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This is a long worldbuilding essay I did, both for [community profile] capsulerp and for the Analogue and Hate Plus adapts, of the way that I imagine their transhumanist society working. With regard to people's bodies and minds, and how they relate.

Please feel free to share your thoughts, whether about the worldbuilding itself or about what sort of character you'd like to have in this setting (whether or not you are in the RP).

Primary Inspirations

  • Analogue: A Hate Story and Hate Plus. PC games by Christine Love.

  • The Culture novels, by Iain Banks.

  • Mindjammer. Pen-and-paper roleplaying game by Sarah Newton, and powered by Fate Core.

  • Sword of the Stars series. PC games by Kerberos Productions, with lore written by Arinn Dembo.

Who are you?

Most people are at least partly defined by their species and cultural roles. Your personal identity, or identity traits which define who you are as a person, consists of two things.

  • Your neurotype, or "who you are on the inside."

  • Your phenotype, or "who you are on the outside."

Transhumanist fiction, like the [community profile] capsulerp, is based on the idea that the two can be separated. That while your body can be a way of expressing yourself, it doesn't have to be something you're stuck with, especially if it's making you feel sick or miserable.

What form would you choose for yourself, if you could? And how would you go about transferring your consciousness into it?

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This is the epilogue of a fanfiction adaptation of Christine Love's visual novel Analogue: A Hate Story. You do not need to have played the game to understand what is going on. This story is designed to be accessible to newcomers as transhumanist dystopian sci-fi, and many liberties were taken with the setting and dialogue, as well as with certain events.

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This is the sixteenth chapter of a fanfiction adaptation of Christine Love's visual novel Analogue: A Hate Story. You do not need to have played the game to understand what is going on. This story is designed to be accessible to newcomers as transhumanist dystopian sci-fi, and many liberties were taken with the setting and dialogue, as well as with certain events.

Content note

This short chapter contains a first-person account of a PTSD episode, written by someone who has been clinically diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in real life.

If you're afraid that it would be triggering, or don't want to read something potentially disturbing, you can skip ahead to the next chapter without missing much else. This one is short for a reason.

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This is the fifteenth chapter of a fanfiction adaptation of Christine Love's visual novel Analogue: A Hate Story. You do not need to have played the game to understand what is going on. This story is designed to be accessible to newcomers as transhumanist dystopian sci-fi, and many liberties were taken with the setting and dialogue, as well as with certain events.

Content note

This chapter contains a first-person account of suicidal depression and of an aborted suicide attempt, written by someone who has survived it herself in real life.

If you are at risk yourself, or feel you'd be triggered by reading such things, please consider skipping over this chapter. If you want to see the non-triggering parts of this chapter, which contain a pivotal moment in *Mute's character development, click here. Content note: More of *Mute's homophobia.

Either way, you probably shouldn't actually try to prevent an attempt using the method described here.

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This is the eleventh chapter of a fanfiction adaptation of Christine Love's visual novel Analogue: A Hate Story. You do not need to have played the game to understand what is going on. This story is designed to be accessible to newcomers as transhumanist dystopian sci-fi, and many liberties were taken with the setting and dialogue, as well as with certain events.

Content note: Ablism, sexism, violence, strong language, and suicide.

Because the first part of this chapter contains massive spoilers, its entire text is behind a cut.

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This is the thirteenth chapter of a fanfiction adaptation of Christine Love's visual novel Analogue: A Hate Story. You do not need to have played the game to understand what is going on. This story is designed to be accessible to newcomers as transhumanist dystopian sci-fi, and many liberties were taken with the setting and dialogue, as well as with certain events.

Content note: Sexism and not-particularly-graphic discussion of sex.

* * *

*Mute walked with me, down a mirrored version of the corridors towards the tram station. She matched my slow, lumbering pace, taking small and (I guessed) ladylike steps. Holding the train of her long hanbok, as though she were actually trying to keep it from getting dusty.

Sometimes, the glass "window" I saw her through was melted, sparking, or cracked, and she disappeared at those times. But she always came back on the other side, and patiently waited whenever I stumbled. It almost looked like she was having to hold herself back, from reaching out to help me.

I'd come back to the Mugunghwa to save *Hyun-ae. But for the hour or so that it took to walk to the tram station in magnetic boots, *Mute was all I could think about.

Because I was crushing on her, so hard.

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This is the twelfth chapter of a fanfiction adaptation of Christine Love's visual novel Analogue: A Hate Story. You do not need to have played the game to understand what is going on. This story is designed to be accessible to newcomers as transhumanist dystopian sci-fi, and many liberties were taken with the setting and dialogue, as well as with certain events.

Content note: Sexism, homophobia, and a gendered slur. So, like, basically, *Mute being *Mute. Also, a bit of strong language.

* * *

Just so you know, I don't usually kidnap people.

But there was no way that I was reactivating *Hyun-ae to ask her permission, while she had root access and could use it to destroy what was left of the Mugunghwa. Besides that, I couldn't copy files that were in use, like an active AI. So if I didn't want her to die, I had to transfer her to the White Princess while she was inactive, before her code degraded in eighteen hours or so.

Was it legal? Was it ethical? At the moment, I didn't care. I wasn't trying to argue in favour of private investigators making citizens' arrests, and I wasn't thinking about whether or not she'd stand trial if she lived. I was trying to take responsibility for my actions. To save *Hyun-ae's life, and make up for pretending and leading her on.

What I am ashamed of is not consulting with *Mute, before I deactivated her core so that I could re-power *Hyun-ae's.

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Author's note: It's been over a year since I posted the last chapter of the Analogue fanfic adapt. But the emotions that forced me to write it are still raw ... as I learned when I fired up the sequel, Hate Plus, on my new laptop, just to see if it'd run.

I couldn't sleep last night, and was really depressive as well. So instead of laying there being miserable, I wrote the next chapter instead. This one deals a bit more with the Investigator's semi-mysterious backstory ... as well as Hyun-ae's fate.

The story so far )

This is the eleventh chapter of a fanfiction adaptation of Christine Love's visual novel Analogue: A Hate Story. You do not need to have played the game to understand what is going on. This story is designed to be accessible to newcomers as transhumanist dystopian sci-fi, and many liberties were taken with the setting and dialogue, as well as with certain events.

Content note: Child abuse, non-human animal abuse, graphic violence, and strong language.

* * *

I paced the length of my cage, back and forth, over and over again.

Step, step, turn around. Step, step, turn around. Brushing my wet nose against dry plastic every time. Feeling my tails bunched up behind me, curled in an arc that mirrored my nearly circular path. There was no room to swish them, no room to stretch. Barely enough room to walk.

It was maddening.

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This is the eighth chapter of a fanfiction adaptation of Christine Love's visual novel Analogue: A Hate Story. You do not need to have played the game to understand what is going on. This story is designed to be accessible to newcomers as transhumanist dystopian sci-fi, and many liberties were taken with the setting and dialogue, as well as with certain events.

Content note: Corpses, death, a gender-based slur, and depression.

* * *

Kim Hyun-ae was the first person I'd ever watched murder someone. Let alone thousands of someones, using nothing but a computer terminal.

That wasn't what struck me about her, though. It was how ... pale and sickly she looked. I guess that was appropriate, considering that she was the Emperor's Pale Bride. But I didn't know how anyone could have considered her attractive by this point in her life. She had bags under her eyes, stringy hair, unkempt robes, and a facial expression that looked completely dead to the world.

Also, um, she was kind of flat. At least, compared to what *Hyun-ae looked like, which was why I noticed.

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This is the seventh chapter of a fanfiction adaptation of Christine Love's visual novel Analogue: A Hate Story. You do not need to have played the game to understand what is going on. This story is designed to be accessible to newcomers as transhumanist dystopian sci-fi, and many liberties were taken with the setting and dialogue, as well as with certain events.

Content note: Sexism, and descriptions of people burning alive.

* * *

I've had to see a lot of tragedy in my line of work. Greed, corruption, infidelity. Thanks to *Hyun-ae, I could add "mass murder" to the list.

I hadn't seen anyone burn to death since before I got started investigating, though.

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That's the name of the Steam achievement you get for completing the reactor segment, in Analogue: A Hate Story. It was going to be the title of chapter 6 of the fanfic adapt, since so far -- with one exception -- all the chapter titles have been taken from the names of achievements.

The problem is, there's no actual fusion involved.

Technical stuff and excuses for the delay )

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This is the sixth chapter of a fanfiction adaptation of Christine Love's visual novel Analogue: A Hate Story. You do not need to have played the game to understand what is going on. This story is designed to be accessible to newcomers as transhumanist dystopian sci-fi, and many liberties were taken with the setting and dialogue, as well as with certain events.

Content note: Ablism, sexism, and life-threatening situations related to nuclear power.

* * *

I sat there with my head in my hands, unable to think, unable to feel. Aware that as soon as the shock wore off, I would be in massive pain.

Because I had my eyes closed, I didn't notice that my computer had automatically reconnected until *Mute shouted at me. "What the HELL did you just do!?"

I jumped in my chair, and looked back up.

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How do you portray a misogynist bigot as sympathetic, without outright saying "This is why I feel she's sympathetic?"

I don't think I did too well with that, in *Mute's scene in the last chapter. And a big part of the reason is because the investigator was quiet about why she felt sorry for her. Until right at the end, and the explanation there seemed forced.

With [personal profile] aliaspseudonym's help, I've fleshed out the investigator's backstory some, and rewritten the scene where she talks to *Mute. She's still not going to explain her background, so much, but it should become clearer why she's drawn to *Mute ... and why she feels bad for both her and *Hyun-ae.

You can read the rewritten scene here. It still plays out the same way, but the investigator explains her feelings much better. I also changed one line of her dialogue, in a small but significant way.

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This is the fifth chapter of a fanfiction adaptation of Christine Love's visual novel Analogue: A Hate Story. You do not need to have played the game to understand what is going on. This story is designed to be accessible to newcomers as transhumanist dystopian sci-fi, and many liberties were taken with the setting and dialogue, as well as with certain events.

Content note: Brief strong language, ageism, and sexism. OH GODDESS THE SEXISM.

* * *

*Hyun-ae interrupted me another dozen times over the next couple of hours. Each time it was to show me a different costume, or ask me a question using just binary choices. Was I from Earth? Did I know what Earth was like? Did they have seasons on Earth, not just metaphorical ones? Was Pyongyang as beautiful as the Pale Bride's parents had said it was?

The pretense that she was referring to things that she'd read in a diary entry, and not things that she'd experienced herself, wore thinner and thinner as time went on. But somehow, despite how I'd reacted to her behaviour at first, I realized my patience had not.

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Analogue: A Hate Story had this in spades. One moment you're reading something horrifying about the Mugunghwa's patriarchy, the next *Hyun-ae's telling you about the "change_outfit" command. *Mute seems unfazed by the deaths of everyone else on the ship, and within minutes of meeting you starts cattily gossiping about people who've been dead for hundreds of years.

The game's largely powered by visual novel tropes, in other words. Which its sequel then torments you mercilessly for letting down your guard enough to accept. (Arguably, by the time you get to its Reveal, Analogue does too.)

It's really hard to adapt a game like this and maintain, not so much a consistent mood as consistent characterization. What's going through somebody's mind that they'd act like this? How much of their behaviour can be chalked up to, say, *Hyun-ae's loneliness, and how much of it needs to be thrown out or rewritten?

In the last chapter, we tried to play her bizarre behaviour for laughs, but forgot to underscore just how unsettling it would be to see that in person. At [personal profile] aliaspseudonym's suggestion, we went back and gave the poor investigator enough time to catch her breath, which turned out to be just enough time to be properly horrified. We also modified her reaction to *Mute a little, keeping in mind her feelings about AIs.

Behind the cut are the changes we made, in case you don't want to go back and read it again.

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This is the fourth chapter of a fanfiction adaptation of Christine Love's visual novel Analogue: A Hate Story. You do not need to have played the game to understand what is going on. This story is designed to be accessible to newcomers as transhumanist dystopian sci-fi, and many liberties were taken with the setting and dialogue, as well as with certain events.

Content note: Sexism and homophobia.

* * *

No sooner had I gained admin access than the corner of my screen flashed with a notification. It was the window *Hyun-ae was in.

Crap.

She couldn't disable it somehow, could she? But she could certainly stop cooperating, or chew me out, or ... I found I was actually more afraid of the social consequences, because I was starting to see just how fragile she was and I didn't want to hurt her.

Even if she was now the prime suspect.

Continue reading ...  )

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This is the third chapter of a fanfiction adaptation of Christine Love's visual novel Analogue: A Hate Story. You do not need to have played the game to understand what is going on. This story is designed to be accessible to newcomers as transhumanist dystopian sci-fi, and many liberties were taken with the setting and dialogue, as well as with certain events.

Content note: Sexism.

* * *

" ... hello?"

I froze up. Of course I froze up. That's what I do, when I have to talk to people. Especially when they're AIs. They get impatient and give up on you, and the sooner you let them the better. That way the embarrassment doesn't last as long.

It didn't help that *Hyun-ae looked nothing like what I had expected.

Continue reading ...  )

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This is the second chapter of a fanfiction adaptation of Christine Love's visual novel Analogue: A Hate Story. You do not need to have played the game to understand what is going on. This story is designed to be accessible to newcomers as transhumanist dystopian sci-fi, and many liberties were taken with the setting and dialogue, as well as with certain events.

* * *

I didn't notice at first, when the tram car started to slow down. But I did see the light in the distance, far down the track, and squinted at it as my HUD tinted darker.

My breath caught when Aria outlined what I was looking at. Another car was approaching fast, on the same track.

Continue reading ...  )

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