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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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Brindabella Zone





Brindabella Zone

Launch 2012
Destination 2200 and beyond

We start with a peek at the turn of the twenty first century when Western society was starting to recover from the bloody turmoil of the previous century. The First Enlightenment had reached its inevitable climax of nihilism and hubris, plunging much of the world into totalitarianism propped up by ill-fated ideologies as a desperate attempt to regain order.

There is little to be seen of the daily lives of particular individuals of this era. We have fictional accounts, but these have been deprecated by historians as highly variable in fidelity. What we do have are expressions of individual opinions on a wide variety of topics. Here we present a small sample passed on to PA Winston in the early years of the colony. They reflect an emerging response to the dilemmas facing the world – sowing the seeds for the Second Enlightenment.


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 now subsided, the birth of a new era, the flowering of the Second Enlightenment, was emerging.

For us of the Brindabella 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.

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


Brindabella 2200, 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. 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.





From cell to mind






Personal Archives



Book 2: Brindabella Aftermath – 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 star




The Milky Way Galaxy sky image (source ESA)



Milky Way Galaxy reconstruction (source NASA)






Spindles: swarming to the stars





Balloonscopes: peering into the galaxy





From Bots to Fluff to Wraiths





The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
A reading from Brindabella Aftermath (short test)


Book 3: Brindabella Trust – The Evolution of Gods




From Marduk to Moses









Mary's Neo-Confucian Tetragraph




From Chaos To Order

In Brindabella Trust, 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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