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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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The Galaxy

Our Milky Way Galaxy

For anyone concerned that in heading out into the Milky Way galaxy we might cause the kind of disruption that European explorers and colonists created on Earth, or from a broader perspective our first human migrations across the planet, it's necessary to gain a sense of perspective. The time taken for light to traverse the universe is roughly the time that Homo Sapiens has existed on this planet.

In the diagram above, the small inner circle around the sun is about 1000 light years (ly) in radius. The spindles described in Brindabella Chronicles may reach a tenth of the speed of light, so it would take 10,000 years to travel this distance.

Is it likely we would find life in this region? That's a question we can't answer now, but it is reasonable to assume that if we do, then life must be common across the galaxy. The alternative is that life has arisen rarely, and by some unknown means has been transmitted across small regions.

Stars within 12.5ly

This is the local region that we might, at 20% of light speed (0.2c), be able to probe and recieve a signal back within a human lifespan. (source: Atlas of The Universe)

Stars within 50ly

This is the region that we might be able to probe and recieve a signal back on a millennial timescale. (source: Atlas of The Universe)

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