.
  • Algernon - Text by Steve Bowers
    Interplanetary age name for an individual who has had unsuccessful intelligence augmentation treatment of some kind; many different types of augmentation treatment were developed to boost baseline human mental capacity, but many of these did not work. From a (now lost ) Information Age fable, Flowers for Algernon.
  • Arctic City Virch  - Text by Darren Ryding
    Popular interactive virch series of the Interplanetary Era.
  • Ares Heavy Lifting  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Ares Heavy Lifting Inc. was one of the big megacorps to develop on Mars during the Interplanetary Age.
  • Atlantis (habitat) - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Orbital Habitat - Cislunar region, 2nd to 5th centuries.
  • Backyarder  - Text by Graham Hopgood based on original by M. Alan Kazlev
    Generic term for nanotech era interplanetary/interstellar colonists who legend says grew ships - virtually from their own backyard - out of nanotech seeds. In fact almost all the backyarders worked in concert with belters, who supplied most of the resources as well as much of the technical and practical expertise in exchange for a stake in any planets claimed. In fact most backyarders who left the Sol System during the 5th century never reached their destinations.
  • California  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Old Earth Interplanetary age polity and superpower, former member of the United States of America.
  • Caneshe Habitat  - Text by Steve Bowers
    Habitat in Solsys mostly inhabited by Provolved Dogs.
  • Cascadia, Pacific Cascadia  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Cascadia was an Old Earth Interplanetary Age polity, originally a breakaway from USA, formed when the states of Oregon and Washington seceded from the union. It was later joined by Alaska, British Columbia, Yukon, and the Northwest Territories, became affiliated with the Jovian League, and established colonies in the outer solar system.
  • Cheever, Dr. Marion  - Text by Charles Mosteller and Todd Drashner
    Renowned Terragen scientist (early Interplanetary period) responsible for a major breakthrough in the field of gravitational theory. Along with predicting a number of effects which were later experimentally verified, Dr. Cheever's theory also led to the discovery of the 'Cheever Effect', a minuscule discrepancy in the relation between inertial and gravitational mass at the quantum level. At the time of its discovery, the Cheever Effect was thought to be of no practical importance, much like the 'ftl' effects seen in radio waveguides and other devices. It was not until centuries later, with the invention of the first reactionless drive, that an examination of Dr. Cheever's work was referenced as having provided the inspiration that led to the research that culminated in the invention of the drive.
  • Cowboys and Gung Hos  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Backyarder factions from the Interplanetary Age.
  • Cult of the Exsanguinated Giraffe  - Text by Ben Higginbottom
    Libertarian/Surrealist Nano/Memetic/Bio Hackers - Early to Late Interplanetary Age.
  • Early Space Elevators  - Text by Steve Bowers
    The technology required to build a space elevator was available from the late first century AT (c. 2050 c.e - Old Earth reckoning) onwards, but financial and political restrictions delayed implementation until the middle of the second century AT. By the early part of the third century there were four major installations and over the remainder of the Interplanetary Age others were gradually added. One, Tangaa Bintang, with a touch point in Indonesia, was retained by GAIA after the Great Expulsion.
  • Early Vec and Neumann Development  - Text by Steve Bowers
    Intelligent robots in the Interplanetary Age.
  • Exa Energy  - Text by Anders Sandberg
    Interplanetary Era energy megacorporation.
  • Extropia - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    [1] Interlinked Information to First Federation age evolving communities embodying extropian values. Included both virtual cultural communities and actual communities in several orbital free zones.
    [2] Belt habitat of Extropist sect, Interplanetary Age to Nanotech Age.
  • Extropolis - Text by Anders Sandberg
    Extropian community located in Cis-Lunar orbit, late Information to Interplanetary period.
  • Feynman Expert Systems  - Text by Ben Higginbottom
    Originally an open source, typically overengineered expert system released and supported by the Feynman Re-Creation Society in 157 a.t.. The FES was the kiss of death for both the European Union department of educational development (openly controlled by romantics since its founding) and the incredibly influential 'Morality in Education' group of fundamentalist Christians in the United States.
  • Feynman Re-Creation Society - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Early interplanetary age infotech and persona engineering collective, responsible for the Feynman Expert Systems, a twenty-eight year project. One the members was the superturing ***third ai***, also a member of the Cult of the Exsanguinated Giraffe. The FRCS formerly disbanded in 192 AT.
  • First Federation Period - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    The period encompassing the historical span of the First Federation, from about 900 to mid third millennium. It was succeeded by the establishment of the archailect empires ("sephirotics") in their own right.
  • GeneTEK  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    An important Interplanetary Age biotech megacorporation, GeneTEK incorporated into the "biopunk" Genetekker culture/clade. It was one of the few corps to survive the Nanoswarms, and went on to dominate the First Federation biotech industry, and survives in ossified form as House Genen. Some small hyperturing-run neo-GeneTEK type biocorporations can still be found flourishing in the Zoeific Biopolity to this day.
  • Hal  - Text by Anders Sandberg
    Net nym of an unidentified entity during the late information era and the interplanetary era, referring to the tragic ai character HAL in Arthur C. Clarke's and Stanley Kubrick's drama 2001.
  • InterPlanetary Net  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    InterPlaNet, Interplanetary Network, the extension of the Internet to CisLunar and interplanetary space. Information Age to Nanotech Interplanetary Age.
  • Lagrange Magshield, The  - Text by Steve Bowers
    Interplanetary Age concept, which was developed from research into magsails and Ram-assisted magscoops.
  • Lee Interorbital  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Interplanetary Age megacorp.
  • Martian War of Independence, The  - Text by Damon Court
    A chronology, and list of primary causes.
  • Merpeople  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev and Steve Bowers
    Early aquatic tweak human clade.
  • Methuselahs  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Early human clade designed for maximum lifespan even without medical nano.
  • Nannies, The  - Text by Anders Sandberg, from Big Ideas Grand Vision
    Nanotech startup companies, early Interplanetary Age.
  • Neutrals - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Interplanetary Age AI political orientation. These were superturings and hyperturings that refused to take part in the on-going pro- and anti- hu, and libertarian vs centralist, factionalism. The neutrals had their own agendas, and considered humans mostly irrelevant (generally they would tolerate hu, and only act if their interests were threatened). Most migrated outsystem during the late Interplanetary, Interplanetary Nanotech, and Nanoswarm periods.
  • Orbital (political unit) - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Originally, a nation state or city state based on habitats in orbit around Old Earth. Over the course of the Interplanetary Age the term came to be used for any such state in Solsys. By early First Federation times the term Orbital was used more broadly for any independent or semi-independent state based on a hab in orbit around a planet.
  • Progressives, AI  - Text by Ben Higginbottom
    Old Interplanetary Age term for the hu-friendly AI camp that wished to advance baselines and their culture, provide intelligence enhancements etc. and spread out into the cosmos. The term libertarian is also used.
  • Proto-Anglish (also New English, Space English) - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    An Interplanetary Age language resulting from fusion of Late Industrial and Early Information Age Modern English with elements of other languages like Russian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Hindi, ircspeak, ebonics, and so on - simpler grammar and syntax than Modern English, but with a lot of technical terms and very rich in neologisms. No longer in use anywhere.
  • Republic of Pakistan  - Text by KLS
    Old Earth polity of the Industrial-Nanotech Ages, originally a colony of Great Britain, but after independence gradually becoming a major power in its own right.
  • Rise of Homo Superior, The  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    The emergence of the Superbright Human species.
  • Sakawa Corporation  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Among the most diversified of the triple-A Interplanetary Age orbital megacorporations. The corporation itself did not survive the Nanoswarms but the associated hyperturing core, including partial uploads of some Sakawa family members, had a long and influential subsequent career.
  • Second Industrial Revolution - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Historical term for the dramatic socio-politico-economic and technical changes that occurred during the late Information and early Interplanetary periods as a result of rapid advances were made in bio-, nano- and bionanotechnology. The production of superstrong, super-light materials enabled humanity to start to expand into the solar system, establishing a number of scientific industrial centres in orbit and on Luna, several outposts in the Belt and a manned research station on Mars.
  • Solipsist League, Sopolist League  - Text by Ben Higginbottom, amended by Steve Bowers
    Solipsist AI organisation, heavily into postmodernism who rejected the 'meat universe' outright.
  • Stasist, AI  - Text by Anders Sandberg
    One of two basic AI camps that emerged during the Interplanetary Age. In contrast to the Progressives the Stasists wanted to halt all other technological innovation, so that they could safely rule over the baselines like gods.
  • Static/White Noise  - Text by Ben Higginbottom
    Information and interplanetary age music craze: 'information-free' music.
  • Tablet  - Text by Todd Drashner
    Standard late Information and early Interplanetary Age baseline-friendly microtech communications, text, and Net interface device.
  • USS Randolph CSGN-04   - Text by Aaron Hamilton
    The USS Randolph was the first of a class of powerful (for the time) interplanetary cruisers built by the declining United States of North America.
  • Vesta  - Text by Steve Bowers
    An asteroid in the Old Solar System that was for a time the capital of the First Federation and retains historical and symbolic importance even in the present era.
  • Warseed - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Interplanetary Age proto-warchive developed by theThe Cult of the Exsanguinated Giraffe.
  • Weeping Wall of Satori Crater, The  - Text by John M. Dollan
    The Weeping Wall periodically expelled liquid water in a spectacular but short lived flood.
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Development Notes
Text by M. Alan Kazlev
timeline by numerous contributors
Initially published on 12 July 2001.