The adventure begins in the year 2256. Mars has been terraformed into a tropical paradise where there is peace, beauty, and the colonists have finally completed their first interstellar spaceship. Although life is good, a genetic bottleneck and genetic mutations have plagued the Mars colonists for more than two hundred years, leaving the population with 95% female inhabitants and men who are born sterile. Chancellor Janna sends her only daughter…
Over the past century, science specialised and branched off into such areas of genetics, quantum physics, astrophysics, neuroscience, molecular biology, nanotechnology, and artificial intelligence. But the past decade has seen a gradual convergence of established specialist areas. These include; nanotechnology and medicine; psychology, artificial intelligence and robotics; genetics and bio-engineering. the convergence is leading to another explosive acceleration of scientific developments and our lives are changing even more rapidly than ever before.
Writers of fiction are struggling to stay ahead of the loop. Gone are the days when Asimov was able to predict scientific developments. The proliferation of developments resulting from the convergences is astounding.
When writing ‘Nanopunk’, I researched developments in various sciences and extrapolated logical convergencies. By the time I completed the final draft, I’d search for ideas I had and discover a laboratory somewhere was already exploring the possibility.
The resources here on SoftMachine.net reflect that convergence as a resource for writers and researchers.