I am not sure what Disney’s TRON will hold. It is admirable that it continues the story rather than retells. That must be a pretty good computer to be still going – perhaps they escaped through a network and now they will be on the Internet – that would be pretty cool. BUT… I suspect it will not be the movie we need.
We need a dramatization and visualization of the nano world. Something more real than people with human bodies in a computer space. If we do go small and enter a digital substrate maybe it will only ever seem like virtual reality – ala the Matrix, etc. There is the shrinking concept of the Fantastic Voyage, etc. but I don’t think it will be like that. I just bought the Fantastic Voyage 2 where they go into the brain and am looking forward to it even though it will be a little out of date. We need an updated vision.
There have been some sci-fi books that deal secondarily with nano cultures – as in the characters are nano size or live in a digital construct but I have not read one where that is the main setting. There have been lots with nano-tech but not the characters being there.
DITCH OUR BODIES
At some point we will ditch the bodies. This would help us get ready for aliens too 😉 who would most likely have progressed into the nano world to be beamed as information across galactic distances. Perhaps the realm of Transformers and such would be a closer example to us in some sort of nanobot form. Of course there is the whole mind and soul issue, etc. to get used to socially, spiritually, and technologically.
Here is a compilation of some stories I have been doing in the nano tech world. I want to do more, and hook up with local labs working with nanotech… one day.
The nano anti-gravity sci-fi mystery. This probably goes the furthest in terms of a vision. I am telling the story through Zen Mixes and sort of got sidetracked on other things the last few years. At some point I might launch the story in a quicker form. It also involves anti-gravity which is really just an aside to the main theme of life at smaller sizes and more particularly, an artificial intelligence that seeks this life.
A facebook group game that encourages people to roleplay in the nano world assuming we have some sort of shrinking or remote viewing technology to put is in the world of small. It did not take off as a game – perhaps people were not interested or maybe they tried to think of what to say and could not.
A Snipisode entry which is the current way I am telling non-interactive stories. Soup Makers are people who make nano-tech.
A more closer to now Snipisode perhaps bridging the gap to Soup Makers which bridges the gap to META. In Cosbian Chronicles they use nano tech.