How the Cave System Below Feldencourt went Undiscovered

In Scribes’ Descent, after a quake hits Feldencourt, the ground splits open to expose a vast cave system 100 meters below the city.  Infrastructure damage from a magnitude 7.0 earthquake in Anchorage, Alaska in 2018. Image credit: USGS. How did it go unnoticed for centuries prior when they had ground penetrating radar (GPR)? Klein explained it this way: “Nobody knew… Continue reading How the Cave System Below Feldencourt went Undiscovered

Holovisor Features

In Scribes’ Descent, most Imnans who refuse the neural implant opt for the holovisor instead. Think of a hologram projector glued to the forehead. That sounds futuristic, but you can buy hologram projectors today. I mean, we are in the year 2023, after all. Anyhow, holovisors do much more, boasting some pretty wild features. Saps, this is starting to sound like a commercial.… Continue reading Holovisor Features

Nuclear fusion in the Scribeverse and in Ours

Merry Christmas everyone! Let’s talk about nuclear fusion (tis’ the season to fuse atoms) About two weeks ago, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory confirmed it had finally achieved fusion ignition. Scientists hailed it as a major breakthrough. One we’d spent sixty years and billions of dollars to reach. But what is ignition, and what does this have to do with… Continue reading Nuclear fusion in the Scribeverse and in Ours

Why Mallory’s ears popped in the Bioprison

In Scribes’ Descent, Mallory descends a deep mine called the Bioprison. It’s encased in an indestructible black barrier stone that’s segmented by horizontal slabs into chambers. Doors in the slabs allow only a few to pass. Mallory is one of those privileged people. Well, privileged might be a stretch. If you’ve read the book, you’ll know why 🙂 And you may have wondered… Continue reading Why Mallory’s ears popped in the Bioprison

Keeping Sailing Ships Upright

Emolecipation mentions the ballast space at the bottom of sailing ships. Sailors filled these spaces with heavy stuff: smooth stones, dirt, anchors, or extra cannons. (Stones with jagged edges can damage the wooden hull, so smooth stones were preferred.) It may seem wasteful to add useless material to a ship, but weight at the bottom helps stabilize it. A top-heavy object tends to tip over.… Continue reading Keeping Sailing Ships Upright

How moles made floating islands in Emolecipation

In Emolecipation, talking moles have built what appear to be islands, but are actually rafts born up by countless bobblenuts. (like a coconut, but twice the size) Their shells are extremely strong and durable, and when treated with certain oils, can last centuries in seawater without cracking or eroding. (a big claim, I know. I might be handwaving… Continue reading How moles made floating islands in Emolecipation

About the Spacenet

Scribes’ Descent starts off with eight-year-old Mallory on Planet Imna, then jumps ahead in time to show eighteen-year-old Mallory on Planet Daishon. These planets lie on opposite sides of the Moren galaxy, and yet Mallory makes the trip in only three months. This is possible because a wormhole forms a shortcut by joining two points that lie on a sharply curved plane… Continue reading About the Spacenet

Med Nanos, Part 2

Installation Med nanos are injected into any major blood vessel. Within the bloodstream, they swim to various attachment points according to onboard AI logic and commands from the master assembly bots. Like sea turtles hatching from their eggs on the shore, some nano bots won’t make it to their destinations. Some become defective. Others might contain burn-in… Continue reading Med Nanos, Part 2

Med Nanos, Part 1

HistoryIn the year 8125AS, the medical nanobot goes into wide circulation. Dr. Kipica Aordim makes the greatest contributions to the invention and receives the Medal of Radian Glory, the highest honor in Mikklesia. This invention triggers other history-changing inventions at the Daishon Research Facility (DRF). Ten years later, the DRF develops the first holovisor, which uses med nanos to… Continue reading Med Nanos, Part 1