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World-builders needed!

Young Omara

Dear friends, family and fellow writers,

I’m building a world and could use your help with some of the details.

Some of you have heard me talk about a character named Omara. (See the attached pics. Young Omara – above – is my favorite.) I’ve been working on the characters and their stories for a while, but now I need to flesh out the society in which they live for it all to make sense. I need some real-world knowledge to help with the details on social structure, politics, sociology and technology. If you have some knowledge in these fields that could be helpful or know of someone who’d be willing to talk with me, I’d greatly appreciate the input.

Here’s the idea in a nutshell:

It’s the future. Humanity either lives on Earth in the future. We have achieved some level of harmony with the natural world (we live about as green as we can while still having technology). We’ve done this (not sure how) in part through the use of technology. Implanted technology. Every child at a certain age (not sure when) has technology implanted in them (nannites? chips? etc.). This allows them to manipulate their world and environment – using transportation, running their homes, connecting and communicating with each other.

However, a small percentage of the population (3%?) experience rejection of the technology implantation. They cannot use the technology. These people become a type of second-class citizen and are, in some respects, considered disabled (compared to the majority of the population). Imagine all the ways that the physically and mentally disabled are treated in the world right now: everything from partnership with them to benign neglect to patronizing concern to ignoring them to disdain and even to de-humanization and cruelty. That is how the “non-techs” are treated in this world.

Older OmaraThere are also two other groups in this world who do things very differently – these are very small groups. One is almost a cult of technology worship in which the people try to make themselves more technological and mechanical as a way to become more than human. If a child in that society is born non-tech, they abandon it outside their village/city for three days. If it dies, they don’t care. If it lives, they keep it as a slave and as fodder for experimentation on making themselves more technological and mechanical.

Then, there’s another group that believes the use of implanted tech is wrong. It is made up of non-techs and techs who live together. Think of a commune type situation. The techs who live there have either had their tech removed or simply refuse to use it. This group is made up of people who dislike the inequalities in current society between the two groups. Some of them are couples (one tech, one non-tech) who have fallen in love with each other but who are not normally permitted to be together. Ideological and romantic refuges, in a sense.

A world such as this will have certain rules, internal logic and structure. I need help in building that and would like information that will help me make this believable.

I appreciate your help and recommendations both for ideas and for people to consult. I’ll keep you up to date on my progress.

Many thanks!

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Your New State-of-the-Art, Space-Age, Awesometastic Movie Theater!

The movie theater of THE FUTURE

Movie theaters are good, but they could be AWESOME with these three simple changes:

BUILD IT UNDERGROUND!
(That’s the entrance. Right there. Between the lampposts.)

Theaters are giant windowless boxes soaking in the sun and using up tons of kilowatts keeping the place nice and cool. What a waste! Put them underground!

Underground movie theaters are energy-efficient and just plain prettier. From the outside. No more giant beige box. However, it’s best to keep the lobby above ground so the staff don’t turn into complete troglodytes.

TICKET/SNACK KIOSKS!

Imagine a row of high-tech kiosks where you can buy your tickets and/or order your snacks for pickup AT THE SAME TIME. Pay for everything at the kiosk, print out your ticket, pick up your snack and GO WATCH THAT DAMN MOVIE!

Fear not! This will not put teenagers out of work. They can staff the regular ticket counters for moviegoers who just can’t handle that there new-fangled technology stuff.

Also, sadly, we still need people to prepare the food. AND techs to fix the kiosks when they break. (Or at least to hang an out-of-order sign on them.)

*Thanks to my hubby Dale for this idea! 🙂

BATHROOMS IN THE THEATER!

No more 10 minute trek to and from the bathroom all while missing a major plot point. Just install a bathroom (or two) just inside the door of each theater at the cineplex.

Each bathroom will have red lighting for less light leakage. There will also be closed circuit TVs showing the same movie as in your theater! Located inside each stall and above the sinks, you’ll never miss a moment!

SPECIAL SPACE-AGED BONUS IMPROVEMENT: THE PERFECT SEATING EVERY TIME!

You’ll always have the perfect seat with the new parallel universe seating arrangements! Using quantum mechanics, multi-dimensional fractals and Schrödinger’s Cat, there is one block of seats in the perfect spot and EVERYONE can sit in it at the same time watching the same movie.

For a few bucks extra, you can buy that seat in a block so you and your friends can sit together!

For double the price of a matinée ticket, you can get the full theater experience: images of everyone else sitting in the theater are projected around you, giving you the full audience effect! Additional features include video and audio, or, for a quieter experience, restrict audio just to standard audience reactions such as gasps, laughter and screams!

A bonus to this bonus: fewer physicists will be out of work creating and maintaining this theater attraction! That’s right, physicists can work in the entertainment industry!!!!! And get free tickets! Sexy!

YOUR NEW AWESOMETASTIC MOVIE THEATER OF THE FUTURE!

So get your friends together and demand to be the first in the nation with a very special, state-of-the-art, space-age, awesometastic, underground, kiosked, interior toileted, multi-dimensional seating theater!

Musical Interlude: Battlestar Galactica

Two pieces from composer Bear McCreary for Battlestar Galactica. A talented composer with a wide range.

 

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