Wolf 359

Image from Steve Bowers
The Chandelier

Star Wolf 359
Type M6.5 V
Distance from Sol 7.86ly
Colonised approx 450AT by Ahuman AIs, 578AT by Beamriders

Resource poor Inner Sphere system, in near proximity to Sol.

When the first Beamrider Network explorers arrived they discovered that an AI probe had already visited the system, converting an asteroid to "The Chandelier", a 40 kilometre diamondoid structure of unknown purpose. While at first approached as an alien artefact it quickly revealed its terragen origin and explained that it would not interfere with further colonisation. Since then "chandeliers" and the rarer "wineglasses" have been discovered in many systems, revealing the passage of a front of exploring/colonizing AIs that apparently left the solar system during the beginning of the Dark Ages.

The Wolf 359 system never became more than an outpost, aside from a minor Synthetic Human habitat, the lack of volatiles and major asteroids precluded much colonisation.

The system is currently a Solar Administration protectorate.

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Text by Anders Sandberg
Initially published on 12 December 2001.