From: "RAPTOR 3:16" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Date: Wed, 24 Mar 1999 00:16:12 PST Sentient The Story So Far... Some time ago, scientists (at a university, involving Dr Luvey) were secretly working on a new form of biological computer (well it had to happen sooner or later). They created Kenyons, artificial consciousnesses which were tailored to communicate using electronic and chemical wave impulses. These were placed in the sun of Xexor. But as the experiments continued to fail, this has resulted in a massive solar burnout in fact, the only thing holding the colony together is the sun. Garrit, in a literal sense, is a concealed carrying case for a computer-simulated conscience. All he has to do (yeah, sounds simple enough!) is to get his programmed awareness into the cycle of the Kenyon communication. This, the scientists believe, will create a giant artificial brain, composed entirely of Kenyon cultures which are themselves sentient, but whose actions on a societal level constitute the workings of a giant god a supercomputer capable of receiving knowledge s (other minds like Garrit's) and remembering them, manipulating them and computing on a mass scale. The Icarus mining station was chosen to be Garrit's launch site, due to Instar being able to afford the investment. The instigators of this project knew about Dr Luvey's affair, and have connection with scientists and doctors who studied with her using the computer database, you'll be able to find evidence that Dr Luvey is being bribed. Garrit's true purpose is to see if the computer-simulated awareness is sophisticated enough to adapt to new information in a nutshell, if Garrit can reach the Icarus and not go loony toons, the computer awareness is strong enough to deal with the emotions of uncertainty, doubt and paranoia. So there you are. The scientists instigated the Kenyon communication system (brain) by charging Kenyon particles with the 'sentient' radiation. Garrit was created to carry, test and launch the first attempts at placing knowledge into the Kenyon societies (awareness, sentiency and processing). Yes, it all makes perfect sense now!? Note: The Icarus is not just mining Kenyons; it is, in actual fact, charging them with this new strain of 'sentient' Kenyons. The solar flares which are exploding pretty damn close to the station are being caused by the Kenyon communication and as the Kenyons step up their attempt to contact the Icarus, the flares get worse. THE ANAMNESIS CRADLE A side effect of the Kenyon culture is that due to its ability to hold information in an intelligent way, it can be employed to temporarily store a whole mind. So, while this is being done, the body can be refined and rejuvenated this is why Instar has agreed to finance and facilitate the project: its bosses, already overflowing with wealth, now for longer life.