Solar System-605.5.AM-19: A Constellation of Asteroids Mined for Resources

After colonizing the Moon, humans began harvesting resources from the asteroid belt and various small natural satellites in orbit around the Earth. The most prized of these is a captured rock containing platinum-group metals. Much of the actual physical labor is performed by mining robots. These spider-like constructs tunnel through the rock under human supervision, …

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Earth-515.5.SA-99: A Future with A.I. that’s Much Smarter than People Think

This world's technological development is somewhat lackluster in its advances in biomedical, robotics, or space-flight achievements: there are no miracle-cures, androids or space colonies. Instead economics spurred the growth of telecommunications, displays, and consumer electronics and computers. Its crowning achievement is the writing of adaptive A.I. agents. When people interact with these A.I., the programs …

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Earth-504.4.GW-195: A Flooded Earth Fighting for Resources

By the 2070's all hope of averting catastrophic climate change was completely lost. Heat waves rendered cities' outdoor spaces into man-made ovens; those that left pushed the global migrant crisis beyond all breaking points, while those who remained were cooked to death by their own homes.  Other cities were destroyed in escalating international conflicts.  Some …

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Earth-505.6.SL-25: A Solarpunk Earth of Augmented Reality

In the 1970's the United States and the other countries on Earth came together, seeing the need to act on the impending climate catastrophe.  With dramatic changes to the world-wide energy economy they not only averted world-wrecking climate change, but they created a more equitable globalized world.  The most obvious transformation led to cities built, …

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Earth-505.3.CY-2: A Cyberpunk State of Advanced Robotics

The human body is a cheap thing to dispose of: many choose to cut off their natural parts and swap in cybernetic ones that work better.  Eyes that grant night vision, limbs that lack fatigue, and faces that never betray your emotions are all common commodities.  Common, but never cheap. Many robots are manufactured to …

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Sol-605.5.SC-3: A Solar System With Earth’s Colonists

Mars was the first planet colonized.  Mankind's best hope for survival on a climate-change ruined Earth (beyond repairing Earth itself), Mars' colonists live primarily underground.  The ceiling of the caverns simulates day/night-cycles with solar-powered light fixtures.  Life on Mars is hard. Spacecraft and vehicle technology allows people to shuttle between solar system bodies.  Whether in …

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Torino’s 10 by John R. Canter

A sleepy woman pushes off from her desk, gliding over in her rolling desk chair to the screen with the flashing icon. “! NEO detected. Preliminary analysis rating at 10 on the Torino scale. Verification required.” Half-asleep she reads the message without understanding, once, twice, but by the third time she wakes up. A lot of people will be woken up, soon, for what the message means.

The Making of Some Things: The What, How, and Why by John R. Canter

  How things could be … * * * Chip walked through the door beneath the sign that read “Hull’s Shop”. It was a normal rectangular door, and looked mismatched against the architecture of the building: Some newfangled biomimicry nonsense you see more nowadays, Chip had thought when he first saw them being built, nearly …

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