Virtual 'ships' that travel the Lightways carrying virtual sophonts

The virtual Nullship Zheng He
Image from Steve Bowers
The virtual Nullship Zheng He
Also known as lightships, nullships are peripatetic virchworlds with a 'crew' of virtual sophonts wandering the Lightways. The Nullship represents a stable environment for a virtual sophont to inhabit, and as a base for interactions with the local cybercosm.

Nullships may spend days to years in a Lightway Inn before travelling onwards. In the Outer Volumes, especially, the arrival of a nullship can be a significant event. Nullships can be carried beyond the Lightway network inside dataships, or even as cargo inside a peripatetic ISO.
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Text by Liam Jones
Initially published on 05 September 2018.