Here are some definitions for some of the terms used throughout this blog:
Nest = A congregation of the Church of All Worlds. In SiaSL, the church was founded by Valentine Michael Smith. Nests were intentional communities featuring polyfidelity and naturism. (There is also a real life Church of All Worlds which has nests, but these bear no resemblance to those in the novel).
Polyfidelity = A lifestyle of Polyamory, wherein the participants are exclusive in their relationships with one another (i.e., they only frak within the group). Another term my be “group marriage.”
Polyamory = “Many loves”. AKA, “ethical non-monogamy. What is the difference between this and “swinging”? In polyamorous groups, those involved at least know each other — are at least friends or “significant others.” Polyamourous loves see each other everyday – they are involved in each others lives and families. Swingers, on the other hand, tend to be “one night stand” orgies ts. In short, Polyamory is about LOVE. Swinging is strictly about SEX.
Line Marriage = The (in my opinion) ULTIMATE form of polyfidelity. These are featured in Heinlein’s novel, The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress.
The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, a novel by Robert A. Heinlein
Mithrils = A nickname for the Member Druids of the Order of the Mithril Star. They were the first Druids to wear the Seren Derwydd, a 7 pointed star with a circle around it. This was also known as the Mithril Star. Mithril is the name for silver like elvish metal featured in Tolkein’s The Hobbit, and his trilogy, The Lord of The Rings.