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Re: Concosmic Conlocation (was; Re; Back!)

From:Patrick Dunn <tb0pwd1@...>
Date:Monday, July 19, 1999, 22:34
On Mon, 19 Jul 1999, J. Barefoot wrote:

> >On Sun, 18 Jul 1999 23:56:38 -0600 Adam Parrish <myth@...> writes: > > > I'm curious as to how other conlangers have solved the problem > > >of cosmic location, since it does seem to be rather vital to an > > >important part of a language's vocabulary. It seems to me that most > > >of > > >us have languages set in an Earth with a different social history > > >(extreme: Tokana, where civilization never took place; less extreme: > > >Brithenig, where history diverged hundreds of years ago; even less > > >extreme: Elet Anta and Teonaht, which make no modification to history > > >except to suggest the presence of secretive subcultures). An almost > > >equal proportion have chosen to locate their creations on distant > > >planets (the Kolagian languages, many of Nik Taylor's creations, and > > >the > > >ubiquitous Star Trek languages). I'm not satisfied with either of > > >these > > >options. Have I missed anything? Is there a middle ground? > > > > >Whee, I've rambled long enough, > > >Adam > >
After colonizing Alpha Centuri A, humans began looking for new places to cast their seed. Unfortunately, the nearest planet, orbiting Epsilon Eridani, was 11 light years from earth. Far too far away. Then we ran into the Advena, an alien race who offered to take us under their wing in return for our obedience. Our leaders accepted, and thus gained the right to use Advena gravity-bending ships, to colonize five worlds, and to petition for redress of grievances (such petitions were always ignored). As part of the Advena empire, we began exploring, already chaffing under our new reins. The Advena refused to share gravity control, and we couldn't give up when that secret, which made space travel feasible, existed. We arrived around Epsilon Eridani II, to discovered artificial satallites already in orbit. The Advena made no claim to the world, as its only land mass was an enormous archipegalo in the midst of its hurricane-lashed ocean. We landed, named the planet Ahura-Mazda, and then met our first native. Tall, brown-skinned, well-dressed, and human. Riding something that looked like a golf-cart. The Hataso have no idea how they got to Ahura-Mazda. Well, except for one Hataso, a biologist who discovered a clever nanomachine stuck to her DNA, one that was constantly transmitting a signal through quantum twinning. Once she knew where to look, it wasn't hard to find these same nanomachines everywhere. Including offworld DNA. That's my story, and I'm stickin' to it.