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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.

./Book 1 - Brindabella 2200
./Book 2 - Brindabella Aftermath
./Book 3 - Brindabella Trust

Brindabella Zone

Brindabella Zone

Launch 2012
Destination 2200 and beyond

The turn of the twenty third century saw the first of the great swarms leaving Neptune for their journey of exploration and settlement across the galaxy.

It also saw us throw off the increasingly burdensome shackles of The Treaty, which had competed its task of reducing tensions between the zones and creating global stability. With the turmoil generated by two Industrial Revolutions subsided, the birth of a new era, the flowering of the Second Enlightenment, was emerging.

For we of the Brindabella High Plain, our ‘little plain hemmed by a fairy ring of hills’, it also saw the scattering of the initial spores that have mushroomed into the vibrant community we now enjoy.

Book 1: Being Human – From Cell to Mind

The Brindabella Valley (more)
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When Mary decided to resume the quest of her great grandmother Sara she had no idea where it would lead her. She would never have guessed that the trail ended in a shallow rim pool deep in a cave. The only thing she had known for certain was that Sara's quest had vital significance for Arkadel's swarms.

Rim pools (more)

Being Human, is the story of this scientific quest. Along the way, the participants explore the questions of what we are as humans and what we are as individuals, and how our brain, mind, and consciousness evolved.

From cell to mind (more)

For Mary and her Arkadelian culture there is also the question of how reliably a Personal Archive can capture the character or spirit of a person and propagate that through time and space beyond their physical existence.

Personal Archives (more)

Book 2: Children at the Gates of Dawn – With Spindles to Stars

Back in Arkadel, as she tries to understand and quench the furore and fear that the results of their quest unleashed, Mary explores the worlds of the secretive cybs. They expand her understanding of swarming – the goal of all Arkadelians to send their PAs out into the galaxy on expeditions of exploration and, eventually, human settlement. She wonders whether this hope for the future is what has made Arkadel relatively immune to the fear campaigns. She realises that a key to understanding the behaviour and evolution of whole cultures is childhood – in particular the importance of children's stories.

Jordan Peterson: wishing on a star

The Milky Way Galaxy sky image (source ESA)

Milky Way Galaxy reconstruction (source NASA)

Spindles: swarming to the stars (more)

Millions of tiny craft, each controlled by its owner's PA, heading out to explore our galactic neighbourhood. Will colonisation be possible, and if so at what level? These are the questions forming in Mary's mind.

Balloonscopes: peering into the galaxy (more)

Refuelling stations will be set up around gas giant planets along the way. They will also serve as communications stations. Balloonscopes can act as transmitters and receivers in addition to exploring neighbouring solar systems.

From Bots to Fluff to Wraiths (more)

A new technology is emerging with wraiths. Large numbers of millibots have been trained to act together, initially as smart packaging and other niche applications, but as production increases and costs reduce a wider range of applications extends to them forming larger bots that can transform shape and function. Is a new form of bot conflict emerging before The Treaty can adapt to their existence? The Treaty is being pushed beyond another limit, and Mary's attention is increasingly turning to its reform.

Illustration by Paul Bransom in The Wind in the Willows
The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
A reading from Brindabella Aftermath (short test)

Book 3: The Evolution of Gods

From Marduk to Moses (more)

With the visions of George's delirium stirring dark memories from his own past, and wrestling with the dilemmas of Manor succession, Tom is thrown into confusion.
Clare asks Mary whether Arkadel has a god. Mary eventually realises that it does, and that this realisation has relevance for Treaty Reform.

This turns their attention to the symbolism of Mary's Tetragraph.

From Chaos To Order

Karl and Mary discuss the shift in physics from the classical world of Newton to the supraclasical, or supranatural, world that exists where nature forms structures in the realm between chaos and harmony. Their examples range from quantum mechanics through to patterns in social interactions, to the evolution of solar systems and the significance of the Golden Mean. Tom extends this to his view of the brain and our perception of beauty and the supernatural, while Clare points out that this was the intuition she'd been trying to describe all along.

Solar system formation: source

Music of the spheres:
Resonant motions of seven exoplanets of TRAPPIST-1
Click START to hear frequency sped up to
audible frequencies or STOP to silence them.
Click near sun to restart orbits.

slower faster

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