This is a background that’s been a long time coming in the RPG world… a realistic, hard-sf future that embraces biotechnology, nanotech, artificial intelligence and space exploration, with all the social and psychological changes those entail. This is a whole line of books, describing a setting contained entirely within the solar system in the year 2100, with books detailing the inner and outer system, cislunar space, Earth (and the more unpleasant side of transhuman society), and the oceans of Earth and Europa! The game system used for Transhuman Space is GURPS, the corebook is now (finally) available as a colour hardback and all the core supplements have now finally been released.
In a turn of events that still occasionally surprises me, I landed a place as one of the co-authors of Under Pressure (formerly known as “Blue Shadow“), the oceanic sourcebook for Transhuman Space – the other authors are David Morgan-Mar and Kenneth Peters. I wrote the chapter on the oceans of Europa (and Mars, and Titan), and generally contributed to other parts of the book. The book is now out of print, but it can now be purchased as a PDF from SJG’s online e23 store.
On this site…
|Global Sea Levels on Mars, by Constantine Thomas – (UPDATED: 22/4/03) The map of Mars presented in the ‘In The Well’ book is actually completely inaccurate – the sea levels are in the wrong place and make no sense. The version I present here is based on correct topographic data, but is not canonical – it is only provided here as an option for those who want realistic sea levels for Mars in Transhuman Space.|
|On the right is an accurate (and detailed) map focussing specifically on the Valles Marineris region.
Both maps show all the settlements and features shown in the original ITW maps (in some cases, the settlements have moved to accommodate the new sea level).
|This view of ITW Mars is much more accurate view of than the featureless orange ball on the cover of In The Well. Valles Marineris is being illuminated by orbital mirrors.|
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