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Many: The Blog of a Space Probe by Mario J. Lucero

 

Many: The Blog of a Space Probe is an experimental web serial written by Mario J. Lucero. It’s about a space-faring computer’s lonesome journey, and more importantly, his ramblings about everything. The story is told through Many’s perspective, in blog format.


An ongoing blogfic, with new posts infrequently

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Listed: Oct 14, 2011

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By Chris Poirier, editor

Oct 14, 2011: The space probe speaks in a distractingly conversational, American-teenager-like voice, and, despite having had no contact with humans since before gaining sentience, talks about god in decidedly Christian Evangelical lingo and phrasing. The story itself seems largely a travelogue, about places devoid of life. Some of the description is interesting, but not much happens.

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By Winna, member

Jan 2, 2014: I’m an agnostic, as well as an astrophysicist. I found this story, so far, to be quite entertaining. The Editor, Chris Poirier, missed the point of the early chapters. Though, when he had reviewed it, not much had happened.

Since then, the story has evolved quite a bit.

I believe the robot’s sentience is new, in other words, he thinks like a child. Which leads to some wondrous descriptions of our universe, which is extremely "devoid of life". As an astrophysicist, I can tell you, that this depiction of the universe is pretty spot on, and I’d love to learn where the author’s understanding of the natural world stems from. Because, he seems pretty knowledgeable on the subject.

The story has evolved into a bit of a political diatribe, but I think the author is simply setting up the time-period the robot’s exploring. Meaning we should see a bit more of the lifeforms inhabiting the universe, but I hope he returns to the exploration aspect of it. That’s not to knock the newer posts, it’s getting pretty damn exciting.

Another note, the robot seems to be on the fence about religion, let me quote; "But, if there is a creator, then why would He put so many things out of view." From Chapter 1, Post 2, "Drifter" I think this little automaton comes off as religious, simply due to him pondering his own existentialism.

If he does believe in a "deity", it’s probably the same type of "god" that most astrophysicist theorize about, which is the starting point from which the universe stems.

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