Solar System-706.4.AS-5: Afrofuture Colony Planets of Martial Artist Squadrons Competing for Ultra-Metal

After leaving the Earth behind, the space-faring nations of Africa settled a diaspora in a neighboring solar system. When they colonized it over generations through terrforming technology, they brought along 5,000 years of African traditions on how to build their cities and make use of there resources. Leading the armies that defend the nations' resources …

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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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Sol-757.3.CO-13: A Supervillain False God’s Fiefdom

The old worlds were destroyed; here was what replaced them. (I likely won’t take the time to write the full story, so enjoy a synopsis at least.)   Act 1: A Cosmic Fist Clenches Around the Earth The previously existing universes collapse, converging on foundational reality fragments of Local Group-757.4.SC-10, under the supervillain Chan-13. He …

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Local Group-757.4.SC-10: A Universe Home to Alien Superheroes and Cosmic Beings

This was a modern world of superheroes and supervillains.  For those people their superpowers came from alien physiology or "cosmic" forces (incomprehensibly advanced science and technology) from outer space.  The multiverse scholars who studied this world note that it was occupied by large numbers of alien civilizations and filled with starships, and system-scale post-singularity A.I.  …

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Earth-605.5.AF-1: An Afro-Futurism Superpower

For typical people of Africa, city life is filled with a variety of advanced technologies.  Powered by renewable energies and connected through the internet of things, advanced AI allows complex systems of services and measured production to run smoothly.  As Africa leapfrogged a lot of western technologies and issues in modernizing, it sidestepped many pollution …

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Local Cluster-907.7.CO-5: A Cluster of Galaxies Shaped by God-Like AI

At some point in some part of the universe, intelligent life made AI that reached singularity.  Those AI went on to artifice their own successor intelligence, which reached a higher singularity.  By the fifth iteration of this process beings capable of reshaping the universe on at least a galactic scale ascended into existence.  They became …

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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.

Visualizing Your Place in the Solar System in Proper Scale

Earth is home. Our Solar System is also home, but it is far larger than most people realize. Part of this is an inability to experience this distance in person: most people never spend much time traveling across the planet Earth in a way to take in the size of all our continents and seas, and our local backyard in outer space is orders of magnitude larger. Another problem can be the way space is presented to our visual minds in scale.