Re: Borg... sounds Swedish (Review, Rants, Spoilers and Spe

Michael Lorrey (
Sat, 31 May 1997 15:45:35 -0400

Anders Sandberg wrote:
> > This also raises the question, how did the Borg acquire the technology they
> > have? Generally speaking, in a competition, the higher technology will
> > win, especially when you are talking about phasers and shields and warp
> > drives.
> But suppose you let a few units and scout ships get attacked, and
> then the rest of the Collective can safely learn from the attack and
> figure out how to replicate it? As long as they doesn't encounter a
> vastly superior foe they can sacrifice a few units and learn a lot
> from it.

As previously mentioned, there is the possibility that the Borg became a
collective as a desperate effort to combat these aliens, that they have
been fighting this species on a stalemate basis for many hundreds of
years. Possibly they merely started out as a multi-race, multiworld
alliance much like the Federation, possibly given more to technological
augmentation than the hyper-liberal, hyper-humanist utopic Federation.
The outward expansion of the Borg into Federation space is merely the
Borg seeking out new sources of recruits and resources with which to
combat this alien incursion.

			Michael Lorrey
------------------------------------------------------------		Inventor of the Lorrey Drive

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