Life in the Time of Eclipse
If you were the average person living in the Solar System at this time, you’d likely find it to be both similar and amazingly different than your life today.
Chances are good you’d rent or be assigned a living space smaller than most apartments in our era. Gravity would be far less than Earth standard on surface installations, and no space would go unused, with storage cabinets hidden in the walls and ceilings. At least part of one wall would be an electronic display used to show computer displays, video and external feeds that appear to be windows. The colors used on walls and furniture, as well as the interior lighting, is completely and instantly reconfigurable. Ceilings are lower than you’d be used to — probably eight feet at the highest.
Most living spaces would have three rooms. The living room is generally the largest, and includes comfortable, reconfigurable furniture, as well a workstation. The bedroom is smaller, designed to accommodate sleeping and personal storage. Bathrooms are the smallest room in the house. Some families might have access to a space with a second bedroom for children. The wealthiest and most powerful in society living in far greater comfort. The poorest might living in one room with access to communal bathroom and kitchen facilities.
Depending on your status and the policy of your habitat, you may have direct access to a Fabricator in your living space. Fabricators are the future of 3d printing we known today. They take blueprints, either open source or commercial, and use them to combine raw elements into just about any substance imaginable. That includes things like clothing, coffee mugs… and even the coffee itself, although not all at the same time. Many habitats provide communal access to Fabricators, blueprints and raw materials. You’d either pay for that with cash or you’d be provided access based on your local reputation.
Kitchens are generally not included in a private living space. At best, you’d have access to water, a sink, a small refrigerator and a microwave oven in a small niche. Most habitats utilize communal kitchens and dining areas.
Your living space is designed to be safe. None of the surfaces, flooring or furniture will burn under normal conditions. The space contains it’s own reserve oxygen supply and atmospheric scrubbers. Power outlets will only shock the most dedicated fools. Waste water recycling is also done within the space, with local storage of water used a radiation shielding and excess returned to the habitat. Solid waste, as well as household garbage, is usually broken down to fundamental elements, which can be exported to the habitat itself, or stored locally if a fabricator is located within the living space. The biggest emergency concern is a loss of atmosphere. The door to the exterior is a pressure door.
Access to the Mesh is almost always available, although individual habits and polities might have some restrictions and filters. Through the Mesh, you’d have access to an enormous variety of entertainment offered as digital video, digital 3d, full sensory XP, XP and standard games, and local Simulspaces.
Habitat living spaces are designed to be personalized, and this includes various levels of adaptability to non-human members of Transhumanity. Synthmorphs, for example, don’t sleep and have no need for a bedroom. Or a bathroom for that matter. Uplifted primates, for example, are often more comfortable sleeping in a nest of leaves and grass than a human-style bed. Uplifted corvids, in corvid-style morphs, need far less space than a humanoid. Even aquatic morphs can be accommodated in some habitats.
Infomorphs, of course, don’t need living space at all. Infomorphs “live” in computer servers, often in simulated spaces of their own design: There’s a booming market for build-it-yourself simulspace design software. Infomorphs often gather socially in shared simulspace environments that can be accessed by non-digital entities as well.
Synthmorphs, and some biomorph designs, can live in vacuum or other hostile conditions without needing a living space. Surya’s for example usually live in the full radiance of the solar corona.
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