reply to post by zatara
You bring up a good topic.
Have you ever heard of the Markovianrace. It comes from the book series the Well of Souls by Jack L Chalker.
Before I continue-Sci Fi people, it opens the mind to possibilities, read and absorb as much as you can. Forget standard fiction, their are only a
possible 300 types of plots. These can be broken down to only a few sub-types. Once you understand all of the possibilities of these types of stories,
you will know the endings of most film and book stories-EXCEPT for Sci Fi.
A quick synapses of the Well of Souls
An ancient race that existed for many Milleniums had created an empire that spanned the cosmos. They had created computer systems that were miles
thick and surrounded the very planets they lived on. These systems allowed the Markohvians to change the very mathematics of the universe. Anything
they wanted or desired or that they wanted to be, just happened through the power of the mathematics. They lived for millions of years in this way and
never died. After an undetermined length of time they asked themselves, what else is there? Is this all there is?
So they started a project, the largest project ever known. They had decided to create themselves into other beings. Millions of other type beings.
With differing life spans and different realities. They than spread themselves out from their worlds, amongst the stars, to all of the universe.
If you liked The Dune, or the Robot Series(plus subsequent series) or the Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. You will also like this series. I would
say it is on par with all that I mentioned here. Absolutely Brilliant.
Their may be an end of knowledge. It would take millions of millions of years to reach it though.
With each discovery 100's of other questions arise. With each subsequent discovery, advances keep multiplying. There will come a time when the
knowledge itself will become so expansive that it will be hard for us to keep track of it all. This I believe is one of the very first BOUNDARIES we
will have to face. Space travel is not even a very hard one. The knowledge boundary will be our first major boundary.
Excellent topic zatari, I will favorite this thread and stop in to see how it blossoms.
edit to fix the Markovian Name and add Jack L Chalker author
[edit on 1/2/2010 by endisnighe]