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Orbital

I've had the title in my head for a while. Only just figured out what to do with it.

Orbital

A story

by Stewart Wilson

Four days from now, the Starsmore Institute will announce that they have unlocked a means of instant transportation that will make aeroplanes, helicopters and ships all redundant. Distance, on the planet at least, will become irrelevant. They're using applied philosophy, as well as some bleeding edge physics and metaphysical thoughtmachines to shunt matter into concept-space and re-form it. It's not been tested, but it will be unveiled in such a way as to make it's unveiling impossible to cover up.

They are going to move Lady Liberty back to France.

The philosopher-engineers have made breakthrough after breakthrough in getting things just right. Theyve found a way to tap into the global subconsciousness, moving objects there by translating them through multiple dimensions: eight spacial, five temporal, and three Platonic. The end result is that whatever is being moved is shunted out to the collective subconscious thought-field that orbits the planet without ever being seen. Then all you do is focus people in the delivery area on the object you are delivering, bringing it back into the conscious, and voila. Their minds provide enough energy to start the thought-machine which is beamed to them, and the object is dragged back into physical existance.

They've not thought of the applications of this technology, and this is without the implications of distanceless transport (for who is to say that humans cannot be turned into thought-forms?). The only way to focus people in both sending and recieving is by a large amount of sattelites with giant meme guns, beaming consciousness alterations that end up changing reality. Meme guns are banned for even military use, of course. There's just something wrong with being able to shoot an self-propagating autocannibalisation meme at anyone, even if they are soldiers. Yet there are all of these meme guns in space.

How do we avoid tampering, then? The simplest answer, since we now have a worldwidecovering of the damn things, would be to bombard the world with a simple memetic command not to attempt to damage the sattelites. But what about those with deep level neuroprogramming, who have set up baflers? You can imagine at least twenty governments keeps people like this around deliberately for such things, shedding meme-infected personalities like a snake sheds it's skin. Now, imagine them all tryig to break in to what amounts to a planetwide branwashing facility.

Yes. That's what this is. The whole thing is being sold under the "mass transit" angle, but the Starsmore Institute just wants to make people think the way it thinks. The only way to avoid the double-blanks is to carpet the planet with viral placidity. But, as with all viruses, some mutations will occur. These mutated thoughts will infect others, accruing the sub- and unconscious detritus that humanity walks through every day, unaware as it is the backdrop of the level of reality ascribed to the consciousness, that we never see. They will begin to evolve consciousness.

Imagine that, children. A handful of viral consciousnesses moving themselves instantly from place to place, unifying the populace. Hives of people, each working together with the thought-machines that created their overarching metamind to trawl the Platonic Forms for impossibly beautiful creations that will be used as weapons of war.

This will come to pass, I know. It happened once before, before your planet was created. Where we now stand is the memetic distribution point we used, and that destroyed us. I was the only one left, by virtue of being here, as opposed to the surface.

It is a lonely life on the Moon. Perhaps you would join me?

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aarondb
Jul. 5th, 2003 05:50 am (UTC)
There are no words.

There is only coolness.

A lot of it.
everinward
Jul. 5th, 2003 06:43 pm (UTC)
Hmm... It sounds as though the author is, itself, a purely memetic mind, in search of additions to its gestalt consciousness.
coaldustcanary
Jul. 7th, 2003 04:17 pm (UTC)
Damn, love. I can't find the words to describe the coolness that you've created there. More. Please.
lisechen
Jul. 7th, 2003 11:39 pm (UTC)
.........spooky. Spooky-cool spooky. Spook-o-rama. 'Lise stamp of approval.
(Anonymous)
Jul. 13th, 2003 09:09 pm (UTC)
Very nice, yes it is. Lovely lovely. You're an odd Brit, you are, thinking up this wackiness, but the results are quite lovely. This is me, grining and clapping.

Bob the Aussie.
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