A world where you're in charge
GCN Insider | Galaxiki lets you create your very own universe
Universe got you down? Tired of the same old planets, stars and galaxies?
Well, now there's Galaxiki, a Web community (www.galaxiki.org) that lets you create your own worlds and edit an entire galaxy of stars, planets, moons, pulsars and black holes.
Galaxiki, launched in July by Jos Kirps as a private project based in Luxembourg, is an interactive wiki portal for science-fiction lovers who want to create and write about their own life forms and civilizations, creating histories and carrying their life stories forward.
There are some rules. Site software manages most of the physical properties and behavior of solar systems ' such as orbits and chemical composition of the atmosphere ' so you may have to search for a planet suitable for your particular life form.
Fortunately, Galaxiki permits interstellar travel faster than the speed of light, so inhabitants of widely separated solar systems don't have to be lonely.
The site is free, and members can edit what's going on in any of the community solar systems.
But if you feel like saying, 'Hey, you! Get off of my world,' purchasing your own private solar system is not expensive.
You can get one for $12 ' or for 10 euros, if you are moving your investments out of dollars. That's cheaper than you're likely to find for desirable real estate on Earth at today's prices.
Of course, it wouldn't be a real world without the opportunity to buy DVDs, books and T-shirts: Galaxiki offers a selection of science-fiction-themed goods.
Despite its European origins and interstellar reach, Galaxiki is an English-language environment, but German and French versions of the site are in development, and new languages are being pursued. 'We're looking for people willing to help us with translations,' Kirps said.
William Jackson is a senior writer of GCN and the author of the CyberEye blog.