“Welcome to Extralegal Space.

If you seek to recklessly harm the common good, you will be damned twice- once by your peers, then by posterity for vindicating every grasping tyrant.

If you believe in flourishing without the sword and shield of the state, step forth.”

(Part of an unnamed setting that's basically "not-NOT-Parhelion")


Fun fact: each book scanned for the Internet Archive has a unique identifier, usually the title of the item, or its first 16 characters; the volume number, or 00 if there isn't one; and the first 4 characters of the author. So:

If this gets 10 boosts, I'll post a scifi story I wrote in 2011 about Dustbowl Era gangsters and a thermionic tube-programmed robot

Updated Homebrew from fddf5b16b to 625a7808e.
Updated 2 taps (homebrew/core and homebrew/cask).
==> New Formulae


And now: a new book from the Suricrasia Online Online Library

From Mantax Case Studies in Computer Consciousness:
"The Apollo Guidance Computer"
By Heather Meafield and Earl Dayles


Thinking about hardware.slashdot.org/story/19 and how, if the robot wasn't a black monolith with obinously glowing blue lights, it'd probably be better received. Make it blockier, brightly colored panels over a generic powder-coated beige/grey/silver chassis, maybe some 11x17" print ads.

New story by me: "Self-debugging"
The story of an AI who's experiencing weird memory problems, and turns to a chatroom for help.

And then I'll start on the Secret Krampus writing prompt. 25 days to finish that one.

5654 words. That's enough that I can go write up the story without feeling like I'm neglecting this story.

Are there people today who nationally identify as Soviets, as opposed to identifying with one of the post-USSR countries? Why might they do so?

This question brought to you by KSR's Icehenge, published in 1984, which imagined a distant future in which Americans and Soviets were still dominant factions. Would there be Soviets without the USSR?

In Zeta it's confirmed that Von Braun city is built around the footprint of Neil Armstrong. This is neat worldbuilding detail, but

Why do I feel that it's sacrilege?

5200 words at last count, but progress on this story has paused mostly while life priorities took the fore.

I think I successfully quashed the idea in writing.exchange/@ontploffing/

Thanks to content, now I want to write a story of an AI self-diagnosing themself with dysmorphia-related mental issues through forum posts. I'm gonna hold off on this until I get some plot progress in this big project, however.

Introducing Senators of the Solar Symposium!


Once I realized that I’d have to sunset Parhelion, I set about making a gratuitously self-indulgent standalone project to cheer myself up.

And here it is: nine alien politicians, ranging from “heroic” to “hilariously dysfunctional” with everything in between. Taking cues from Star Wars extras, weird legal history on Earth, Terra Ignota, and more.

Get it for free (or name your price) now!


More seriously: Does anyone know where that trope started? The "protagonist running late to school on the first day and carrying a piece of toast in their mouth because they didn't have time to finish breakfast" trope?

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