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                        Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri (SMAC) - Dialogue Guide
                        System: Windows (PC)
                        Author: Jim Chamberlin
                        Version: Final (12/30/04)
      << Disclaimer >>
      This document is Copyright  2001 Jim Chamberlin.  All Rights Reserved.
    Version -  1.0   Everything is new, of course.
               1.1   A minor change.
               1.2   A few minor changes.
               1.3   A few changes.
               1.4   A few changes.
               1.5   A few changes.
               1.6   A minor change.
    Opening Quotation
    Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden.
    He drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden
    of Eden Cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to
    keep the way of the tree of life.
            -- The Conclave Bible,
    We hold life to be sacred, but we also know the foundation of life
    consists in a stream of codes not so different from the successive
    frames of a watchvid. Why then cannot we cut one code short here, and
    start another there? Is life so fragile that it can withstand no
    tampering? Does the sacred brook no improvement?
            -- Chairman Sheng-ji Yang,
               "Dynamics of Mind"
    Industrial Base
    Resources exist to be consumed. And consumed they will be, if not by
    this generation then by some future. By what right does this forgotten
    future seek to deny us our birthright? None I say! Let us take what is
    ours, chew and eat our fill.
            -- CEO Nwabudike Morgan,
               "The Ethics of Greed"
    Information Networks
    The righteous need not cower before the drumbeat of human progress.
    Though the song of yesterday fades into the challenge of tomorrow,
    God still watches and judges us. Evil lurks in the datalinks as it
    lurked in the streets of yesteryear. But it was never the streets
    that were evil.
            -- Sister Miriam Godwinson,
               "The Blessed Struggle"
    Applied Physics
    Scientific theories are judged by the coherence they lend to our
    natural experience and the simplicity with which they do so. The
    grand principle of the heavens balances on the razor's edge of truth.
            -- Commissioner Pravin Lal,
               "A History of Science"
    Social Psych
    If you can discover a better way of life than office-holding
    for your future rulers, a well-governed city becomes a possibility.
    For only in such a state will those rule who are truly rich, not
    in gold, but in the wealth that makes happiness--a good and wise
            -- Plato,
               "The Republic", Datalinks
    Doctrine: Mobility
    Once a man has changed the relationship between himself and his
    environment, he cannot return to the blissful ignorance he left.
    Motion, of necessity, involves a change in perspective.
            -- Commissioner Pravin Lal,
               "A Social History of Planet"
    Centauri Ecology
    Planet's atmosphere, though a gasping death to humans and most animals,
    is paradise for Earth plants. The high nitrate content of the soil and
    the rich yellow sunlight bring an abundant harvest wherever
    adjustments can be made for the unusual soil conditions.
            -- Lady Deirdre Skye,
               "A Comparative Biology of Planet"
    Important? Yes! Critical? Absolutely. I would go so far as to say
    that Superconducting Fiber alone makes our present economy possible.
            -- CEO Nwabudike Morgan,
               MorganLink 3DVision Live Interview
    Nonlinear Mathematics
    There are two kinds of scientific progress: the methodical
    experimentation and categorization which gradually extend the
    boundaries of knowledge, and the revolutionary leap of genius
    which redefines and transcends those boundaries. Acknowledging
    our debt to the former, we yearn nonetheless for the latter.
            -- Academician Prokhor Zakharov,
               "Address to the Faculty"
    Applied Relativity
    You ivory tower intellectuals must not lose touch with the world
    of industrial growth and hard currency. It is all very well and
    good to pursue these high-minded scientific theories, but research
    grants are expensive and you must justify your existence by providing
    not only knowledge, but concrete and profitable applications as well.
            -- CEO Nwabudike Morgan,
               "The Ethics of Greed"
    Fusion Power
    Our ancestors harnessed the power of a sun, and so again shall we.
            -- Commissioner Pravin Lal,
               "The Science of Our Fathers"
    Silksteel Alloys
    Until quite recently, spider silk had the highest tensile strength
    of any substance known to man, and the name Silksteel pays homage
    to the arachnid for good reason.
            -- Commissioner Pravin Lal,
               "U.N. Scientific Survey"
    Advanced Subatomic Theory
    The substructure of the universe regresses infinitely towards
    smaller and smaller components. Behind atoms we find electrons,
    and behind electrons quarks. Each layer unraveled reveals new
    secrets, but also new mysteries.
            -- Academician Prokhor Zakharov,
               "For I Have Tasted The Fruit"
    High Energy Chemistry
    At atrociously high energy states, the properties of matter
    change subtly and new miracles become possible. The Plasma
    Accretion process is now dangerous and difficult to control, but
    its products will soon become commonplace in our society.
            -- Sister Miriam Godwinson,
               "The Lord Works"
    Frictionless Surfaces
    As I stepped onto the Magtube, a thought struck me:
    Can there be friction where there is no substance?
    And can substance be tricked into hiding from itself?
            -- Dr. Gayle Nambala,
               Morgan Industries Researcher
    Our scientists now use fractal theory to "teach" the molecules to
    assume, or resume, a particular form. Substances of amazing
    strength become simple once the formulae are properly computed.
            -- Col. Corazon Santiago,
               "The Council of War"
    Superstring Theory
    A brave little theory, and actually quite coherent for a system of
    five or seven dimensions--if only we lived in one.
            -- Academician Prokhor Zakharov,
               "Now We Are Alone"
    Advanced Military Algorithms
    Man has killed man from the beginning of time, and each new frontier
    has brought new ways and new places to die. Why should the future
    be different?
            -- Col. Corazon Santiago,
               "Planet: A Survivalist's Guide"
    Monopole Magnets
    I maintain nonetheless that yin-yang dualism can be overcome.
    With sufficient enlightenment we can give substance to any
    distinction: mind without body, north without south, pleasure
    without pain. Remember, enlightenment is a function of willpower,
    not of physical strength.
            -- Chairman Sheng-ji Yang,
               "Essays on Mind and Matter"
    Matter Compression
    Preliminary analysis indicates that our rivals have developed
    a safe and reliable method to simulate conditions existing on the
    interior of a stellar mass. The fabrication and transmutation
    of materials possible in such an environment guarantees significant
    industrial and military applications.
            -- Probe Team Operations Directorate,
               Top Secret Report
    Unified Field Theory
    Beware, you who seek first and final principles, for you are
    trampling the garden of an angry God and he awaits you just
    beyond the last theorem.
            -- Sister Miriam Godwinson,
               "But for the Grace of God"
    Graviton Theory
    This unusual specimen is not so much a classic particle as a
    connector--a kind of string attaching two particles. As distance
    increases the connective power becomes attenuated, but if it is
    cut the power vanishes: forever.
            -- Academician Prokhor Zakharov,
               "For I Have Tasted The Fruit"
    Polymorphic Software
    Technological advance is an inherently iterative process.
    One does not simply take sand from the beach and produce a Dataprobe.
    We use crude tools to fashion better tools, and then our better
    tools to fashion more precise tools, and so on. Each minor refinement
    is a step in the process, and all of the steps must be taken.
            -- Chairman Sheng-ji Yang,
               "Looking God in the Eye"
    Applied Gravitonics
    "What goes up . . . better doggone well stay up!"
            -- Morgan Gravitonics,
               Company Slogan
    Inertial Damping
    Until now the battle had been proceeding smoothly: the enemy
    was outflanked and had been driven from the reactor housing. But
    against the reactor itself the matter cannon were strangely
    ineffective. Rounds simply . . . stopped. In mid-air.
            -- Col. Corazon Santiago,
               "A Tactical History of Sparta"
    Quantum Power
    Heaven lasts long, and Earth abides
    What is the secret of their durability?
    Is it because they do not live for themselves
    That they endure so long?
            -- Lao Tzu, Datalinks
    Singularity Mechanics
    Yes, yes, we've all heard the philosophers babble about "oneness"
    being "beautiful" and "holy". But let me tell you that {this} kind
    of oneness certainly isn't pretty and if you're not careful it
    will scare the bejeezus out of you.
            -- Anonymous Lab Technician,
               MorganLink 3DVision Live Interview
    Controlled Singularity
    Some would ask, how could a perfect God create a universe filled
    with so much that is evil. They have missed a greater conundrum:
    why would a perfect God create a universe at all?
            -- Sister Miriam Godwinson,
               "But for the Grace of God"
    Temporal Mechanics
    Time travel in the classic sense has no place in rational theory,
    but temporal distortion does exist on the quantum level, and more
    importantly it can be controlled.
            -- Academician Prokhor Zakharov
               "For I Have Tasted The Fruit"
    Probability Mechanics
    Einstein would turn over in his grave. Not only does God play
    dice, the dice are loaded.
            -- Chairman Sheng-ji Yang,
               "Looking God in the Eye"
    Pre-Sentient Algorithms
    Begin with a function of arbitrary complexity. Feed it values,
    "sense data". Then, take your result, square it, and feed it back
    into your original function, adding a new set of sense data.
    Continue to feed your results back into the original function ad
    infinitum. What do you have? The fundamental principle of human
            -- Academician Prokhor Zakharov,
               "The Feedback Principle"
    Super Tensile Solids
    Optical computers, genetic catalogs, nanorepair modules--forget
    all of that. It's when you see a megaton of steel suspended over
    your head by a thread the thickness of a human hair that you
    really find God in technology.
            -- Anonymous Metagenics Dockworker,
               MorganLink 3DVision Live Interview
    Planetary Networks
    If our society seems more nihilistic than that of previous eras, perhaps
    this is simply a sign of our maturity as a sentient species. As our
    collective consciousness expands beyond a crucial point, we are
    at last ready to accept life's fundamental truth: that life's only
    purpose is life itself.
           -- Chairman Sheng-ji Yang,
              "Looking God in the Eye"
    Digital Sentience
    We are no longer particularly in the business of writing software
    to perform specific tasks. We now teach the software how to learn,
    and in the primary bonding process it molds itself around the task
    to be performed. The feedback loop never really ends, so a tenth year
    polysentience can be a priceless jewel or a psychotic wreck, but it
    is the primary bonding--the childhood, if you will--that has the most
    far-reaching repercussions.
             -- Bad'l Ron, Wakener,
                Morgan Polysoft
    Self-Aware Machines
    Without sensibility no object would be given to us, without
    understanding no object would be thought. Thoughts without content
    are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind.
            -- Immanuel Kant,
               "Critique of Pure Reason", Datalinks
    I swear sometimes they're watching me.
            -- Bozon Pete, Shift Foreman,
               Metagenics Biomachinery Division
    Doctrine: Initiative
    A ship at sea is its own world. To be the captain of a ship is
    to be the unquestioned ruler of that world and requires all of
    the leadership skills of a prince or minister.
            -- Col. Corazon Santiago,
               "Leadership and the Sea"
    Doctrine: Flexibility
    He held his arm too stiffly, and so was thrown back repeatedly,
    until at last I seized his forearm and snapped it back against
    itself. His training suffered while the arm healed, of course,
    but I felt this was a lesson he must learn early, and well.
            -- Spartan Kel,
               "Honing the Ki"
    Intellectual Integrity
    Man's unfailing capacity to believe what he prefers to be true
    rather than what the evidence shows to be likely and possible has
    always astounded me. We long for a caring Universe which will save
    us from our childish mistakes, and in the face of mountains of
    evidence to the contrary we will pin all our hopes on the slimmest
    of doubts. God has not been proven not to exist, therefore
    he must exist.
            -- Academician Prokhor Zakharov,
               "For I Have Tasted The Fruit"
    Synthetic Fossil Fuels
    Fossil fuels in the last century reached their extreme prices
    because of their inherent utility: they pack a great deal of
    potential energy into an extremely efficient package. If we can
    but sidestep the 100 million year production process, we can corner
    this market once again.
            -- CEO Nwabudike Morgan,
               Strategy Session
    Doctrine: Air Power
    Air Power rests at the apex of the first triad of victory, for it
    combines Mobility, Flexibility, and Initiative.
            -- Spartan Battle Manual
    Photon/Wave Mechanics
    Time dilates as the speed of light approaches. To the extent that
    light consists of particles, it is in its own way timeless. Through
    simple perturbations of the temporal manifold, we can refract or
    repel photons most efficiently.
            -- Academician Prokhor Zakharov,
               "Now We Are Alone"
    Mind/Machine Interface
    The Warrior's bland acronym, MMI, obscures the true horror of
    this monstrosity. Its inventors promise a new era of genius, but
    meanwhile unscrupulous power brokers use its forcible installation
    to violate the sanctity of unwilling human minds. They are
    creating their own private army of demons.
            -- Commissioner Pravin Lal,
               "Report on Human Rights"
    Objects once measured in meters have become so small that they cannot
    be seen by the naked eye, with revolutionary applications across
    the board. Gentlemen, forget what your courtesans have told you:
    size does matter!
            -- CEO Nwabudike Morgan,
               Morgan Industries Annual Report
    Doctrine: Loyalty
    Therefore a wise prince will seek means by which his subjects
    will always and in every possible condition of things have need
    of his government, and then they will always be faithful to him.
            -- Niccolo Machiavelli,
               "The Prince", Datalinks
    Ethical Calculus
    Some vices miss what is right because they are deficient, others
    because they are excessive, in feelings or in actions, while virtue
    finds and chooses the mean.
            -- Aristotle,
               "Nichomachean Ethics", Datalinks
    Industrial Economics
    Our first challenge is to create an entire economic infrastructure, from
    top to bottom, out of whole cloth. No gradual evolution from previous
    economic systems is possible, because there IS no previous economic
    system. Each interdependent piece must be materialized simultaneously
    and in perfect working order; otherwise the system will crash out
    before it ever gets off the ground.
            -- CEO Nwabudike Morgan,
               "The Centauri Monopoly"
    Industrial Automation
    In the borehole pressure mines 100km beneath Planetsurface,
    at the Mohorovicic Discontinuity where crust gives way to mantle,
    temperatures often reach levels well in excess of 1000 degrees Celsius.
    Exploitation of Planet's resources under such brutal conditions has
    required quantum advances in robotic and teleoperational technology.
            -- Morgan Industries, Ltd.,
               "Annual Report"
    Centauri Meditation
    The Isle of the Deep is really not a single creature but a colony
    of thousands of individual tubules, an aquatic vector of the Mind Worm
    which terrorizes Planet's continents. Over its lifetime certain tubules
    secrete a tough, gluelike substance which hardens to form the
    characteristic shell that floats the colony and creates the appearance
    of a rogue island.
            -- Lady Deirdre Skye,
               "A Comparative Biology of Planet"
    Secrets of the Human Brain
    There are only two ways in which we can account for a necessary
    agreement of experience with the concepts of its objects: either
    experience makes these concepts possible or these concepts make
    experience possible.
            -- Immanuel Kant,
               "Critique of Pure Reason", Datalinks
    Gene Splicing
    The genetic code does not, and cannot, specify the nature
    and position of every capillary in the body or every neuron
    in the brain. What it {can} do is describe the underlying
    fractal pattern which creates them.
            -- Academician Prokhor Zakharov,
               "Nonlinear Genetics"
    Why do you insist that the human genetic code is "sacred" or "taboo"?
    It is a chemical process and nothing more. For that matter -we- are
    chemical processes and nothing more. If you deny yourself a useful
    tool simply because it reminds you uncomfortably of your mortality,
    you have uselessly and pointlessly crippled yourself.
            -- Chairman Sheng-ji Yang,
               "Looking God in the Eye"
    I loved my chosen. How then to face the day when she left me?
    So I took from her body a single cell, perhaps to love her again.
            -- Commissioner Pravin Lal,
               "Time of Bereavement"
    Neural Grafting
    I think, and my thoughts cross the barrier into the synapses of the
    machine, just as the good doctor intended. But what I cannot shake,
    and what hints at things to come, is that thoughts cross back. In my
    dreams, the sensibility of the machine invades the periphery of my
    consciousness: dark, rigid, cold, alien. Evolution is at work here,
    but just what is evolving remains to be seen.
            -- Commissioner Pravin Lal,
               "Man and Machine"
    The wicked have told me of things that delight them, but not
    such things as your law has to tell.
            -- Saint Augustine,
               "Confessions", Datalinks
    The happy life is thought to be one of excellence; now
    an excellent life requires exertion, and does not consist
    in amusement. If Eudaimonia, or happiness, is activity in
    accordance with excellence, it is reasonable that it should
    be in accordance with the highest excellence; and this will
    be that of the best thing in us.
            -- Aristotle,
               "Nichomachean Ethics", Datalinks
    The Will to Power
    Man is a rope, tied between beast and overman--a rope
    over an abyss. A dangerous across, a dangerous on-the-way,
    a dangerous looking-back, a dangerous shuddering and
    stopping. What is great in man is that he is a bridge and
    not an end: what can be loved in man is that he is an overture
    and a going under. I love those who do not know how to
    live, for they are those who cross over.
            -- Friedrich Nietzsche,
               "Thus Spoke Zarathustra", Datalinks
    Threshold of Transcendence
    And when he has brought forth and reared this perfect virtue, he
    shall be called the friend of god, and if ever it is given to man
    to put on immortality, it shall be given to him.
            -- Plato,
               "The Symposium", Datalinks
    Matter Transmission
    The first living thing to go through the device was a small white
    rat. I still have him, in fact. As you can see, the damage was
    not so great as they say.
            -- Academician Prokhor Zakharov,
               "See How They Run"
    Centauri Empathy
    Observe the Razorbeak as it tends so carefully to the fungal blooms;
    just the right bit from the yellow, then a swatch from the pink.
    Follow the Glow Mites as they gather and organize the fallen spores.
    What higher order guides their work? Mark my words: someone or something
    is {managing} the ecology of this planet.
            -- Lady Deirdre Skye,
               "Planet Dreams"
    Environmental Economics
             We sit together,
            the mountain and I,
      until only the mountain remains
            -- Li Po,
               From the Yang Collection
    Ecological Engineering
    The prevalence of anoxic environments rich in organic material,
    combined with the presence of nitrated compounds has
    led to an astonishing variety of underground organisms which live in
    the absence of oxygen and "breathe" nitrate. Likewise, the scarcity
    of carbon in the environment has forced plants to economize on its use.
    Thus, all our efforts to return carbon to the biosphere will encourage
    the native life to proliferate. Conversely, the huge quantities
    of nitrate in the soil will be heaven to human farmers.
            -- Lady Deirdre Skye,
               "The Early Years"
    Planetary Economics
    The Morgans fear what may not be purchased, for a trader cannot
    comprehend a thing that is priceless.
            -- Sister Miriam Godwinson,
               "The Collected Sermons"
    Adv. Ecological Engineering
     You are the children of a dead planet, earthdeirdre, and
       this death we do not comprehend. We shall take you in, but
         may we ask this question--will we too catch the planetdeath
            -- Lady Deirdre Skye,
               "Conversations with Planet"
    Centauri Psi
    The Mind Worms are the natural defenses of the living Planet--the
    white blood cells, if you will. In a world in which unassimilated
    thought represents danger, the Mind Worm seeks out concentrations of
    sentient mental energy and destroys them, ruthlessly and efficiently.
            -- Commissioner Pravin Lal,
               "Mind Worm, Mind Worm"
    Secrets of Alpha Centauri
     You waited so long to heed us, earthdeirdre,
       Almost we pruned you, as we may yet prune your branches.
            -- Lady Deirdre Skye,
               "Conversations with Planet"
    Secrets of Creation
    And when the hourglass has run out, the hourglass of temporality,
    when the noise of secular life has grown silent and its restless or
    ineffectual activism has come to an end, when everything around you
    is still, as it is in eternity, then eternity asks you and every
    individual in these millions and millions about only one thing:
    whether you have lived in despair or not.
            -- Soren Kierkegaard,
               "The Sickness Unto Death", Datalinks
    Advanced Spaceflight
    And so we return again to the holy void. Some say this is simply our
    destiny, but I would have you remember always that the void EXISTS,
    just as surely as you or I. Is nothingness any less a miracle than
            -- Sister Miriam Godwinson,
               "We Must Dissent"
    Homo Superior
    Companions the creator seeks, not corpses, not herds and
    believers. Fellow creators the creator seeks--those who write
    new values on new tablets. Companions the creator seeks, and
    fellow harvesters; for everything about him is ripe for the
            -- Friedrich Nietzsche,
               "Thus Spoke Zarathustra", Datalinks
    Organic Superlubricant
    Organic Superlube? Oh, it's great stuff, great stuff.
    You really have to keep an eye on it, though--it'll try and slide
    away from you the first chance it gets.
            -- T. M. Morgan-Reilly,
               Morgan Metagenics
    Quantum Machinery
    Men in their arrogance claim to understand the nature of creation,
    and devise elaborate theories to describe its behavior. But always
    they discover in the end that God was quite a bit more clever than
    they thought.
            -- Sister Miriam Godwinson,
               "We Must Dissent"
    Global Energy Theory
    "Energy is the currency of the future."
            -- CEO Nwabudike Morgan,
               "The Centauri Monopoly"
    Nanomatter Editation
    'Abort, Retry, Fail?' was the phrase some wormdog scrawled
    next to the door of the Edit Universe project room. And when
    the new dataspinners started working, fabricating their worlds
    on the huge organic comp systems, we'd remind them: if you see
    this message, {always} choose 'Retry.'
            -- Bad'l Ron, Wakener,
               Morgan Polysoft
    Optical Computers
    We have reached an informational threshold which can only be crossed
    by harnessing the speed of light directly. The quickest computations
    require the fastest possible particles moving along the shortest
    paths. Since the capability now exists to take our information
    directly from photons travelling molecular distances, the final
    act of the information revolution will soon be upon us.
            -- Academician Prokhor Zakharov,
               "For I Have Tasted The Fruit"
    Industrial Nanorobotics
    Already we have turned all of our critical industries, all of our
    material resources, over to these . . . things . . . these lumps
    of silver and paste we call nanorobots. And now we propose to teach
    them intelligence? What, pray tell, will we do when these little
    homunculi awaken one day and announce that they have no further need
    of us?
            -- Sister Miriam Godwinson,
               "We Must Dissent"
    Centauri Genetics
    Remember, genes are NOT blueprints. This means you can't, for example,
    insert "the genes for an elephant's trunk" into a giraffe and get a
    giraffe with a trunk. There -are- no genes for trunks. What you CAN do
    with genes is chemistry, since DNA codes for chemicals. For instance,
    we can in theory splice the native plants' talent for nitrogen fixation
    into a terran plant.
            -- Academician Prokhor Zakharov,
               "Nonlinear Genetics"
    Sentient Econometrics
    The fungus has been Planet's dominant lifeform since about
    the time of the Lower Paleozoic on Earth. But when, once every
    hundred million years or so, the neural net at last achieves the
    critical mass necessary to become sentient, the final metamorphosis
    kills off most of the other life on the planet. It is possible that
    we humans can help to break this tragic cycle.
            -- Lady Deirdre Skye,
               "Planet Dreams"
    Retroviral Engineering
    The Academician's private residences shall remain off-limits to
    the Genetic Inspectors. We possess no retroviral capability,
    we are not researching retroviral engineering, and we shall not
    allow this Council to violate faction privileges in the name of this
    ridiculous witch hunt!"
            -- Fedor Petrov,
               Vice Provost for University Affairs
    Satellite Reconnaissance
    I have often been asked: if we have traveled between the stars,
    why can we not launch the simplest of orbital probes? These fools
    fail to understand the difficulty of finding the appropriate
    materials on this Planet, of developing adequate power supplies,
    and creating the infrastructure necessary to support such an
    effort. In short, we have struggled under the limitations of a
    colonial society on a virgin planet. Until now.
            -- Col. Corazon Santiago,
               "Planet: A Survivalist's Guide"
    Transcendent Thought
       Eternity lies ahead of us, and behind.
        Have you drunk your fill?
            -- Lady Deirdre Skye,
               "Conversations with Planet", Epilogue
    The Human Genome Project
    To map the very stuff of life; to look into the
    genetic mirror and watch a million generations
    march past. That, friends, is both our curse and
    our proudest achievement. For it is in reaching to our
    beginnings that we begin to learn who we truly are.
            -- Academician Prokhor Zakharov,
               "Address to the Faculty"
    The Command Nexus
    Information, the first principle of warfare, must form the
    foundation of all your efforts. Know, of course, thine enemy.
    But in knowing him do not forget above all to know thyself.
    The commander who embraces this totality of battle shall win
    even with the inferior force.
            -- Spartan Battle Manual
    The Weather Paradigm
    I shall not confront Planet as an enemy, but shall accept
    its mysteries as gifts to be cherished. Nor shall I crudely
    seek to peel the layers away like the skin from an onion.
    Instead I shall gather them together as the tree gathers the
    breeze. The wind shall blow and I shall bend. The sky shall
    open and I shall drink my fill.
            -- Gaian Acolyte's Prayer
    The Merchant Exchange
    Human behavior is economic behavior. The particulars may vary,
    but competition for limited resources remains a constant. Need
    as well as greed have followed us to the stars, and the rewards
    of wealth still await those wise enough to recognize this deep
    thrumming of our common pulse.
            -- CEO Nwabudike Morgan,
               "The Centauri Monopoly"
    The Empath Guild
    Symbols are the key to telepathy. The mind wraps its
    secrets in symbols; when we discover the symbols that shape
    our enemy's thought, we can penetrate the vault of his mind.
            -- Lady Deirdre Skye,
               "Our Secret War"
    The Citizens' Defense Force
    As the writhing, teeming mass of Mind Worms swarmed over the outer
    perimeter, we saw the defenders recoil in horror. "Stay calm! Use
    your flame guns!" shouted the commander, but to no avail. It is well
    known that the Mind Worm Boil uses psychic terror to paralyze its
    prey, and then carefully implants ravenous larvae in the brains of
    its still-conscious victims. Even with the best weapons, only the
    most disciplined troops can resist this horrific attack.
            -- Lady Deirdre Skye,
               "Our Secret War"
    The Virtual World
    What do I care for your suffering? Pain, even agony, is no
    more than information before the senses, data fed to the
    computer of the mind. The lesson is simple: you have received
    the information, now act on it. Take control of the input and
    you shall become master of the output.
            -- Chairman Sheng-ji Yang,
               "Essays on Mind and Matter"
    The Planetary Transit System
    As distances vanish and the people can flow freely from place
    to place, society will cross a psychological specific heat
    boundary and enter a new state. No longer a solid or liquid,
    we have become as a vapor and will expand to fill all available
    space. And like a gas, we shall not be easily contained.
            -- Sister Miriam Godwinson,
               "But for the Grace of God"
    The Xenoempathy Dome
    I believe Planet will talk to us if we are willing
    to listen. These fungal stalks behave as multistate relays:
    taken together, the neural net connectivity must be staggering.
    Can a planet be said to have achieved sentience?
            -- Lady Deirdre Skye,
               Arguments in Council
    The Neural Amplifier
    Against such abominations, we organize our defenses on the
    principle that one strong and able mind can shield the many.
            -- Spartan Battle Manual
    Maritime Control Center
    It is altogether fitting that we who have sailed the deeps of
    space now return again to the sea. This is in many ways a water
    planet, and it can be ruled from the waves. With sea power, rugged
    terrain can be bypassed and enemy strongholds isolated. Once
    naval superiority is achieved, Planet is ours for the taking.
            -- Col. Corazon Santiago,
               "Planet: A Survivalist's Guide"
    The Planetary Datalinks
    As the Americans learned so painfully in Earth's final century,
    free flow of information is the only safeguard against tyranny.
    The once-chained people whose leaders at last lose their grip on
    information flow will soon burst with freedom and vitality, but
    the free nation gradually constricting its grip on public discourse
    has begun its rapid slide into despotism. Beware of he who would
    deny you access to information, for in his heart he dreams himself
    your master.
            -- Commissioner Pravin Lal,
               "U.N. Declaration of Rights"
    The Supercollider
      God does not play dice.
            -- Albert Einstein, Datalinks
    The Ascetic Virtues
    Learn to overcome the crass demands of flesh and bone, for they
    warp the matrix through which we perceive the world. Extend your
    awareness outward, beyond the self of body, to embrace the self
    of group and the self of humanity. The goals of the group and the
    greater race are transcendent, and to embrace them is to achieve
            -- Chairman Sheng-ji Yang,
               "Essays on Mind and Matter"
    The Longevity Vaccine
    I plan to live forever, of course, but barring that I'd
    settle for a couple thousand years. Even five hundred would be
    pretty nice.
            -- CEO Nwabudike Morgan,
               MorganLink 3DVision Interview
    The Hunter-Seeker Algorithm
    If I determine the enemy's disposition of forces while I have
    no perceptible form, I can concentrate my forces while the enemy
    is fragmented. The pinnacle of military deployment approaches the
    formless: if it is formless, then even the deepest spy cannot
    discern it nor the wise make plans against it.
            -- Sun Tzu,
               "The Art of War", Datalinks
    The Pholus Mutagen
     We welcome you, earthdeirdre and earthwheat and earthtree as
       honored guests, for you add great power to our ancient song--
         planetfungus and planetworm and planetmind sing and play
           here, and you are welcome among us.
            -- Lady Deirdre Skye,
               "Conversations with Planet"
    The Cyborg Factory
      A handsome young Cyborg named Ace,
      Wooed women at every base,
        But once ladies glanced at
        His special enhancement
      They vanished with nary a trace.
            -- Barracks Graffiti,
               Sparta Command
    The Theory of Everything
    The Earth is the cradle of the mind, but one cannot stay in the
    cradle forever.
            -- Konstantin Tsiolkovsky,
               The Father of Rocketry, Datalinks
    The Dream Twister
      Mary had a little lamb,
      Little lamb little lamb,
      Mary had a little lamb,
      whose fleece was white as snow.
            -- Assassins' Redoubt,
               Final Transmission
    The Universal Translator
    And the Lord said, "Behold, the people is one, and
    they have all one language; and this they begin to do:
    and now nothing will be restrained from them, which
    they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and
    there confound their language, that they may not
    understand one another's speech."
            -- The Conclave Bible,
    The Network Backbone
    Of course we'll bundle our MorganNet software with the new
    network nodes; our customers expect no less of us. We have never
    sought to become a monopoly. Our products are simply so good that
    no one feels the need to compete with us.
            -- CEO Nwabudike Morgan,
               Morgan Data Systems press release
    The Nano Factory
    Industrial Grade Nano-Paste, Planet's most valuable commodity, can also
    be one of its most dangerous. Simply pour out several canisters, slide
    in a programming transponder, and step well away while the stuff cooks.
    In under an hour the nano will use available materials to assemble a
    small factory, a hovertank, or enough impact rifles to equip a regiment.
            -- Col. Corazon Santiago,
               "Planet: A Survivalist's Guide"
    The Living Refinery
    We estimate that during the next mission century most of
    Planet's industries will be moved off-planet to Nessus Prime and
    other orbital facilities. Many of our industries will benefit
    greatly from the low gravity environments available in space,
    particularly those involving genetically engineered microbes.
            -- CEO Nwabudike Morgan,
               "The Centauri Monopoly"
    The Cloning Vats
    We shall take only the greatest minds, the finest soldiers,
    the most faithful servants. We shall multiply them a thousandfold
    and release them to usher in a new era of glory.
            -- Col. Corazon Santiago,
               "The Council of War"
    The Self-Aware Colony
    Will we next create false gods to rule over us? How proud
    we have become, and how blind.
            -- Sister Miriam Godwinson,
               "We Must Dissent"
    Clinical Immortality
    And the Lord God said, "Behold, the man is become as
    one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth
    his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and
    live forever, we must send him forth." Therefore the
    Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till
    the ground from whence he was taken.
            -- The Conclave Bible,
    The Space Elevator
    In one moment, Earth; in the next, Heaven.
            -- Academician Prokhor Zakharov,
               "For I Have Tasted The Fruit"
    The Singularity Inductor
    What actually transpires beneath the veil of an event horizon?
    Decent people shouldn't think too much about that.
            -- Academician Prokhor Zakharov,
               "For I Have Tasted The Fruit"
    The Bulk Matter Transmitter
    And what of the immortal soul in such transactions? Can this
    machine transmit and reattach it as well? Or is it lost forever,
    leaving a soulless body to wander the world in despair?
            -- Sister Miriam Godwinson,
               "We Must Dissent"
    The Telepathic Matrix
      From the delicate strands,
        between minds we weave our mesh:
          a blanket to warm the soul.
            -- Lady Deirdre Skye,
               "The Collected Poems"
    The Voice of Planet
    Imagine the entire contents of the planetary datalinks, the sum total
    of human knowledge, blasted into the Planetmind's fragile neural
    network with the full power of every reactor on the planet. Thousands
    of years of civilization compressed into a single searing burst of
    revelation. That is our last-ditch attempt to win humanity a reprieve
    from extinction at the hands of an awakening alien god.
            -- Academician Prokhor Zakharov,
               "Planet Speaks"
    Ascent to Transcendence
    No longer mere earthbeings and planetbeings are we, but bright
    children of the stars! And together we shall dance in and out
    of ten billion years, celebrating the gift of consciousness until
    the stars themselves grow cold and weary, and our thoughts turn
    again to the beginning.
            -- Lady Deirdre Skye,
               "Conversations with Planet"
    As we approached we were confronted by the ruined splendor of
    Sparta Command. The true immensity of the place became instantly
    apparent as our Quantum Tank crunched over the rubble and parked next
    to a shattered bunker, but the extent of the destruction
    took weeks to assess. The shielded datacore had sustained several
    massive breaches and smoke still billowed from the numerous cannon
    ports. There were few signs of human life.
            -- Lady Deirdre Skye,
               "Our Secret War"
    Children's Creche
    Proper care and education for our children remains a cornerstone of
    our entire colonization effort. Children not only shape our future;
    they determine in many ways our present. Men and women work harder
    knowing their children are safe and close at hand. And never forget that,
    with children present, parents will defend their home to the death.
            -- Col. Corazon Santiago,
               "Planet: A Survivalist's Guide"
    Recycling Tanks
    It is every citizen's final duty to go into the tanks and
    become one with all the people.
            -- Chairman Sheng-ji Yang,
               "Ethics for Tomorrow"
    Perimeter Defense
    Having now established a secure perimeter, we have made ourselves
    relatively safe from enemy incursions. But against the seemingly
    random attacks by Planet's native life only our array of warning
    sensors can help us, for the Mind Worms infiltrate through every crevice
    and chew through anything softer than plasmasteel.
            -- Lady Deirdre Skye,
               "The Early Years"
    Tachyon Field
    The klaxon began to wail, but we felt the reassuring tingle of
    the Tachyon Field crackling to life around us, encasing the
    entire base in its impenetrable glow.
            -- Spartan Kel,
               "The Fall of Sparta"
    Recreation Commons
    The entire character of a base and its inhabitants can be
    absorbed in a quick trip to the Rec Commons. The sweaty
    arenas of Fort Legion, the glittering gambling halls of
    Morgan Bank, the sunny lovers' trysts in Gaia's High Garden,
    or the somber reading rooms of U.N. Headquarters. Even the
    feeding bay at the Hive gives stark insight into the sleeping
    demons of Yang's communal utopia.
            -- Commissioner Pravin Lal,
               "A Social History of Planet"
    Energy Bank
    Life is merely an orderly decay of energy states, and survival
    requires the continual discovery of new energy to pump into the
    system. He who controls the sources of energy controls the means
    of survival.
            -- CEO Nwabudike Morgan,
               "The Centauri Monopoly"
    Network Node
    I don't know but I've been told,
      Deirdre's got a Network Node.
    Likes to press the on-off switch,
      Dig that crazy Gaian witch!
            -- Spartan Barracks March
    Biology Lab
    Although Planet's native life is based, like Earth's, on right-handed
    DNA, and codes for all the same amino acids, the inevitable chemical
    and structural differences from a billion years of evolution in an
    alien environment render the native plant life highly poisonous
    to humans. Juicy, ripe grenade fruits may look appealing, but a
    mouthful of organonitrates will certainly change your mind in a hurry.
            -- Lady Deirdre Skye,
               "A Comparative Biology of Planet"
    The popular stereotype of the researcher is that of a skeptic and a
    pessimist. Nothing could be further from the truth! Scientists
    must be optimists at heart, in order to block out the incessant
    chorus of those who say "It cannot be done."
            -- Academician Prokhor Zakharov,
               University Commencement
    Hologram Theatre
      Richard Baxton piloted his Recon Rover into a fungal vortex and
    held off four waves of mind worms, saving an entire colony.
      We immediately purchased his identity manifests and repackaged him
    into the Recon Rover Rick character with a multi-tiered media campaign:
    televids, touchbooks, holos, psi-tours--the works.
      People need heroes. They don't need to know how he died clawing his
    eyes out, screaming for mercy. The real story would just hurt sales,
    and dampen the spirits of our customers.
            -- "Mythology for Profit"
               Morgan Stellartots Keynote Speech
    Paradise Garden
    That sunny dome! Those caves of ice!
    And all who heard should see them there,
    And all should cry, Beware! Beware!
    His flashing eyes, his floating hair!
    Weave a circle round him thrice,
    And close your eyes with holy dread,
    For he on honey-dew hath fed,
    And drunk the milk of Paradise.
            -- Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
    Tree Farm
    In the great commons at Gaia's Landing we have a tall and particularly
    beautiful stand of white pine, planted at the time of the first
    colonies. It represents our promise to the people, and to Planet
    itself, never to repeat the tragedy of Earth.
            -- Lady Deirdre Skye,
               "Planet Dreams"
    Hybrid Forest
    You see in this dome the intermingling of native and earth plants.
    Outside, they are competitors, struggling over the trace
    elements required for life. Often, one destroys the other. Here,
    they are tended with care and kept well nourished. They thrive
    together, and the native fungus does not unleash its terrible
    defenses. As you can see, competition is unnecessary when resources
    are plentiful and population growth is controlled.
            -- Lady Deirdre Skye,
               "Planet Dreams"
    Fusion Lab
    It will happen, and it will happen in our lifetimes. Fusion
    Power isn't just the future. Fusion Power is now.
            -- T. M. Morgan-Reilly,
               Morgan Metagenics
    Quantum Lab
    Have you ever wondered why clouds behave in such familiar ways when
    each specimen is so unique? Or why the energy exchange market is so
    unpredictable? In the coming age we must develop and apply
    nonlinear mathematical models to real world phenomena. We shall
    seek, and find, the hidden fractal keys which can unravel the chaos
    around us.
            -- Academician Prokhor Zakharov,
               University Commencement
    Research Hospital
    Some civilian workers got in among the research patients today and
    became so hysterical I felt compelled to have them nerve stapled.
    The consequence, of course, will be another public relations nightmare,
    but I was severely shaken by the extent of their revulsion towards a
    project so vital to our survival.
            -- CEO Nwabudike Morgan,
               The Personal Diaries
    It is a medical commonplace that the tissues of the human body
    replace themselves regularly, essentially creating an entirely
    new body every seven years. From whence then come cancer and the
    slow degeneration of age? They exist as faults in the patterns of
    intelligence within the genes themselves; by reprogramming these
    smallest parts, the whole becomes well.
            -- Academician Prokhor Zakharov,
               "Nonlinear Genetics"
    Robotic Assembly Plant
    Captain said to big old John Henry,
      That old drill keeps a-coming around.
      Take that steam drill out and start it on that job
        Let it whop, let it whop that steel on down
        Let it whop, let it whop that steel on down.
            -- Traditional, Datalinks
    Look at any photograph or work of art. If you could duplicate
    exactly the first tiny dot of color, and then the next and the
    next, you would end with a perfect copy of the whole,
    indistinguishable from the original in every way, including
    the so-called "moral value" of the art itself. Nothing can
    transcend its smallest elements.
            -- CEO Nwabudike Morgan,
               "The Ethics of Greed"
    Quantum Converter
    And when at last it is time for the transition from megacorporation to
    planetary government, from entrepreneur to emperor, it is then that the
    true genius of our strategy shall become apparent, for energy is the
    lifeblood of this society and when the chips are down he who controls
    the energy supply controls Planet. In former times the energy monopoly
    was called "The Power Company"; we intend to give this name an entirely
    new meaning.
            -- CEO Nwabudike Morgan,
               "The Centauri Monopoly"
    Genejack Factory
    My gift to industry is the genetically engineered worker, or
    Genejack. Specially designed for labor, the Genejack's muscles and
    nerves are ideal for his task, and the cerebral cortex has been
    atrophied so that he can desire nothing except to perform his
    duties. Tyranny, you say? How can you tyrannize someone who cannot
    feel pain?
            -- Chairman Sheng-ji Yang,
               "Essays on Mind and Matter"
    Punishment Sphere
    It is not uncommon to see patients undergo permanent psychological
    trauma in the presence of the Sphere, before the nerve stapler has
    even been strapped into position. Its effect on the general
    consciousness of the culture is profound: husbands have seen
    wives go inside, and mothers their children. Dr. Xynan left the
    surface of the sphere semitranslucent for a reason. You can hear
    them in there; you can see them. It is a thing of terrible beauty.
            -- Baron Klim,
               "The Music of the Spheres"
    Hab Complex
    The chief aim of their constitution and government is that,
    whenever public needs permit, all citizens should be free, so far
    as possible, to withdraw their time and energy from the service of
    the body, and devote themselves to the freedom and culture of the
    mind. For that, they think, is the real happiness of life.
            -- Sir Thomas More,
               "Utopia", Datalinks
    Habitation Dome
     I sit in my cubicle, here on the motherworld.
     When I die, they will put my body in a box and
       dispose of it in the cold ground.
     And in all the million ages to come, I will never
       breathe or laugh or twitch again.
     So won't you run and play with me here among the
       teeming mass of humanity?
     The universe has spared us this moment.
            -- Anonymous, Datalinks
    Pressure Dome
    When beholding the tranquil beauty and brilliancy of the ocean's
    skin, one forgets the tiger heart that pants beneath it; and would
    not willingly remember that this velvet paw but conceals a
    remorseless fang.
            -- Herman Melville,
               "Moby Dick", Datalinks
    Command Center
    Superior training and superior weaponry have, when taken together,
    a geometric effect on overall military strength. Well-trained,
    well-equipped troops can stand up to many more times their lesser
    brethren than linear arithmetic would seem to indicate.
            -- Spartan Battle Manual
    Naval Yard
    The sea is everything. It covers seven-tenths of the globe. Its breath
    is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert where a man is never
    alone, for he can feel life quivering all about him. The sea is only
    a receptacle for all the prodigious, supernatural things that exist
    inside it; it is only movement and love; it is the living infinite.
            -- Jules Verne,
               "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea", Datalinks
    Aerospace Complex
    You are orphans, earthdeirdre, your homeworld already buried
    so young among the aeons. Yet now you fill the skies where
    we watched a million sunsets with flame and contrails, paying
    no heed to the hard lessons the universe has tried to teach you.
    Are you a breath of life to invigorate a complacent world,
    you earthhumans, or an insidious cancer which must be excised?
            -- Lady Deirdre Skye,
               "Conversations With Planet"
    Bioenhancement Center
    We are all aware that the senses can be deceived, the eyes fooled.
    But how can we be sure our senses are not being deceived at any
    particular time, or even all the time? Might I just be a brain in
    a tank somewhere, tricked all my life into believing in the events
    of this world by some insane computer? And does my life gain or lose
    meaning based on my reaction to such solipsism?
            -- Project PYRRHO, Specimen 46, Vat 7
               Activity Recorded M.Y. 2302.22467
    Centauri Preserve
    In the years since our arrival, we have foolishly disrupted so
    many of Planet's ecosystems that entire species may vanish
    without our ever having understood, or even known them. We must halt
    this plunder, and halt it immediately, for our own survival as a
    species depends on our ability to strike a balance on this world.
           -- Commissioner Pravin Lal,
              "Mind Worm, Mind Worm"
    Temple of Planet
    Let the Gaians preach their silly religion, but one way or the other
    I shall see this compound burned, seared, and sterilized until every
    hiding place is found and until every last Mind Worm egg, every last
    slimy one, has been cooked to a smoking husk. That species shall be
    exterminated, I tell you! Exterminated!
           -- Academician Prokhor Zakharov,
              Lab Three aftermath
    Psi Gate
    Go through, my children! The time of miracles is upon us. Let
    us cast off sin and walk together to the Garden of the Lord.
    With God's mercy we shall meet again on the other side.
            -- Sister Miriam Godwinson,
               "Last Testament"
    Sky Hydroponics Lab
    Sky farms are fantastically beautiful, with their kilometer long
    networks of glass framed in grids of metal, and the sunlight
    shining through jungles of vegetation inside. When one of them
    catches the light, you can see the refracted beauty for miles;
    they are life-giving stars on a desolate planet...gardens on
    the wing.
            -- Lady Deidre Skye,
               "Planet Dreams"
    Nessus Mining Station
    Red-hot iron, white-hot iron, cold-black iron; an iron taste,
    and iron smell, and a Babel of iron sounds.
            -- Charles Dickens,
               Bleak House, Datalinks
    Orbital Power Transmitter
    Planet's Primary, Alpha Centauri A, blasts unimaginable quantities
    of energy into space each instant, and virtually every joule of it
    is wasted entirely. Incomprehensible riches can be ours if we can but
    stretch our arms wide enough to dip from this eternal river of wealth.
           -- CEO Nwabudike Morgan,
              "The Centauri Monopoly"
    Orbital Defense Pod
    God, from the mount of Sinai, whose gray top
    Shall tremble, he descending, will himself,
    In thunder, lightning, and loud trumpets' sound,
    Ordain them laws.
            -- John Milton,
               Paradise Lost, Datalinks
    Mass to Energy
    I hold a scrap of paper in the darkness and
    light it. I watch it burn bright and curl, disappearing
    into nothingness, and the heat burns my fingers.
    Where has it gone? What has it become? I cannot shake
    the feeling that I have witnessed a form of transcendence.
            -- Commissioner Pravin Lal,
               "The Convergence"
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