Tag Archives: space-opera

Crest of the Stars Appreciation

The future will be like in the Crest of the Stars universe.

> a race of superior humans is born when space traders genetically engineer themselves to be even more optimized for life in space

>the new humans thrive in low gravity, are smarter at doing computations with the ship computers and navigating in 3D space

>they live twice as long, and incidentally have blue hair.

>marriage ceases to be an institution, and it’s common for a girl to have genetic material from six fathers.

>the new race, the Abn, become culturally superior to other humans

> they are genetically superior to humans in every way and gradually assimilate most of the galaxy under their enlightened hegemony

This manga is why I stopped reading sci-fi novels and came to love manga. If I had only known there’s nothing else like it in Japanese, and most Japanese don’t like space opera, I might have kept reading sci-fi instead. Just a few pages made me think eugenics is cool, and “I want more space princesses who haughtily tell planetary civilizations they have primitive cultures.”

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Here’s my response to traditionalists who reject being a cuckhold, and who aren’t attracted at the aspect of having your daughter come from 5 other dudes:

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not wanting a genetically engineered superior baby

preferring random chance for muh feels

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Better gods for a future world

There are countless video games that have made better heroes than the gods people worship. Why haven’t we replaced our boring shepperd Gods with ones that would suit our modern aspirations & mythologies?

For example, here is a pacifist cyborg that ended thousands of years of senseless war on Earth, stopped the Earth from being blown up, and helped clean the sky humans had polluted during the conflict. She was willing to risk everything she had to do it, and nearly killed herself in the process.

What a praise-worthy superhero! She actually never caused problems, but cleaned up other people’s problems.  Can you even think of a single God that never did caused trouble, but only cleaned up other peoples’ messes? Sora never caused any trouble, ever! The God of the bible created more problems than he solved, and even Buddhism has its wrathful deities and wars with the Asuras. (Admittedly, Buddhism is much better than Christianity.)

I would rather live in a future where the bible had been replaced by a religion with a better morals, or at least better mythology. A band of humans who joined together to repel an alien invasion in ancient times would have been a much cooler belief to talk about with religious freaks than the pre-Noah universe.

With all the space opera, time-travel, and alternate universe stories, isn’t it  lame how religions still can’t create better gods than your average game programmer? I’d still rather worship Megaman or a mech pilot than Ron Hubbard or Jesus. Sadly, we are still constrained to the most boring of ancient mythologies…

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