mscha wrote: Ximenez wrote:
sford wrote:When Cueball wanted to wake up Megan, he should have spoken her name. (Assuming they have names that far in the future.)
To me, that feels like one of the more artificial instances of their conversation. I don't go around saying the name of the person I'm with, but when I want to get their attention, I do.
Megan did the same in NP 2215.
But what if there's ever only two of them, and they have no need to address other people? Would they use names then?
I'm more and more leaning towards Cassinimadagascarism, by the way. At some point in the next 11,000 years, something apocalypic will happen (possibly affecting the moon) which twists the earth into Cassini-mode. Obviously, this kills many people and ends civilization. There are now only a few small tribes of people living at various locations. Cuegan is part of (or all that's left of) one such tribe; they know enough to stay alive, but most knowledge of civilization is lost.
This is a kinda sorta consistent theory, no?
I wasn't big on Cassini Madagascar earlier, when the evidence for it consisted of Grandidier's Baobabs and frustration over getting the map directions to fit the real Madagascar. With the confirming evidence of being in the right latitude, it's looking a lot better.
For (non-Cassini) North America, the apparent latitude puts us near Baltimore MD, Wilmington DE, and Philadelphia PA on the east coast, with Washington DC and New York City just outside the nominal range. However, as neat as the thought that Megan and Cueball might have walked across my own yard during their journey is, I don't find the east coast persuasive. The present coastal plain is broad. Without sea level rise, it's too long a walk from the coast to the (Appalachian) mountains. A sea level rise solves that problem, but I still don't like it, for what might seem to be a strange reason: I've been up and down Appalachian mountains all my life, and the terrain we see in the OTC doesn't remind me of their slopes. It's a matter of overall perception; like recognizing or not recognizing a face. Of course the vegetation might have changed completely (from the present day forest) but the worn rock ledges and deposits of glacial boulders would not. Those mountains are two billion years old, and though they've changed a lot during those two billion years, they're not going to change much more in twelve thousand.
But because that's just a perception, based only on one artist's interpretation in silhouettes, I could be wrong.
Near the west coast, we'd be in California well north of San Francisco. I don't know the terrain in that area very well at all. However, an obvious possibility is the northern shore of an expanded (due to sea level rise) San Pablo Bay flooding into the Napa Valley, and the Napa River. Problems, though: the bay has several feet of tide (what would it take to close off the Golden Gate to turn the bay into an inland sea?), and it looks like the Napa River stays in a broad valley for a long distance before climbing up through any canyons or into hills. Can anyone make that fit, and perhaps even guess which mountain they are climbing?