What is "Orion's Arm" you might ask? That is an excellent question, and in a nutshell here is your answer:
Orion's Arm is:
Why are we here? The answer to that question can be found in our Statement of Purpose:
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:
Our purpose is to inspire writers, artists and thinkers. To create a vision of the future that is plausible at every level, internally consistent and abides by the accepted facts and theories in the physical, biological, and social sciences. We embrace speculative ideas like Drexlerian assemblers, mind uploading, posthuman intelligence, magnetic monopoles, wormholes and the technologies, and developments that will make all this possible.
To quote Arthur C. Clarke's Second Law:
The only way to explore the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
Our task is to create an ever evolving universe that is interesting, inspiring and provocative - to theorize on a future that may, or may not, come to be.
Image from Arik
In order to meet this goal we have established certain ground rules:
Orion's Arm is a work in progress, a space opera setting like no other. It spans the next ten thousand years of galactic history, from the near future interplanetary colonization to the far future where the galaxy is ruled by vast ascended intelligences. It incorporates hard science, and the "soft" or social sciences, as well as the mythological, archetypal themes, as the gods of the collective psyche incarnate in unforeseen new forms.
The Orion's Arm project (OA for short) is a big place with more than a decade of history, and hundreds of contributors. Most likely you will encounter new concepts and terminology throughout the site. We have provided links on this page to a number of helpful resources to get you acquainted with all of them. The Illustrated Backstory and Orion's Arm Primer are specially written to provide an introduction to the setting. You may also want to peruse the FAQ pages for answers to various commonly (and not so commonly) asked questions. There is of course the Encyclopaedia Galactica, where you can find anything in the Orion's Arm universe. Enjoy the stories, art and ideas you find here, and should you find during your journey that something is missing, or you have something to contribute, please join us at one of our many discussion groups. When that time comes we highly recommend going over the How to Contribute and Netiquette pages.
Like all good art, this project is ever growing, and will therefore never be complete. We invite you to join us on this journey of imagination; after all it looks like we've barely gotten started, and there are still many worlds left to explore.
Above all else we would like to ask you to remember to have fun while you're here.