Alliance-Union Guidebook contributors CJ, Ragi-at-Heart, MAPS CYTEEN ——————– 50 Comments ← Older Comments HRHSpence on June 17, 2012 at 8:01 pm The Hani language text that I wrote years ago under CJ’s guidance, has been updated and is now almost ready for sale. http://strengthofthehills.tripod.com/hanilanguageandculturepage/ Log in to Reply chondrite on June 18, 2012 at 10:59 am I just looked at your Ragi translation of the Babel story. Would the atevi use the same translation for God, Aija Dhailia, as for Bren’s title: Lord of the Heavens?!? o_O I am uncertain how much religion remains in spacefaring Human culture, but that translation might give a jolt to anyone still practicing! Log in to Reply HRHSpence on June 18, 2012 at 11:43 am The Babel Project is an endeavor to highlight constructed languages (conlangs) by showing off the grammar and the morphology for other conlangers. No attempt is made to account for how such a translation would be received by fictitious characters in a book. Yes, I used the term Aija Dhailia, Lord of the Sky or Heavens, as my term for God of the Universe. I am assuming that Bren’s title is not quite so universal. I am thinking in Bren’s culture, religion is treated like we treat the myths of ancient peoples long gone. We translate Gilgamesh, but don’t really want to incorporate his beliefs into our lives. Log in to Reply Ragi-at-heart on February 7, 2013 at 2:19 pm Nice little nod to the possibility of Cyteen really existing: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/new-study-shows-closest-earth-like-planet-stroll-across-park-possibly-13-light-years-away/2013/02/06/16785ec0-7085-11e2-b3f3-b263d708ca37_story.html Log in to Reply Ragi-at-heart on September 9, 2013 at 10:31 am Saw this today: http://www.mercurynews.com/science/ci_24018720/long-frozen-embryo-brings-joy-adoptive-parents. My brain, of course, immediately jumps to Reseune. Log in to Reply rockwestfahl on March 16, 2014 at 12:49 pm Yeah what a thought, if they wanted to claim a greater age than their birthdate shows, could they? I wonder. Log in to Reply BlueCatShip on September 9, 2013 at 10:39 am Wow…that means a story idea I had in the 80’s or 90’s and filed away, and was looking at a couple of weeks ago, is…quite a bit more possible *now* than I would’ve thought. Thanks, Ragi-at-heart. Log in to Reply paul on May 14, 2014 at 10:40 am Solar sibling found. Log in to Reply BlueCatShip on November 13, 2015 at 10:35 am That link takes me to a song video in a language I don’t recognize. I think you meant another link; typo somewhere. Log in to Reply Hanneke on November 13, 2015 at 7:40 am Chanur book 4, Chanur’s Homecoming, is available as ,a href=”https://store.kobobooks.com/nl-nl/ebook/chanur-s-homecoming”>an e-book on Kobo! Hurrah, finally the series is complete in e-book format. Log in to Reply Hanneke on November 13, 2015 at 7:42 am Chanur book 4, Chanur’s Homecoming, is available as an e-book on Kobo! Hurrah, finally the series is complete in e-book format. (Sorry for the typo, please remove the first try; and if this one’s in the wrong spot please move it to where it belongs). Log in to Reply BlueCatShip on November 13, 2015 at 10:41 am Oh, hurray! Now Chanur’s Homecoming is finally showing up for Amazon Kindle as well! Excellent! Log in to Reply BlueCatShip on November 29, 2015 at 10:47 am A question regarding azi (clones) in Alliance-Union books: I don’t recall it being mentioned. Union creates azi clones quite a lot. I can’t recall if Earth or the Merchanter’s Alliance do also, but I thought they did later. However, my real question is, how are azi clones gestated? Are there surrogate mothers? Or are there artifical wombs? Perhaps both? Are surrogate mothers given special incentives? Or how does this work? — Given examples like 40,000 in Gehenna, with large numbers of azi clones sent on colonial missions, I’d think there’d be some artificial gestation. But that presents problems of how to assure it’s as much like a natural process as possible. Also, given the nursery crêches / dormitory-style living we saw in Cyteen and another book or two, apparently again there are large numbers of clones (azi and CIT) who are raised communally after birth. So there’s a whole system involved there in raising large numbers of identical clones, and having them interact with others, clones and natural-born persons, to ensure whatever results are wanted. Hmm…. There’s surely a lot of story potential in there somewhere. (I’m glad you didn’t take the satirical / absurdist approach Aldous Huxley did in Brave New World.) — Now I have the urge to reread Cyteen, and read the Regenesis sequel. (I still think it’s telling, how I didn’t initially get the full nature of Justin and Grant’s relationship, when I first read the books in the late 80’s. I was in, I think, the second book, in a scene where Justin and Grant have an argument in a bathroom in offices, when I finally got it and wondered why I hadn’t. But that shows my own state of mind / development with my own feelings, at that time. — And the book helped. It was a nudge along the way.) Log in to Reply Tommie on September 5, 2016 at 9:26 pm Unfortunately, I find Huxley’s view in that book very likely, given humanity’s nature. Brave New World is as heart and gut wrenching for me as Serpent’s Reach. Log in to Reply CJ on November 29, 2015 at 1:42 pm Artificial wombs, complete with heartbeat, sounds, movement, etc. Many born-women opt to have their own ‘natural’ children via such, as far more convenient. Log in to Reply WolfOfCampscapel on April 29, 2017 at 11:58 am We’re getting there, slowly. http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/04/fluid-filled-biobag-allows-premature-lambs-develop-outside-womb Log in to Reply BlueCatShip on November 29, 2015 at 3:58 pm Aha, thank you, CJ! Log in to Reply kiloecho on December 25, 2015 at 6:38 pm So my question is, with the majority of attention being given to the Foreigner universe, do you think we will see one more Alliance/Union novel? Log in to Reply CJ on September 5, 2016 at 1:08 pm The answer is yes. Log in to Reply Paul Armstrong on July 24, 2016 at 8:21 pm stuck on references to emory and wallingsford. any help? Log in to Reply knnn on September 4, 2016 at 12:53 pm Although my allegiance is to Alliance, I do like Foreigner; but I avoid that chat because I’m always several volumes behind. If you like Alliance, you will likely feel at home in the first volume of Foreigner. (and my favorite character is the Dowager by far) Log in to Reply knnn on September 5, 2016 at 12:16 am Sorry, I put the above comment in the wrong thread. I meant it for the Alliance-Union Books thread. Log in to Reply paul on May 4, 2017 at 9:23 am As Epsilon Eridani plays a significant role in AU, it’s nice to know it is developing a solar system of its own. http://www.news.iastate.edu/news/2017/05/02/eridani Log in to Reply Wes on July 30, 2017 at 3:23 am I was recently rereading most of the books, and two questions nag me. 1) Is there any guidance systems or jets at all on the shells/missiles fired during the Earth Company? And does the same apply to the Compact hunter ships? 2) Just how do the Methane breathers fight? K’nnn’s tech is so advance they could jump a ship into hyperspace, but the T’Ca don’t seem that advanced. So are the T’ca ships armed? Log in to Reply ← Older Comments Submit a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.