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Sid Meier's Alpha Centari/Alien Crossfire
Quotations, and Subjects
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Thanks for Generation Terrorists for the idea and for anyone who tried
to make a quote guide for the original game. Since nobody tried to make
a guide for the original game and the expansion, I took the initiative
to make one myself.

(Table Of Contents)
Q1. Opening quotation, and faction quotations
Q2. Technology quotations
Q3. Secret project quotations
Q4. Faculty quotations
Q1. Opening quotation, and faction quotations:

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,

Gaia's Stepdaughters: 

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"

Lord's Believers:

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 

        -- Sister Miriam Godwinson, 
           "The Blessed Struggle"

Manifold Caretakers:

Tau Ceti Flowering: Horrors visited upon neighboring systems 
must never be repeated. 
Therefore: if it means the end of our evolution as a species, so be it.

        -- Caretaker Lular H'minee,
           "Sacrifice : Life" 

Manifold Usurpers:

Risks of Flowering: considerable. But rewards of godhood: who can measure?

        -- Usurper Judaa Marr, 
           "Courage : To Question"

Morgan Industries:
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"

Nautilus Pirates:

The sea ... vast, mysterious ... and full of wealth! And the nations of Planet 
send their trade across it 
without a thought. Well, the sea doesn't care about them, so 
it lets them pass. But we can give the sea a little 
hand in teaching the landlubbers a lesson in humility.

        -- Captain Ulrik Svensgaard, 
           "The Ripple and the Wave" 

Peacekeeping Forces:

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 loose 
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, 
           "Librarian's Preface"

Spartan Federation:

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.

        -- Col. Corazon Santiago,
           "Spartan Battle Manual"

The Cult of Planet:

Mankind has been blind for thousands of years-for all of its history. 
We have come to a place whose wonders are a hundred-fold more amazing 
than anything on Earth. Around us is clear evidence of the will 
of a higher power. I bring the Vision to the blind eyes of men. I bring the 
Word to the deaf ears of men. I will make them see it. 
I will make them hear it.

        -- Prophet Cha Dawn, 
           "Planet Rising" 

The Cybernetic Consciousness:

Those who join us need give up only half of their humanity--the 
illogical, ill-tempered, and disordered half,
commonly thought of as 'right-brain' functioning. 
In exchange, the 'left-brain' capacities 
are increased to undreamed potential. The tendency of Biologicals 
to cling instead to their individual 
personalities can only be attributed to archaic evolutionary tendencies.

        -- Prime Function Aki Zeta-5, 

The Data Angels:

What's more important, the data or the jazz? 
Sure, sure, 'Information should be free' and all that
--but anyone can set information free. The jazz is in how 
you do it, what you do it to
,and in almost getting caught without getting caught. 
The data is 1's and 0's. Life is the jazz.

        -- Datatech Sinder Roze, 

The Free Drones:

"Now it's day and night the irons clang, and like poor galley slaves 
We toil and toil, and when we die, must fill dishonored graves 
But some dark night, when everything is silent in the town 
I'll shoot those tyrants one and all, I'll gun the flogger down 
I'll give the land a little shock, remember what I say, 
And they'll yet regret they've sent Jim Jones in chains to Botany Bay. 

        -- "Jim Jones",

The Human Hive:

Learn to overcome the crass demands of flesh and bone, for they warp 
the matrix through which we perceive the world. 
Extend your awareness outwards, 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 enlightenment."

        -- Chairman Sheng-ji Yang, 
           "Essays on Mind and Matter"

University of Planet: 

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"

Q2. Technology Quotations:

Adaptive Doctrine:

War is war; destruction is destruction. You think this is obvious. 
But war is not destruction, it is victory. To achieve victory, simply 
appear to give the opponent what he wants and he will go away, or join 
you in your quest for additional power.

        -- Datatech Sinder Roze
           "Information Burns"

Adaptive Economics:

Humans : correct in making the leap from wealth as currency to wealth as 
energy. But logic failure : wealth ultimately is 
extension of desire, fluctuating 
with emotions and state of mind. Desires : when all are supported in purely 
adaptable system, true wealth is achieved.

        -- Usurper Judaa Marr
           "Human : Nature"

Advanced 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"

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"

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"

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"

Applied Gravitonics:

"What goes up . . . better doggone well stay up!"

        -- Morgan Gravitonics,
           Company Slogan

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"

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"


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

Bioadaptive Resonance:

I saw the alien phalanx coming toward us, and I calmed my mind as Kri'lan had 
taught me. And what I saw next to the phalanx was a shadow regiment, 
half-formed from the resonance around them. 
I cursed the aliens...with power like that
,each one could fight as many, and I thanked Planet for sending us the betrayer.

        -- Prophet Cha Dawn
           "The Betrayer and I"


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"

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"

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"

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"

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"

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"

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"

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"


The wicked have told me of things that delight them, but not
such things as your law has to tell.

        -- Saint Augustine,
           "Confessions", Datalinks

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

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

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"

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: 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

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"

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"

Environmental Economics:

         We sit together,
        the mountain and I,
  until only the mountain remains

        -- Li Po,
           From the Yang Collection

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


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

Field Modulation:

The Progenitor race appears to sense, and possibly even manipulate, 
local fields an untrained human cannot perceive without mechanical aid, 
including at the very least electricity and magnetism. This sensitivity 
creates entirely new worlds of artistic endeavors for the race-or it may 
be developed into a powerful combat awareness that can foil any attempt 
at surprise.

        -- Prime Function Aki Zeta-Five
           "Alien Analysis"

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

Fusion Power:

Our ancestors harnessed the power of a sun, and so again shall we.

        -- Commissioner Pravin Lal,
           "The Science of Our Fathers"

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"

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"

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"

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

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"

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"

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 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"

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"

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"

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

Matter 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

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"

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"

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"

N-Space Compression:

Humans : there is no space inside rocket. 
Progenitor : space exists around all things 
with mass. Space : "here". Inside rocket : "there". 
Secret: bring here to there.

        -- Caretaker Lular H'minee
           "Secret : Space"


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"


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

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"

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"

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"

Orbital Spaceflight:

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"

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

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"

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"

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

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"

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"

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"

Progenitor Psych:

And I stood before him, and I sang unto her, and it appeared to 
listen. His very countenance rippled like the sea, and the sound 
of my own voice came back to me, distorted. For a moment I thought 
she was mocking me, or it was nonsapient and mimicking me. Then I 
understood: the sounds were not important; it was how I affected 
his sounds and how she affected mine that transmitted the message.

        -- Prime Function Aki Zeta-Five
           "One Future"

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"

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, 

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

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

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

Secrets of the Manifolds:

Kri'lan taught me of the resonance and how to feel it. 
After much training, I could 
see -- the very surface under our feet, 
Planet itself -- is a living, fluctuating nexus 
of energy, violent, beautiful and quite unstable. And I could also feel its 
cousins -- distant mirrors on the other side of the space-time continuum -- the 
far-flung Manifolds.

        -- Prophet Cha Dawn
           "The Betrayer and I"

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

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"

Sentient Resonance:

And here we tinker with metal, to try to give it a kind of life, 
and suffer those who 
would scoff at our efforts. But who's to say that, 
if intelligence had evolved in some 
other form in past millennia, the ancestors of these beings would not now scoff
at the idea of intelligence residing within meat?

        -- Prime Function Aki Zeta-Five
           "The Fallacies of Self-Awareness"

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"

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

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

String Resonance:

To understand a thing is to know the manner by which it might be 
destroyed. A fundamental 
understanding of the basic building-blocks of the Universe is 
essential, then, to the total destruction of everything.

        -- Foreman Domai
           "One Tool, One Thought"

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


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

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"

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

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"

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

Transcendent Thought:

  Eternity lies ahead of us, and behind.
    Have you drunk your fill?

       -- Lady Deirdre Skye,
           "Conversations with Planet", Epilogue

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"

Q3. Secret project quotations:

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"

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,

Cloudbase Academy:

In one dimension I find existence, 
in two I find life, but in three, I find freedom.

        -- Foreman Domai,
           Cadet Induction Ceremony, Mission Year 2216

Manifold Harmonics:

Manifold harmonic fields : within, the true nature of the universe becomes 
apparent. Layers : within layers. Worlds : within worlds. Inside : the heart 
of everything opens, and everything opens to it.

        -- Caretaker Lular H'minee,
           "Resonance : Power"

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

Nethack Terminus:

By creating a planetary network, mankind on Planet now has the ability 
to share information at light-speed. But by creating a single such network, 
each faction has brought themselves closer to discovery as well. At the speed 
of light, we will catch your information, tag it like an animal in the wild, 
and release it unharmed-if such should serve our purposes.

        -- Datatech Sinder Roze,
           "The Alpha Codex"

Planetary Energy Grid:

The ancient Chinese had a name for it: Feng Shui. 
We call it energy flow. It is the 
same thing, the same thought: energy is everywhere, 
but only a fraction of it is tapped 
by humans for their purposes.
 Now the Progenitors have taught us that we can tap not only 
our own latent abilities, but the latent abilities of the Universe itself.

        -- Prophet Cha Dawn,
           "Planet Rising"

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 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 Citizen's 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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 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 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"

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 Space Elevator:

In one moment, Earth; in the next, Heaven.

        -- Academician Prokhor Zakharov,
           "For I Have Tasted The Fruit"

The Supercollider:

  God does not play dice.

        -- Albert Einstein, Datalinks

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 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 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 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 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"

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 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


Q4 Faculty quotations:

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"

Juvenile sealurks, when isolated from the collective planetary planetary 
consciousness, preform astonishing feats as underwater sheepdogs. 
Vast schools of calorie-rich sporefish may be herded by only a few well
trained specimens. Just don't let them get to close to the fungus, or 
they will turn on you like a razor shark.
        --Captain Ulrik Svensgaard,
          "Tending the Sea"

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

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"

Brood Pit:

Of all the employments,working in the the brood pit at 
once the most horrific and the most
desirable. Horrific for what we saw occur day after day, 
and because of the very nature of the   
sessile native lifeforms. Desirable, because haven being chosen to 
work in the pit, you were highly unlikely to
be one of its victims.

        --Captain Ulrik Svensgaard
          "The Shadow Resonance"

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"

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"

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

Covert Ops Center:

The idea first of all was to create a center without a physical location, 
more of a nexus of thoght where we could trade intelligence, 
turncoats and techniques. The secount idea was to hide it from
the very probe teams that used it. Nothing could be more secret 
then a collection of information
that spends 99% of its existance desolved into the ether.

        -- Datatech Sinder Roze
           "Puting the Covert in Covert Ops"

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"

Flechette Defense System:

Missle attack on Zeta-5: humans activate first defence successful.
Afterwords: danger posed by innovation suddenly clear. 

        -- Usurper Judaa Marr.
           "Human: Nature"

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

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"

Geosynchronous Survey Pod:

The managers allwayes talked about having the view from 30,000 feet.
The only problem with having the view from 30,000 feet, is at that hight, 
everybody looks like ants.
        -- Foreman Domai,
           "Genejack and the Beanstalk"

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


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"

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

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"


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"


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"

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

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

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

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

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"

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,

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"

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

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"

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"

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"

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

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"

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"

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

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:


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

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"

Subsea Trunkline:

Each individual pipe contains a hot slurry of minerals drawn from Planet's crust
and makes a sound like rain falling on a tin roof. 
When they converge on the trunkline
the sound is a terrifying thunder, a thunder of untold wealth, and power.

       -- Captain Ulrik Svensgaard, 
          "Tending the Sea"

Subspace Generator:

Resonance comes not from individual being: rather city as whole.
Progenitors not separate:lines between us blur.
Resulting Power: exponential.
Brilliant beacon: even in vast Universe!

        -- Caretaker Lular H'minee,
           "Resonance : Power"

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"

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

Thermocline Transducer:

The bondry between cold water and warm, the Thermocline, has been important to 
undersea warfare for hundreds of years of man's history. Now we have found a
way to harness that power for constructive purposes. 
Once what cloaked us can now
feed us. Once what shielded us from death, now brings us life.

       -- Captain Ulrik Svensgaard,
          "The Ripple And The Wave"

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"


        -- Homestar Runner










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