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Author's Notes
— The Eylau Sequence is a science fiction story about human civilization during a period of rapid change and discovery. While it is technically post-apocalyptic, the main story line occurs so long after the disaster that everybody is well past the original traumatic event and its horrific aftermath. The average person living in the ES universe thinks about the comet strike of many hundreds of years before about as often as a 21st century person thinks about The Black Plague of 1347. In other words not much.

In that respect, the society portrayed in the story is neither utopian nor dystopian. I would call it syntopian: People making the best with what they've got, which isn't too bad even though things could always be better.

An important detail about the combat depicted in these stories; it is all conducted by unmanned vehicles. In fact it is not really safe for humans to approach within 10 or 20 kilometers of a ground combat zone, even in armored vehicles. All frontline combat is controlled at a distance, which is why brigade and division level officers are commonly referred to as controllers.



FAQ List
— Q: How far into the future does The Eylau Sequence take place?
A: Many hundreds of years, probably less than 1,000. The number of generations that have passed are 13 or 14. But the last several generations were people who increasingly lived almost 200 years, so the typical generation count does not play out normally.


Q: Why doesn't The Eylau Sequence include any of the following common sci-fi elements:

Power Armor - In the ES universe standard ground weapons are so powerful that even if a direct hit didn't penetrate the "armor," the occupant would die of blunt force trauma. Also, power armor is too large and conspicuous of a target for how slowly it could possibly move, and it has far too many openings for micro-robotics to noodle into. It's just not a survivable format for the "modern" battlefield.

Sidearms - A military sidearm is useless in the ES Universe because prospective human enemies are nearly always at a great distance. On the rare occasions that one might find one's self within close range of enemies, they would likely be numerous unmanned vehicles totally unaffected by a sidearm. The only time you encounter a human enemy is if you are captured or in face-to-face negotiations, and neither of those situations requires a sidearm. In the ES Universe, carrying a sidearm in a military context is seen as cowardly, because it is a precaution that is ridiculously unecessary. This does not apply to private travel in remote areas, where personal defense against wild animals may still require sidearms or pest supressants.

Large Robots - Small robots are more dangerous.

Large Spaceships - Small spaceships are more dangerous.

Cyborgs - Robotic systems are more robust. Cyborg systems are weaker and don't last as long (IE - commercially inefficient).

Androids - In the ES Universe there is no need for a human shaped robot any more than there is a need for a tree shaped robot. It's just not something that is required for anything more than a curiosity. They exist, but tend to be lumped in with the rest of the various systems employed by humanity.

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