Tour de Force of Subsumption’s Technology

Subsumption Technology

If you read the Author’s Note for Subsumption, also available in blog form, you know that technology is one of the main columns supporting the story (the other is social institutions). So today, we’ll focus on five of the most salient examples of Federation technology that made it into humanity’s hands. However, there are still many more to cover, and there’s an equally rich set of tech used by the Confederation (both topics for upcoming blogs). Continue reading “Tour de Force of Subsumption’s Technology”

The Strong Shapeshifter – Dianna Kos

Dianna Kos

Depending on who you ask, you’ll get wildly different descriptions of Dianna Kos. To her adoring boyfriend, Marcus, she’s the most ambitious woman he’s ever met (excluding his mother, may she rest in peace). Jordan feels the same way and praises Dianna as being brilliant with an incredible work ethic and the best thing that’s ever happened to Marcus. But the sentiment shifts if you ask Marcus’s brother, and guardian, Antony. He sees Dianna as intelligent, duplicitous, spiteful, and dangerous. It’s hard to tell which of these polarized descriptions best captures Dianna’s true personality. Continue reading “The Strong Shapeshifter – Dianna Kos”

The Trusty Trickster – Jordan Kilravock

Jordan Kilravock

Some say paranoia is total awareness, and Jordan Kilravock agrees. In fact, Marcus’s best friend embraces that phrase so completely that he added it to the tapestry of tattoos covering his entire left forearm. At his core, Jordan is a conspiracy theorist. But he’s also a famous creative personality, known to the electronic dance music scene as DJ Beez Nutz, a child prodigy who parlayed his musical career into YouTube notoriety as one of the top enemies of the Federation (despite sharing the same nemesis, Jordan hates the Coalition). Continue reading “The Trusty Trickster – Jordan Kilravock”

The Shadow & The Harold – Brad & Hi!-D

Brad & Hi!-D

An alien and his artificial intelligence sidekick walk into a bar … the punchline being the bar is on the University of Utah campus, so no drinking is allowed. If you’ve heard this joke before, you know about Marcus’s alien researcher, Brad, and his digital assistant, Hi!-D. This duo is the face of the Federation (though Brad uses cloaking technology to project a human image) and their nature raises questions about identity and consciousness in the universe. Continue reading “The Shadow & The Harold – Brad & Hi!-D”