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After joining each other for dinner, the crew of the reconnaissance ship Myriad tend to business before setting west towards a sprawling city.* Grand Magnificent and Echo Reverie find room for creative collaboration, while Even Gardner takes a journey of self discovery. And Gig Kep-Hart has a horse, and an eye for trouble.

Tonight I might change my life

This week on Friends at the Table: An Instinct Without A Word

The Remaining Records of Curiosity // Reference Code: A-Qu75-27-ASC
A Sprawling City
A vast glass dome. Darkened streets and buildings. Twisting pipes. Parks, tower blocks, tenement buildings, malls. The shadow of my drones.

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[Satellite] Report 132.

Are you familiar with the Treatise on Change, Primary? It's a small section of a larger text, something about the breaking through the limits of human cognition. It postulates that there's no such thing as change, at least, not the way we normally talk about it. The writer, he was a soldier, I guess, he said that we think about change like it's a light switch, like one day you press a button and things are different. And so when we try to change things and it doesn't happen like that, it seems futile. Impossible.

But that's wrong, he says. A light switch isn't even a light switch. It's connected to circuits and wires, all hidden behind the walls, and if you slowed down time, and if you considered all that went into a single switch: the natural metals, the design of the electronics--you'd see that things only ever shift very slowly.

I don't know. What do you think, Primary? The upside, I guess, is that it means we should keep trying to improve, even when it doesn't seem like it's worth it. But it also means that the weight of history guarantees certain negative changes too, like asteroids on an impact course that no one can adjust. And the scary thing is, from inside, it's impossible to tell which we're working towards.

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"The Final Eight Divines" · "The Beloved Dust" · "The Last Divine" · "The Planet of Quire" · "Birds of Prey" · "The Sunlight of Knowing" · "We Want You To Come Home" · "Second Street Drifting" · "We are the River, And it is the Sea" · "The Sound of Strings" · "Looking To Land" · "What We're Capable Of" · "The Promise of Presence" · "An Instinct Without A Word" · "The Value of Distance" · "A Life and A History" · "An Approximation of a Connection" · "Like Falling Leaves" · "The Sun Pales to Its Brightness" · "A Single Moment, Caught" · "Bits Left Behind" · "One's Own Right" · "godspeed, glory Pt. 1" · "godspeed, glory Pt. 2" · "godspeed, glory Pt. 3" · "The Miracle of the Mirage: The Dragon" · "The Miracle of the Mirage: The Heist" · "The Miracle of the Mirage: The Siege" · "This Year of Ours: The Scoundrel" · "This Year of Ours: The Pilot" · "This Year of Ours: The Muscle" · "This Year of Ours: The Mechanic" · "This Year of Ours: The Stitch" · "This Year of Ours: The Speaker" · "This Year of Ours: The Mystic" · "This Year of Ours: The Notion" · "Every Bad Idea" · "Along A Route" · "The Good Decision" · "Staying Neutral" · "Like What We Used To Do" · "No Value in a Closed Door" · "Look the Other Way" · "The Center of the Storm" · "The Pathways in the Woods" · "Downtime on Gift-3" · "Every Time We Leave, It Changes" · "Uncontrolled Fires" · "This Place Pushes Back" · "Bona Fide, Good Faith" · "A Very Old Mistake" · "Open As Possible" · "The Second Miracle" · "Our Flaws in a Vacuum, or the Promise We Made To Each Other" · "Downtime on Skein" · "The Vault of Anticipation Pt.1" · "The Vault of Anticipation Pt.2" · "The Siege of the Lineage Brighton Pt. 1" · "The Siege of the Lineage Brighton Pt. 2" · "The Siege of the Lineage Brighton Pt. 3" · "The Restitution of All Things Pt. 1" · "The Restitution of All Things Pt. 2" · "The Feast of Patina" · "Guaranteed Events, Or: An Accounting of the Time When We Built the Machine" · "Futura Free Pt. 1" · "Futura Free Pt. 2" · "Futura Free Pt. 3" · "Futura Free Pt. 4"