Earth-504.5.AR-2: A Subculture of Augmented Reality Virus-Hunting

Despite some initial rocky starts, augmented reality eventually became big, turning into a major form of communication.  AR glasses essentially replaced smartphones, and one of the many features they build upon that previous technology couldn't was to permit real-time interaction with virtual objects. In addition to static tags, metadata and messages, AR creatures were developed …

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World-107.2.CI-4: A Snowy Wilderness of Centaur-Like Tribes

On this world, natural selection created a race of tauric beings - beings like the mythological centaur.  There are apparently two types that co-evolved and began to spread across the planet's continents: tauric beings with features of herbivores like horses and deer, and tauric predators with features of lions and leopards.  Each speaks different, incompatible …

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Universe-958.4.SW-3: A Space Opera Universe of FTLS Magic

Space is incomprehensibly big.  But shortcuts through space exist.  This is not the science fiction invention of faster-than-light travel, but done through the ritual casting of a hyperspace travel magic spell.  The aliens that practice this space-time magic manipulate paths through space to create routes and roads for quick access to other planets.  Curiously, no …

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Astrobiology, and Realistic Alien Design

Life on another planet may be very different from life familiar to us on Earth, but no matter where it lives, it must have the adaptations needed to survive in the environment it lives in. Consider the scientist in the picture here, looking into a hole in the ice at the arctic north. There is life underwater, in the cold and the dark, hanging upside down attached to frozen ice, which is quite alien and unfamiliar to most of us, and yet native to the Earth.