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In the 48th Century, most organic lifeforms tended to carry several preconceptions about the way that Videran cyborgs lived their lives. The all-too-common impression was that all a ‘borg needed to do was glance at a filmpage or a screen, read the contents, and they knew everything there. However, as Zana Sherman could testify all too well, taking in data was not the same as actually learning. A ‘borg’s computer brain still needed to train on how to use the data, to analyze and discuss, in order to act on the information it received, just like an organic’s. And you needed to prove that acquired knowledge to the Powers That Be, in order to get the accreditation the law frequently required. Such as Ph.D.s in psychology.

Which was why Zana was now where she was, observing a shift of the operations crew on one of the private starbases orbiting Videra, gathering information for a paper due one of her professors. Psychology of xenospecies was her focus of study, and this shift was strongly populated by non-humanoid lifeforms. Indeed, by a fluke of scheduling, two sisters from the planet Tibeon were holding down the main operations chairs during this shift. Staying as unobtrusive as possible, asking the minimum of questions on what they did and why, Zana still found herself tapping reams of notes into her tablet.

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Club Rendezvous   1 comment

Sitting in the bar of the restaurant, waiting for her friend to show up for their dinner date, Zana Sherman sipped at a Saurian brandy, and smiled to herself a little. She had been reading a book published some 2,000-plus years ago, assigned by her current literature professor, and one section applied quite nicely to sitting in a bar —

The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy also mentions alcohol. It says that the best drink in existence is the Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster, the effect of which is like having your brains smashed out with a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick.

She smiled more, and wondered if a “Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster” would have more effect on a cyborg’s brain than normal alcoholic beverages.

In the end, though, she was content with her brandy, and the companionship of a good friend … a hard thing for her to find, as the fame of her mother, Ariel Sherman, tended to encourage the approach of chancers. True friends were valued by all the cyborgs, but especially by the Sandhara-Sherman clan, with its standing in terms of wealth, fame and Republic society.

I’m wearing:

  • Head: Akeruka Deluxe Rachel 1.0 Bento
  • Body and feet: Maitreya Lara 4.1
  • Hands: Vista ProHands 2
  • Skin: Fallen Gods Pure Gold
  • Eyes: NeurolaB Inc. Cyber Eyes EX-5 2.0
  • Hair: Amacci Nilla
  • Dress and shawl: Loris Loren V-Style
  • Shoes: KC Couture Adalia
  • Jewelry: Caroline’s Jewelry diamond solitaire necklace (gold); GeWunjo Nicol earrings
  • Eyeshadow: SlackGirl Dalya (Akeruka, slot 8)
  • Lipstick: Zibska Rava (Omega, slot 14)
  • Nails: La Boheme Industrial Brass (Omega, slot 3)

Photographed at the Waterfall Cafe (Brody region)

Quote from Douglas Adam’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Lunch Break

Note:  WordPress is starting to feed out new software for their blog.  Harper’s been playing with it, and has gotten mostly used to it, but I’m just beginning to learn the thing.  However, I like some of the gimmicks it apparently has, and Harper’s given me a tip sheet on what to do, as well as the new “style book” for laying out an article, so here goes ….

Graduate school was always a busy time for students; it had been since the medieval days of old Europa on ancient Earth, and it hadn’t changed just because it was now the 48th Century C. E.  But wise students always found some kind of time to come up for air from their studies if they wished to preserve both their grades and their sanity.  Zana Sherman was no different from other students in that sense.  True, as a cyborg, she had a few not-to-sneeze-at advantages over her organic friends, like a brain and body that did not tire in the same way as an organic body did.  But the personality and thought processes that resided in that computer body still functioned in ways similar to a flesh-and-blood person; and that part of her still fatigued in ways similar to a flesh-and-blood body.  Even in this, some things never seemed to change, no matter how many centuries went by.

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Family and Friends

 

4767 C. E.

Ariel Sherman, relaxing one night on the front terrace of her mansion in Vidran City, saw the flitter descend from traffic level outside the estate, aiming for the parking area in front of the garage. The golden cyborg smiled as she recognized the color and markings on the air vehicle. Laying aside her bookpadd on a side table, she stood and headed down the stairs to the ceramacrete pathway between house and garage.

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Layover

Harper hasn’t written much about Zana Sherman as a grown adult yet in her Ariel Sherman stories; she’s mainly looking at Zana’s early years when she puts the girl in one of her Ariel stories.  But she does have one story, where she has Zana in her twenties appearing between the main sections of her as a child, getting ready to watch a documentary of her life as the first naturally-born cyborg.   (It’s a long story; she’s outlined it for me, so ask Harper for the details.)  When she wants a photo of Zana as an adult, Harper comes to me.

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Black Friday Goodies

very quick note today to mention a few of the Black Friday sales.  When I went into Glitter, I found these two dresses at a fantastic price, and for once I persuaded Harper to pose with me instead of me with her.  In addition, Vanity Hair is also half off through Monday, so go and check Tabitha’s stuff out!

(Why are we in gold skin? Harper was dressed as her cyborg singer, Ariel Sherman, while she’s cleaning out some inventory and old outfits, so I changed to Ariel’s daughter, Zana, to go along with her and make things easier for her. Harper will need to tell you one day the full story behind Ariel, her husband Adam, her daughter Zana, and their family friend, Dara Furtano-Fa, all of them cyborgs.)

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Both of us wear:

  • Head: Akeruka Bento (me in Vanessa, Harper in Elen)
  • Body: Maitreya Lara 4.1
  • Hands: Vista ProHands
  • Skin: Fallen Gods Pure (Gold)
  • Eyes: NeurolaB Cyber Eyes EX-5

I (as Zana) wear:

  • Hair: Vanity Hair Glittering Highs
  • Gown: Glitter Infatuation (Ruby; skirt includes applier)
  • Boots: KC Couture Xandra
  • Jewelry: Mandala Haramita suite (choker, bangles and earrings)
  • Makeup:
    • Eyeshadow: Zibska Maiara (Omega, slot 3)
    • Blush: Zibska Saba (Omega, slot 9)
    • Lipstick: .kosmetik Lustre Lipstick.runway (Omega, slot 12)
    • Nails: .kosmetik Gel Nails.aspire (Vista, slot 1)

Harper (as Ariel) wears:

  • Hair: Tameless Maeve
  • Gown: Glitter Majestic (Teal)
  • Shoes: KC Couture Gabriella
  • Jewelry: GeWunjo Samira suite (necklace, bracelets and earrings); Chop Zuey Lala in Love wedding suite
  • Makeup:
    • Eyeshadow: Zibska Adrie (Omega, slot 2)
    • Lipstick: Zibska Innes (Omega, slot 11)
    • Blush: Zibska Saba (Omega, slot 1)
    • Lashes: FATElashes 2 with system lashes

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