Idee und Inhalt meines Buches

"Jede entsprechend weit fortgeschrittene Technologie ist von Magie nicht zu unterscheiden" (Zitat von Arthur C. Clarke)


Diese Idee hat mich nicht mehr losgelassen bis ich schließlich damit begonnen habe ein Buch darüber zu schreiben. Es geht um virtuelle Welten, die so perfekt simuliert sind, dass sie von der realen Welt nicht mehr zu unterscheiden sind. Da in der virtuellen Welt alles möglich ist, gibt es in meinem Buch sowohl Zukunftstechnologie, wie sie in Science Fiction Romanen zu finden ist, als auch typische Fantasy Elemente wie Magie, Fabelwesen und Fantasiewelten.

In meinem Blog werde ich nicht nur über den Fortschritt meines Buches berichten, sondern auch allgemein zu SciFi und Fantasy Themen.

Gerne lasse ich mich hierbei von euch inspirieren.

Wer mag, kann mich gerne direkt kontaktieren: roy.ofinnigan@t-online.de

Diesen Blog durchsuchen

Samstag, 14. September 2013

Schöne neue 3D-Welt

Schon wieder eine interessante Meldung. Teile von 3D Druckern werden jetzt auch in Kampfjets verwendet.

 

Habe gerade eine interessante Meldung gesehen. Jetzt gibt es auch schon 3D Drucker für Pizza. Super!









© MakerBot





Die Entwicklung bei 3D Druckern schreitet rasant voran. Ich habe ja schon in einem früheren Blog berichtet, dass 3D Drucker in meinem Buch eine große Rolle spielen. 

Meine Geschichte spielt in der Zukunft und da ist die Technologie natürlich schon sehr viel weiter als heute. Sie heißen dann auch nicht mehr „3D Drucker“ sondern „Nanoprinter“. Man kann mit ihnen so ziemlich alles herstellen was es gibt. Komplexe Geräte brauchen natürlich ihre Zeit bis sie ausgedruckt sind aber wer Geduld und die entsprechenden Ausgangsmaterialien in Form von Nanopulver zur Verfügung hat, braucht nichts mehr zu kaufen. Vorausgesetzt natürlich er verfügt über entsprechende 3-D Pläne. UND, nicht zu vergessen, er hat das mit den Urheberrechten entsprechend abgeklärt.

Das ist wichtig. Sonst könnte ja jeder eine identische Kopie der Mona Lisa herstellen und behaupten er hätte das Original. Das werden die im Louvre bestimmt nicht gerne sehen. Um das zu verhindern werden sie in Zukunft wahrscheinlich Horden von Abmahnanwälten beschäftigen. Aber ich schweife ab. Das sollte gar nicht mein Thema heute sein.
Stellen Sie sich einfach mal vor man könnte mit einem 3D Drucker alles ausdrucken, was man möchte. Dann können Gegenstände praktisch wie ein Email verschickt werden. Ikea verschickt dann nur noch die 3D Pläne des Billi Regals und wir drucken es zu Hause aus.
Natürlich schon zusammengebaut. Okay, für die unverwüstlichen Liebhaber des Inbus Schlüssels gibt das dann immer noch die Option „Einzelteile“ zum häuslichen zusammenbauen.

Oder sie möchten ein neues Smartphone? Natürlich individualisiert mit ihrem selbst gestalteten Gehäuse? Kein Problem. Kann sein, dass es ein paar Tage dauert, bis es ausgedruckt ist. Aber wen stört das schon?

Das eröffnet völlig neue Produktions- und Vermarktungskonzepte. Natürlich wird es in Zukunft auch noch Fabriken geben. Zum Beispiel für standardisierte Massenware. Oder für komplexe Produkte wie Autos, die aus vielen verschiedenen Teilen bestehen.
Daneben wird sich aber auch ein Markt für sehr individuell gestaltete Produkte etablieren, die in vielen dezentralen kleinen Druckzentren gefertigt bzw. gedruckt werden. Oder gleich zu Hause, wenn man einen entsprechend vielseitigen Drucker dort stehen hat.
Übrigens, das geht auch mit Essen. Die Firma Modern Meadow in USA arbeitet an einer Technologie Fleisch auszudrucken. Sie planen einem Lebenden Tier Fleischzellen zu entnehmen, diese in einem Labor zu vermehren und dann mittels 3-D Druckverfahren, Schicht für Schicht, ein Steak auszudrucken.



© Modern Meadow

 
Keine Angst das Tier wird dabei nicht ernsthaft verletzt oder getötet. Ihm wird nur eine kleine Gewebeprobe entnommen.

Die Vorteile Fleisch auszudrucken liegen auf der Hand. Um den Proteinbedarf von Menschen zu decken, müssen dann keine Tiere mehr getötet und geschlachtet werden. All die Nachteile und negativen Auswirkungen auf die Umwelt durch die Massentierhaltung entfallen. Ganz abgesehen davon, dass es gar nicht genügend Landfläche auf der Erde gibt, um genügend Tiere für Neun bis Zehn Milliarden Menschen halten zu können.
Sie denken das sei Science Fiction? Mitnichten! Lebensmitteldrucker gibt es auch heute schon. Hier ist ein interessantes Video dazu.







foxload.com Blogverzeichnis - Blog Verzeichnis bloggerei.de Blogverzeichnis Blog Top Liste - by TopBlogs.de Blogverzeichnis RSS Verzeichnis

Donnerstag, 5. September 2013

The Wheel of Time - Review

© Robert Jordan




DONE. I have finished reading the longest fantasy sequel in the world. Eventually!
Today I’ve closed book 14 of Robert Jordan’s “The Wheelof Time”.
I have started to read the first book back in 1998. At that time neither me nor any of the numerous fans had any idea how many books and how much time it will take to get to the end.
Sometimes in between I almost lost faith and was about to give up. But now I am proud and satisfied that I have read all of these books. Each one of them as thick as a brick! Of course I always was curious how this story is going to end.
Almost it seems to me that Robert Jordan wanted to keep writing forever on this epic creation just like the Wheel of Time which never stops. But fate had a different plan for him. On the last page of each book there is a section “About the Author”. It always ended “… He has been writing since 1977 and intends to continue until they nail shut his coffin.”
That unfortunately did happen in 2007. Blood and bloody ashes! At that time I thought this will be the premature end of the series. He died with book 12 “The Gathering Storm” unfinished. Light help me, I thought. I’m never going to find out how it ends. Fortunately there was Brandon Sanderson who took over and finished the opus.
He did an excellent job picking up the style and the atmosphere of the previous books. At that time already everybody was longing for the end and therefore hoping that he will end it quickly. But Robert Jordan’s legacy contained so much material that it still took him another two books to finish.
To me, the last book “A Memory of Light” was the best of all. It is full of action and all the loose ends and individual story lines merge together and come to a surprising end - which I am not going to spoil.

And so it begins:

“The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one Age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose in the Mountains of Mist. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning.”

And as the wind blows the story unfolds in a world where all life is woven into a pattern which takes care for the balance between good and bad, light and darkness, love and hate, and so on. Outside the pattern exists the Dark One who represents the ultimate evil. He has been locked away into a cave at Mount Shayol Ghul by the previous Dragon Reborn. His prison has been sealed but over time the seals are weakening and he is gaining influence again over the pattern. As his power increases the evil in the world grows and the Dragon is reborn to fight him and to get rid of him in the Last Battle for good.
It takes several Books until Rand Al’Thor from the remote village Emonds Fields finally accepts his role as the Dragon Reborn. Of course the Dark One has powerful minions – the Forsaken – who compete with each other who is going to be the one to capture Rand and his friends to deliver them to the Dark One. Or who is doing to most damage to the Armies of the Light.
As the Forsaken are hunting Rand, Egwene, Mat, Nynaeve and Perrin they are being forced to flee from home. They would stand no chance if not helped by Moiraine and her Warder. 
Moiraine is a powerful women who can channel.Channeling is a way to perform magic by weaving the One Power. Women who can do that are called Aes Sedai. There are also men who can channel but since the Dark One has tainted the male side of the One Power, men who do that become mad over time. Therefore Aes Sedai search for such men and gentle them by disabling their capability to channel. For most men this is like a death sentence because they can’t overcome the great loss which comes with that.
After his successful escape Rand spends a lot of time fighting the Forsaken and unifying all countries to prepare them for the last battle. Some follow willingly, others have to be forced. Being able to channel is a necessary capability of the Dragon Reborn. Otherwise he would not be able to fight the Dark One. Of course everybody is afraid of him becoming mad. Including Rand himself. Nobody knows if he is going to remain sane enough to be able to do his job at the last battle. And indeed this is a real danger because everybody knows that the previous Dragon Reborn did become mad and left quite a mess. He killed his family, broke the world and performed such a violent suicide that the act by itself gave birth to an entire mountain.
After lots of adventures Egwene becomes the Amyrlin Seat who is the leader of all Aes Sedai. Among other things she discovers the lost weave for making gateways for travelling to distant places by stepping through a door. She also rediscovers the talent to create cuendillar which is the same material of which the seals of the Dark Ones Prison were being made.
Perrin is another character I like very much. He is gifted with the talent to enter the world of dreams where he accomplishes great deeds. In the world of dreams everything is possible by will and imagination. But behold. Whatever happens to a person while in the world of dreams also happens to him in the real world.
Nynaeve’s is going to become a great healer. She has the talent for channeling but it takes several books until she learns how to channel without being angry at somebody or about something. She doesn’t bother too much about that because she is angry most of the time anyway. Hear greatest feat is cleaning the male side of the One Power from the Dark Ones taint together with Rand.
Robert Jordan, in his almost infinite fantasy, spends more than one book for each of these characters to describe their adventures in great detail. And - of course - over time there are also other characters introduced and allowed many pages to live their lives and do their deeds.
But my favorite one is Mathrim Cauthon. He is the ultimate gambler, gifted with an infinite amount of luck. He wins every game of dice, and cards and makes a lot of money this way. His most favorite pastime is sitting in an Inn with a pretty girl on his knee, a pipe stuffed with finest Two Rivers tobacco, a mug of beer and playing a game of dice. This can only be topped by a Gleeman performance like one fromThom Merrilyn celebrating his superior mastership in storytelling.
But his luck does not come for free. Twice he dies and twice he is being brought back from death by his friend Rand. For the pattern has chosen him to play the ultimate game there is. He is going to lead the unified armies of the world to fight the Last Battle at the Field of Merrilor.
And this is going to become his most dangerous gamble. Completely outnumbered by Trollocs, he is also facing the powerful Forsaken who have superior capabilities out of the Age of Legends. They barely hold their ground when Demandred, the most powerful of the Forsaken, throws in a fresh army from an enslaved nation and even his wife, the Seanchean Empress, abandon him and withdraws her army. Eventually Mat is forced to bet everything on one card.
He is close to desperation. Having had obscene luck all his live at games he is not used to losing. Is he going to maintain trust in his luck and is it going to hold? Mat has bet everything on one card and the destiny of the whole World depends on it.
And Rand? Will he win against the Dark One, knowing that the only weapon he has to fight him, the sword which is not a sword, is flawed?
As I said, I am not going to spoil the end. But know this:
“The wind blew southward, through knotted forests, over shimmering plains and toward lands unexplored. This wind, it was not the ending. There are no endings, and never will be endings, to the turning of the Wheel of Time.
But it was an ending.
He came like the wind, like the wind touched everything, and like the wind was gone.
-       From The Dragon Reborn.
By Loial, son of Arent son of Halan,
The Fourth Age.”


© Robert Jordan Brandon Sanderson



foxload.com Blogverzeichnis - Blog Verzeichnis bloggerei.de Blogverzeichnis Blog Top Liste - by TopBlogs.de Blogverzeichnis RSS Verzeichnis

Virtual Space Composition

Virtual Space Composition
© Agsandrew | Dreamstime.com