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"Unofficial Megastructure" is the thirty-seventh chapter of Blame!, and the seventh and final chapter of Volume 6.

Synopsis

Cibo and Killy approach the local ceiling of the megastructure, looking for a way to enter the next stratum above. They discover an elevator manned by a benign Netsphere entity. The elevator monitor explains that he was created randomly by Builders, and offers to take the travellers up.

The monitor details his occupation, and the layout of the area. After finding no net terminal genes on his sensors, the group agrees to ride towards a Netsphere-based distress signal. It takes over 800 hours (more than a month) to get there.

Character Appearances

Notes & Trivia

  • When asked if anyone has ever used his elevator, the monitor answers “as far as I know, just once” in an earlier English translation. (This is perhaps literally true, including the present trip, characterizing the monitor as a simplistic machine.) The Master Edition revises this as “not once, as far as I know” (discounting the present trip, as one would normally do).
  • Killy passes the time on the elevator by putting himself to sleep with an injection to the head, as he did in Log 3.

Blame! - Volumes and Chapters
Volume 1 The Net's OffspringMemories of EarthTechno NomadsEX-LOGThe AuthoritiesEscapeSilicon Souls
The Builders
Volume 2 EX-LOG - Nest RuineThe CapitolThe CorporationNet SphereSafety Guard
Volume 3 The Great SurfElectrosilos FishermenPlantersAwakeningAssaultBasic LanguageMassacre
Volume 4 Backup CyberspaceLimit CancelHybridToha Heavy IndustriesElectronic KnightThe Eighth Cave
Volume 5 HackingScattered SpaceGravity FurnaceVersionCave 13Cease Fire
Volume 6 Sanakan and CiboVibrationCollapseDissolutionDisappearanceBeautiful LifeUnofficial Megastructure
Volume 7 Central NexusClass 1 Critical Effect WeaponCaptureAnti-Intrusion Electron Space
The Megastructure's Internal FissureSpecial Safeguards
Volume 8 Inside the MegastructureMultiple Dispersion Molecule MovementProvisional Connection CertificationRaid
UrgeLevel 9Far-Off
Volume 9 Parallel Electricity Storage Tank ClusterThe CallerLacking EscapeThe CaptorAnother MeetingPeople
The Observer
Volume 10 Unified Metal BeamsContinuumOrganicBurning SiliconRescue of the ReceptacleExterminator, First ClassRetrieved ConsciousnessThe Edge of the City