Jun 18, 2018 1:47 AM
A Tale of Two Hells
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Demon Edie and Demon Cam in Milliways
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And then they need Singularity volunteers to do the same thing, and -?

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The ansibles: work.

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How convenient!

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They can head back to the capital to tell the Empress that dreamshaped communication devices do something very useful and will likely be very much in demand.

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Oh, good. Have they checked if it's a feature of dreamshaping in general or that particular dreamshaper?

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They've just checked the one person; they can check a batch if there're lots of people with things that might do it.

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Cool! They'll check a batch at everyone's convenience, then.

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Everyone's convenience can be in a few hours or tomorrow depending on how large a batch he wants.

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"We'll wait for tomorrow, the testing process is a bit involved."

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In that case she will pull together a fairly large group of dreamshapers who have communication magic.

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And they'll go run the same test again!

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Some of the communication methods pass the test; some do not.

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He returns to the empress with a list. "These are the ones that can be used to communicate directly with us no matter where we are. What are the main barriers to holding onto a dreamshaped object indefinitely, the need for sleep?"

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It is actually possible to maintain a dreamshaped object while unconscious/asleep, the problem is that no one has infinite stamina and very few people have so much that holding an object spends energy slower than they recoup it.

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That makes sense. "We're working on a technological solution to the distance problem, so it hopefully won't be relevant for too long. ...you can also contact us at any range by writing Cam, if an emergency arises."

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She does not especially anticipate an emergency but then, you generally don't, that's definitely good to know.

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"Neighborly relations all peaceful? We're not willing to hand out future weaponry - war gets very, very terrible - but we should probably figure out the best posture to deter wars if it's more complicated than 'if you get along with us we'll give you shiny new stuff.'" 

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"Yes," she says, "it does. Relations aren't such that that would be on my top ten list of possible imminent disasters but yes, such a policy would likely be wise."

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"Other kinds of disaster we can do more about. War - I don't want to throw our weight around or end up supplanting local dispute resolution mechanisms, but - when you die you just actually stop existing, doing that ever seems very close to unconscionable."

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"People die anyway," she says, "so some things are worth dying sooner for. Not that most premises for wars qualify."

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"We're working on that. Death, I mean."

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"As in fighting old age or as in resurrection?"

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"Both."

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