The location of the Solar Fed...
Posted 18 January 2018 - 10:09 PM
"I lie awake, staring out at the bleakness of Megadon. City and sky become one, merging into a single plane, a vast sea of unbroken grey. The Twin Moons, just two pale orbs as they trace their way across the steely sky. I used to think I had a pretty good life here, just plugging into my machine for the day, then watching Templevision or reading a Temple Paper in the evening.
My friend Jon always said it was nicer here than under the atmospheric domes of the Outer Planets. We have had peace since 2062, when the surving planets were banded together under the Red Star of the Solar Federation. The less fortunate gave us a few new moons.
I believed what I was told, I thought it was a good life, I thought I was happy. Then I found something that changed it all..."
WHY IS NEIL PEART SO VAGUE? WHERE IS THE SOLAR FEDERATION?!?!
It sounds like it's on Earth, in our own Solar System, but there could also be the possibility of another Earth-like planet, in another galaxy, with human-like alien life and all sorts of tech stolen from Earth... AND that the SF is actually a group of alien races, of which the Syrinx are chief among them...
Question: Where is it?
Rather, where do you think it is? Earth doesn't have twin moons...
Posted 18 January 2018 - 10:34 PM
Posted 18 January 2018 - 10:43 PM
Answer: It is wherever you want it to be. It is a work of fiction. Use your imagination and locate it anywhere you want.
Posted 18 January 2018 - 10:50 PM
When people began to multiply on the face of the ground, and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that they were fair; and they took wives for themselves of all that they chose. Then the Lord said, “My spirit shall not abide in mortals forever, for they are flesh; their days shall be one hundred twenty years.” The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went in to the daughters of humans, who bore children to them. These were the heroes that were of old, warriors of renown.
— Genesis 6:1–4,
Posted 18 January 2018 - 10:57 PM
From the dawn of time we came, moving silently
down through the Centuries. Living many secret
lives, struggling to reach the time of the Gathering,
when the few who remain will battle to the last.
No one has ever known we were among you
Posted 18 January 2018 - 11:09 PM
Beat me to it. Exactly what I was going to say.
Posted 18 January 2018 - 11:12 PM
Yes, I'm an ass.
Edited by vaportrailer, 18 January 2018 - 11:14 PM.
Posted 19 January 2018 - 12:41 AM
Similar to how the details of the ending are ambiguous, so are many such insignificant details as this. This is Neil Peart, not Tolkien. 2112, not The Lord Of The Rings. If you want the best storytelling possible, you go for a great fictional novel. If you want the best storytelling possible in a rock song, you'll probably have to lower your standards a bit.
Posted 19 January 2018 - 01:05 AM
Posted 19 January 2018 - 06:21 AM
Posted 19 January 2018 - 06:55 AM
We at least know it’s not BC due to the wordage “We have had peace since 2062...”.
Posted 19 January 2018 - 07:50 AM
ETA, not bad, its 5777 according to Google.
Edited by laughedatbytime, 19 January 2018 - 07:52 AM.
Posted 19 January 2018 - 08:06 AM
Posted 19 January 2018 - 08:10 AM
A great many science fiction stories have future human societies and empires that use different calendars and dating systems, like in Frank Herbert's Dune and Isaac Asimov's Foundation series. They exist tens of thousands of years in the future.
Posted 19 January 2018 - 08:26 AM
Posted 19 January 2018 - 09:11 AM
...which is actually a name adapted from a city in Tunisia, Tataouine.
Never thought of the Solar Federation as being in southern Tunisia. Interesting.
Just learned something new there.
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