Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Shauntry - The Third Details

Welp, I'm sorry this is a little late. I was having difficulty with the artist for this image. Say hi to Dmitry!

This is a bit of sneak peak into the next Shaun Brewer story and serves as a handbook for part 1. It'll be posted on March 30th on /r/nosleep under the title I was recruited by the Government. Here is the finalized schedule for part of the series:

  • Part 1 - March 30th
  • Part 2 - March 31st
  • Part 3: Story & Handbook - April 3rd
  • Finale & Handbook - April 5th
EDIT: I originally intended the handbook to be included with part 3, but the pacing has resulted in pushing the material requiring the handbook to the finale instead.

At the time of writing this blog post I am nearly completed with Part 3. It's the most difficult part to construct with all the science details it has along with all the varying plot elements. Parts 1 & 2 are completed and do not contain enough details to merit a handbook for each. The story starts out a little slow in part 1. Halfway through the opening part though it picks up fast and hardly lets up until the ending.

The series as a whole is shaping up quite nicely. It's got puzzles, suspense, gore, new characters, and it will be proposing an entirely new, unexplored area of science that'll be exposed in part 3.

There's really only one particular item on part 1 I feel needs to be sourced in order to verify authenticity. It's a minor sub-plot of the first entry, but I'm a little worried people will read it and start scratching their heads, or the nay-sayers will jump and shout that it's not real or it's stupid. Well it is real, and it's not stupid.

I'm talking, of course, about insect cyborgs.

YES! They're real! And the neural engineering to create them is actually quite simple.

This is one of the rather simplistic versions of hacking into an insect's nervous system and manipulating their movements:

DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has been toying around with insect cyborgs since the 1940s:
  • The next time you see a moth, dragonfly, or other winged insect, go in for a closer look. (DARPA) has been developing insect cyborgs for the past seven-plus decades...Since the 1940s, DARPA’s toiled to develop Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs) and Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS). It didn’t take long for engineers to realize that the key to effective MAVs was right in front of their eyes: Nature’s own insects — and, in some cases, winged mammals — were ideal case studies to be mimicked and, in some designs, enslaved.

That just about covers everything you need to know for the first part. Oh, the drawing of Dmitry? Ah, yes, that...well, you'll have to wait to read part 1 to find out what it's about :)

The next blog post here will be on April 3rd to explain the science that's presented in more thorough detail and include sources for what I've proposed.

See you all on March 30th!

EDIT 3/18 - Part 3 has been completed, but it's far too long to include the science of everything in the same part. The handbook will be presented along with the finale, NOT part 3 because of this reason.

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