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From:     "Richard J. Pugh" <rjp3@???????.edu>
Date:     Tue, 19 Apr 1994 13:37:33 -0400
Subject:  Re: SPJ: Indian Sphere
RE: An "Indian Sphere."

Name: Ravenspace?

(At the risk of being politically incorrect)

One thing that is common among most primative peoples, like Indians, is a
closeness to nature and the earth.  In light of this, an interesting choice
for an Indian sphere would be a small Dyson sphere, like Heardspace (see
Malestrom's eye).  Dyson spheres tend to be complete and complex, if very
large, ecosystems. (Planets tend to be somewhat smaller, though no less
complex.)  The notion of living on a world that is physically connected
with the rest of the universe, and not just a point in an open pocket,
would fit in well with their spiritual traditions.

In this set-up, groups could develop into highly advanced civilizations,
while having very little contact with one another.  Dyson Spheres, even
small ones,  are BIG.  If spelljamming was available, there might be groups
that spend all of their lives wandering through the skys of the sphere,
much like certain native people do on boats in the Amazon jungles.

I am currently having a vision of an Inca-style civilization with
spelljammers that look like Coutals, or perhaps variations of dragonships. 
Variations of the Shrike-ship - a bird - would be a popular design,
especially among those who hail from mountainous regions.

Just some thoughts.

Richard
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SPJ: Indian Sphere    BLUEBALL PRODUCTIONS    19 Apr 1994 02:56:27
Re: SPJ: Indian Sphere    Richard J. Pugh    19 Apr 1994 17:37:33

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