So what's the deal with all the yetis and
faeries and space stuff?
Well the basic idea was/is to do a kind of
television series that cannot be shown on TV. Probably not even
late night cable. Which is entirely distributed on the net for free
with higher quality versions available on CD or DVD. A production
that short circuits and circumvents the claws of government bureaucracy
and at the same time annoy the prudes of this "Human"
world. And especially those with a religious bent of any kind.
I also love science fiction.
Not just any science fiction but hard science
fiction. That is. Science fiction with it's head in actual science
and without too much of it's head up it's ass.
Of course, to do such a thing would cost
lots of folding stuff and as rich in the tapestry of life as I might
be, I don't have anywhere near the amounts required to just fritter
away on such a thing. Being a disabled person, I spend a lot of
time staring at computer screens and not having a lot of energy
so it stands to reason that I might try using a computer to do this.
So it's obviously going to have to be an entirely technological
LOOK AND FEEL:
But being an invalid pensioner I can't exactly
muster computing power of Jurassic park proportions so I'm not even
going to attempt photo realism. Instead the look and feel I'm aiming
for is probably somewhere between a Japanese anime and supermarianation.
(Thunderbirds) Digital puppetry? It has been facilitated because
some friends of mine are writing an animation package for linux
on much the same slow burn approach. It's not up to scratch compared
to something like Lightwave or XSI but the beauty is that being
their chief beta tester, I can suggest things I need to further
this production. The software' working title is called 'Jablowme'
by 'Haywood Systems.' <-there's a joke in there. See if you can
This is based on a mixture of a lot of things.
I started out wanting to do an earlier book I wrote called "Geekworld"
which can be found elsewhere here somewhere. But I soon realized
that there was no way I could ever make this happen on my own. So
I set my sights a bit lower and took elements of that and wrapped
it in with a number of other things I'd been digesting. Which includes
the wonderful 'hard sci-fi' work of Mike
A great deal of which is based on the earlier work of the
late Gerard K. O'Neill and his "High Frontier". And everything
It is some time in the future. Maybe late
this century. The Earth is completely fucked. Fucked up by wars
and ecological disasters on biblical scales. There were just too
many humans. So much so that the Chinese had even taken to human
culling programs. But some time earlier in the century, Professor
Bruce Franklin (from
Mike Combs) invented a mass accelerator which could launch
things into space very cheaply. VERY CHEAPLY. (You'll have to read
Mike Combs' work to get an idea of this.) For years it can only
launch payloads because of the acceleration required. To achieve
escape velocity with G-forces that humans could tolerate would require
somewhat less acceleration and therefore a longer mas driver. Something
that had always been talked about but no-one had ever committed
the funds to. However massive payloads of food water and other materials
have been routinely shot into space for years via a giant accelerator
located in Brazil near the equator. Human cargo still has to be
transported via more conventional means.
However this hasn't stopped a steady stream
of humans living and working in space. By the end of the 21st century,
humans had set up a large number of near-earth space habitats of
various kinds. And work on a third mass accelerator which is large
enough to transport humans into space had recently been completed.
It was fast becoming a new kind of wild west
frontier in space. But with one major twist. Instead of it being
pockets of segregated human cultures being forced together by an
ever smaller world, each habitat was a world in it self and human
culture was already fractionalizing and splintering. Not just along
cultural and religious lines but also along scientific and even
artistic lines. Each world was different and if you didn't like
the one you lived in you could probably find one more to your liking.
And if not, and you could afford to, you could always build your
World building had become cheaper too. As
described by both O'Neill and Combs, the general method is to capture
a suitably sized iron-core asteroid. Sling it into orbit. Usually
at the la'grange point between the earth and the moon. Then, using
giant floating mylar mirrors, reflect the sun onto it till it becomes
semi-molten. A volitile gas explosive charge drilled into the core
of the asteroid is then detonated. The explosive (expansive) power
of the charge is calculated to expand outwards and hopefully forming
something of a sphere or cylinder which is completely hollow on
It is rarely perfect but software and charge
fabricating technologies have reduced the failure rates to a point
where usually it's just a matter of patching a few holes and pumping
some air in. Asteroids made of ice can be used to split the hydrogen
and oxygen using the abundant energy of the sun. Capturing such
an asteroid provides water, oxygen and fuel for propulsion etc.
But not all of these habitats come off perfectly.
Some are complete and total failures. All kinds of things can go
wrong though it happens less and less as humans get better at it.
One such complete failure is the habitat in which "The Man"
The Man is actually a Yeti. This is where
I begin to borrow both from the teachings of the church
of the subgenius <www.subgenius.com> and from a
specific story by Mike Combs. Humans naturally thought they were
the only real intelligence on earth. That Yetis, faeries and even
vampires were simply legend and the stuff that Hollywood's holotainment
houses based features around. In fact they all exist though humans
have both over exaggerated and underestimated these legends.
The Yetis and Faeries were the original intelligences
on Earth. Humans were actually engineered by the yetis. Perhaps
as much as half a million years earlier. The Yetis needed helpers
that were intelligent enough to perform menial tasks for them but
not too intelligent to ask too many questions. Yeti society is very
different from humans. They are super intelligent as compared and
any super intelligent race doesn't actually need a hierarchical
leadership structure. The questions of what to do and how to do
it seem obvious to all when you're intelligent. And being somewhat
telepathic, yetis tend to assimilate memetics on a culture wide
basis, very quickly. In short. Yetis tend to do things because they
are cool. If a task isn't cool then it's of little value to a yeti.
They'd rather be off fucking someone. (Or something) Of course "COOL"
to a Yeti is a little more interesting than the latest playstation
game. An unsolvable problem or an unanswered question is like a
magnet to a yeti.
Therefore you can understand how super intelligent
yeti DNA found it's way into humans. Some yetis just loved their
little humans a bit too much. Humans with yeti blood are often referred
to as SubGenii. They tend to belong to a cult called 'the church
of the subgenius.' It is a joke cult. Normal humans don't take it
seriously. However embedded in the heart of this joke cult is the
true meaning. It is really a group of people that other humans would
refer to as abnormal, but who's job it is to stave off the threat
from the evil CON. More on "THE CON" later.
Humans got out of control however and started
evolving civilizations of their own. Over the millennia, the yetis
had tried various means to keep them in check. They introduced religion
to them. This held them at bay for thousands of years but eventually
they developed steam technology and as intelligent as the yetis
were, they couldn't keep up. The yetis themselves had evolved in
that time. They had become less furry and ironically, more human-like.
So much so that it was often possible for yetis to go un-noticed
in human societies. Some humans were also unaware of just how yeti
But where yeti brains had continued to evolve,
humans were still using the same mental capacity they had 100,000
years before. They had enough brain power to understand menial technology
but not enough to understand the consequences of their actions.
While the yetis had remained in tune with their surroundings despite
their level of technology and sophistication, the humans had wreaked
The Fey (Faeries) have always been explorers.
About the time that humans were forming their own early civilizations,
faeries had built space craft and were beginning to explore the
solar system. By the time of the human civilizations in Egypt, the
Fey were long gone. A few remained. Just enough that humans would
cite legends of them. Only humans mistakenly believed that faeries
were tiny people with wings who lived in gardens and sat on toad
stools. Faeries are short but they're not that short. Faeries also
have a saying.
"If God had have wanted us to fly,
he wouldn't have taken away our wings."
Faeries still have small wings in fact but
the wing area to weight ratio is far to small to allow flight. They're
usually just for display. You can tell a lot about a faery by the
colour of her wings.
Did I say "Her?" Well there are
in fact male faeries but they're aren't too many of them. In fact
the male faeries are largely useless since faeries are a kind of
mutated clone. Not so much hermaphrodites but a kind of cross pollination.
They can and do breed with each other. They enjoy breeding and especially
with the few males that are around but they are largely all female.
Like the yetis, the Fey are hyper intelligent
but are more telepathic. Humans are no match and faeries had been
once known to play tricks on them. Thus the legends humans created
By contrast, the yetis are homebodies. Humans
rarely gained a glimpse of them and never ever saw their cities.
very few subgenii have been to a yeti city. All of which tend to
be large, underground structures. Well hidden and protected from
humans with a quasi-telepathic force field.
As mentioned earlier, many other strange
human-like creatures had evolved on Earth. (Do you really think
humans would be the only intelligence. If there's one, there's bound
to be dozens more.) Vampires for example. If you believed the legends
of hollowood about these beings, mathematically speaking, the Earth
would be overrun with them by now. In fact very little is known
about Vampires because like the yeti, they tend to keep to themselves.
They drink blood and they sleep all day but that could be just that
they're suffering ADD. (Attention Deficit Disorder) One of many
human terms used to describe humans with more Yeti Blood than the
Despite all these intelligent beings keeping
to themselves, they know of each other's existence. Some, like the
vampires, despise the yeti for having unleashed the humans. but
acknowledge that it probably would have happened anyway without
yeti intervention. Yetis belive that if they had not intervened
the human problem would have been much less controllable.
Yetis and all other mammalian intelligences
with opposable thumbs are descended from Bonobos. Humans on the
other hand are descended from apes. While apes are feudal and violent,
bonobos just want to have fun and fuck a lot. Bonobos will fuck
anything anywhere any time so you can see where yetis get that trait
from. The only concession to this that the yetis make is that they
are sorry their humans killed off the Neanderthals. The Neanderthals
are what would have evolved instead but it is generally recognized
that they would have been every bit as violent and destructive as
the humans. Perhaps even more so since humans were given some kind
of higher conscience by the yetis.
Other Earth species too know of the yeti's
existence. Animals of various kinds always live in harmony with
the yetis. It's only the humans who are kept in the dark.
So naturally when the Yetis guided humans
into space, Yetis and Vampires and Werewolves eventually set up
their own habitats. But the first of these to do so was the Yeti
known as "THE MAN." So called because he came from one
of the original Yeti Cities in Tibet but hung out with humans till
he could bum a ride into space. He did this decades before the large
accelerator was built. And he made the journey because yetis can
withstand far more G-force than can a human. So he stowed away aboard
a payload that was pressurized and when the humans opened the hatch
at it's destination, he used a little telepathy to confuse them.
They still saw a staggering yeti emerge from the pod but they were
confused enough to think he was just another worker who was with
The Man quickly slithered into the humanity
on board that space station and disappeared. Only to reemerge again
some years later when the lights first came on in "Man's World."
(I don't really have a name for the habitat that THE MAN built but
"Man's World" is pretty funny.)
In those days, humans were typically lax.
Like everything else, they figured space was real big and it didn't
matter if you polluted it a bit. THE MAN wasn't sure what went wrong
when they tried to make this habitat but went wrong it did. The
charge could have been way too powerful. The outer shell was certainly
large enough and thin enough to account for that. On the other hand,
the shear number of rips and tears in the surface suggested that
the consistency of the asteroid they used wasn't even. Or perhaps
wasn't heated evenly and some more solid spots remained. Whatever
the problem, it was hulk that the humans had simply left there and
forgotten about because they were too lazy or incompetent to clean
up the mess. They had even left a great deal of their world fabricating
equipment behind. And the array of mylar mirrors used to focus the
sun in the fabricating process were still floating not 100 kilometers
The shell was unique in that it had two gaping
holes at each end. Like a north and south pole. This wasn't unusual
in the fabricating of TATs but usually these holes had to be widened
in order to fit the basic power generation equipment. (I'll get
to that also) So THE MAN had the idea of capturing another asteroid
and floating it inside the hulk. Then heating it up through one
of these giant holes he would re-detonate it like a vulcanizing
patch on an inner tube. Only from the inside out.
This didn't quite work either. As the molten
asteroid expanded outwards it cooled too quickly in places. Stretched
and tore in others. One end received more heat that the other. It
only compounded the problem. Not only were there two non-contiguous
shells, one inside the other, but in some places they were fused
together and in others they were anything up to a kilometer apart.
A third asteroid was no longer an option. THE MAN conceded that
had he have been able to afford a higher grade asteroid and tug
it to his hide-out, he might have done better.
But he noticed how some of the sun's energy
focused by the mirrors had been mis-aligned at times and melted
and fused some of the material around the edges of the hole. And
in terms of space habitats this really was prime real estate. So
he programmed the mirrors to respond to a computer control program
he wrote. And with the combination of melting and small explosive
charges, he patched most of the surface like welding in rock. It
took a few weeks but by the end of it, he was so good at it, he
was able to virtually sculpture features into it.
The usual method for building a tat is to
produce a completely contiguous surface. Somewhere between a sphere
and a tube. The more tubular the better as it offers more inner
surface area. There are usually a pair of holes at either end which
become the virtual poles of the world. One end is completely sealed
while the other has a solar collector of some sort mounted in it.
Once it is all sealed up and pressurized it can be spun up. The
centrifugal force creates an artificial gravity and the entire world
can be built on the inside. The solar collector not only provides
abundant free power from the sun, but also is pumped through a central
light pipe which is controlled over a 24 hour period to provide
natural sun-light inside the TAT
If the TAT is big enough, it will even have
weather conditions of it's own and clouds will form. Along with
precipitation. Seasonal changes need to be regulated but the weather
largely looks after it self. An entire eco system and environment
can be built just like a real world. The only difference is that
it is inside out. If you look straight up on a clear day, you can
see the other side of the world.
This TAT was certainly big enough to have
it's own weather but it wasn't possible to seal it all off. Only
around the equator and back toward one end was it possible. And
even then only with some intricate solar surgery. But THE MAN was
good at this kind of thing by now. All he needed was a collection
of small rocks. (Asteroids.)
The human who sold him this space aggregate
couldn't believe his luck. Often, in the business of harvesting
asteroids, one collects a large number of asteroid pieces. Broken
fragments that are too small to do anything particularly useful
with. Too small, even for refining into useful materials. Usually
these have to be accelerated toward the sun by law after a particularly
wreakless trader tried to melt several hundred together and accidently
burst a hole in his neighboring TAT. So the job of removing the
shale was expensive and tedious. THE MAN paid the trader a small
sum and borrowed the use of the trader's tug. The trader turned
a blind eye as THE MAN used a much smaller mylar mirror he'd made,
to tack-weld the asteroids together and then gently tug them back
to his TAT.
THE MAN was able to park his collection of
iron-ore rocks next to his tat and break one off as needed. He built
a large barrier to one end of the sphere on the inside and once
the solar collector and light pipe were installed, could be sealed
off and probably form it's own environment. The trader on the other
hand, became known as the inventor of the asteroid micro-welder.
Obviously he didn't close his eyes for the whole time THE MAN was
But the MAN didn't care. He was going to
have his TAT and it was a big one. He Fashioned a dish collector
at one end like an umbrella. A SunBrella if you will. He had designed
a far more efficient method of extracting power from the sun by
using a semi-crystallized mantel in the centre of the Sunbrella.
There were more than enough giant mylar mirrors to focus the sun
onto the sunbrella leaving a number of spare ones for on-going construction
work. Crystal light pipes embedded on the inside of the structure
provided natural lighting into those cavities around the surface
that could not be properly sealed with the main interior. He built
his own house mounted on one such cavity and styled it semi-gothic
just to prove his mastery.
The remaining holes and features were used
as conduits and interfaces to provide access ports for equipment
and mountings. As well as airlocks and docks. Later, the large internal
space at the opposite end to the sunbrella, which couldn't be pressurized,
became a gigantic space dock for very large space craft. Where as
humans had to park their space craft outside their TATs, THE MAN
could park right inside. Even an extremely large faerie battle/exploration
cruiser or 20.
I don't know how big this TAT is but it's
huge. Probably not the largest TAT ever but certainly in the top
ten. Initially humans used their register of TATs purely for navigation
purposes. So dead hulks like this one remained on the register.
But humans have a habit of creating power wherever they find a vacuum
and there's a bloody big one in space. So it wasn't too long before
the register became the basis of a form of government control. In
order to facilitate this government they tried to impose a register
tax on every Tat. When they discovered what THE MAN had done they
tried impose the tax on him and his Tat and thus reign in control.
They once even tried to use force but force isn't as easy to apply
in space as it would have been on Earth. The man simply turned a
mirror on them and melted their weapons. Reminding them that they
perhaps didn't want to let everyone know they'd been defeated like
this so easily because then everyone would want to be independent
of the register.
Insulted by their own arrogance, the humans
went to lick their wounds and plan their next futile assault. While
the Man populated his tat with fellow yetis who are a little more
adventurous than their earth-bound relations. As well as some Subgenii,
and even the occasional exceptional human. THE MAN became the icon
for independence in space. Even some human Tats claimed to be under
some kind of federation aligned with THE MAN. Of course there was
not such federation or alignment, Yetis just don't work like that
but THE MAN's stance against the grip of the CON via the humans,
was well known. Even if the Humans didn't know of the CON's existence.
THE CON or Conspiracy Of Normalcy, is also
borrowed from the Church
of the SubGenius. <www.subgenius.com> It is an
overriding entity that secretly but blatantly controls humans. Not
in any direct sense but by commanding that humans "Do the right
thing." The CON may or may not really exist but humans act
as if it does regardless. The CON is more powerful and all pervading
than all the multinational companies and all the governments and
other dictators in the world. It sets the standards and controls
the thoughts of individuals. It decides what is right and what is
wrong. It decides what you can and can't say and limits freedom
of speech. Not just at a societal and cultural level but at a personal
level as well. It is the thing that prevents a human from telling
another human that they don't like them. Or worse, that they do.
It controls what is cool and what isn't. It even allows people to
be radical non-conformists. Just so long as their non conformity
conforms to one of the CON's designated non-conformities.
But the CON is completely mindless of it
self. It cannot make decisions consciously and it has no long term
memory. It cannot predict the outcomes of a development. It can
only react to it. It did not see the development of the internet
otherwise it would never have allowed it. And it did not see the
consequences of living space otherwise it would have made sure that
Bruce Franklin's mass driver project failed. The CON is a slow moving
behemoth and after perhaps a hundred thousand years of human control,
could do nothing to prevent it's fragmentation when humans moved
into space. It only hangs on through a feeble space-government bureaucracy
which is largely in-effective.
Since nearly every Tat is it's own self contained
and self sufficient environment, the only practical use they have
for this governing body is in the early warning and detection of
HUOs. (Habitat Unfriendly Objects) Rogue asteroids etc that may
threaten a Tat or group of Tats and the means to take care of them.
This bureaucracy tries to make laws and rules but they are routinely
ignored as need be and there is very little it can do to enforce
them. There was lawlessness from the very first day in space and
measures to protect one's self became routine. And since the measures
an individual or an entire Tat can use to protect themselves in
space are largely the same measures a pirate or other threat could
use against them, it's a fairly level playing field. Likewise an
individual can easily control the same level of fire power as any
tyrannical human government system so it's largely a non-contest.
Humans put up with governments because that's what they do. Yetis
THE FEY FOLK:
The faeries had been exploring space for
thousands of years and their technology and culture have advanced
well beyond that of Humans. They had somehow all wound up based
on a nice little earth-like world about 350 light years away called
Tralthamadore 5. (Borrowed from Kirt Vonnegurt's slaugherhouse 5
story.) Located in a much more stable part of the galaxy than Earth.
They had met up with another race of explorers who'd told them about
this place so they settled there. Somehow they had become confused
about where Earth actually was. Partly because they didn't really
care but Fey historians were continually searching the outer rim
as they explored. Only they kept looking at the wrong section of
rim. Circumnavigation of the galaxy is going the long way about
searching for something but they were explorers after all.
Their meson conversion propulsion systems
were advanced but it was still slow going. To make it easier they
developed hyperbridges. Jump-gates if you like, which they would
assemble at strategic locations through their travels. Allowing
them to jump through hyperspace between bridges. The great advantage
of this for explorers is that the trip may be slow getting there
but the trip home only takes a few minutes by opening 2 doors into
the hyperspace field. The field which is similar to the field which
existed prior to the big bang, has no space or time or other normal
real-space physics. These doorways become positioned right next
to each other for all intents and purposes though they may be thousands
of lightyears apart. In fact there is no limit since the hyperspace
field is truly universal. As long as you can position a bridge somewhere,
you can jump to any other active bridge anywhere in the universe.
The fact that Faeries had barely explored their own galaxy severely
limited their range of use.
Another problem for the faeries is that they
also used a similar method for communications. They had been doing
this long before they discovered how to pass matter through the
field. As it turns out, it is fairly easy to send messages across
the quantum barrier in near real-time as compared to jumping an
entire star-ship. Even from the earliest days of being able to do
this, they detected other signals from their barriers. Well documented
but highly speculative signals which were definitely not their own
in origin. And there were a lot of them. Obviously, this meant that
other entities across the universe were using this method of communications
as well and so when using the HS-bridge technology, they were always
mindful of the possibility of some unknown entity popping out to
say hello. Which may or may not be hostile.
The faeries had exchanged their technologies
with their friends the Splugorians. (Appeared at the end of the
'Geekworld' book) Strange vegetable-like creatures they met and
even teamed up with from time to time. The Splugorians, requiring
a vastly different environment to live in, had no problem telling
the Fey about the planet they now call home, when they discovered
it. It was no good to them but perfect for the Faeries. After the
Splugorians had mastered the hyperspace technology they made a discovery
of the kind only splugorians could make. A method of skimming the
surface of the universe. Skimming the interface between the universe
and the hyperspace field. And doing it so quickly as to become a
method of propulsion.
It involved the creation of a small artificial
field and then pulsing that field into the quantum surface of the
universe and back out again. Rather like skipping a stone across
the surface of water. Only more elastic. The larger the pulse width,
the further the artificial field would travel in real space. And
it only takes a microsecond pulse to travel a very long distance.
Thus the term the faeries used for it. A MicroSpace engine.
The Splugorians of course, were happy to
give the faeries all the details but the faeries themselves are
still experimenting with this technology when we join the story.
Despite the Spludgorians being advanced spacefarers they are like
innocents. Evolving as plants on their home world, the Spludgorians
had virtually no predators. They feed directly from the environment
without needing to kill or harvest anything.
When the Fey first meet them, they
are in a stand-off situation with another race of beings who are
particularly aggressive. Even by human standards. Cornered and being
bullied like innocent school children, the Spludgorians faced certain
death until the Faeries stepped in and rescued them. The Faeries
evolved on Earth where human bullying is the name of the game.
Thus the Faeries and the Spludgorians
had a great deal to learn from each other and became great friends.
When word got back to the Spludgorians' home world that the Fey
were looking for a planet to settle, they already knew of just such
a place. The Faeries showed the Spludgorians how to build weapons
and defend themselves in the galaxy if need be. And despite being
so vastly different, they found they had much in common.
Like most plants, Spludgorians require
a third party to pollinate. And the Faeries have been known to lend
a hand from time to time. Both the Fey and the Spludgorians are
adventurous like that. Spludgorian is simply the name that the Faeries
use when describing them. Spludgorian communication is somewhat
less vocal as one would expect. "Spludge" was the description
of a Spludgorian giving up Pollen . (Ooo yuck!)
I wonder if any of those backward,
primative, bible bashing states in the US have any laws about having
sex with plants? Even between consenting adult flora?
Despite the above description, the story
is fairly simple. And this is mainly due to the complexity of the
animation and what I can reasonably achieve.
The faeries locate Earth again only to find
things have changed a lot. They find their way to make contact with
THE MAN and the other space dwelling yetis and a cultural exchange
begins. The two species are like long lost friends. Due to overwhelming
complexity, it will mainly concern the comings and goings around
the Tat but I hope to have lots of space action. and very little
of that star-wars space noise bullshit.
The humans are continually trying to badger
the yetis and are generally too stupid to realize what they're up
against. They aren't much more than a constant pest. When the faeries
arrive in force, they are really confused.
The CON continues to be the real threat however.
A secret campaign of terror, both psychological and physical is
waged against all Tat dwellers but the CON does not differentiate
between the yetis and the humans. It simply tries to assimilate
all into conformity. The CON is ultimately doomed due to stagnation
and an anti-evolutionary stance but for now it must be held at bay.
That's how the story is looking so far but
it's continually evolving till I know for sure what I've got to
work with. Characters and models etc. I don't even have anyone to
do the voices but before I can do that, I have to have a whole bunch
of characters and character animation is quite difficult.
It's about life and diversity living in habitats.
It's about cultural tolerance and the belief that if you don't give
a shit about intangibles then you'll probably get along. That government
and corporate intervention in culture, such as the internet, is
ultimately counter productive. That the whole notion of trusting
a bunch of self serving leaders and handing power to them is proof
of human stupidity. That religion is bad but if you must practice
religion, go do it somewhere the fuck else! And for Christ sake
leave well alone anyone who doesn't agree with you or is different
from you. That punitive laws achieve nothing except to protect those
And I'd like it to get right up the nose
of every dumb fuck prude bigot that comes across it.
Any constructive comments are welcome. Send
mail about this page here. <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Any questions you think need answering are most welcome. Keeps me
on my toes. And of course, any offers of help are more than welcome.