Terminology Used in the Trilogy
Here is a list of some terms used within the books.
Sci-fi terms are given, as well as some US to UK English language counterparts. People from many nations will already understand much US English via watching US exports such as movies, reading books etc.
This page is added to, and modified regularly, so check back occasionally for further info.
Hizzey: A member of Homo Sapiens Sapiens – i.e. the (mostly) current human race.
Hoosen: A member of Homo Sapiens Novus – the newer successor to the above.
Provo: The up till now previously unnamed successor in the first book to Homo Sapiens Novus – Homo Sapiens Provectus. This is the even newer experimental race to which Lutor belongs, and is amplified upon in the following two volumes.
Orb: A musical instrument that is round like a ball. It has touch sensitive pads all round its surface. It is also a biofeedback device that is connected to the player’s skull via pads that pick up the player’s mood and other attributes, which are then passed along to the audience who wear similar pads on their skulls.
A good player who is “into” his or her work becomes emotionally or spiritually involved with their performance as they play, and this is passed to the audience, who frequently come out of performances acting as if they are under the influence of drugs. As this became recognized by the authorities, driving an autocar set to manual, or operating any other potentially hazardous machinery was outlawed after visiting performances for 48 hours, in the same manner as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Libration zone: A strip of land in an area of a planet or moon where other planetary bodies bob in and out of view over the horizon. This occurs, because most planets or moons “wobble” slightly in their orbits for various reasons. So for example, someone standing in the libration zone on the Moon would see planet Earth bob in and out of view on the horizon on a regular basis.
Pacat: A hand-held communication device invented by Ms. Pacat, though she said later that the acronym “Personal Advanced Communication Applications Terminal” suited the device better.
The device is connected via electromagnetic waves to an embedded chip in the forearm near the elbow. It can transmit all required information about an individual for security purposes, or can connect to banks for transactions, can be used as a personal computer, and as a mobile phone.
It incorporates a refined GPS unit so the user can know where they are situated anywhere within the solar system. During the era of the first book, coverage is limited to within the solar system, but this coverage is extended over time in the later books.
It incorporates a virtual screen that appears above the device about 30 cm (roughly one foot) wide on each side. However, as the screen is virtual, it can be enlarged or shrunk according to the situation, or to save battery life.
Autocar: A standard automated car that does not require a human to operate it. An onboard computer takes the place of the driver. However, certain sports cars and others are provided with a manual override so that a passenger can then take the role of the driver. The car does not usually have wheels, but instead sits just above the surface on an energy field. However, in some very rough terrain, wheeled or tracked vehicles are still used as they are more rugged, and can carry heavier loads.
Skimmer: An aircraft that flies at around 100,000 feet that literally skims or skips across the top of the rarefied atmosphere at several times the speed of sound. It can reach most places on Earth in under three hours. The sky at this altitude is midnight blue/black, and the curvature of the Earth can be clearly seen.
Medi-Made: A type of device connected to a computer that is rather like a printer. However, instead of 2D printing on paper, it “prints” in 3D, so can make actual objects. This device is different from the usual 3D printers, because it makes repair body parts from medical-grade stem cells especially grown for the purpose. Thus for example if someone loses a finger, a new one can be made, then stitched on by a robonurse, or other skilled practitioner.
Bits machine: The colloquial name for an industrial version of the above, which is used to make parts for making other machines (or even making other bits machines) including parts for household items, which are then built up into whatever device you require, according to plans or instructions downloaded at the same time as the software for the item in question. The technical name for a bits machine is a Dimensional Erector.
Being Chipped: Most individuals are “chipped” at birth with a digital implant in the upper part of the elbow of the forearm. However this is not a hard and fast rule due to the wars throwing medical care into disarray. Many individuals are not chipped. Lutor loses his chip in the first book due to losing his right arm. However, those humans that are employed by any large institution or governmental agencies are still required to be chipped.
Police and other authorities or institutions carry scanners that can “read” a chip on the spot. Shops too scan the arm chip on entry to help prevent theft.
Change of Calendar
A feature of human history is that many of the more persistent of our civilizations had their own calendars. A few well-known examples are the Mayan Calendar, the Julian Calendar, the Islamic and Hebrew Calendars, and our current (Western) Gregorian Calendar.
The two later books are based round the new Lutorian Calendar that is itself based on the Gregorian Calendar. Here is a list of dates to help you convert to the new format:
2,436, March 29th = 01.01.0001 – This is Day One of the new Lutorian Calendar, and the day on which Lutor died, ten years before.
Under the new Calendar, the months remain the same, but March 29th becomes the first day of the first month of the new Lutorian Calendar. In order to sequence to the older Gregorian Calendar, the very first month (which is March) of Year One (.0001) had just three days (the 29th inclusive), then followed the order of the existing days and months:
Months in Year One, and following years:
March = 01.0001
April = 02.0001
May = 03.0001
June = 04.0001
July = 05.0001
August = 06.0001
September = 07.0001
October = 08.0001
November = 09.0001
December = 10.0001
January = 11.0001
February = 12.0001
2,436 = .0001
2,446 = .0010
2,456 = .0020
2,466 = .0030
2,476 = .0040
2,486 = .0050
2,496 = .0060
2,506 = .0070
2,516 = .0080
2,526 = .0090
2,536 = .0100
2,546 = .0110
2,556 = .0120
2,566 = .0130
2,576 = .0140
2,586 = .0150
2,596 = .0160
2,606 = .0170
2,616 = .0180
2,626 = .0190
2,636 = .0200
Year .0050 (2,486) – Fiftieth Anniversary of Lutor’s Death – Celebrations.
Year .0100 (2,536) – Hundredth Anniversary of Lutor’s Death – Celebrations.
Year .0200 (2,636) – Two Hundredth Anniversary of Lutor’s Death – Celebrations.
US to UK English Examples
US English: UK English:
Cross Street: Crossroads
US English: UK English:
Dig in: Tuck in
Oatmeal: Porage (or Porridge)
Jelly or Jam: Jam
US English: UK English:
Dumpster: Skip (abbreviated from rubbish skip)
Thunderstruck: Gobsmacked, utterly astounded
Hall: Corridor (e.g. a type of long thin connecting walkway, rather than for example, a church hall)
Cell phone: Mobile phone
Check: Cheque (e.g. to pay someone)
Take it with a grain of salt: Take it with a pinch of salt
If you need more US to UK examples, this website may be for you: www.effingpot.com (This external website sometimes throws up an “internal server error”, but if you reload it, it works fine).