0900 to 3200 AT: Interstellar Era

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The Interstellar Era can be divided into five periods. These are actually overlapping rather than distinct, and represent stages in the transition from the human and ai led First Federation to the fully transapient-ruled Inner Sphere Era.

  • Early AI History and Development  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev, Ben Higginbottom, Anders Sandberg, John B and Ryan B
    The emergence of the first Artificially Intelligent entities. A short history of the evolution of the AIs from machine to transapient.
  • Early Interstellar Colonists  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Without the vision and sacrifices of the hardy and courageous colonists, humankind would never have left the safety of Earth. Leaving aside the early government and megacorporate projects during the 1st century a.t. (21st century c.e.), which were very cost intensive and only involved very few individuals, six main phases of deep space can be discerned: the Interplanetary, the Nanotech Window, the mostly early First Federation period of private initiative, the Middle to Late First Federation period of megacorp colonisation, the Age of Expansion, and the post-Expansion Age Adventurers.
  • Eugenesis of Vesta  - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Hyperturing philosopher, mystic, artist, mathematician, fabulist, and statesbeing from Vesta, Old Solsys.
  • Extropia - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    [1] Interlinked Information to First Federation age evolving communities embodying extropian values. Included both virtual cultural communities and actual communities in several orbital free zones.
    [2] Belt habitat of Extropist sect, Interplanetary Age to Nanotech Age.
  • Federation of Worlds, The - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Another name for the First Federation.
  • Fedhead - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    [1] Neoromantic socio-ideological movement that advocates a romanticized First Federation style government with equal power sharing between hu and ai (see also Codominionism).
    [2] Historical or memetic recreationists that are crazy about all things "First Federation".
    [3] A historical or pseudo-historical lazurocultural recreation such as Clade Fedhed.
  • Gaiacene Epoch - Text by Stephen Inniss
    A term used to designate the new geological epoch and ice age on Old Earth from the Technocalypse and the Great Expulsion onwards. Preceded by the Holocene.
  • Galarreta, Fay - Text by Anders Sandberg
    One of the founders of the First Federation, Fay Galarreta of Vesta was to many the inspiration of the new leadership. A charismatic political scientist-cyberneticist who formulated the widely acclaimed first principles of of how to make use of integrated AI advice and simulation in interplanetary government. While she died just three years before the Federation was founded her ideas on nanotech security and transrational game theory applied in politics became the basis of the Federation movement.
  • KuanYinism - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    First Federation period cyborg devotional-meditation worship school, originally derived from Mahayanist worship of Kuan Yin and incorporating elements of the Universal Church.
  • Post-Expulsion Period - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
    Generic name for the eight thousand years of terragen history since the expulsion by the nascent archailect GAIA of all but a few sophonts from Earth.
  • Uploading Technology, The Early History of   - Text by Steve Bowers
    The early history of Scions, Evocations, Destructive Uploading, and Copying.
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Text by M. Alan Kazlev

Initially published on 12 July 2001.

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