Voyage to Neverwhere

Originally published at: Voyage to Neverwhere | The Associated Worlds

The Greatest Mission
That Never Was!

Brought to you by Parahistoricity, ICC and its associates in the Sodality for Imaginative Parachronism, an unforgettable adventure in space colonization.

From The Creators Of
After Eclipse™, Kanatai Ascendant™
Octopodotopia™ and Crystal Space™

In their latest alternate-history extravaganza, Parahistoricity will recreate the experience of travelling to another world by subluminal generation ship, possibly the most famous road not taken in Imperial history.

From History’s Most Famous Cageworks
And The First Family of Interstellar Travel
Comes The Ship They Did Not Build

Even now, CMS Dream of Many is under construction at the same cageworks above Talentar responsible for the Deep Star sleeper ships, under the supervision of Quandry Lyris, herself a renowned celestime architect and granddaughter of the original designer, Kasjan Lyris. When complete, and her passengers have embarked, she will fly an extended 36-month loop out of and back into the home system to simulate the full interstellar voyage.

A Starship of Dreams
On a Voyage of Eternity

Except for emergencies, the caverns within Dream of Many – carved as it is from the asteroid 1149 Tíranjan – will serve as an almost completely isolated environment in deep space, as the original ship would have been. Once the passengers have embarked, they will take on the role – with oneiroverse-style gnostic overlays to maintain authenticity – of the initial generation setting out to colonize a new world. Eighteen months later, after a celebration and review for turnover, they will assume the new personae of the final generation of colonists, and will guide the ship in to orbit around, and landing on, their “new” world.

The Experience of Two Lifetimes

Tours of the completed segments of the starship are open now. The first departure of the generation ship itself will take place on Midyear’s Day, 7325.

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For The Original
(And Into Another)


Hang on. Generation ship? Don’t they have the lesser immortality? How long is the in-story journey supposed to be?

Maybe the simulation context was before the Greater Immortality, when space-related oopsies and just pure statistics will end up killing enough people on millennia long journeys that the population will eventually be turned over.

A generation ship has new generations being born during the voyage. There’s no requirement that the initial generation can’t live to reach the destination. Presumably, the purpose of assuming the personae of the final generation is to understand the experience of people who have grown up knowing nothing but the ship, both setting foot on a planet for the first time and seeing their living ancestors’ reaction to finally achieving their dream.

Gotta admit, I would totally be onboard for this experience!

@R.C.2021 is correct.

(Also, some very long voyages were tossed about when generation ships were being considered, because they hadn’t done the first Habitable Exoplanet Survey yet.)

If we’re talking like dozens of millennia, then my question becomes whether there are shipboard regulations / cultures to discourage child-rearing, given how large any starting population would swell even with the eldrae’s low birth rate. Or did the shipbuilders add hundreds of percentage points of margin into the life-support design?

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Maybe it’s designed as a gardener ship - you reproduce on the way to a suitable planet, drop off some of your population, and keep going? So yes, they did add that much margin to the life-support because those extra people are necessary for the mission.

That would be a fifth amendment matter, per The Imperial Charter: Section Three | The Associated Worlds ( )

No specific regulation required: the Reproductive Fitness Assurance (Fiscal and Cultural) Act of 2351 already prohibits having children you can’t afford to provide for, and the cost of providing for children in a closed-system environment asymptotically approaches infinite as environmental support capacity approaches its limit.

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