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YMMV: Orion's Arm
  • Archive Panic: It can be difficult to get into Orion's Arm at first due the sheer amount of World Building, backstory, technical information, and massive amounts of factions and races, all of which have they're own lengthy backgrounds.
  • Hollywood Science: How hard Orion's Arm's "hard sci-fi" actually is is debatable. The project has many critics who attack it for unrealistic technological optimism, especially in fields like biology (the genetic code of complex organisms is extremely difficult to successfully re-engineer to the point where Artificial Humans may be more practical than enhancing real humans), and its implementation of transhumanism and "Singularity" (which has many skeptics and makes a lot of assumptions about the nature of intelligence and computers). The members of have produced some especially comprehensive and hostile criticisms.
  • Inferred Holocaust: The Terragen Sphere and other civilizations continuously find the remains of prior civilizations, some of which spanned massive distances before simply disappearing. Something keeps wiping out all those galactic empires. Naturally this has gotten quite a few scientists worried about how long it will be before said mysterious force shows up to put down the Terragen Sphere...
  • So Bad, It's Good: Glarion: The Glorious Conqueror, a propaganda movie of Tylansia (a fascistic, racist, anti-ai, anti tech, communistic planet), is watched for laughs everywhere else.

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