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Brindabella Chronicles Summary The Brindabella Chronicles span three years at the turn of the twenty third century. This is realist future fiction with technologies that are achievable over this current century if we make the effort, and science that is constrained within the bounds of plausibility.

The stories are set in two quite distinct societies. Brindabella is a Janeite community that, with minimal help from modern technologies, has recreated the world of Jane Austen in the Brindabella valley of New South Wales. In contrast, Arkadel – a small floating city in the centre of the Pacific Ocean – is one of the most future oriented societies of the time. It is a swarm hive that's inhabitants devote their lives to preparing their Personal Archives to command spindles – tiny space craft designed to explore the galaxy in large swarms, and sow the seeds of settlement.

Book 1: Brindabella 2200. Arkadelian mathematician and social modeller Mary Wang recruits Tom Oldfield to help solve a scientific quest of her great grandmother Sara, and returns with him to Brindabella. The quest is successful. There are weddings.

Book 2: Brindabella Aftermath. Their findings shock the planet, and shock is quickly turned to fear by groups who's aim is to undermine The Treaty that has maintained peace for the past century. Mary returns to Arkadel in an attempt to quell the fears. She explores worlds of the secretive cybs and learns much from their understanding of swarming. There is another wedding.

Book 3: Brindabella Trust. Mary turns her efforts to reforming The Treaty. Back in Brindabella, she learns about the evolution of religions, gods and ideologies. Now that the world has finally recovered from the collapse of the institutions of the First Enlightenment it is moving into a Second Enlightenment based on trust. There is a death.

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Fluff and Wraiths

From Fluff to Wraiths

Five layers of fluff (magnification X100)

Fluff was developed as a smart, robust packing material by an Arkadelian cyb carbon foundry when their production of millibots started to exceed orders. It consists of a sparse matrix of millibots clinging to each other in layers. It had the ability to mould itself around objects, forming a protective layer that could expand to fill a cavity. It was initially seen as a novelty product with few serious applications that could justify the cost.

In the late 2190s Fisherman developed more sophisticated control algorithms which allowed shape shifting minibots bots to be formed. They are mainly empty space so when light coloured millibots are used, light scatters between them through the matrix causing their shadows to diminish and backlight to filter through. This slightly eerie property led to them being referred to as wraiths. The millibots forming a wraith can pack together to form a "clump" which can expand into one large wraith or multiple smaller ones.

Minibot wraiths (magnification X2)

The extreme flexibility of wraith technology has led to a transformation of the robotics industry, but the principal application of the swarmer inventors has been to transform spindle design. A new generation of spindles is under production that has the whorl almost entirely constructed from fluff. Swarms using these spindles will not just be observers at their destinations, but can reform the wraiths to perform a wide variety of tasks. This has led to an increased interest in landing on interesting planets to perform surface exploration rather than just orbital surveying.

A new generation of high thrust spindles has been developed which are capable of descending into the deep gravity wells of planets. On the surface the whorl wraiths can perform tasks such as building local industrial systems for creating materials, particularly plastics for use in establishing dome-based experimental ecologies.