Cosmic Cradle – a chapter dredged

This 1500 word opening chapter is a rehash of something I started years ago.

The idea that a generational starship is the exact wrong way to send humanity (and its supporting environment of plants and animals and bacteria and fungus) out into the stars, is why I started this story. Generational ships are just plain stupid. Nobody wants to live and die traveling in a tin can. And cryogenic preservation of grown humans will probably never work.

So, how does humanity infect the galaxy with its ilk? With a starship designed to travel, arrive, and then grow humans, as well as all other fauna and flora, from zygotes and seeds; with android “Mother” and “Father” figures to raise children (Raised by Wolves’esque) once orbit around a distant candidate planet was attained.

The problem with such a system is that the ship itself must be the primary caretaker. But how can an intellect survive, sane, the hundreds of years necessary to travel to the target system? I propose the ship be equipped with a duality of intellects. Janus-like.

Read the story in a new tab here.

(I’ll get my editor to review and correct obvious mistakes. She, however, hesitates when tasked with serious wordgery. So, no doubt this piece will suffer from the lack of stronger skills than my own.)

34 thoughts on “Cosmic Cradle – a chapter dredged

  1. When I was reading, the questions that went through my head were about what sort of development the AI personalities will undergo, will they remain static, or become philosophical, or evil. I worried if they were paying attention to the embryos and if they weren’t, what if, on the new planet, they grew up into truly hideous fucked up examples of humanity?

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  2. Ok, I read the chapter. Sci-fi is not my favorite, but this was a very pleasant read. Did you mean for certain passages to be funny? I chuckled a few times during their interactions. The different ‘characters’ are so perfectly designed – they leap off the page! I can totally see/hear them as if they were people.

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    1. Well, thank you, Goldie. Writing dialog for characters who have no corporeal bodies is challenging. They can’t lift an eyebrow, scowl, stare vacantly out the window…
      Typically, I refrain from using dialog tags other than said. But I figured in this case they were necessary.

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        1. The theory behind only said focuses on making the characters’ behavior elicit the readers understanding of the dialog context — the Show Me premise. “A non-said dialog tag generally comes with emotion or behavior embedded,” he blurted.

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  3. Okay, finished the story…Asimov-esque I must say. Two AI intellects can’t even get along…annoy the hell out of each other. Are we better off alone? 16million zygotes…enough to populate a world and enough for some to die from random chance. Perhaps your two AIs started that game, created those virtual worlds and we’re still in them…still traveling through space…living in our own delusions…

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  4. Cat Stevens definitely came to my mind, too.
    The idea seems interesting. I will read it shortly.
    Wouldn’t you want to live and die in a tin can? For humanity! To be read and spoken about for years to come. The glory and honor.

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        1. Passengers’esque then?

          Isaac Arthur’s Youtube channel is my go-to for all things futuristic.

          An O’Neill Cylinder, traveling across star-gaps, might be a fun idea, too. It’s a generational concept, but at least it “feels” like planet-side living.

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  5. I need to finish reading the story, but I like the beginning!

    The problem I see with growing humans or anything else at the destination is that assumes the destination has a compatible biosphere, probably a rarity. I fear the stars belong to our AI progeny. (Not that the seed ship idea can’t still make for a fun story.)

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