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This is probably useless but, by any chance does anyone know anything about projects such as green world where the idea is to create an entire eco-system based on an another world?
|Posted By: Tom Deal Sep 09, 2000 - 02:22 am || |
Check out BIota.org, I can remember, there has been such a project somewhere, listed at this site.
The project is called "Epona" after the planet it is playing on. The ecosystems includes many plants and animals from all habitats. Nice little project.
|Posted By: Tom Deal Sep 09, 2000 - 02:30 am || |
It's me again: I just found out Epona's adress itself again:
Have fun with it!
|Posted By: Morgana Oct 27, 2001 - 07:36 pm || |
This is an interesting Topic. I have written to Epona to ask for an update. I haven't received an undelivered email message as yet.
I will keep you posted, especially if I get a positive reply.
|Posted By: Morgana Oct 28, 2001 - 01:30 pm || |
To all that may be interested,this is the response I recieved to my email enquiry aboutEpona. See below:
Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 03:09:52 GMT+10:00
From: "WorldBuilders" <email@example.com>
To: (Name withheld)
Subject:RE: Update on this project
Thank you for your inquiry regarding The Epona Project - a hypothetical alien world building exercise designed by a team called World Builders.
It has been many months, nay years, since there has been any activity on this project. The bulk of the work remains largely unseen by the public. It was presented at the Contact Conference and at several World Science Fiction conventions in the period 1995 - 1997.
We have created the Web page to give a hint of the content while a number of commercial options were pursued, most notably a CD-ROM "edutainment" production. However, the volatile nature of that marketleft that option unfulfilled and things have been languishing due to the team's dispersal and lack of time to contribute any further volunteer effort.
Recently we had tried to interest Analog Science Fiction Science Fact in adding a more complex web site featuring Epona to their own pages. This did not mature. In the November, 1996, issue of Analog you will find more details on Epona in a special feature by Wolf Read and a novella set on Epona, Fugue on a Sunken Continent, by G. David Nordley. Subsequently, Analog published a novellette by Wolf Read also set on Epona: Duel for a Dracowolf (November, 1998)
How can I find out more about the computer software used to build Epona?
The only special software used was written by Martyn Fogg to create "typical" solar system planet configurations. One of which was used by
The Epona Project to create the planetary system identified in fair detail on the Web site. Martyn's software (Silicon Creation) was designed for the Archimedes OS running on RISC chips. It has never been converted to a more prevalent OS (e.g. DOS, Windows or Mac).
Are there more images of Epona?
Yes and even a few animations like the one shown on the BBC production, Natural History of an Alien a.k.a. Anatomy of an Alien, shown in the US
on The Discovery Channel. However, as mentioned above, these graphics have not found their way onto a suitable Web site for public consumption
yet. You can find a couple more at Steven Hanly's Web site shown below.
There is a wealth of material that could be published, either electronically or otherwise, however the right venue has not yet presented itself. In the meantime, the Contact Conference continues and worldbuilding exercises pop up here and there. Here are some interesting links you can follow initially. The list is far from
Your interest is appreciated and, perhaps someday, we will be able to satisfy your curiosity to a greater extent. If you have any viable
suggestions concerning publication, please feel free to respond to this E-mail address.
Epona Home Page
Fromemail and name withheld)
Sent: Saturday, October 27, 2001 11:31 PM
Subject: Update on this project
To Whom It May Concern
I stumbled across this project at a site called "Spectulative Vision"
http://speculativevision.com/forum/ ------then go to "Scifi and Fantasy Forum: Speculation: Alien Ecosystems" discussion board.
A person, Tom Deal, posted on the board that he had heard of your project and posted the url to your project: http://www.io.com/~stefanj/82Eridani/index.html
I went to this site and now am wondering if this project is still going or what happened to it.
An interesting project I must say.
As previously mentioned, the Epona Project hasn't been worked on for some time. There are some images and the beginning of a story here:
There have been three stories and a "non-fiction" piece published in Analog magazine: Fugue for a Sunken Continent, Duel for a Dracowolf, and Mirka's Wings, plus "Epona", an article about the world itself.
It was a very fun project to work on, and I still have so many images floating around in my head that I will probably never have the time to get them all out...