Introduction

On this blog I will post stories I have written, most of this stories are mundane science fiction, a sub-genre of science fiction. Mundane science fiction are stories set in the near future and either on Earth or in our Solar System, further this type of science fiction is based on the current state of scientific knowledge. Although I might deviate a little bit of the rules of mundane science fiction, you will not find “sword and planet”, “faster than light” or similar stories.

Space colonization is a central theme of most of the stories I will place on this site, in particular I will deal with the political and social issues related to space colonization. Further I will explore in my stories different types of societies and new ways of life. All kind of emerging technologies will be discussed in the stories, but mostly within the context of their consequences for society. As general rule I will not use hyper-links in the stories in this blog. If necessary I place at the end of a story a short list of hyper-links about the key concepts of that story.

Since I realize that due to the length of the stories, scrolling this page for stories will be cumbersome, I have created an overview page with a link together with a short summary for each story posted on this blog.

Comments are welcome, but I will moderate all comments and I alone will decide on whether a comment will be approved.

Update

Obviously you might have noticed that I have not post anything recently. The reason is simply, I do not agree with the course “WordPress” has taken and consequently I have decided to leave platform this summer.

What I am doing? First of all, I have a business to run. However, in my sparse free time, I am working on a substantial overhaul of my Elynesia Universe. A few major changes are:

  • Satelliteland will now be named Satnalia
  • Elynesia will finally get a proper currency name instead of the “credit”
  • Each major nation within this fictional universe will be assigned a language

Also I am planning a revision of my Urando Triology -which I will gave an update at a later moment. For now, I wish you all a nice day and stay safe and healthy!

The Indo-European Connection

Paul from the Langfocus YouTube channel has made a good video on how the different Indo-European languages are related to each other:

Once more about half of the world population speaks an IE-language. And some scholars believe that this is due to the fact that the speakers of Proto-Indo-European where the first ones to domesticate horses. This enabled them to travel large distances at until then unknown speed and allowed these people spread across a large area, while displacing local languages.

Proto-Indo-European culture

Because it’s PIE-day today, I will post Xidnaf’s video on Proto-Indo-European (PIE) culture here:

Also I want to note I am currently reading David W. Athony’s The Horse The Wheel and Language or why the domestication of the horse is the main reason why about half of humanity currently speaks an Indo-European language. Since horse domestication is/was very important to PIE culture, I would also like to share CGP Grey’s video on why we – as humanity – ride horses rather than zebra’s:

I wish all of you a nice PIE-day!

PIE Reconstruction

How did historical linguists figure out to reconstruct Proto-Indo-European or PIE? This video by Draw Curiosity explains:

Yesteryear’s sounds

About 3 billion people speak an Indo-European language – a group of languages that have evolved from a common ancestor, known as Proto-Indo-European. Though we have no attested sources of PIE, linguists have been reconstructing PIE for the last few centuries. In the video below one can hear what PIE sounded like.

A Habitat at Ceres Could be the Gateway to the Outer Solar System — Universe Today

A new proposal from the inventor of the E-sail shows how we could create an Earth-like space habitat around Ceres, which could be a gateway to the rest of the Solar System The post A Habitat at Ceres Could be the Gateway to the Outer Solar System appeared first on Universe Today.

A Habitat at Ceres Could be the Gateway to the Outer Solar System — Universe Today

Deep Sea Mining

The combination of population growth and increased level of wealth, result in an increased demand of mineral resources. However, most easily accessible deposits have already been depleted. Therefore attention is shifting towards the ocean floor as a supplier of resources.

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Africa’s battle against the Sahara

Africa is too often overlooked – and I am no exception to this – by writers of mundane science fiction. However, the continent is expected to surpass Asia in population during the next decades.

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Conlanging

The planet of Urando is the setting of my world building “project” I am working on for the last twenty years. As I am trained as a political scientist I spend a lot of detail into the politics, international relations and societies of countries on this world. However, an important part of world building is creating the languages those people speak.

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Orbital Space Settlements

As pointed out in my previous post, in the Elynesia Universe almost all space settlers live in orbital space habitats. However, many people are unfamiliar with this concept. Fortunately, YouTube channel TopTenz has a good introduction video for what orbital space settlements could like:

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