The New and the Old, The High and the Low.
The wise, mature machines of the New stay in orbit for millennia, watching quietly over the lives of their many charges. Those Old below are impulsive and rash.
Uncomprehendingly moving about under adolescent motivations, the Old are constantly at odds. We join their story in an epoch of immense divide. One small group holds the knowledge and power, the other the greater heart and stronger desire. Technology on high, life down low.
The High, in their arrogance, underestimate the Low. Awash in the offal cast off in the rush for becoming new, the Low find the resources necessary to make a counterclaim for the resources of their world. A growing band amongst them chooses to fight back rather than accept the status quo.
Finding their position threatened, the progressive High throw themselves deeper into their rush for technological development. But unbeknownst to them, the future does not just hold the promise of machines for greater control.
The New inhabit the future, and the Old, the past.
Out of dramatic space-land, here is what is going on. I have a summer ahead of me to devote to this project. I am building the space machines of the Old. For the numerous and beaten-down Low will be satellites made of refuse. Whatever junk I can find in my small rural hometown will go into their construction. Bits from old farm machinery and consumer electronics thrown in the trash. With the computerization of that hardware I will launch them into this fictional context that I am creating.
For the advanced but outnumbered High will be a few beautifully crafted (with luck) satellites and other devices destined for orbit. Milled out of high-grade metals and gifted substantial computing, sensing, and communication resources these machines will represent the other side of what I am capable of creating. Born of mathematics and physics rather than gut and intuition.
Upon my return to where I am currently, at the end of the summer, I will shift my focus to the code that will scoop the world of the New and the Old out of my head and into the net, where it can be explored by other people. While at first the physical satellites will exist and operate around me, I hope in time to open their possession to others with interest in my silliness. The machines of the High will go at great cost, in the hundreds or thousands of dollars. The machines of the Old will leave for free, in the form of the engineering designs and source code needed to make them real out of materials on hand.
The goal is to mirror the virtual world of the New and the Old, and the High and the Low, in our world. It is a thinly veiled attempt to comment on the themes I have found interesting in my experience in engineering and on the Internet.