Raised in the Pacific Ocean colonies of Arkadel and New Shanghai, Mary Wang has seen thirty active but aimless years. Bored with her life, she takes on a challenge hinted at by the PA of her famous but long-dead great grandmother, Sara. But what is the challenge? She's no scientist as Sara was, and Sara PA is preoccupied with the politics of The Swarm in orbit around Neptune, and preparing to start its long Galactic journey. So she recruits a scientist. She lures him to Arkadel in a deep cloak of secrecy - a secrecy that stems not so much from the customs and habits of her full-surveillance Arkadelian culture but from the simple fact that she doesn't really know what she wants of him, and is reluctant to admit it - even to herself. She travels with him back to his home in a Janeite community in a secluded valley of the Brindabella Mountains. There, as they delve into the biology of brain, mind, and spirit, and the parallel technologies and dynamics of the PA world, clues emerge that point to the nature of Sara's challenge. It is the year 2200 - a year that will change forever what it means to be human. PA: 1 Personal Archive: Continuous lifelong record of visual, audio, biometric, and ambient data. 2 Personal Assistant: Natural language interpreter for a Personal Archive with quizzing and command capabilities. Includes visual recognition. 3 Personal Avatar: Arbitrary visual representation used to interface a Personal Assistant with the visual world. (for their physical form see bot) Brindabella Chronicles: The Brindabella Chronicles span three years at the turn of the twenty third century. This is realist future fiction with technologies that are achievable over this current century if we make the effort, and science that is constrained within the bounds of plausibility. The stories are set in two quite distinct societies. Brindabella is a Janeite community that, with minimal help from modern technologies, has recreated the world of Jane Austen in the Brindabella valley of New South Wales. In contrast, Arkadel - a small floating city in the centre of the Pacific Ocean - is one of the most future oriented societies of the time. It is a swarm hive that's inhabitants devote their lives to preparing their Personal Archives to command spindles - tiny space craft designed to explore the galaxy in large swarms, and sow the seeds of settlement.