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More augmentations...

Uplifts and augmentation are things that make sense to me, as routes to Vingean singularities. They're all over the place in the stories I write...

The main characters in "Virtual Mists" are uplifted gorillas who want to make their mark on the world, and left-over experiments trying to make their way in the world are at the heart of my long WiP, The Ruins of Breakfast. Then there are background fragments I'm dropping into the broken pre-singularity world that seems to be where most of my fiction is living...

From "Tygers"...

The cats were rumoured to be shifting the permanent floating territory game tonight, and anything that moved after midnight was going to be a target. The mapping system in Gant’s car flashed up a safe route. It was going to be a long journey home. The shift in the game meant a drive around the edges of the town, sticking to neutral areas and Maine Coon territory, rather than his usual short cut through the town centre. From the newsflashes it looked like the Alley Cats had appropriated a large section of the eastern half of Yeovil, and the abandoned helicopter factory was now the territory of a crossbow-wielding group of ginger toms. A trebuchet had been reported down by the river, but onsite RSPCA observers said it was just another rumour. A Cats Protection League ambulance rushed past, lights flashing and sirens blaring, carrying fresh casualties to a neutral veterinarian.

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Gant’s GPS tracked his route up the curve of the hills, following the gentle climb of the old roads. The road twisted between the wild oaks and limes, a pair of scurrying foxes darting out of his headlights. They were carrying a sack and a toolbox. Not that their tools were doing them any good: they looked very thin and bedraggled. With the emptying of the villages had come a long overdue realignment of the predator-prey relationships

Not so different to mice in spiked, sensor-studded jackets...

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alexmc
Mar. 3rd, 2005 07:21 am (UTC)
Can you think of an article with a good explanation of the different types of singularity (and non singularity / steady state / banksian slow progress) ?
quercus
Mar. 3rd, 2005 10:29 am (UTC)
Uplifts and augmentation are things that make sense to me, as routes to Vingean singularities.

Life would be so different if you'd grown up reading more John Varley.
sbisson
Mar. 3rd, 2005 10:36 am (UTC)
The only way I would have grown up reading more John Varley would have been if I'd seen his fabled unpublished first short "Gas Giant"...
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