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Blasters: Make Them Brutal

One of the TV channels has been showing re-runs of “Blake’s Seven”. This was a memorable series, often for the wrong reasons! In the episode “Seek-Locate-Destroy”, the character Travis has a weapon taken from him. For no apparent reason, Travis is treatening his prisoner with a tiny pistol rather than any of the many other […]

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Physical Changes in Future Humans

Recently I have read a number of stories that feature humans in or from the far future. How might such “Future Humans” differ from modern humans? Physical changes are likely to be the product of human engineering and technology rather than natural selection and evolution. Better Brains Future Human is often depicted with an enlarged […]

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Low Cost Accommodations in THS

“He and Wynne were living at a tube rack in Battersea. She could have afforded better; he insisted that they live within his means. There were about two hundred plastic sleep tubes stacked in what had once been a warehouse. Each was three meters long; the singles were a meter and a half in diameter, […]

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Personal ID Numbers in Sci-Fi

When he had filled out all the homesteading forms he had of course put down his phone number, since this was as much a part of him as was his name. Everyone was given a phone number at birth, and it was his for life. With the computer-controlled circuits anyone, anywhere on a planet, could […]

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Bionics and Bioroids

Version 2.0 I grew-up watching “Six Million Dollar Man”, and bionics were also a staple of early cyberpunk. In common usage, “bionics” refers to fitting humans or animals with mechanical/ robotic parts. Such “old school” bionics are seldom encountered in Transhuman Space (THS), their role being served by biomods. It can, of course, be argued […]

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Adventures in a Retrotech Bubble

Sy: “All you need is magnetic coating from a floppy disk…The photodiodes of a VHS tape…And an 8-track recording of The Monkees’ D-D-D-Daydream Believer.” Harley Quinn S2E12 If you watch modern movies, you may notice the frequent tendency for some character to remark something along the lines of “my phone cannot get a signal”. Peril […]

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Can’t Blow Me!

If a movie is set on a space ship or space station, at some point there is a good chance that someone or something will be blown out of an airlock. Or, some character, depressed or guilt-racked, will attempt to eject themselves from an airlock. Or someone will threaten to or attempt to “space” another […]

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Cloud Cities of Venus

I once read a novel that was set in the clouds of Saturn (or possibly Jupiter, it has been many years!). In best space opera tradition giant warships clashed amide swarms of dogfighting fighter craft. Unlike most such battles, this took place within the atmosphere of the gas giant. The large ships were airships, and […]

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Space Vessel Conduit

Recently I have been watching the TV series “The Expanse”, and greatly enjoying it. Naturally enough, this reminded me of this section of the Atomic Rockets website, and the comment “…they actually have their spacecraft laid out like a skyscraper, the way God and Heinlein intended.” The skyscraper element is not that obvious in the […]

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New Terminology for Transhuman Space

THS has its own terminology, and some of these terms may be unfamiliar to the reader. Some of the sourcebooks have a glossary section, but one sometimes encounters a term that is defined in another title. Currently I do not have time to collate a THS dictionary. This post was inspired by the observation that […]