Behind the Creation Part 2

  1. Worldbuilding

Behind the Creation Part 1 can be found here.

When I pause to consider it, Multiplarity not only has multiple plot lines with dozens of characters, but it required the detailed creation of four different fictional worlds. The first third of the book deals with a near future version of our world. The second part follows the founding of a lunar colony called Port Heinlein. The last part involves the reader with a rapidly maturing lunar colony and the colonization of two alien worlds. One is virtual and the other circles another sun.

    • Near Future Earth

There are three current technologies that I believe make the future as envisioned in Multiplary. They are gene editing, private industry spacecraft, and quantum communication.

      • CRISPR Gene Editing

CRISPR-Cas9 is a genome editing tool that is faster, cheaper and more accurate than previous techniques of editing DNA and it has a wide range of potential applications.

      • Private Spacecraft

SpaceX leads the way with Elon Musk at the helm. Variations of the Black Horse spaceplane are already flying, and Applied Composites is ready to carry tourists and business people in sub-orbital trans-oceanic trips. Behind the Creation Part Three will have more information on these.

      • Quantum Communication

It has been theorized that quantum tunneling would allow instantaneous transfer of information. In other words, faster than light. Unfortunately, current studies indicate this isn’t possible. There is still some hope in the use of tachyons, but that may not work either. It’s still a fascinating realm.

    • Port Heinlein

As I envision it, the colony would be established with a series of robots to move lunar soil (regolith and dust) to prepare an area for a fabrication plant that used local materials to create solar panels. A massive solar panel array would provide power for boring machines that used both physical digging and laser-sintering to create and seal tunnels.

The first humans would setup inflatable habitats like those from Bigelow Aerospace. Once deployed and connected, the robot tractors would bury them under several meters of regolith to provide radiation and micro-meteor protection.

The description of cables, struts, and dome material to cover a massive crater are being developed now with 3D graphene.

    • BETA

This is the virtual-reality alternate Earth that we watch develop in the final third of Multiplarity. Since it is essentially a created universe, the developers establish a series of rules that can only be described as magic. It also offers the possibility of effective immortality. In the latter half of our story, we watch the transhumanist movement split into several different branches.

    • Micasa

This lovely planet circles a sun many light years from here. Once it was discovered and the first short-term exploratory team landed, many people wanted to colonize it. As usual, politics and money entered the picture. Humans are resourceful, however. They just hadn’t counted on the Chickmonks.

While writing about the new planet Micasa, I knew I needed some sort of map to help me place the various colony locations. My first few attempts at cartography were an ugly failure. Apparently, that is one skill I’m not going to develop any time soon.

That is when I remembered the beautiful NASA/JPL images of Earth. The images are free for the downloading. I grabbed some that depicted terrain as I envisioned it on Micasa, then cut and pasted sections from various images to create an image of this fictional world.

Stay tuned! My next post will showcase the spacecraft, both real and fictional, that are in Multiplarity.

  • Multiplarity

The massive one hundred and seventy six thousand word trilogy is available here:

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