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.
Urando is the name of a planet and its single continent, which is about the size of all terrestrial continents combined. Besides this super-continent there are several “small islands” on the planet. Though usually called small islands, several have sizes between that of Iceland and that of Greenland. These islands are scattered across the Urandan Ocean and most are uninhabited, due to the large distances between them and the mainland. Continue reading →
I have previously posted a photograph of the map of Urando. However, I have now properly scanned this map, so I am now able to use graphic software (Inkscape and GIMP) to edit the map and to produce maps of individual regions and countries.
My intention is to update an improved map of Urando and maps of Gramatia and Benya before New Year. Later this week I will post more background articles regarding Urando.
As things go as planned, I will get another computer in some time from now. The principle OS which I will install on it, will be – of course – a Linux distribution. However, I intend to run a couple of other operating systems using virtualization (kvm, to be precise). I have compiled a list of some guest OSes, including some other Linux distributions, but also a few other OSes: Continue reading →
No, I am not gone. The last few months I was just busy to finish my thesis, so I had put my WP activity on a hold. Fortunately I have now completed my studies (finally) and hence I have now the time to do things I like more. Consequently I will resume posting stuff once more. Continue reading →
This is an excerpt of a cancelled novel by me: The Dead of All My Enemies
I was sitting behind my desk, when my last surviving enemy stepped into my office. I looked up from my work, straight into the eyes of my arch nemesis. Perfectly calm I asked: Continue reading →
Name: The Republic of Faiakea
Primary location: Main Asteroid Belt
Form of government: unitary parliamentary republic
Capital city: Ogygia
Economic system: warrantism, distributism
Official ideology/state religion: hedonic realism
Role in international relations: small power
Main allies: none, isolationist state
Main rivals: most other spacer nations
National Anthem: the joy of work
National sport: paintball hunting
Here my short review of the UK 2017 general election.
Though May’s Conservative Party did manage to increase its popular vote by 5.5 percent point to 42 percent, the party lost its slim majority but with 318 seats, they remain the largest party. However, May did call this election in increase the Conservative majority in the House of Commons, this result is very disappointingly. Continue reading →
Fifty years after the Lunar Radio Observatory was completed, radio-astronomer Cyrus landed on the far side of the Moon. He would spent the next six months on Earth’s only natural satellite. The lunar base which would be his home during this period, was located about 25 kilometers to the south of the Daedelus crater. Cyrus’ job was simple, he had to ensure the LRO was operated properly and to manage the collection of information. Continue reading →
Butanol is quite similar to gasoline and can be produced from biological waste. As such it might become an essential part in the future of the global energy mix.