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Fictional Setting

  1. 1. Fantasy emerging from reality
  2. 2. Project Overview  I have some ideas for a fictional world (ie Middle Earth, Star Wars galaxy, etc.)  At this point, no specific plot, storyline or characters would be developed, only a world, its history, and its general contents  The project would be dynamic, taking the shape of the contributors interests and building off each others ideas to create new ones  The following is just to introduce the general concept, and throw some ideas in the pot to get you thinking. Everything is just a draft, nothing is set in stone yet.
  3. 3. General Timeline  I. A technologically advanced civilization exists  II. The civilization is wiped out  III. New forms of life emerge, evolving with the technological remnants in the environment  IV. Some kind of intelligent societies form which do not understand the technology which proceeded them, but learn to use it and revere it as “magic”
  4. 4. Imagine time as an hourglass, the past at the top, flowing into the future. This scenario tips the hour glass upside down. What we consider to be futuristic (technology) is in the past, and what we associate with the past (village life, belief in “magic”, etc) is this world’s present/future. •Natural evolution •Moss-covered ruins •Ancient artifacts •Mummies •Stone huts •Mythology •Arcologies/future cities •Genetic engineering •Nanotechnology •Cryonic freezing •Nuclear waste/mutagens •Mutagen/engineering- influenced evolution •Symbiotic nano-life •Moss-covered arcologies •Cryo-freezed “mummies” •Nano-material huts •Nanotech artifacts •Mythology based on “ancients”, robots, etc. •Genetically enhanced tribes and villages History History Present Present Great catastrophe turns back the clock
  5. 5. Possible Settings Here’s a few options we have on how our world will relate to Earth:  The intelligent, ancient race is us humans on Earth  Humans settle another planet (maybe one of multiple), and the catastrophe and following evolution occurs there, not necessarily wiping the advanced civilization out completely  This all occurs on a planet separate from Earth, with a species that are not human (though likely similar)
  6. 6. Proposed Positions  Blase: Chief of Development  Ryan: Chief of Space & Geography  Petemos: Chief of Time and History
  7. 7. Our world is preceded by a technologically advanced civilization
  8. 8.  Genetic engineering  DNA computing  Molecular nanotechnology  DNA nanotechnology  Artificial intelligence  Self-assembling machines  Preferably no time travel  Preferably no alien contact
  9. 9.  We can create the history and political geography of the technological civilization which will influence the future, leaving behind its remnants as ancient ruins  Ideas: • Highly populated superstructures (arcologies) • Biological/genetic architecture (houses that live & grow) • High-speed rail systems • Post-scarcity society • Some images to get your imagination going…
  10. 10.  Human enhancement • Clones, genetic enhancements • Life extension  Artificial intelligence • Robots  Combinations • Uploaded consciousness, human minds in robot bodies • Cyborgs, AI enhanced humans  Remnants, preserved into post-doomsday world • Cryonics
  11. 11.  Think about how any of the previous beings may react with run-of-the-mill humans (Wiki)  They may attempt to destroy humans, being the very cause of the apocalypse (ie Cybernetic revolt)  They may be superior in intelligence to humans, but benevolent, creating the technologies which we previously mentions and serving as guardians of humanity  Some of these technologies (cloning, genetic engineering, robots) may be illegal in certain countries/regions, leading to one country being clone- based and the other robot-based for example
  12. 12. THE GREAT CATASTROPHE The ancients are wiped out, but their technology stays behind
  13. 13. Doomsday Event  Either naturally or social caused  Preferably destroying civilization, but not totally destroying the structures and technology  Fate of humans  Possibly wiped out, leaving behind the seeds for new intelligent life  Possibly a few remaining, restarting primitive civilizations  Either already enhanced, or using enhancements to survive and evolve
  14. 14. Possible Catastrophes  Ecological, either man-made or naturally occurring  Must not be so catastrophic as to destroy the biosphere  Nuclear, chemical or biological war/terrorism/accident  Pandemic, possibly natural or engineered  Rebellion of non-human intelligence (ie Cybernetic revolt)  Etc, there’s plenty of possible scenarios
  15. 15. SECOND EVOLUTION The remaining technology is integrated into the natural process of evolution, producing “supernatural” creatures
  16. 16. MYTHS AND MONSTERS BECOME REAL  Old, contained genetic experiments escape and intermix and evolve with natural life  Remnant genetic implants stumbled upon by plants & animals and fused together  DNA nanotechnology, DNA computing mutates and evolves on its own  Radiation, nuclear waste and other mutagens may influence evolution  Life evolves in accordance with its technological environment, with symbiotic relationships and ecologies made up of interacting life and machines
  17. 17. This time the cradle is filled with ancient “magic”
  18. 18.  The ancient cities remain to be seen by the new civilization  They may consider them cursed, witnessing people dying or mutating from technologies they don’t understand  They may re-inhabit them, using them as resources and shelter for their new civilization  Recently evolved monsters and beasts may inhabit them  They may be holy sites, where the gods (robots, cyborgs, whatever) rest
  19. 19.  The new people may find “magic” items left by the ancients  They may use genetic or cybernetic implants to survive or gain power  Nanotech smart materials, or seeds for biological architecture may be gathered for building  Nanotech utility fog may serve as tools, weapons and armor which can change shape and transform, possibly even directed by the will of the user  Medical nanobots may be used by shamans for healing
  20. 20.  The mythologies of the new peoples will likely revolve around the mysterious structures, technologies, and possibly other intelligent beings that exist in their world  AIs may remain and take a role as the “caretakers” of the humans and/or post-humans, possibly being seen as gods
  21. 21.  Whatever post-humans or intelligence making up this new civilization had to survive alongside genetically enhanced and/or mutated beasts, so they too may have natural extraordinary “magic” abilities encoded into their DNA  Perhaps the “magic abilities” that helped people to survive are not passed down genetically, but implanted by some means. The ones fortunate enough to find these ancient magical implants may serve as guardians of society to protect them from the beasts outside

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