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40 lights off the Galactic Rim
Wage slave


There was no place. There was no time. A human observer would have recognized nothing here: no mass, energy, or force. There was only a rolling, random froth whose fragmented geometry constantly changed. Even causality was a foolish dream.

The orderly spacetime with which humans were familiar was suffused with vacuum energy, out of which virtual particles, electrons and quarks, would fizz into existence, and then scatter or annihilate, their brief walks upon the stage governed by quantum uncertainty. In this extraordinary place whole universes bubbled out of the froth, to expand and dissipate, or to collapse in a despairing flare.

This chaotic cavalcade of possibilities, this place of nonbeing where whole universes clustered in reefs of foamy spindrift, was suffused by a light beyond light. But even in this cauldron of strangeness there was life. Even here there was mind

- "Exultant", pg. 337.
We may with more successful hope resolve
To wage by force or guile eternal war
Irreconcilable to our grand Foe,
Who now triumphs, and in the excess of joy
Sole reigning holds the tyranny of heaven…

- "Vacuum Diagrams", pg. 294. Stephen Baxter quoting John Milton's Paradise Lost
We are convinced that freedom without Socialism is privilege and injustice, and that Socialism without freedom is slavery and brutality.

- Mikhail Bakunin
Now a federated, decentralised system of free associations, incorporating economic as well as other social institutions, would be what I refer to as anarcho-syndicalism; and it seems to me that this is the appropriate form of social organisation for an advanced technological society in which human beings do not have to be forced into the position of tools, of cogs in the machine. There is no longer any social necessity for human beings to be treated as mechanical elements in the productive process; that can be overcome and we must overcome it to be a society of freedom and free association, in which the creative urge that I consider intrinsic to human nature will in fact be able to realize itself in whatever way it will.

- Noam Chomsky

Click here to learn about anarchism.

The Xeelee Sequence is a series of hard SF space opera novels, novellas, and short stories written by British science fiction author Stephen Baxter. Its primary focus is on a cosmos-spanning war between humanity throughout the eons of its technological and social evolution and a mysterious god-like Type IV civilization known as the Xeelee, who basically control the universe and operate on a level that is pretty much beyond comprehension. The scientific, engineering, and mathematical aspects of the series are accurate, and the more lofty stuff has its foundation in real theoretical physics. There are lots of interesting alien species and complex relationships between them, really intriguing futuristic scientific and philosophical idea content, and the most awe-inspiring settings, themes, and plots I've ever read in science fiction. You exit the stories metaphysically dizzy, philosophically frustrated and enlightened, and with a beautiful feeling of exhausted hopefulness in a cold, dangerous, meaningless universe. It's about humanity, love, hatred, hope, war, insignificance, perseverance, pity, awe, the possibilities of the future, and much more. It's a lot of fun and I highly recommend the series.

List of stories in the Sequence:

The official Xeelee Sequence timeline (as of September 2015): http://www.stephen-baxter.com/articles.html#xeelee


Xeelee Sequence main novels:

Raft (1991)
Timelike Infinity (1992)
Flux (1993)
Ring (1994)

Destiny's Children novels:

Coalescent (2003)
Exultant (2004)
Transcendent (2005)

Anthologies of short stories and novellas in the Sequence:

Vacuum Diagrams (1997)
-- The Sun-People
-- The Logic Pool
-- Gossamer
-- Cilia-of-Gold
-- Lieserl
-- Pilot
-- The Xeelee Flower
-- More than Time or Distance
-- The Switch
-- Blue Shift
-- The Quagma Datum
-- Planck Zero
-- Soliton Star
-- The Gödel Sunflowers
-- Vacuum Diagrams
-- Stowaway
-- The Tyranny of Heaven
-- Hero
-- Secret History
-- Shell
-- The Eighth Room
-- The Baryonic Lords
Resplendent (2006)
-- Cadre Siblings
-- Conurbation 2473
-- Reality Dust (novella)
-- Mayflower II (novella)
-- All in a Blaze
-- Silver Ghost
-- The Cold Sink
-- On the Orion Line
-- Ghost Wars
-- The Ghost Pit
-- Lakes of Light
-- Breeding Ground
-- The Dreaming Mould
-- The Great Game
-- The Chop Line
-- In the Un-Black
-- Riding the Rock (novella)
-- Between Worlds
-- The Siege of Earth
Xeelee: Endurance (2015)
-- Return to Titan
-- Starfall (novella)
-- Remembrance
-- Endurance
-- The Seer and the Silverman
-- Gravity Dreams (novella)
-- PeriAndry's Quest
-- Climbing the Blue
-- The Time Pit
-- The Lowland Expedition
-- Formidable Caress





“Challenge a person's beliefs, and you challenge his dignity, standing, and power. And when those beliefs are based on nothing but faith, they are chronically fragile. No one gets upset about the belief that rocks fall down as opposed to up, because all sane people can see it with their own eyes. Not so for the belief that babies are born with original sin or that God exists in three persons or that Ali is the second-most divinely inspired man after Muhammad. When people organize their lives around these beliefs, and then learn of other people who seem to be doing just fine without them--or worse, who credibly rebut them--they are in danger of looking like fools. Since one cannot defend a belief based on faith by persuading skeptics it is true, the faithful are apt to react to unbelief with rage, and may try to eliminate that affront to everything that makes their lives meaningful.” - Steven Pinker

8:10 PM - Dan: The Queen is a dirty little penny whistle.

[20:20:35:UTC] Azure Sage : i wasn't surprised they ate that asshole

[4:46:05 PM] Jamie: Imagine putting a piece of a ghost pepper up your ass or something as some weird s and m ****

[4:46:20 PM] Jamie: The anus is actually a very fragile part of your body in that if you get a small cut and it gets infected you can easily die

11:18 PM - Malia: that sparkling poop is a beacon of hope

6:25 PM - Crus@der77x: Is 2 + 2 = 5 an algebra equation?


6:08 PM - Crus@der77x: If they want to teach algebra, then they shouldn't use "hypotheticals" to get a point across.

6:10 PM - Crus@der77x: I can make a curve with a pencil and some paper.

6:11 PM - Crus@der77x: Why would I need algebra for that?

5:15 PM - Crus@der77x:
I learned real fast how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide by using mostly letters and not numbers. =^)


9:17 PM - Batman: Thar, why are you trying to refute yourself?
9:17 PM - Crus@der77x: Basically, Batman.


5:49 PM - Crus@der77x: A lot of people don't know how to use their brains without the application of a number-letter system to guide them.


6:36 PM - Crus@der77x: The thing about the MD is, virtually anyone in there doesn't care about preference. They only care about facts, and other objective dullness.


6:42 PM - Garo: objectivity is a construct we created to cope with our solipsistic reality
6:42 PM - Garo: all things are subjective


6:44 PM - Garo: I've adopted a policy where if somebody gives a name to a logical fallacy in a discussion, I stop listening to them


12:01 AM Crus@der77x: Could 2+2 = 5 through decimals and/or fractions?


12:13 AM Repentance: Thar, do you think math is subjective, and if so, can you prove it?
12:14 AM Crus@der77x: Way I see it, math either helps you become more involved with thinking things through, or it destroys your deduction with all of these confusing rules and "exceptions".
12:14 AM Crus@der77x: In light of that dichotomy, it does differ from person to person, and it is subjective.


Gotham doesn’t know that it needs a hero. Gotham City deserves a symbol of Justice, but it doesn't want one. They will hunt me for what I do and they will hate me for what I stand for...so be it. This city needs Justice whether it wants it or not. I will bring new life to the graveyard of Justice. Where there is injustice I will instill terrifying fear into the hearts of those who look into the eyes of my cowl. I will use fear against those who prey on the fearful. I made a promise on my parents' grave to rid this city of the evil that took their lives - a promise I don't intend to break. I am Gotham’s silent guardian, its watchful protector. I am the Dark Knight.

Favorite Batman Comic Book Story Arcs/Graphic Novels (In Alphabetical Order...sort of):

All-Star Batman and Robin
Batman (New 52 and pre N52)
Batman: Absolution
Batman: A Death in the Family
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Batman: A Lonely Place of Dying
Batman: Battle for the Cowl
Batman: Black and White
Batman: The Black Glove
Batman: The Black Mirror
Batman: Blind Justice
Batman: Cacophony
Batman: Cataclysm
Batman: The City of Owls
Batman: The Court of Owls
Batman: The Cult
Batman: The Dark Knight (New 52 and pre N52)
Batman: The Dark Knight: Golden Dawn
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again
Batman: Dark Victory
Batman: Detective Comics (New 52)
Batman: Earth One
Batman: Face to Face
Batman: Final Crisis
Batman: Gotham by Gaslight
Batman: Gothic
Batman: Hush
Batman, Incorporated (New 52)
Batman: The Killing Joke
Batman: Knightfall (Knightfall, Knightquest, KnightsEnd)
Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight
Batman: The Long Halloween
Batman: The Man Who Falls
Batman: The Man who Laughs
Batman: The Mad Monk
Batman and the Monster Men
Batman: Night of Owls
Batman: Nine Lives
Batman: Noel
Batman: No Man’s Land (all vols.)
Batman: Odyssey
Batman: Officer Down
Batman: R.I.P.
Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne
Batman: Son of the Demon
Batman: Strange Apparitions
Batman: Time and the Batman
Batman: Under the Cowl
Batman: Under the Hood
Batman: Venom
Batman: War Crimes
Batman: War Games
Batman: The Widening Gyre
Batman: Year One
Batman: Year 100
Batman & Robin (New 52 and pre N52)
Batman & Robin: Batman vs. Robin
Batman & Robin: Batman Reborn
Batman & Robin: Blackest Knight
Batman & Robin: Born to Kill
Batman & Robin Must Die
Batman and Son
Bruce Wayne: Fugitive
Bruce Wayne: Murderer?
Justice League of America: New World Order
Justice League of America: Tower of Babel
Gotham Central: Jokers and Madmen
Gotham Central: Unresolved Targets
Gotham Central: Unrestricted Targets
Legends of the Dark Knight
Superman/Batman: Absolute Power
Superman/Batman: Big Noise
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies

List of Batman Animated Films:

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (1998)
Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000)
Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman (2003)
The Batman vs. Dracula (2005)
Justice League: The New Frontier (2008)
Batman: Gotham Knight (2008)
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (2009)
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (2010)
Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010)
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse (2010)
Batman: Year One (2011)
Justice League: Doom (2012)
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 (2012)
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2 (2013)
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013)
DC Super Heroes Unite (2013)
Batman: Son of Batman (2014)
Justice League: War (2014)
JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time (2014)

List of Batman TV series; Live Action and Animated

Batman (1966-1968) (Live Action)
The Batman/Superman Hour/The Adventures of Batman/Batman with Robin Boy Wonder (1968-1969)
The New Adventures of Batman (1977-1978)
Batman: The Animated Series (1992-1995)
The New Batman Adventures (1997-1999)
Batman Beyond (1999-2001)
Justice League (2001-2004)
Justice League Unlimited (2004-2006)
The Batman (2004-2008)
Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008-2011)
Young Justice (2010-2013)
Beware the Batman (2013)
Gotham (2014)

List of Batman Live Action Films

Batman (1943 serial)
Batman and Robin (1949 serial)
Batman: The Movie (1966)
Batman (1989)
Batman Returns (1992)
Batman Forever (1995)
Batman & Robin (1997)
Batman Begins (2005)
The Dark Knight (2008)
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Batman vs. Superman (2016)

List of Batman Video Games

-Batman (1986) for the ZX Spectrum, MSX and Amstrad PCW; now known as Batman 3D
-Batman: The Caped Crusader (1988) for various 8-bit and 16-bit platforms
-Batman (1989) for Mega Drive/Sega Genesis, Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Atari Lynx, Commodore Amiga, Sinclair ZX Spectrum and other platforms. (In October 1989, the Amiga 500 was bundled with this game as part of the Batman Pack,[6] which was sold in the United Kingdom and was a phenomenal success)
-Batman: Return of the Joker (1991) for Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and Game Boy
-Batman Returns (1993) for Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Super NES, Mega Drive/Sega Genesis, Sega CD, Sega Game Gear, and Atari Lynx
-Batman: The Animated Series (1993) for Game Boy
-Batman & Robin: The Animated Series (1993) for Game Gear
-The Adventures of Batman & Robin (1994) for Super NES, Mega Drive/Sega Genesis, Sega CD, and Sega Game Gear
-Batman Forever (1996) for Super Nintendo (Super NES), Game Boy, Mega Drive/Sega Genesis, and Sega Game Gear
-Batman Forever: The Arcade Game (1996) for Arcade, PlayStation and Sega Saturn
-Batman & Robin (1997) for the Tiger Game.com and the PlayStation
-Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000) for the Nintendo 64 and the PlayStation
-Batman: Chaos in Gotham (2001) for Game Boy Color
-Batman: Gotham City Racer (2001) A racing game for the PlayStation
-Batman: Vengeance (2001) for the Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2, PC, Game Boy Advance and Xbox
-Batman: Dark Tomorrow (2003) for Xbox and Nintendo GameCube
-Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu (2004) for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, the Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance
-Batman Begins (2005) for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube and Game Boy Advance (2005)
-Lego Batman: The Video Game (2008) A video game in the style of Lego Star Wars based on the LEGO Batman toyline[7] (vocals by Steven Blum)
-Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009) for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Windows PC
-Batman: The Brave and the Bold – The Videogame (2010) for the Wii and Nintendo DS
-Batman: Arkham City (2011) The sequel to Batman: Arkham Asylum. For the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows PC and Wii U
-Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes (2012) The sequel to Lego Batman: The Video Game
-Batman: Arkham City Lockdown
-Gotham City Impostors (2012) A downloadable multi-player first-person shooter game via PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade and Games for Windows Live; a "team deathmatch" game, with one team dressed like Batman and the other dressed like The Joker
-Injustice: Gods Among Us (2013): Batman is again voiced by Kevin Conroy.
-Batman: Arkham Origins (2013) Prequel to Arkham Asylum and Arkham City for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows PC and Wii U.
-Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate (2013) 2.5D platform game for Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita.
-Batman: Arkham Knight (2014)


"Do I really look like a guy with a plan? You know what I am? I’m a dog chasing cars. I wouldn’t know what to do with one if I caught it. You know, I just… do things. The mob has plans, the cops have plans, Gordon’s got plans. You know, they’re schemers. Schemers trying to control their little worlds. I’m not a schemer. I try to show the schemers how pathetic their attempts to control things really are. So, when I say… Ah, come here. When I say that you and your girlfriend was nothing personal, you know that I’m telling the truth. It’s the schemers that put you where you are. You were a schemer, you had plans, and look where that got you. I just did what I do best. I took your little plan and I turned it on itself. Look what I did to this city with a few drums of gas and a couple of bullets. Hmmm? You know… You know what I’ve noticed? Nobody panics when things go “according to plan.” Even if the plan is horrifying! If, tomorrow, I tell the press that, like, a gang banger will get shot, or a truckload of soldiers will be blown up, nobody panics, because it’s all “part of the plan.” But when I say that one little old mayor will die, well then everyone loses their minds! Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I’m an agent of chaos. Oh, and you know the thing about chaos? It’s fair!" - The Joker, The Dark Knight (2008)
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