"By implementing this bulletproof matrix of spider silk produced by transgenic goats in human skin I want to explore the social, political, ethical and cultural issues surrounding safety in a world with access to new biotechnologies."-Dutch artist Jalila Essaidi
My latest column in Edge magazine, which you can visit here, began with an excerpt from this short story I wrote about our new game. (With thanks to Edge who kindly permitted this re-publication!)
Liang Qi, biologist, mineralogist, expert cave diver, and celebrated spokesperson of the Global Space Agency twisted his torso and wriggled downward through the tiny opening between two rough curves of rock, his suit scraping the walls.
So… we’re making a game that takes place on Mars. For some reason, we haven’t been able to satisfactorily assign the game a final name. We’ve had over 5 extended brainstorm email threads over the past year, adopted and discarded 2 temporary names, did a friends-and-family Surveymonkey with dozens of participants, and just this week, generated an aggregate list that contains 445 unique name suggestions.
And you were wondering what was taking us so long!
I’m going through the list and trying to pull out my favorites in preparation for more discussion later this week. But in pulling out my honest favorites, I also pulled out the silly, the absurd, the totally unserious, so I could share them with you, dear reader.