A History Of Breaking Things
■ Aerostat: A habitat designed to float like a balloon in a planet’s upper atmosphere.
■ AF: After the Fall (used for reference dating).
■ AI: An Artifical Intelegence. No current AL has achived the capablility of recursive self-improvement despite extensive ICON and OCP funding.
■ Anarchist: Someone who believes government is unnecessary, that power corrupts, and that people should control their own lives through self-organized individual and collective action.
■ Arach’: A spider-like robotic morphoform.
■ AR: Augmented Reality. Information from the MetaNet (universal data network) that is overlaid on your real-world senses. AR data is usually entoptic (visual), but can also be audio, tactile, olfactory, kinesthetic (body awareness), emotional, or other types of input.
■ AU: Astronomical unit. The distance between the Earth and the Sun, equal to 8.3 light minutes, or about 150 million kilometers.
■ Barsoomian: A rural Martian, typically resentful of CPat control.
■ Wack-Hack: AR or VR input that affects the brain’s visual cortex and pattern recognition abilities in such a way as to cause a glitch and possibly exploit it and rewrite neural code.
■ Hive: A microgravity habitat made from a tunneledout asteroid or moon.
■ BF: Before the Fall (used for reference dating).
■ Biomorph: A biological body, whether a flat, splicer, genetically engineered transhuman, or pody.
■ Body Bank: A service for leasing, selling, acquiring, or storing a morph. Aka dollhouse, morgue, skin-parlour.
■ Bots: Robots. AI-piloted synthetic shells.
■ Brinkers: Exiles who live on the fringes of the system, as well as other isolated and well-hidden nooks and crannies. Also called fringers, drifters, Nomads or Mads.
■ Brain-Case: A cheap, common, mass-produced synthetic shell.
■ Chimera: Transgenic, containing genetic traits from other species.
■ Circumjovian: Orbiting Jupiter.
■ Circumlunar: Orbiting the Moon.
■ Circumsolar: Orbiting the Sun.
■ Cislunar: Between the Earth and the Moon.
■ Clade: A species or group of organisms with common features. Used to refer to transhuman subspecies and morph types.
■ Cole Bubble: A habitat made from a hollowed-out asteroid or moon, spun for gravity.
■ Cornucopia Machine: A general-purpose nanofabricator.
■ Cortical Stack: An implanted memory cell used for ego backup. Located where the spine meets the skull; can be cut out or in some cases ejected.
■ Cyberbrain: An artificial brain, housing an Engram. Used in both synthmorphs and podies.
■ Darkcast: Illegal and black market farcasting and eCasting services.
■ Domain Rules: The rules that govern the reality of a virtual reality simulspace.
■ Drone: A robot controlled through teleoperation (rather than directly via onboard AI).
■ eScape; AKA VR
■ ELink: Personal mesh devices that are flexible, stretchable, self-cleaning, translucent, and solar-powered. From ecto-link (external link). Not as reliable as a LinkSys – when using an Elink all results are limited to Good.
■ Engram: The part of you that switches from body to body. Also known as your Ego, ighost, soul, essence, spirit, persona.
■ Ecast: Term for sending and engram via farcasting.
■ Entoptics: Augmented-reality images that you “see” in your head. (“Entoptic” means “within the eye.”)
■ Extrasolar: Outside the solar system.
■ The Fall: The famine and ecconomic crash which occured in the mid 2000’s
■ Farcasting: Intrasolar communication utilizing classical communication technologies (radio, laser, etc.) and quantum teleportation.
■ Hauler: Long distance space shipper.
■ Firewall: The secret cross-faction conspiracy that works to protect transhumanity from “existential threats” (risks to transhumanity’s continued existence).
■ Flatlander: Someone born or used to living on a planet or moon with gravity.
■ Flats: Baseline humans (not genetically modified). Also called norms.
■ Flexbot: A shape-changing synthamorph also capable of joining together with other flexbots in a modular fashion to create larger shapes.
■ Forking: Copying an Engram. Not all forks are full copies. AKA backups.
■ FTL: Faster-Than-Light. This is pure science fiction.
■ Fury: A transhuman combat morph.
■ Genegeenier: Someone who manipulates genetic code to create genetic modifi cations or even new life.
■ Ghost: A transhuman combat morph optimized for stealth and infiltration.
■ Skin-riding: The act of carrying an infomorph in a special implant module inside your head.
■ Greeks: Trojan asteroids or moons that share the same orbit as a larger planet or moon, but are 60 degrees ahead in the orbit at the L4 Lagrange point. The term Greeks normally refers to the asteroids orbiting around Jupiter’s L4 point. See also “Trojans.”
■ Habtech: A habitat technician.
■ Heliopause: The point where pressure from the solar wind balances with the interstellar medium (about 100 AU out).
■ Hibernator: A transhuman modified for hibernation, for extensive travel in solar space.
■ Iceteroid: An asteroid made from mostly ice rather than rock or metals.
■ Indentures: Indentured servants who have contracted their labor to a hypercorp or other authority, usually in exchange for a morph.
■ Infomorph: A digitized engram set. An ego; a virtual lifeform. Also known as datamorphs, uploads, backups. AKA Eidelon.
■ Isolates: Those who live in isolated communities far outside the system (in the Kuiper Belt and Oort Cloud); aka outsters, fringers.
■ Jamming: The act of “becoming” a teleoperated drone thanks to XP technology. Also sometimes applied to accesing the real-time XP feed from lifeloggers and others.
■ Kuiper Belt: A region of space extending from Neptune’s orbit out to about 55 AU, lightly populated with asteroids, comets, and dwarf planets.
■ Lagrange Point: One of five areas in respect to a small planetary body orbiting a larger one in which the gravitational forces of those two bodies are neutralized. Lagrange points are considered stable and ideal locations for habitats.
■ Lifelog: A recording of one’s entire life experience, made possible due to near unlimited computer memory.
■ Lost Generation: In an effort to repopulate post-Fall, a generation of children were reared using forced-growth methods. The results were disastrous: many died or went insane, and the rest were stigmatized. AKA Lebensborn
■ Lincsys; generaly implanted with and as part of a cortical stack a Lincsys provides a personal network domain and access to the MetaNet and eScape.
■ Main Belt: The main asteroid belt, a torus ring orbiting between Mars and Jupiter.
■ Meme: A viral idea.
■ Mentons: Transhumans optimized for mental and cognitive ability.
■ Mercurials: The non-human sentient elements of the transhuman “family,” e.g. uplifted animals.
■ Metanet: The omnipresent wireless data network. AKA NuNet and Mesh.
■ Mesh: The omnipresent wireless mesh data network. AKA NuNet. Also used as a verb (to mesh) and adjective (meshed or unmeshed).
■ Mesh ID: The unique signature attached to one’s mesh activity. AKA Nettag
■ Microgravity: Zero-g or near weightless environments.
■ Mist: The clouds of AR data that sometimes fog up your perception/displays.
■ Morph: A physical body. Aka suit, jacket, sleeve, shell, form.
■ Muse: Personal AI helper programs.
■ Nanobot: A nano-scale machine.
■ Nano-ecology: Pro-tech ecological movement.
■ Nanoswarm: A mass of tiny nanobots unleashed into an environment.
■ Neo-Avians: Uplifted ravens and gray parrots.
■ Neogenesis: The creation of new life forms via genetic manipulation and biotechnology.
■ Neo-Hominids: Uplifted chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans.
■ Neotenics: Transhumans modified to retain a child-like form. AKA Pup
■ Novacrab: A pod created from genetically-engineered spider crab stock.
■ Olympian: A transhuman biomorph modified for athleticism and endurance.
■ O’Neill Cylinder: A soda-can shaped habitat, spun for gravity.
■ Oort Cloud: The spherical “cloud” of comets that surround the solar system out to about one light-year from the sun.
■ PAN: Personal area network. The network created when you slave all of your minor personal electronics to your ecto or mesh inserts.
■ Pody: Mixed biological-synthetic morphs. Pod clones are force-grown and feature computer brains. Also known as bio-bots, skinjobs, replicants. From “pod people.”
■ Posthuman: A human or transhuman individual or species that has been genetically or cognitively modified so extensively as to no longer be human (a step beyond transhuman). Aka parahuman.
■ Proxies: Members of the Firewall internal structure.
■ Psi: Parapsychological powers
■ Reaper: A warbot synthmorph.
■ Redneck: A rural Martian. See Barsoomian. Aka Reds.
■ Resleeving: Changing bodies, or being downloaded into a new one. Also called remorphing, reincarnation, shifting, rebirthing.
■ Rusters: Biomorphs optimized for life on Mars.
■ Scorching: Hostile programs that can damage or affect brains.
■ Scum: The nomadic faction of space punks/gypsies that travel from station to station in heavily-modified barges or swarms of ships. Notorious for being a roving black market.
■ Sentinels: Agents of Firewall.
■ Shell: A synthetic physical morph. Aka synthmorph.
■ Simmorph: The avatar you use in VR simulspace programs.
■ Simspace: AKA eScape; Full-immersion virtual reality environments.
■ Singularity: A point of rapid, exponential, and recursive technological progress, beyond which the future becomes impossible to predict.
■ Skin: A biological physical morph. Aka meat, flesh.
■ Skinning: Changing your perceived environment via augmented reality programming.
■ Slitheren: A snake-like robotic synthmorph.
■ Smart Animals: Partially-uplifted animal species (including dogs, cats, rats, and pigs). Some other large smart animals (whales, elephants) are nearly extinct.
■ Spime: Meshed, self-aware, location-aware devices.
■ Splicers: Humans that are genetically modified to eliminate genetic diseases and some other traits. AKA Tweak.
■ Swarmanid: A synthetic morph composed from a swarm of tiny insect-sized robots.
■ Sylphs: Transhuman biomorphs with exotic good looks. AKA Elph
■ Synthmorph: Synthetic morphs. Robotic shells possessed by transhuman egos.
■ Synths: A specific type of synthmorph. Synths are standard androids/gynoids; robots that are designed to look humanoid, though they are usually noticeably not human.
■ Teleoperation: Remote control.
■ Titanian: Someone from Titan, a moon of Saturn.
■ Torus: A donut-shaped habitat, spun for gravity.
■ Transgenic: Containing genetic traits from other species.
■ Transhuman: An extensively modified human.
■ Trojans: Asteroids or moons that share the same orbit as a larger planet or moon, but follow about 60 degrees ahead or behind at the L4 and L5 Lagrange points. The term Trojans normally refers to the asteroids orbiting at Jupiter’s Lagrange points, but Mars, Saturn, Neptune, and
other bodies also have Trojans. See also “Greeks.”
■ Uplifting: Genetically transforming an animal species to sapience.
■ Vacworker: Space laborer.
■ Vapor: A failed mind emulation or crippled fork/infomorph (from vaporware).
■ VPNs: Virtual private networks. Networks that operate within the mesh, usually encrypted for privacy/security.
■ VR: Virtual Reality. Imposing an artifi cially-constructed hyper-real reality over one’s physical senses.
■ X-Caster: Someone who transmits/sells XP recordings of their experiences.
■ Xenomorph: Alien life form.
■ Xer: As in “X-er”—someone who is addicted or obsessed with XP. Sometime used to refer to people
making XP as well.
■ XP: Experience Playback. Experiencing someone else’s sensory input (in real-time or recorded). Also called experia, sim, simsense, playback.
■ X-Risk: Existential risk. Something that threatens the very existence of transhumanity.
■ Zeroes: People without wireless mesh access. Common with some indentures.