I’ve made a few changes to the stories; minor ones, to shift a few things around in preparation for the future.
- When discussing backups, Beta admits she doesn’t have any backups of her own because she can’t afford a backup service; most of her money goes to her mother’s managed care server. (Backups in general are too easy of a safety net. Making them expensive while expanding on Beta’s situation helps the story.
- When Beta’s sorting out Floating Point’s books into piles, some of them are in fact completely ruined but most of them are garbled/encrypted, while a few others are still readable but confusing. (Exactly what’s going on with the books will be explained later.)
- In Dex’s flashback describing his server, he does NOT get “stuck” in it due to lack of a physics system. Instead, he simply goes mad in face of what he finds there. Also, I specify that Dex made the server into a cloud server; it wasn’t one originally. (This implies much, but the real impact will come later.)
- Added notes hinting at Tracer’s asexuality; one when Spark asks him if he’s keen on Beta, one when Arjay’s teasing him, and one when discussing how to fool the Karnival. Generally Tracer has no interest in the idea of avatar coupling, seeing it as pointless. (Tracer embraces the digital ideal of programs; ‘avatars’ and their antics are inconsequential. That’s not a new stance for him but this clarifies it.)
Check back March 27th for the start of the final chapter of the first book!