Future History: The Third World War: Causes and Effects

In the future history of our world that will underlie the “Game of Life” sub-series of my Shine Cycle, I’ve developed events primarily based on “trends” that either are extensions of patterns I see in the present and past or are (rarely) required for the stories I feel called to tell. But today’s topic is an event that, despite recent historical trends, I fear is all but inevitable: a third World War. Continue reading

Future History: Genetic Engineering

In the future history of our world that will underlie the “Game of Life” sub-series of my Shine Cycle, most of the “trends” I have mentioned so far are prompted by patterns I see in the present and the past and think likely to continue in the future. Today’s topic is one that I include primarily because of the needs of the story I feel called to tell—a story I briefly introduced a few weeks ago. Continue reading

Future History: Resource Usage

I’m prompted by Amanda’s comment to think about the trends in resource usage and their effect on the next several millenia of our history, at least as I’m projecting for use in the Shine Cycle. Continue reading

Future History: Computing

As one might expect—since my degree is in computer science—one of the minor areas (sub-themes, if you will) that I touch on occasionally in the development of the Shine Cycle, my fantasy series-in-preparation, is alternate-universe computing. I like to speculate as to how computers and the ecosystem of ideas around them might develop if a few dozen people from our generation, including a handful with some trained insight into the inner workings of the technology, get dropped into a culture for whom “the Internet” was something to read about in yearly diplomatic or intelligence briefings, if that. And how that development would change symbiotically with the use of applied metaphysics.

But I’ll write more about that later. Today I’d like to talk about how, for the purposes of that part of the Shine Cycle which are set in our own future, I project computing will develop in our world over the next several centuries, and what sort of impact it will have. Continue reading

Future History: Space travel

One trend I’ve projected in my future history for the Shine Cycle, my fantasy series-in-preparation, is a continued development of our understanding of the universe, creating and benefiting from improvements in spacecraft. Continue reading

Future History: Introduction

A few events of the Shine Cycle, my fantasy series-in-preparation will take place in our world. Because of this, and my determination to get everything “right” and ensure everything is consistent, I’ve been developing a projection for the future history of Earth. Continue reading

Future History

While most of the Shine Cycle, my fantasy series-in-preparation, takes place in an imagined universe with its own history, and a few other “pocket universes” with their own histories, there are a couple of places in the story where our universe, and in particular Earth, become centrally involved. Continue reading