The Ascenturian Collectives
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The Ascenturian Saga

The Ascenturian Saga was a serial in five parts that ran here at Only a Game from January 18th to February 8th 2022. Blending science fiction with philosophy, it set off from an examination of the roots of Frank Herbert's novel Dune to explore a purely imaginary people - the ascenturians - who have committed to ensuring that all human diversity reaches the Tenth Millennium after the founding of civilisation, 48 centuries hence. Each of the parts ends with a link to the next one, so to read the entire serial, simply click on the first link below, and then follow the “next” links to read on.

Here are the five parts:

  1. The Tenth Millennium
  2. Assembling the Future
  3. Sustaining the Present
  4. Restoring the Commons
  5. The Ascenturian Collectives

If you enjoyed this serial, please leave a comment. Thank you!


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This has been great and has given me a lot to chew on! Thanks

The pleasure is all mine, Ari! I challenged myself in writing this - I still haven't finished thinking about some of these points to my satisfaction. Sincere thanks for your continued support.

Thank you for this series. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I got about a dozen hours of background (NPC?) Contemplative Play and just as many with fully participant (PC?) Contemplative Play. The latter part is captured in my blog-letter to you:

Hey Chris,
Treating this as an opportunity to homebrew your own principles is absolutely in the spirit of how this was offered! I've had a quick read now, but I shall revisit and ponder your take on this further when I have time to consider them more carefully.

Truly appreciate you taking the time to write - many many thanks for this!


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