This glossary provides information about some special terminology used in the story Cellular Civilization.
General term used to refer to any social group that traces its origins back to Earth. Most of Genesaunt civilization exists in secret bases scattered through the Solar System and on worlds of nearby star systems. The Observers and the Overseers are two distinct Genesaunt groups.
Nano-scale devices that can be used for many purposes such as spying on people or modifying the appearance or function of human or robotic bodies. When used inside bodies they are often called "nanorobotic implants".
A Genesaunt faction devoted to making observations of Earth's biosphere and human cultural development on Earth. The Observers are based at an underground city on the Moon.
A Genesaunt police force that works to prevent illegal interventions into the course of events on Earth. The bounds of legality are set by the Rules of Observation. The Overseers are derived from Neanderthals who were taken off of Earth tens of thousands of years ago.
A mechanical device designed to look and behave like a human.
Rules of InterventionEdit
See also: Rules of Observation. Also sometimes called the "rules of alien contact". The Rules of Intervention are more general, and restrict the kinds of interactions that a more technologically advanced culture can have with a less advanced culture. (Plot spoiler warning: these Rules are never explicitly revealed in the Cellular Civilization story. See Three laws for details.)
Rules of ObservationEdit
Never described in detail during the Cellular Civilization story, but these rules are designed to keep humans on Earth from learning that extraterrestrial forces have been observing Earth for hundreds of millions of years. Also, it is generally illegal for any Genesaunt to interfere in the development of a more primitive culture. The Rules of Observation are a special case of the Rules of Intervention which generally restrict contacts of more technologically advanced intelligences with less advanced cultures.
Here is a map of the chapters:
_> Mary –––––––––––––––––––––> Lincoln / \ / \__> Amelia PAlbert ––––––––––––––––––––> Andresklo / \ \---->Ferace ------> Yasas / \ __----------> Cathy / / \ / \ / / \ / \__________>Tess CC –––> Charlie ––-----–> Stefi \ \ ----------------> Lani \ / \ \ _______---> Jenny –––> Thomas \______> Dexamene
Sunday ----> time flow --> one week in the Fall --> ---------> Saturday
Useful pages for the reader: List of characters and the Glossary. Readers can discuss the story at Talk:Cellular Civilization.
If you want to help write the story, see the meta page (warning: spoilers!).
Key: CC = CrystalCarbon; most of the first chapter is told from the perspective of Stefiz al-Arabid.