The Eldraeverse

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In another universe, in a galaxy strangely similar to our own, there's a bubble of space a couple of thousand light-years across—somewhat distorted by bumping into the edges of the galactic disk to acme and nadir—filled with millions of stars, bound together by an ever-expanding spiderweb of manufactured wormholes, and bright with the EM babble of civilized life.

These are the Associated Worlds, sprawling myriad species, polities, philosophies, corporations, clades, and cultures. From the hypercivilized Powers at their heart to the brawling colonies of the Periphery and Beyond, trillions of lives are lived, each with its own story to be told.


— Alistair Young, of eldraeverse.com

For the past month I’ve been pleased to be working with the novelist Alistair Young creating the cover art for his new novel “The Core War and Other Stories,” now available on Amazon.com.

A good first step into Alistair’s universe is to be found here: Floating Market (1/3).

For those of you unfortunate not to know of Alistair’s work, first off, know that I’m a fan, this short piece might give you a clue why I’m a fan In Space, Everyone Can Hear You Burn, and second, since I could hardly do better, here’s what Winchell Chung has to say:

The Eldraeverse is a strange and futuristic place, haunted by weakly godlike entities, civilizations that have undergone a Vingian Technological Singularity, and civilizations that are just centimeters away from achieving it. Such a topic in the hands of a lesser author could degenerate into a tiresome confusing mass of disjointed images. But Alistair’s encyclopedic knowledge of math, science, Post Singularity tropes, standard science fiction hypertechnology, and writing skill makes his work a joy to read. They have a lilting satirical tone but are build on a rock-solid foundation of scientific understanding. Sort of like a cross between Greg Egan, Douglas Hofstadter, Douglas Adams, and Terry Pratchett.

— Winchell Chung, of Atomic Rockets

Alistair Young’s first book Vignettes of the Star Empire is a collection of short fiction set in his Eldraeverse universe. Now …

"War has come to the Associated Worlds!

Following on from Vignettes of the Star Empire, this book again collects fiction and metafiction from the Associated Worlds, leading up to the epistolary novella "The Core War," as tensions between the Worlds and the neighboring Voniensan Republic come to a head."

— Alistair Young

You can sample Alistair’s writings on his blog, eldraeverse.com (highly recommended for much entertainment, wisdom, and insight) and, for your enjoyment, I’ve collected links to Alistair’s Epistolary Experiment which, in edited form, will appear as The Core War in Alistair’s soon to be published novel.

Epistolary Experiment (1/30)
Epistolary Experiment (2/30)
Epistolary Experiment (3/30)
Epistolary Experiment (4/30)
Epistolary Experiment (5/30)
Epistolary Experiment (6/30)
Epistolary Experiment (7/30)
Epistolary Experiment (8/30)
Epistolary Experiment (9/30)
Epistolary Experiment 10/30
Epistolary Experiment (11/30)
Epistolary Experiment (12/30)
Epistolary Experiment (13/30)
Epistolary Experiment (14/30)
Epistolary Experiment (15/30)
Epistolary Experiment (16/30)
Epistolary Experiment (17/30)
Epistolary Experiment (18/20)
Epistolary Experiment (19/30)
Epistolary Experiment (20/30)
Epistolary Experiment (21/30)
Epistolary Experiment (22/30
Epistolary Experiment (23/30)
Epistolary Experiment (24/30)  
Epistolary Experiment (24/30)
Epistolary Experiment (25/30)
Epistolary Experiment (26/30)
Epistolary Experiment (27/30)
Epistolary Experiment (28/30)
Epistolary Experiment (29/30)
Epistolary Experiment (30/30): Epilogue
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Robbie-Yarber's avatar
Oh my, a nuclear pulse drive dropship. I am liking this universe! :D

I was wondering how a nuclear pulse rocket would land without some kind of auxiliary landing thrusters, I didn't consider that if the shock absorbers could withstand the force of a nuclear bomb then they could also withstand the force of landing, but the pusher plate would have to be hemispherical (like Footfall's Michael) in order for it to takeoff from the ground, right?