May 9th, 2012

Drawn by Vermie Fox

Übermensch and other Utopian ideals...

I am working on a book of my own, like pretty much everyone else here apparently.
The story's setting is placed in the far future, and one of the problems I am dealing with is fleshing out one of the nations involved.

The nation in question has a national religon/philosophy that is based upon the lifting up of the indiviual to higher levels or ideals, and as a result lift up the state.
Most of the basis of this set of beliefs is based upon the Gnostic biblical teachings, as well as a part of Friedrich Nietzsche's works. But I was wondering is there anyone or anything else that might also serve as a source of inspiration to help further flesh this out?

I have given Ayn Rand a shot, and that may go into another part of the story, but I would like to be able to have more to play around with as I bang on my keyboard.

Resource Post: "Xenology" - A Sci-Fi Writer's 101

Hi, I thought this might be useful for people:

"Xenology - An Introduction to the Scientific Study of Extraterrestrial Life, Intelligence, and Civilization" is the almost complete, free online version of a comprehensive resource book for sci-fi writers and other interested people. It's from the 1970s, so the science isn't entirely accurate anymore (especially fields like biochemistry and exobiology were still in their infancy back then), but I think it's still very useful and interesting. It's written by a guy who now researches nanotechnology and who was involved with SETI and political advocacy for space exploration, so I'm fairly confident he researched this as well as he could back then. I haven't read all of it yet, but judging from the fields that aren't my speciality, it seems understandable enough for laypeople.

From the Summary:

"Topics include the history of the idea of extraterrestrial life; comparative planetology, stars, and galaxies; xenobiology (definition/origin of life, exotic biochemistries, and possible alien bioenergetics, biomechanics, sensations, reproduction, and intelligence); extraterrestrial civilizations (energy sources, biotechnology, interstellar travel, alien weapons, planetary and stellar engineering, xenosociology, and extraterrestrial governments and culture); interstellar communication techniques; and the sociology, legal issues, and appropriate interaction protocols pertaining to first contact."

(Edited for spelling and clarification.)

Daily Duties of a Detective Constable

I'm passingly familiar with the structure of the British police force, but what would the daily duties of a DC include?

Further, are DCs assigned partners? 

I looked up the structure of the police force, the kinds of constables, etc. but there isn't much actual information on the day to day job, unless we count crime fiction and I don't want to do research through fictional sources.

Consequences for MIA Eagle Squadron Officer

And a question of my own:
This one is for the Doctor Who / Torchwood fandom, which, as far as my very limited understanding goes, plays fast and loose with World War Two military details, but as I have literally no experience with military culture, I'd thought I better ask anyway.

So, here goes: January 1941, a young American volunteer (71st Eagle Squadron) has just joined up with the newly forming 133rd Eagle Squadron (*) and is scheduled to move out to his new post in a few days. However, he gets shot down during his last flight with his old squadron. Presumably, his body is never found. (He went down over the sea.)

Another man then changes this volunteer's records, steals his identity, and signs on with the 133rd Eagle Squadron in his stead. For about a month or so, he actually does what he's supposed to, defending London during the Blitz. Then he dissapears without a trace, while on leave.

I'm trying to figure out if that would mean this poor volunteer's record will forever state that he deserted, or if he'll be recorded as MIA, seeing as there are bombs dropping all around them and he could easily just have been buried under a collapsing house or something. And what would that mean for his family back home? He didn't have a wife or children, but were his aging parents entitled to some kind of pension if their only son was killed in action? Basically, I'm wondering just how pissed off the volunteer would be if he ever found out what the other man did under his name, and what the imposter might have done to make up for it later on. (It's canon that he didn't return to his post when he lived through that time period the second time around, but I figure he might have sent money to the family or something. By that time, he would know enough about military law to know exactly what consequences his actions would have, due to having served in the British Army during World War One.

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