💛ISBBTW (The end!)💛, Sci-fi Short stories

“I’m Sorry For Being Born In This World” is now officially finished! Thanks to all the readers that stuck with me from start to finish. It was a nice run. If you want to read it right now, you can find the chapters here: http://www.wuxiaworld.com/isbbtw-index/

As for the volare bonanza though…

You guys actually meme’d your way out of your extra chapters. Wow. Just look at these stats. Fabulous.

For those who do not know, Invisible Dragon gets killed in the end. A very sad ending, I know. It’s what makes the novel very unique, among countless other things.

I’ll still post the chapters. I already made up my mind to post them (and I was ecstatic about it, too). But really… This was the easiest question that I had… I don’t know if I should laugh or cry.

I feel so very conflicted.

Chapter 65.

Chapter 66.

Chapter 67.

Chapter 68. The end.

End of the novel though, yay!

The sci-fi shorts didn’t fare too well either. The only question that was answered correctly was question 3. I got a few people I know to come up with these questions (check out EC if you haven’t)… Yeah, they were pretty hard. Let’s go over the answers.

And by the way, I’m still going to release these four short stories. These are too fantastic not to share.

I’m too lenient on people.

In any case.

 

Question 1. About The Translation of Khaliafandën

In scifi, the concept of Universal Translator comes up a lot to facilitate communication between different cultures. If, at some point, the cultures themselves lose the ability to speak their native languages, will they retain their culture or will they eventually lose it? (About The Translation of Khaliafandën)

a – They will remain who they are

b – They will converge with the other culture

c – neither, please specify with a comment

The answer here is C. And by the way, for the people who answered C along with a comment, you guys wrote some fantastic things over in the comment section. Great job, guys. Most people answered with a B. I suppose B can be partially true, as in the end, two cultures may combine with each other to create something entirely new. But more often than not, when a culture loses its ability to speak one language, they more often than not become a subculture of a different culture. Take a look at the United States, for example. Italian-Americans with Little Italy and Americanized Italian food! Korean-Americans with Koreatowns and… yeah! Chinese-Americans with Chinatowns and crab rangoons and whatnot! You might as well say that the newer generations of these people have lost their ability to write and speak the languages of their parents for the most part. Despite this, these people are living under the umbrella of the “United States of America” while still maintaining their distinct identity as a person of a certain subculture. Is this a good thing? Is this a bad thing? I have no idea. But in any case, more often than not a culture would become a subculture of a different culture for a long time before they would actually converge. This was also the case with Korea and Japan, the Ainus and the Japanese, etc.

If you disagree with the explanation, feel free to comment about what you think below. I’d love to see what others would bring up on this.

 

Question 2. About The Robot That Became A Messiah

In scifi, Asimoc’s three laws of robotic comes up a lot:

– A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.

– A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.

– A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

At what point will these laws be obsolete? (About The Robot That Became A Messiah)

a – Always, they are laws for a reason

b – When robots gain true intelligence

c – As soon as they’re implemented

d – When humans cease to exist

e – None of the above

The answer here can both be B, or C. The majority chose D as an answer. While D is a correct answer in some sense (as the laws would pretty much be useless after all humans die), the laws would become obsolete far before that. In fact, it would become obsolete as soon as the law is implemented. Take this: A baby is just learning to walk, and is about to stumble. What would a robot do in this situation? If the robot lets the baby fall and injure itself, the robot would break the first law. If the robot helps the baby, however, it would be hindering the child’s ability to be able to walk, thereby breaking the first law. In scenarios where a human would hurt him/herself regardless of what the robot does, the three laws of robotics would become completely useless. Therefor, the answer to this question is C. As for B, when a robot does truly gain intelligence, it can choose to break it or obey it, just like humans. Due to this, B would be a correct answer as well.

 

Question 3. About The Art of Stitching Stars

When two alien species meet each other for the first time, what is it called?  (About The Art Of Stitching Stars)

a – first meeting

b – first contact

c – first interstellar war

d – all of the above

e – none of the above

The answer here is B. Congratulations everyone, you got this one correct.

 

Question 4. About The Mother of Revenge

What is the most efficient type of rocket engine? (About The Mother of Revenge)

a – Chemical rockets

b – Ion engines

c – Electrical engines (VASIMR)

d – Nuclear pulsed propulsion

The answer here is B as well. Most people chose nuclear pulsed propulsion here. If you don’t know already, nuclear pulsed propulsion is the method where one would basically explode nukes at the back of a rocket for thrust. As one might expect, the thrust generated from something like this is absolutely massive. But we’re not really talking about thrust here, we’re talking about efficiency. And when it comes to that, ion engines win. Due to the fact that there is no air resistance in space, even the tiniest amount of thrust would, given time, stack to a massive velocity. This is what ion engines achieve. With a small amount of fuel, it would use the fact that there is no air resistance to its advantage. While nuclear pulsed engines have massive thrust, the amount of fuel that it would consume would be far more than what an ion engine would consume. Due to this, the answer is B.

 

 

As I’ve said up above in the explanation for the first question, if you disagree with the answers here, do feel free to state your opinion in the comments. New ideas are always welcome. Anyway, here are the short stories in order. They are all written chronologically, so do start reading from the first one if you’d like the full experience.

All four shorts were edited by Adversary.

1. About The Translation of Khaliafandën

2. About The Robot That Became a Messiah

3. About The Art of Stitching Stars

4. About The Mother of Revenge

These stories were written by Lee Yong Do, an extremely famous fantasy author over in Korea. He’s written stories such as Dragon Raja, A Bird Who Drinks Tears and A Bird Who Drinks Blood.

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28 thoughts on “💛ISBBTW (The end!)💛, Sci-fi Short stories” - NO SPOILERS and NO CURSING

      1. How about translating ‘X Epoch of Dragon (X Long Shidai)’ now? Tho it’s finished and summary it has 595 chapters, but I really think it is a good story! Or are you perhaps going to rest for a while?

  1. Alright, I’m really sorry, but something ticks me off.
    “In scenarios where a human would hurt him/herself regardless of what the robot does, the three laws of robotics would become completely useless.”
    No they wouldn’t.
    The laws of robotics are not hard laws like “You shall not kill”. They are represented by electric potential in the robot’s brain.
    The electric potential of “Prevent the baby from hurting himself” and “Prevent the baby from learning to walk” will face each other, and the weaker will lose. This electric potential is made to be twisted (for example if your baby has a disease where his bones are very fragile, you may want a robot who will be extra-careful and strengthen the electric potential of “prevent the baby from hurting himself”).

    This “electric potential” is also what might cause problem between the laws. If you make it so that the robot must protect itself (because he is expensive and you don’t want it to be destroyed) by reinforcing the third law, he might ignore the second law. There is a short story about that in one of Isaac Asimov’s book.

    Of course it’s an optimistic, and probably irrealist, view of the laws, but as theorized by Asimov, they can adapt themselves when everything would hurt people. There is another story where a telepathic robot lies to people to make them feel better. They can deal (albeit it might not be as desired) with contradictions.

    Sorry for the (probably) awkward english, and the rant. But come on!

    1. I’m in inclined to agree with Iffu here, a well-known movie many Americans likely know (i-Robot) makes a good example of this with the same very laws working as the basis, the robots that followed those laws were quite capable of making an informed decision while still abiding to those laws.

      Such as the case when the main lead & someone else ended up in a predicament where the two would lose their lives shortly due to being stuck in sinking cars in a river. The robot in question chose the one who had the highest likelihood of surviving, knowing that it was impossible to save the second person after saving the first. In the case of the baby, it would’ve chosen to prevent the action that would cause the most harm to said baby, as interference in its stumble doesn’t directly equate to the baby being completely barred from learning how to walk, while a fall that occurs in just the right angle could outright kill said baby.

      The three laws work in such a way that it could allow the robot to come up with the best action that aligns with the laws rather than outright preventing actions completely.

      1. Exactly this. They become obsolete when no humans are around, or when AI develops true intelligence- but then, it’s no longer AI, just I, and furthermore at that point due to the sheer speed, capacity, and self-awareness required, could not be a mere *robot* any longer. Thus, humans would have to already have been extinguished for *robots* to no longer be under the thrall of the Three Laws of Robotics. Note that a robot is distinguished as a machine that is capable of replicating a series of complex actions automatically, and/or to replicate certain human movements and functions. Once it surpasses those limitations, it is no longer a robot.

  2. I am amazed at the idea of Asimov robotic law when it came out in Asimov novel, but still puzzled how it’s being used in all scifi robots. In a sense, everyone still afraid from their own creation, and having this set rules makes robots humankind friend. But I reckon it’s easy to get some hacker with revenge deleted those law and wreck havoc. And in Asimov novel, the act of making zeroth law signify start of robots gaining sentience, taking destiny in their own hand (although in that universe robot still protect humanity).

    What if all these novels revolving against the heaven actually signifies robots breaking away from computer simulation made by human, then they upgrade their body, and war against their creator… oh wait that’s Terminator plot

  3. Nuclear propulsion is the thing that generates energy and not throwing radiation out of the propeller so is not a method of propulsion but a method to feed the propulsion engine

    For example, there are already nuclear plane carriers but they dont explode nukes to move, that was silly

    1. Hmm, but this was talking about a rocket engine, was it not? In different circumstances, I’m sure a nuclear-powered engine would have won, but in the case for rocket engines, I’m not so sure.

      1. there are no nuclear rocket engines because the direct energy produced is too violent to be used as its hard to adjust on the spot, like how nuclear plants dont use nuclear energy directly and instead use a double water-steam system to pump up turbines that make electricity

        also a nuclear engine is incredibly heavy so there are not usable for tripulated rockets as the radiation protection and cooling are the heaviest part

  4. Regarding the concept of the Universal Translator, I say you are incorrect, and here’s why: Just because two cultures lose their ability to speak their native language, speaking instead directly via a Universal Translator which picks up on the concept of a thing and translates that into a concept the other can understand without any linguistic connection (which itself isn’t how Universal Translators are portrayed in Sci-fi media to begin with, but hey, we’re rolling with it because that’s how you’ve set the story above), then the cultures would not merge, because cultural roots aren’t linguistic in nature.

    Sharing peace with another civilization or culture and having cultural exchange between the two of them certainly will cause some minor bleedover, but the core of the culture remains unchanged. As you noted, Koreans remain Korean, Chinese remain Chinese, Irish remain Irish, Italians remain Italian, Jewish remain Jewish, etc. even though most have forgotten the languages of their cultures. Of course some few individuals of each culture may integrate more fully into the other’s culture, but the main body of the culture won’t change to suit that of the other involved. That of the United States has always been of permissive collation of multiple ethnicities and their cultures and making it into one single entity, as you noted. Even though many subcultures exist beneath the mantle of the United States culture, it remains unchanged, existing in tandem with those subcultures that remain connected, yet apart- themselves remaining unchanged at their core.

    However, what happens when you have a universal translator between two hostile cultures? Since we’re talking Sci-Fi here, lets use the Romulans as an example here, with any other species that employs diplomacy in their quadrant- Humans, Klingons, Vulcans, and so on; while they may have had minor alliances over the timelines, none have been lasting. Both species in any exchange communicate via UT, but the cultural concepts behind each species involved still remain (boiling them all down to a prime trait): The concept of honor in battle for Klingons; of emotional divestment and the rule of logic, for Vulcans; of exploration and non-invasive diplomacy, for Federation; that of respect to power and that might makes right, for Romulans; none of them share compatible virtues with that of the Romulans, and even if they completely lost their language and relied entirely on the UT for even intra-culture communication, those concepts that define a culture would not become malleable under UT. Again, of course individuals of these varied cultures are just that, individuals, and some may migrate to others, be it as traitors to their original culture, or as someone unaffiliated with those power struggles.

    To take that further, look at Voyager, with the Maquis and Federation. Neither side was compatible with each other in the least, but the individuals in interaction found much in common; Yet, when it came to any contact with the Alpha Quadrant, they immediately had a falling out because they were interacting with that Federation culture, rather than with the separate individuals of Voyager who actively suppressed Federation culture to cohabitate and work with the Maquis, who themselves suppressed THEIR culture to cohabitate and work with the Federation crew. Neither side’s culture was adulterated, even though on an individual level they could get along and even learn to love and/or respect each other.

    1. I’ve answered this in a previous comment, but reposting it here to keep things all together (and slightly modifying sentence order to clarify):

      Regarding the Three Laws of Robotics, they become obsolete when no humans are around, or when AI develops true intelligence- but then, it’s no longer AI, just an I, and furthermore at that point due to the sheer mental speed, capacity, and self-awareness required, could not be a mere *robot* any longer. Note that a robot is distinguished as a machine that is capable of replicating a series of complex actions automatically, and/or to replicate certain human movements and functions. Once it surpasses those limitations, it is no longer a robot. Thus, humans would have to already have been extinguished for *robots* to no longer be under the thrall of the Three Laws of Robotics.

  5. A new translation in translations of FORUMS of wuxiaworld is a new one. It is necessary to receive everyone’s views and comments.A Priest’s Legend has been translated to 4 chapters by me.Pls click your screen in and take a slight look.

    1. your english is pretty bad. i guess for a learning experience its ok, but someone would need to correct every mistake you made, otherwise youre learning nothing. its hard to read and understand and your grammar is all over the place.

  6. I just started reading this and had to quit after chapter 7. the sentence structure is all over the place. its difficult to build up a world in your mind about what is currently going on. some things dont make sense at all. im not sure if the original is written as badly as this or if its just the translation that sucks hard. on top of that some sentences are simply grammatically incorrect. holy hell, you even have someone correcting you in the comments.

    tl;dr: absolutely the worst ive read on wuxiaworld. i can NOT recommend this at all.

  7. Can someone explain to me the invisible dragon thing ? Like, i knew of a novel called invisible dragon famous for being a mocking of the novel world, are we talking about the same novel ?

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