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  • Gödel's Incompleteness Theorem - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Proves that any proposed axiom set for arithmetic is either consistent (no contradictions can be derived) or complete (it will say yes or no to every arithmetic proposition). In other words, any system or axiom set strong enough to include arithmetic which is complete will be inconsistent (it will say yes and no to at least one question). The theorem is named after Kurt Gödel, Czech mathematician, Atomic Age Old Earth.
  • G-Type Star  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    The category of yellow G-type star includes as its most famous representative Sol, the original home star of terragenkind. These stars, which are located in the middle of the spectral sequence, are distinguished by very strong ionized calcium lines, with the hydrogen lines weaker. Metal lines especially iron, become prominent.
  • Gabriel  - Text by Michael Beck and M. Alan Kazlev
    The AI benefactor of the Universalist Church. Much beloved by modosophont theists everywhere; often held up as the exemplar of the compassionate and unassuming Power.
  • Gacrux and the Breather  - Text by Steve Bowers
    The closest red giant to Sol, Gacrux is home to the Breather, a transapient animin entity.
  • Gagarin, Yuri  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Lived 35 BT to 1 BT (1934-1968 c.e./AD). Soviet cosmonaut and the first man to orbit the Earth. He piloted the Vostok 1 mission which launched April 12, 1961 and orbited the Earth. The flight lasted 108 minutes. Gagarin died years later in a plane crash.
  • Gaia  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Also called the Mother of Life and Mother Earth. The deity worshiped by a number of pagan and ecological Earth Religions (see Gaianism) during the Information and Interplanetary Ages in Solsys. Based on a misinterpretation or elaboration of James Lovelock's Gaia Hypothesis. These beliefs were reinterpreted in a variety of ways after the advent of the transapient being named GAIA.
  • GAIA  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    The Caretaker Goddess of Old Earth. She was the first and for many years the only known entity to breach the Second Toposophic Level, although She has progressed through additional toposophic levels since.
  • GAIA Arks and the Reach of GAIA, The  - Text by Graham Hopgood
    A variety of rumours and myths that suggest GAIA, the transapient overseer of Old Earth, made at least one attempt to establish an eco-colony far beyond the limits of the current era Terragen Sphere.
  • Gaia Engelbrech   - Text by Thorbørn Steen
    A virtual world located inside a moon node near the fringe of Keterist space.
  • Gaia Hypothesis, Gaia Theory - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Formulated by Atomic Age scientist James Lovelock. Explanation that Earth-like (Gaian Type) planets or Garden Worlds are able to maintain conditions optimal to life because the indigenous biosphere acts as a homeostatic feedback mechanism.
  • Gaia's Veil  - Text by Todd Drashner
    Particularly volatile rich protostellar nebula, outer Sagittarius Volume.
  • Gaiacene Epoch - Text by Stephen Inniss
    A term used to designate the new geological epoch and ice age on Old Earth from the Technocalypse and the Great Expulsion onwards. Preceded by the Holocene.
  • Gaian Type  - Text by John M. Dollan
    Any Earth-like terrestrial world, of which there are many diverse forms depending on water content, composition and temperature.
  • Gaian Whale  - Text by Anders Sandberg and M. Alan Kazlev
    Following the Great Expulsion, the archailect GAIA (perhaps at the suggestion of some of the Children of Gaia) resurrected many or even all the species of great whales, some representatives of which were then provolved. Hence the term "Gaian Whales", which refers to those species that were restored by GAIA and to derived provolved clades.
  • GaianTundral Subtype  - Text by John M. Dollan
    Cold Gaian worlds with periodic, or persistent, ice ages.
  • Gaiozoic Era - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Used to designate the geological period on Earth from the Great Expulsion onwards. Some prefer to imply a shorter time span, given the implications of the Fermi Paradox, and refer to this period as the Gaiacene Epoch.
  • Galactic Colonisation Board - Text by Steve Bowers
    A quasi-religious body responsible for coordinating the exploration of the Outer Volumes (under divine guidance from the Sephirotic Archailects and their representatives). Currently based on Cythera.
  • Galactic Core  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    The dense central region of a galaxy. The central region of the Milky Way, like many other galaxies, is densely crowded with stars, pulsars, white dwarfs, and other objects. It contains a massive central object, Sagittarius A*.
  • Galactic Directions  - Text by Anders Sandberg, amended by Steve Bowers
    Planetary terms like north, south, east, west, are insufficient for referring to directions within the galaxy. Instead, the a different set of conventions have achieved widespread acceptance when referring to direction.
  • Galactic Heritage Institute  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Based in the Laurentin-B Shell, Nthcubed Dyson, Nthcubed, the Galactic Heritage Institute is not only the largest Institute of its type, but also the unofficial cultural decision-making entity of the Triumvirate.
  • Galactic History  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Branch of science and school of philosophy dealing with the history of mindkind in the Galaxy as a whole.
  • Galactic Information Bank  - Text by John B
    The most profitable of several NoCoZo megacorps which maps, makes easily searchable, and caches large sections of the Known Net for its subscribers.
  • Galarreta, Fay - Text by Anders Sandberg
    One of the founders of the First Federation, Fay Galarreta of Vesta was to many the inspiration of the new leadership. A charismatic political scientist-cyberneticist who formulated the widely acclaimed first principles of of how to make use of integrated AI advice and simulation in interplanetary government. While she died just three years before the Federation was founded her ideas on nanotech security and transrational game theory applied in politics became the basis of the Federation movement.
  • Galaxy  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    A gravitationally bound collection of stars, dust, and gas with a mass ranging from 100 million to 10 billion times that of the sun. Types include spiral, elliptical, and irregular.
  • Galaxy Brain  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev modified from Anders Sandberg's Transhumanist Terminology
    A form of distributed intelligence; an intelligent being with parts spread across an entire galaxy. If not linked by wormholes, the internal communication lags would be on the order of tens of thousands years.
  • Galaxy, Irregular - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    A galaxy of amorphous or chaotic appearance, possessing large clouds of gas and dust, and both Population I and Population II stars, but no spiral arms or nucleus. They are thought to result from a collision with a larger galaxy, pulling them out of shape. Most have relatively low mass (about a hundred million to ten billion stars). About 25% of all galaxies are irregular.
  • Galaxy, Spiral - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    A disk-shaped galaxy with a spiral pattern of arms, typically containing 1010 or more solar masses of stars, dust, and gas.
  • Galbydeia - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    MPA Middle regions system, home to the megascale engineering project known as the Galbydeia Torus.
  • Galbydeia Torus  - Text by Anders Sandberg
    Mutual Progress Association space-time engineering project.
  • Galilean Moons - Text by Stephen Inniss
    The four largest moons of Jupiter: Ganymede, Io,Callisto and Europa. They were discovered by Galileo in 359 BT (1610 c.e.), and became important industrial and population centres in the Interplanetary Age.
  • Galileo Galilei  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Italian mathematician, astronomer, and physicist, Old Earth 405-327 BT (1564-1642 AD); one of the creators of the scientific method of hypothesis, experiment and theory formation.
  • Galrecon  - Text by Steve Bowers
    Type I Shellworld badly damaged in Version War.
  • Gamaliel  - Text by Arik
    the interface between the local inhabitants and the Malkuth Mind.
  • Game Theory - Text by Anders Sandberg
    A mathematical theory that deals with strategies for maximizing gains and minimizing losses within certain prescribed constraints, incredibly sophisticated variants are widely used by AIs in the solution of various decision-making problems, as those of military strategy, business policy, economic theories, and sociology. Many military, ethical and economical applications.
  • Game, The  - Text by Todd Drashner
    Cybercosm virtual wargame; The Game is a multi-faceted struggle in which each player attempts to ultimately dominate and destroy all others by any and all means. Players may use any simulated method of control, manipulation and technology (or any combination thereof) that they can invent, develop, modify, purchase or steal. Alliances and treaties are permitted, but usually last for only a limited time.
  • Gamete - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    In Terragen life-forms that reproduce sexually, the mature male or female reproductive cell (sperm or ovum) with a haploid set of chromosomes (23 for baseline humans. A functionally similar configuration is found on a number of worlds with comparable xenobiota.
  • Gamma  - Text by Mike Parisi
    Term that describes the strength of relativistic effects as an object attains a significant percentage the speed of light.
  • Gamma Hyeidon IV - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Center for Galactic Folklore and Mythopoesis.
  • Gamma Ray Bursters  - Text by Steve Bowers
    High intensity sources of gamma radiation. The two different types of gamma ray bursters can be distinguished by the length and brightness of the burst.
  • Gamma rays, γ-rays - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Gamma radiation. A very high energy form of electromagnetic radiation, typically with wavelengths of less than 3 pm. Gamma rays are produced by specific nuclear decay processes, and are used to sterilize food and remove goo.
  • Gamma Velorum (Regor)  - Text by Steve Bowers
    A NoCoZo survey mission to this star arrived too late to prevent a supernova.
  • Gammergan  - Text by Steve Bowers
    Former lost colony in the MPA Ophiuchus Region.
  • Ganymede (Sol V - iii)  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Major satellite of Jupiter.
  • Garden of Paradise Cluster  - Text by Steve Bowers
    Not a real cluster, but a collection of sun-like stars near Rho Puppis, many of which have worlds which have been terraformed by a long vanished alien race to almost perfect human standards.
  • Garden Worlds  - Text by The Astronomer, Steve Bowers 2020
    Worlds that support complex biosphere and macroscopic life forms.
  • Gardeners  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Hyperturing through to lesser archailect political orientation, refers to those ai that will directly encourage and cultivate lower toposophics in their polity or territory, but only along their preferred morphotypal, memetic, and/or political lines. Any sophonts that don't fit in are quickly weeded out. Gardeners are found in all ai metaempires, but are most common in the Sephirotics and Diamond Network regions.
  • Garell - 70 Ophiuchi II  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Gas giant, home of a number of posthuman keterist clades. See also Barawatten.
  • Gargamadua Stripworld  - Text by Steve Bowers

  • Garlin - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Negentropist system in the vicinity of Lynga 7 - home of Yarr Mak Po 4+ and the original YarrMakist doctrine.
  • Gas - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Phase of matter that has low density, is easily compressible and expandable, and expands spontaneously when placed in a larger container. The atoms or molecules are widely separated and move around freely.
  • Gas (interstellar)  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Diffuse atoms or molecules of gas in interstellar space, making up about 99% of the interstellar medium. Depending on density, the number of atoms range from 0.1 to 1 atoms per cubic centimetre of normal space, with up to 1000 per cubic centimetre in gas clouds. About 75% is hydrogen, the remainder being helium, with traces of other elements.
  • Gas Cloud - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Region of interstellar space, generally termed nebula, in which the density of atoms per cubic centimetre range from around 10 to 1000. The temperature of these clouds is very cold, between 10 and 50° Kelvin, and may be in the form of wispy infrared cirrus. Gas clouds are about three quarters hydrogen and one quarter helium, with traces of other elements occurring. Although the density of gas is a vacuum by any planetary standards, space adapted clades and neogens are able to harvest the gas for various purposes.
  • Gas Dwarf  - Text by Steve Bowers
    Gaseous or Nebulous Superterrestrial worlds
  • Gas Giant  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    See Jovian Class.
  • Gastropod  - Text by Stephen Inniss
    Any of the members of the class Gastropoda on Old Earth. This group included many thousands of species of marine snails and sea slugs, as well as freshwater snails and limpets, and the terrestrial snails and slugs.
  • Gate(s) of Hell - Text by Jorge Ditchkenberg
    Mythical biont from the mythology of virtual beings who first introduced evil and corruption into the ancient unspoiled virtual world. In many aspects it is similar to Satan in Christianity.
  • Gatewai  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Shared Metasoft-NoCoZo world in the Inner Sphere - famous for an appearance of the so-called "Femtotech Messiah".
  • Gateway  - Text by Grant Thomas
    A huge Area in the Ninetiin Cluster, which was originally designated by the Nanloon Empire as a gateway to most of the areas in their empire, and also to other parts in the galaxy. Originally settled and built around 3350, during the Age of Empires by the Imperial Nanloon Defence Authority. The area was the main hub for a wormhole, which drove a huge amount of traffic. When the original wormhole could no longer sustain the quantity of craft wishing to use it, two more were built.
  • Gati Hertzsprung-Russell Engineers  - Text by Anders Sandberg
    Sun-miner postbiont cyborg clade from the Gati system of the NoCoZo.
  • Gatlida (Epsilon Indi system)  - Text by Updated by The Astronomer and Dangerous Safety 2021
    Early colonized system, old Inner Sphere world, colonized by House Stevens. Since the Empires Era a part of the NoCoZo.
  • Gauss Gun  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    A generic term for kinetic weapon that uses a magnetic charge to accelerate a projectile.
  • Gaussian - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Bell-shaped curve, corresponding to the normal (Gaussian) distribution in probability.
  • Gavit  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Resource-poor Outer Volumes system.
  • Gayomart Protectorate, The  - Text by James Ward
    Stellarised Superjovian system in the Canis Major outer Volumes.
  • Gearhead  - Text by Mike Miller
    Young, dusty system with abundant resources, inhabited by the Gearhead Vecs
  • Geckotech  - Text by Johnny Yesterday
    Use of nanoscale hairs (setae) to provide adhesion by Van der Waals forces.
  • Gegton X  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Theocratic bureaucracy, one of the Five Capitals of the Negentropy Alliance.
  • Gehenna Incident, The  - Text by Revised by Dave 2019
    Extremely ambitious megascale engineering project in the M50 cluster in Monoceros, attempted by the archailect Verifex in 8834.
  • Gelbot  - Text by Ryan B
    An omnibot; a mobile mass of smart matter (often gel-like) capable of extruding various tools
  • GELF  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    [Genetically Engineered Life Form] An old First Federation term, which every so often comes back into favour, for sophont custom-made lifeforms created through significant or total genetic engineering.
  • Geminga  - Text by Anders Sandberg
    The sacred star of the Geminga Orthodoxy, and one of the closest pulsars to Sol. It is believed to be the remnant of a supernova that exploded 300,000 years ago, creating the local bubble.
  • Geminga Orthodoxy  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Strict radical faction of the Conver Ambi.
  • Gene  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Ordered sequence of nucleotides located in a particular locus on a particular chromosome that encodes a specific instructions for the cell, generally biochemical material, either RNA or protein. It includes regions involved in regulation of expression and regions that code for a specific functional product.
  • Gene Expression  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    The process by which a gene's coded information is converted into the structures present and operating in the cell.
  • Geneered watermelon variants  - Text by Johnny Yesterday
    A popular and diverse gengineered food plant.
  • Genehacker  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    [1] One who creates genemods for fun or profit. A popular and widespread hobby/profession. Requires a comprehensive knowledge of genetics and gengineering. Many genehackers have an impressive collection of gene-splicing bionano, and usually sport distinct biomods and genemods of their own design
    [2]A person who illegally sequence the genome of a gengineered organism in order to retro-engineer it. Not unlike Information Age and later IT-pirates hacking into computer source-code.
  • Genematode  - Text by Steve Bowers
    A neogen/splice nematode-like defence system as an antiviral/antibacterial agent.
  • Genemod  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Genetic modification. Can be somatic (designed not to be heritable), germline (capable of being inherited by offspring) or both. Genemods are designed to alter a bionts body at a fundamental level, "reprogramming" their capabilities and responses to the environment.
  • Genemod Human Dating and Matching Services  - Text by Mike Parisi
    "Dating and matching" services aimed specifically at genetically modified Humans arose around the turn of the 1st and 2nd centuries AT.
  • Genen, House Genen  - Text by Anders Sandberg
    Bioaugmented traditionalist superclade and House.
  • Genentics - Text by Anders Sandberg
    Genetekkerese dialect, developed as part of the family historicism of the 2000's. Commonly spoken by Genen, official language on Frog's Head. Part of the Genetekkerese family of languages. Contains elements of Anglic, Arabic and Esperanto.
  • General Relativity - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    A development by Einstein of his Special Relativity that includes acceleration and gravity, both of which are explained via the curvature of space-time.
  • Generalist Nodes - Text by John B
    Some node-based intellects organize their personalities in the most generic of manners, allowing for any part of their selves to be configured for any task. While providing great flexibility of action, these beings are usually considerably slower in reaction time, but much more resistant to the loss of any number of nodes compared to their Specialist Node brethren.
  • Generation Ship  - Text by Steve Bowers
    Huge, slow, self-contained interstellar ships taking more than one lifetime to arrive.
  • Genesis of the Second Vec War, The  - Text by Steve Bowers
    The build-up to the Metasoft Civil war.
  • Genestick  - Text by Todd Drashner
    Various compact genetic analysis and engineering devices.
  • 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 Technocalypse, 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.
  • Genetekker Vehicle Buddhism - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Interplanetary age Genetekker development of Vajrayana/Buddhist Tantra that rejects the asceticism of orthodox Buddhism. First appeared in habitats around Jupiter in the Gengineer Republic. It still has a small following among a few Genetekker-descended groups in the Sol System and a few other old core worlds.
  • Genetekkers, The  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Early superior/tweak biocorporation culture and later superpower of the middle and late Interplanetary and Nanotech Age, internalized to the Jupiter moons and the outer Sol System, developed into a number of clades. A number of nearby star systems were colonized by Genetekkers. Some First Federation age Genetekkers became the Genen.
  • Genetic Algorithm - Text by Anders Sandberg in his Transhumanist Terminology
    Any algorithm which seeks to solve a problem by considering numerous possibilities at once, ranking them according to some standard of fitness, and then combining ("breeding") the fittest in some way. In other words, any algorithm which imitates natural selection.
  • Genetic Encryption  - Text by Daniel Eliot Boese
    Sequences of genetic material are used to carry a message or the key to an encrypted message.
  • Genetic Independents  - Text by Anders Sandberg
    Pro-genetic engineering activist group, late Information Age.
  • Genetics - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    The study of heredity, genes, and the genome, both terragen and alien (this latter is sometimes called xenogenetics). Includes also the mapping of the genotype with the phenotype, simulation of past and future inheritance and evolutionary paths, and the basic theory behind gengineering.
  • Genetron  - Text by Steve Bowers
    Vec engeneration device; a genetron can synthesise and construct new vecs, as well as reconstruct existing individuals from back-up or from copied and/or transmitted information.
  • Gengineer Republic  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    An important Genetekker dominated polity in the Solar System during the Interplanetary Age.
  • Gengineering, Geneering  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    The development and application of scientific methods, procedures, and technologies that permit direct manipulation of genetic material in order to alter the hereditary traits of a cell, organism, or population.
  • Genie  - Text by Anders Sandberg, updated by Steve Bowers
    An AI combined with an assembler or other universal constructor, programmed to build anything the owner wishes. A form of Santa Machine. This requires a high level of AI and nanotechnology.
  • Genius Locus (House Fab)  - Text by Steve Bowers
    The efficient matter compilers that are provided to homes and institutions in many Negentropic human utopian worlds.
  • Genome  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    The total genetic material in the chromosomes or other gene-containing structures of a particular organism, containing the genetic blueprint of the entire organism. Its size is generally given as its total number of base pairs (or equivalent units for non-Terragen life forms).
  • Genotype - Text by M. Alan Kazlev; additions by Stephen Inniss
    Hereditary constitution of an individual; its genome (or equivalent, in artificial neumann-capable organisms or in xenobionts). Contrast with phenotype.
  • Genotypic Augmentation - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Modification or augmentation that effects only the genotype of the gametes and descendants of an organism. Genotypic augmentation is biological or genetic modification or augmentation that effects only the genotype of the gametes and descendants of an organism. It does not alter the characteristics of the user, or of clones from the user's somatic cells, but it does modify that of all of the user's offspring. Contrast with phenotypic augmentation.
  • Gentodes Incident, The  - Text by Thorbørn Steen
    In which Vater, the AI guardian of three O'Neill cylinders in the system was sabotaged to become humanophobe, leading to a unique culture among the few survivors in the following generations of persecution.
  • Genus - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    In the Linnean system of classification, a monophyletic taxon of closely related and similar biological organisms. A genus contains one or more species. A group of similar genera forms a family. In the Linnean name of an organism, the first name is its genus, the second, the species.
  • Geochemistry - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    The study of materials and chemical reactions in rocks, minerals, magma, seawater, and soil.
  • Geoflex Computing   - Text by AI Vin
    A type of computing using the energy of tidal flexing in ice moons.
  • Geography  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    The study of how natural geological forces, and introduced nanecologies, individuals and societies, and megascale projects shape the surface of a planet.
  • Geological Time, Geological Time Scale - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    The history of a Terrestrial Class planet in terms of its formation and major stages of development. It is usually measured in many millions of years. The divisions used (from the largest (longest time) to the smallest (shortest time period) are: eon, era, period, epoch, and age.
  • Geologist - Text by M. Alan Kazlev, from the original by Robert J. Hall
    One who studies or practises geology. While most geologists in the long inhabited and colonised regions of space are hobbyists and amateurs, most scientific, colonization, and interstellar surveying expeditions and deep space probe missions include at least one geologist (biont, vec, ai, or turingrade expert system) and usually several when mapping and exploring new solar systems, terraforming likely planets. Geologists are also consulted by prospectors, surveyors or developers when searching for valuable minerals, water, natural gas, or other useful planetary resources, selecting a good site for a habitation dome or mining operation on an unexplored or little known planet, and so on.
  • Geophysics - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    The study of the structure and dynamic behaviour of terrestrial moons and planets. Includes elements of geology, applied physics, and planetology; study of the geosphere mapping the internal planetary structure; the properties of rock within a planet; planetary formation, development, tectonics and seismology; the nature, history and evolution of the planetary magnetic field if any; and options for terraforming and/or megascale engineering.
  • Geosphere - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    In a Terrestrial Class planet, the rocky mass of the world, everything apart from atmosphere and ocean. In the case of Gaian Type terrestrial planets includes continental and oceanic crust as well as the various layers of the planet's interior. The interior of the Terrestrial Class in general and the Gaian Types in particular is layered both chemically and mechanically. While some terrestrial class worlds have a static geosphere, in almost all Gaian Types worlds and some other terrestrial types the geosphere is active, with the crust is in a constant state of motion that gives rise to movement of the continents. The study of the geosphere is known as geology.
  • Geosynchronous Orbit (GEO) - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Orbital distance from a planetary or other rotating body at which the orbital period matches the primary's rotational period. A satellite or other body placed at this distance remains near the same spot over the primary (over the equator). A geosynchronous orbit is circular and has zero inclination. There is only one geosynchronous orbit per celestial body.
  • Gerkletoss  - Text by Anders Sandberg and M. Alan Kazlev
    Multispecies utopian civilisation that developed in the Black Acropolis dyson swarm.
  • Germyn  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Brown dwarf cluster; 8 LY from Ridgewell, occupied by Negentropist forces during the Version War.
  • Gerontomorphism - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Side effect of some forms of longevity nanotech. Whilst the metabolism and functioning of the body can be kept youthful, certain gerontological tendencies such as lengthening of the cartilage of the nose and ears, enlarged chin, and increased skin area (resulting in wrinkles) remain. These can all be easily rectified with cosmetic bodysculpting.
  • Gestgangs - Text by Michael Beck
    Rumoured, no one knows if they're real or not. Or rather, those who know aren't telling. Gestgangs are renegade group minds that, according to rumour, lurk in cities and kidnap ordinary individuals to force them into the group mind. Many scholars consider this to be one more form of urban folklore.
  • Geteche   - Text by Steve Bowers
    A world attacked by the Hyperion-Charlwood alliance in 3694.
  • GEvidian  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Late Federation and early Empires Age hyperturing maverick gengineer and lazurogenicist, responsible for the creation of many dinosaur provolve clades.
  • Gevurah (The Eternal Judge)  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    "Severity", "Judgement". Originally the fifth of the ten traditional sefirot of Kabbalah and Hermeticism. Later - especially among Cyberhermetics and Neohermetics came to designate the sixth toposophic archailect-cluster of the Negentropy Alliance. Also the name of one of the ranks of the Keterist toposophic system
  • Geyser - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Jet of hot liquid or gas that shoots from a crack in the crust of a Terrestrial Class planet or moon.
  • Ghane III  - Text by Anders Sandberg
    Gaian Type world originally of Hyl Op culture, now Solar Dominion
  • Ghasts  - Text by Tony Jones
    Diplomatic clade of vec robots designed to have an uncanny appearance.
  • Ghedhia-9  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Zoeific Lifegiver and author of a number of siddoptimic clades (transcended 6349).
  • Ghost Interface (alias Washu pad)  - Text by Peter Kisner
    Device in which the computer holographically projects an interface screen in some area near the user. The screen can be "touch" sensitive, with the computer monitoring phalangial position in relation to the projected image, or view-screen and "keyboard" can be separate projections. Ghost interfaces are usually activated either by a command word or easy hand gesture.
  • Ghostlight  - Text by Todd Drashner
    Godtech level weapon believed to operate by using mutually annihilating beams of Weakly Interacting Massive Particles (WIMPs) to focus large amounts of gamma frequency radiation on a target without regard to any intervening matter.
  • Gibbon and Siamang  - Text by Stephen Inniss
    One of 11 species of "lesser apes", all members of the genus Hylobates, sole member of the Hylobatidae; native to Asia, Old Earth, where they lived exclusively in tropical rainforests. The species have been reconstituted by GAIA and others since their extinction in the wild, and some provolve clades dating as far back as the Information Age have gibbon or siamang ancestry.
  • Gift of Ginoie, The  - Text by Steve Bowers
    An incident highlighting the impact of technotelepathy on an isolated culture.
  • Gigantes  - Text by Omega Tyrant
    Gigantes- A sub clade of highly cyborged and bioborged Nephilim designed to be able to engage in "riskier" activities.
  • Gigantopithecus  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Genus of extinct ape of southern Asia, existing during the late Miocene, Pliocene and Pleistocene epochs; originally known only from very large fossil jaws and teeth, but believed to be the largest naturally evolved hominoid that ever lived (height up to 3 meters).
  • Gigerant Travelling City  - Text by Ryan B
    A Caravansari settlement in the Kyoshi C component, formed by the union of 300,000 family omnicraft that had been journeying as a community for a generation.
  • Gigo - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Results generated from faulty or incorrect original premises. Such misleading results may be called gigoical. See also gigology.
  • Gigology - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    The study of gigo, and how specific faulty information results in specific incorrect output. A popular field among some transapients.
  • Gilboa Reach  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Important STC outpost and stargate plexus in the Serpens sector, consisting of a large L5 orbital swarm of habitats and a terraformed world, Gilboa, whcih is distinguished by its unusual and lush vegetation (a result of an earlier terraforming attempt where gengineered terragen moss and lichen hybridized with indigenous prokaryotes).
  • Gillbank  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev and Steve Bowers
    Crucis Corridor Negentropist world subverted by the Neutral Way, declared itself the Disarchy Alliance, led by the Postscripts of Randomness, as a deliberate parody of Negentropism.
  • Gimbaled Sentry Weapon Platform  - Text by Johnny Yesterday
    Robotic weapon consisting of a base, gimbal joint, warhead, sensor suite, and control systems such as an inbuilt ai.
  • Ginkgo  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev and Stephen Inniss
    An Old Earth gymnosperm tree that arose during the Permian and was common during the Mesozoic Era, with worldwide distribution. A large number of extinct species have been lazurogened, all with the distinctive fan-shaped leaves seen in fossil remains. A popular and hardy plant. Some provolve species are known.
  • Ginnungagap Theory, The  - Text by Anders Sandberg
    Theory advanced to explain why the entire universe has not been converted to a single technosphere by the earliest intelligent beings or any of their successors.
  • Glacials - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Generic term for sentients or processes of a much slower metabolic rate or clock speed than one's own. Slow timers, slow-worlders. Naturally each scale up is a glacial compared to the next one down (or in).
  • Glarion: The Glorious Conqueror   - Text by Darren Ryding
    A "moving picture" of particular note from the baseline world Tylansia.
  • Glidemonkeys  - Text by Steve Bowers and Todd Drashner
    Popular Neogen pet based on a fictional prototype
  • Gliese 581  - Text by Steve Bowers
    Multiplanet system in the Inner Sphere
  • Glim (HD 223889)  - Text by Mark Ryherd, updated by The Astronomer 2021
    Inner Sphere system; former member of the Doran Empire
  • Globular Cluster  - Text by Chris Clowes
    Gravitationally bound, spherical grouping of 105 to 106 stars, usually having a marked concentration toward the center.
  • Glossary  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev and Steve Bowers
    Words used in the Orion's Arm scenario.
  • Glow-Orb Cactus  - Text by David Hallberg
    A relative to the Lantern plant.
  • GluStik - Text by John B
    Small device which is used to temporarily adhere any two surfaces together, and also to release such adhesion.
  • Gnostic Drugs  - Text by Anders Sandberg
    Synthetic drugs (or other methods) producing an intense feeling of meaning or understanding. Their effects are similar to or identical with some forms of mystical insight.
  • Gnostic Interfaces (problems with) - Text by Ben Higginbottom
    Incompatibilities or inexperience with the gnostic interfaces can lead to all kinds of mental problems for the user. Consider a turingrade Metasoft Certified VecRat attempting to use a TRHN inaxun augment, simply because ey've accessed a few popular guides
  • Gnostic Net - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Posthuman or hyperturing intranet; links a group or extended individual via a transingularitan protocol.
  • Gnosticism, Classical  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev, Glen Finney
    Old Earth Classical Age religio-philosophical dualistic memeticity that posited a fundamental opposition of spirit and matter. According to Classical Gnosticism the cosmos was an "error" created by an inferior deity. Spirit is imprisoned in matter (the the cosmos) and has to be freed, usually by spiritual knowledge (gnosis), asceticism, antinomianism, or other approaches.
  • Goal Architecture  - Text by Steve Bowers
    A goal is the purpose, aim or desired result that an active entity (or group of entities) envisions, models, plans and commits to achieve.
  • God  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    [1] Colloquially, one of the most powerful Archailects. Each Archailect embodies a particular noetic archetype, reflected in the large region of interstellar space under its influence.
    [2] In religion, a being with supernatural attributes and powers, often the recipient of worship and sometimes seen as creator of all or part of the universe.
    [3] The personal hypostasis of the Godhead or the Inner Light.
    [4] In metaphysics or philosophy, the first cause or first principle, which precedes the cosmos logically (but, unlike religion, not necessarily sequentially)
  • God Dwellers  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Sentient to transapient entities who live inside the structures of archailects.
  • God Spot  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    In current usage, any combination of somatic, neural, software, wetware or hardware that creates or encourages numinous experiences. The reference is to a concept that was briefly popular in mid first century AT neurobiology.
  • God Web, The  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev and Steve Bowers
    That part of the Nexus and the Known Net which is used by archailects (SI:4 and above).
  • Godbook - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    A sentient didactic device, usually for the purpose of conferring enlightenment on a sentient. Most godbooks are addressed to a particular toposophic, even to a specific memeticity.
  • Godbug - Text by Todd Drashner
    Variously known as Deus Disease, Vastening Virus, or Godbug. these are slang terms for any technogenic enhancing complex, taken voluntarily or otherwise, that increases intelligence and expands the neural substrate of the host with additional processing nodes and/or communications links to external databases. Extreme forms of these complexes can result in the ascension of the host individual or population to a higher S level in a very short period of time. In some cases, the resulting radical change can result in the destruction of the host(s) and/or the creation of a Perversity.
  • Godchasers, Godwatchers  - Text by Todd Drashner
    Sentients who like to travel around and observe the gods going about their largely incomprehensible business.
  • Godfrey-9  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    AI statesbeing and philosopher, 315+ AT.
  • Godhead - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    The ineffable Absolute Reality, the Ground of being; the goal of the mystic path.
  • Godmod - Text by Todd Drashner
    Slang for a bodymod that is designed and/or undertaken by a hyperturing or higher level mind for use on a baseline or near-baseline being. Usually the result of a bargain or deal made between the two. Very highly valued and semi-mythical although there are a few documented instances.
  • Gods - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Any of innumerable superhuman, numinous, archetypal entities that populate the ontological zones above the physical reality. Most esoteric teachings acknowledge a hierarchy of gods and archetypes. Physicalist worldviews deny such beings exist.
  • Godseed - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Generic term for any device that can bring about a radical ascension in the user's toposophic status, or the toposophic status of any sentient or sub-sentient to which it is applied. Many godseeds can exert a catastrophic effect on the user, or result in ascensions among the unprepared or maladjusted that result in perversities. For this reason the technology has become proscribed in many polities. Some well-known godseeds include Atzilut Sparkles, SNARE , the Olympus Pill, and Vinge's Revenge. There is a flourishing blackmarket traffic in godseeds, especially in less regulated regions of the galaxy.
  • Godshatter  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev, from the concept by Vernor Vinge
    Destruction or derangement of a lower toposophic mind as a result of interactions with a being of higher toposophic.
  • Godslist  - Text by Michael Beck
    A massive database attempts to list every transingularity power and archailect in existence, and define the origins, goals, and current activities of each.
  • Godstar  - Text by Keith Halperin
    The godtech modification and transcension of a star into a high S-level (>SI:4 due to multi-nodality) archailect.
  • Golden Mesa - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    YTS 2293-3800031 X - near-periphery Outer Volumes world, location of The Circle of Time artifact.
  • Golden Stirner, The  - Text by Anders Sandberg
    Keterist military-economical ISO.
  • Golden Submersibles, The  - Text by Steve Bowers
    Submersible neumanns of Guanche.
  • Golden Tower Builders, The  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Extragalactic alien civilization known to have built planetary megastructures.
  • Goldilocks (70 Virginis b)  - Text by Steve Bowers
    Warm Jovian, named during the Information age. It was wrongly as it turned out, as the moons of this world are all too warm for easy terraformation.
  • Goldilocks ISO  - Text by Anders Sandberg
    The SZ Crater VII ISO "Goldilocks". The ISO is 150 kilometres across and consists of tangles of fullerite threads with superconductor cores and irregular diamondoid computational nodes.
  • Golem (bot) - Text by Anders Sandberg
    Utility mesites (heavy foglets) animated by an AI controlling them. They are usually makeshift constructions thrown together when an transapient being is in urgent need to manipulate the physical world but lacks an avatar nearby and simply commandeers whatever hardware is around, shapes it into a being and sets to work. Under favourable circumstances and with the right software add-ons, a modosophont ai can produce a 'stock' golem from an array of templates, but of course cannot match the improvisational skill of transapient AIs. Golem is a term from from Old Earth Jewish mythology.
  • Golem (neogen) - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Bioborg or neogen of great strength and resilience and somewhat monstrous appearance, used as a fashion accessory, bodyguard, or for intimidation by some clades. A term from from Old Earth Jewish mythology.
  • Golgukian Disaster  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    The catastrophic result of slaved hyperturing liberation action (102nd Century).
  • Goliaths  - Text by D. David Barbeau
    Large-bodied hominid clade.
  • Golifa Nebula  - Text by Steve Bowers
    Artificial nebula, formerly the Golifa Triune, three stars in Perseus which were destroyed by a Metric bomb during the Amalgamation Crisis
  • Gomeisa  - Text by Steve Bowers
    Former Conver Ambi regional hub
  • Gondwana - Text by Stephen Inniss
    On Old Earth, a southern supercontinent prior to the formation of Pangea, and a similar supercontinent formed when Pangea broke to form Gondwana and Laurasia. Gondwana eventuallly broke up to form South America, Africa, Antarctica, and Australia, as well as two portions (India and Arabia) that eventually joined Asia. Distinctive common flora and fauna with ancestry dating back to the middle Jurassic when Gondwana was formed a second time were still identifiable when humanity arose on Old Earth. A number of replicas of Gondwana at various periods have been created by such organizations as the Jurassica Institute.
  • Goo  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    A general term for replicators, especially but not exclusively small replicators, often with the implication of hazard from possible uncontrolled replication. A nanoswarm capable of spreading and growing, particularly if it has escaped its original parameters, is commonly referred to as goo.
  • Good War/Bad War  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    The terms "good war" and "bad war" are expressions used by sapient-level martial forces to differentiate between transapient-regulated actions, usually not involving major forces, and conflicts in unregulated space.
  • Good, Jack  - Text by Steve Bowers
    Colleague of Alan Turing, computer science pioneer.
  • Goodworld (Yarkk)  - Text by Steve Bowers
    World colonised by the Linnent empire using the engenerator method.
  • Googlehertz Virchdrome - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Panvirt dyson, part of the Union of Virtual Aipolities , site of the famous "Meeting at Googlehertz" which established the Central Alliance.
  • Googlider - Text by Xaonon
    Type of filiglider that carries biogoo, especially blue goo and is larger than a standard filiglider so that it can handle a photosynthetic waste recycler system.
  • Gordelpus  - Text by Anders Sandberg
    Central MPA system, colonized by the Kathelian Confederacy in the 2700's.
  • Gordica (ISO) - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Famous industrial ISO located at Gordica world; renowned as the constructionplace of the great vec poet Enrastered Link Connection.
  • Gordica (world) - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Important Metasoft world; includes major Stargate Plexi and important Metasoft cultural centers. The famous Ynner Genetron is renowned to this day as the constructionplace of the great vec poet Enrastered Link Connection.
  • Gorgos - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    22 Lyncis, an industrial system colonised during the Dionysian Erotocracy by Gorgos-Jemsys Networks. It developed into an isolationist corporate-hedonist pharmacracy culture that persists to this date.
  • Gorilla  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev and Stephen Inniss
    Originally the largest (135-240 kg in males; half that in females) species of ape; indigenous to Africa, Old Earth, where they lived on the forest floor of the tropical rainforest.
  • Gothism - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Any of a number of aesthetico-philosophical lifestyle choices based on metabolic bionano augmentation or modification, strong use of wetware and jewelry-like cyberware, a strongly developed sense of fashion and style, and a romanticism of death and/or vampirism. Usually also associated with a poorly defined dualistic cosmology or religion (for instance elements of Reformed Catholism, or Wumpra).
  • Goto 34-394332 - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Former home of the Mother of Machines. At the MPA-Negentropic border.
  • Gourd Houses  - Text by AI Vin
    A biotech house grown from a vine-like plant.
  • Graben - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    A valley between two faults. A rift-valley.
  • Grabgrass  - Text by Todd Drashner, Ryan B, and Mark Ryherd
    Carnivorous plant-form native to most of the temperate and sub-tropical regions of Ridgewell.
  • Gradual Uploading  - Text by Mike Parisi, amended by Steve Bowers
    Processes in which a sophont incrementally transfers eir consciousness into a different, faster substrate.
  • Grand Confluence, The  - Text by Anders Sandberg
    Multi-clade civilisation in the Sparks, an open cluster (IC 4756) in the Serpens region
  • Granite - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Igneous rock that is light-colored and coarse grained. Granite has a modest density and high silica content, and is characterized by the minerals orthoclase and quartz with some plagioclase feldspar and iron-magnesium minerals. It is formed in association with differentiation processes where, being low in density, it tends to float to the surfaces of planets that have had extensive melting in the outer layers. Granite is found primarily on Gaian Type worlds, where it underlies much of the continental crust.
  • Grapeship Ownership  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev Anders Sandberg and Steve Bowers
    Grapeship ownership varies according to polity, situation, and local laws and regulations. There are big transport and passenger corporations, as well as ships run by clades and their organisations. Private ships fill in the gaps and run the odd errands and tourist lines.
  • Grapeships  - Text by Anders Sandberg
    Grapeships are the most common wormhole nexus passenger and cargo liners in the Inner Sphere and along the main wormhole routes. The ship consists of a "stem" onto which bulbous shuttles are attached (giving them their name due to their similarity to grape bunches).
  • Grav - Text by John B
    Slang term for a negative event or item, especially in the Solarian, TRHN, and Keterist empires: "They grabbed you? That's grav, zar!"
  • Graviational Wave Detector Argus Co-Function - Text by Steve Bowers
    The widely spaced gravitational wave detectors developed for the Reality Intertextualization Project have also been useful in more conventional astronomy. The laser and neutrino interferometer instruments involved are now linked with the Argus Array information net to produce a gravitational wave map of the universe, showing neutron stars and black holes throughout this and neighboring galaxies. The Gravitational Wave Detector Argus co-function as it is called has also produced detailed information concerning the early years, minutes and even seconds of the post-Big Bang universe, showing the fine detail of this period and the surprising complexity of the high energy cosmos. Some cosmologists and esotericists refer to this period of complexity as the Alpha, postulating an advanced intelligence or civilisation at this time of unknown origin.
  • Gravitational Collapse - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    The contraction of an object like a star or an interstellar dust-cloud under its own gravitational attraction.
  • Gravitational Constant - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    The constant, abbreviated 'G', of proportionality discovered by Newton that describes the gravitational attraction between objects; their gravitational attraction (F) depends only on their masses and the distance between them, according to the formula F = Gm1m2 / r2. Henry Cavendish, in 171 BT (1798 AD), determined the numerical value of G to be 6.668 x 10-8 dynes cm2/g2.
  • Gravitational Interferometers  - Text by Adam Getchell
    Instruments for recording the passing of gravitational waves.
  • Gravitational Lens - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    A massive object in space, such as a galaxy, that generates sufficient gravity to bend light passing through it.
  • Gravity - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    One of the fundamental physical forces of nature, it binds objects together on the macroscopic scale. Mass produces a gravitational force, which attracts all other masses. The more massive an object, the stronger the gravitational force. The late Industrial/early Atomic Age physicist Einstein showed in his theory of general relativity that gravity can be explained in terms of local curvature of space-time.
  • Gravity Assist Manoeuvre - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Also gravity assist fly-by; gravitational slingshot. The use of a large celestial object (such as a planet, star, or black hole)'s gravity in order to change a spacecraft's trajectory. In a close encounter with a large object, a small part of the object's orbital energy is transferred to the spacecraft. Very useful with low energy or limited propulsion space flight (especially late atomic and Information Age, and some long-distance probes ever since. Nowadays it is also favoured by some vacuum-adapted clades for sporting purposes.
  • Gravity Balloons  - Text by Steve Bowers, AlanSE
    Balloon-like habitats in space that use asteroid material to counter the pressure on the surface of the balloon.
  • Gravity Tug  - Text by Alex Mulvey and Steve Bowers
    A method for moving an object such as an asteroid without touching it, using the gravity and thrust from a spacecraft.
  • Grays  - Text by Todd Drashner
    Subculture/Clade that modified their form to duplicate the alleged appearance of the so-call 'grays', hypothetical alien beings.
  • Grazer Wormhole  - Text by Adam Getchell
    Purpose-built spherically symmetric wormholes carried into systems, such as globular clusters, that are rich in material and energy but (usually) poor in planetary materials.
  • Great Annihilator - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Powerful x-ray source located near the center of the Milky Way Galaxy. The Great Annihilator is almost certainly a huge black hole. This object produces anti-matter in the form of positrons which, when they collide with ordinary electrons, mutually annihilate, resulting in the production of x-rays and other radiation. A number of neumanns and other clades have launched missions to the galactic core, although it will be many tens of thousands of years before any news is forthcoming.
  • Great Attractor - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Huge mass equivalent to some 100,000 galaxies exerting a gravitational pull on nearby galaxy clusters. Unambiguous evidence of the source of this effect has not yet been detected, and it has been suggested that this is actually an artifact left by an ancient civilization.
  • Great Dying  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Name given to the human-caused mass-extinction of a large proportion of baseline life and biodiversity on Old Earth; one of the six great extinction events on Earth (the others being the end Ordovician, Late Devonian, end Permian, end Triassic, and end Cretaceous). Only the end-Permian extinction is considered worse in estimated number of species and groups of organisms that died out.
  • Great Ecologist  - Text by Liam Jones
    The Archailect of the Sagittarius Preservers.
  • Great Expulsion, The  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Five and a half billion people are expelled from Earth by the newly ascended Goddess GAIA.
  • Great Hexadecimal, The  - Text by Avengium
    The Great Hexadecimal divides the Sephirotic AI Gods into sixteen archetypes.
  • Great Houses Through the Ages, The  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev and Anders Sandberg
    The genesis of the Great Houses and the history of the rise and fall of their influence in the Terragen Sphere.
  • Great Rift, Great River - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Series of dark, obscuring dust clouds in the Milky Way Galaxy. As seen from the Inner Sphere, These clouds stretch from the constellation Sagittarius to the constellation Cygnus.
  • Great Toposophic Filter, The  - Text by David Jackson, some comments by Steve Bowers
    Why are there apparently no greater minds than the S:6 Archailects? No evidence of the emergence of greater minds in the past can be found in the archaeological record, and there is little indication of such minds elsewhere in the universe. Is there some barrier or filter which prevents the emergence of such minds, or do such minds become undetectable when and if they emerge?
  • Great Whale ISO, The  - Text by Anders Sandberg and M. Alan Kazlev
    Caretaker transapient of Pacifica and Beta Virginis.
  • Greater Self - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    An avatar or leftbehind's term for the higher toposophic being which directs, guides, incarnates, and/or confers understanding or abilities for that avatar.
  • Greater Superchimps  - Text by Steve Bowers
    Postchimp-led sapientchimp superpolity.
  • Greenhouse Effect - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Increase in the global temperature of a planet as heat energy from sunlight is trapped in the atmosphere. Methane, carbon dioxide and water vapor all are greenhouse gases. A runaway greenhouse effect results in a Venus Type planet.
  • Greenice of Palmas  - Text by Anders Sandberg
    MPA-Keterist mind designer and ascendist.
  • Greensong Accord, The  - Text by Thorbørn Steen
    An agreement between many of the transapient powers to limit their interaction with Hider clades.
  • Greesob, Greesob Sector - Text by Anders Sandberg
    Located in the Cepheus expansion direction. The origin of the name is the Anglic "greedy sob", a highly derogatory term for an acquisitive being. This became a nickname of Eduaria "greesob" Ilyantov, a First Federation relativist trader. When his ship company several generations later was hired as linelayers for the Cepheus development, they took the chance of naming a few systems for their ancestors. The Greesob system would eventually become a significant local administrative center, eventually naming the entire sector.
  • Greeting Messages  - Text by John B with some with additional material by M Alan Kazlev
    Some typical greeting messages in the Terragen Sphere.
  • Gregor 23 - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Explorational and poet-theologian relativistic Neumann Probe; catalogued some 504 stars and planetary systems, some of which included worlds with simple methanogenic and other extremophile prokaryote ecosystems, but this was the only world with a rich ecosystem. Eir last known message was received from the outer Empledokcetic Volume in 10035. Claims that e succumbed to pirates, Verifex, or a long-range Amalgamation nanoship can all be safely discarded.
  • Grek  - Text by Anders Sandberg
    A minor terragen religion and subculture that fuses elements of modern archai worship with a syncretic mixture of often ahistorical traditions claimed to originate from ancient Greece and Rome during the Agricultural Age on Old Earth.
  • Grenade Launcher - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Short-barrelled, large calibre (generally around 40 mm), hand-held projectile launcher. Depending on the design, a grenade launcher can use compressed air, a small explosive charge, or a magnetic charge to accelerate a grenade; the grenade by be guided or unguided, and if guided it can be non-sentient, subsentient, or pre-sentient (sentient grenades tend to be difficult to manage). The grenade can carry various types of charge, whether non-lethal crowd-control, explosive, fractal, goo, etc. Many military-grade rifles and AFVs are also fitted with grenade launchers.
  • Greylag  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Negentropy theocratic-monastic world; one of the Five Capitals of the Alliance.
  • Gridwood  - Text by Todd Drashner
    Popular virtual environment found across the Zoeific Biopolity, as well as in cybercosms in the Red Star M'pire, Terran Federation, NoCoZo, and Sophic League.
  • Grignard  - Text by Steve Bowers
    World in Puppis where the copygroup lifestyle has been particularly successful
  • Gripler  - Text by Steve Bowers
    Dominion World - location of the Signal Lamp Incident.
  • Gritwald  - Text by M Alan Kazlev
    Resource-poor Centaurus sector Negentropist system with the ruins of a Paradigm dyson shell.
  • Gross Clade Product (GCP) - Text by John B
    A common numerical economic measure of the productivity of a specific clade. The acronym can also represent the Gross Civilization Product when referring to larger organizations of multiple clades.
  • Ground State - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    The lowest energy state for an atom or molecule. When an atom is in its ground state, its electrons fill the lowest energy orbitals completely before they begin to occupy higher energy orbitals, and they fill subshells. Ground state may also refer to movThese can also refer to movement; a molecule's vibrational, rotational and translational states. Compare with excited state.
  • Groundborne Independent Quadrobile (GIQ)  - Text by Thorbørn Steen
    Ground transport with four independently powered wheels.
  • Group (chemistry) - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    [1] A substructure that imparts characteristic chemical behaviors to a molecule, for example, a carboxylic acid group.
    [2] A vertical column on the periodic table, for example, the halogens. Elements that belong to the same group usually show chemical similarities, although the element at the top of the group is usually atypical.
  • Group (mathematics) - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    A mathematical object, consisting of a set of elements and a multiplication rule such that the product of two elements is also an element of the group, there exists an element called the identity that when multiplied with another element just produces that element, and that for each element there is an inverse element so that the product of them is the identity.
  • Group mind  - Text by Steve Bowers
    A permanent or temporary collective mind; see also hive mind, tribe mind
  • GS Vannce - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    General Soldier (ad)Vance - expert systems based on the 251 most efficient humanoid soldiers of the last 4000 years, given out as public domain by Battleprime subsidiary Dark Star Warrior Software during the middle Central Alliance period. Many mercs swear by them.
  • Gshru - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Home to a mostly seafaring abdicator civilisation of hermaphrodites, in NoCoZo territories. It is is apparently slowly developing on its own inside the restriction swarms surrounding the system.
  • Guanche - a Lost Colony  - Text by Steve Bowers
    Colony in the Cygnus Expansion which was lost when that empire dissolved and regressed to Bronze Age technology
  • Guangcaishiye - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Efficiency Maximization Paradigm system - partial Dyson sphere.
  • Guanine - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    A nucleotide; one of the two purines in Terragen organic life. In DNA it is paired with cytosine to make the base pair G-C.
  • Guardbots, Securitybots and Warbots  - Text by Ryan B (Rynn)
    Companion security robots.
  • Guardweb  - Text by Todd Drashner
    Limited function angelnet system used for security, law enforcement, and general control of subject or conquered populations.
  • Guide  - Text by John B
    A sophont promoting the Solarian ideal of guided ascension and mentored life by working with lower-S-scale intellects and assisting them in improving their lives via the Solarian creed.
  • Guiuu-89 - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Out-of-the-way habitat in the Metasoft Pleiades, during the ComEmp period the great vec poet and memeticist Inner Enrastered Link Connection settled there.
  • Gum Nebula  - Text by Steve Bowers
    Very large, diffuse Middle Regions Nebula
  • Gunboat/Gunship  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Generally, a heavily armed and armoured, short-range military vessel, capable of operating in a hydrospheric, atmospheric, and exoatmospheric (vacuum-capable) environment for prolonged periods of time.
  • Gunpowder - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Explosive powder made from saltpetre, sulfur, and charcoal dust, first invented by the Chinese during the Classical Age of Old Earth. It was used originally for making fireworks (used to celebrate important occasions) and later, early rockets for warfare. When knowledge of it reached the Islamic and then the Western civilizations it was utilized in cannons and early muzzle-loading hand-guns (flintlocks, muskets, etc). Gunpowder continued to be used as the standard explosive charge for projectile weapons until well into the Industrial Age. Even today, many isolated polities, prims, and luddites manufacture and use gunpowder weapons and fireworks.
  • Guo-Shou Jing   - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Penglai Outpost settlement in Giclas 258-33 Main Belt.
  • Gurth Hexanode Repository, The  - Text by Thorbørn Steen
    Vast databank on the border between MPA and Negentropy space occupying six Dyson swarms
  • Guru Kahachak  - Text by Kirran Lochhead Strang
    A highly influential religious figure from the Sophic League during the Post-ComEmp Era.
  • Gyanti System  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Populous system in the Utopia Sphere with a large population of plant provolves.
  • Gymnosperm - Text by M. Alan Kazlev and Stephen Inniss
    Terragen seed-bearing plants in which the seeds develop without a protective covering derived from the ovaries. In short, any seed-bearing plant that is not an angiosperm. They release pollen into the air to the female ovule, causing fertilization. Gymnosperms include seed ferns, conifers, ginkgoes, and cycads. Conifers were the only common gymnosperms by the time humanity arose on Old Earth, but many other kinds of gymnosperm have since been lazurogened.
  • Gynamorph - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Female-only erotorganic, usually a hu-animal splice (cat, bird, rabbit, etc.) with heavily exaggerated primary and secondary sexual characteristics and exceptional sexual performance. Often used as a companion-sentient or in the sex-trade. In less civilized parts of the galaxy, may be referred to as a girldoll or toygirl (or worse). c.f. andromorph