To those who don't know the phrase, elevator pitch refers to the idea that it should be possible to deliver the summary of something in the time span of an elevator ride, or approximately thirty seconds to two minutes. Two problems with Eclipse Phase: one, it's hard science fiction, and two, many of its ideas (transhumanism, reputation economies, etc.) are not common sci-fi tropes, at least not to most of the people I want to promote EP to, ie fellow college students. I'd like to avoid using a lot of technical terms, but I don't want to dumb down the description too much either. So how would I go about describing Eclipse Phase to people that doesn't involve an entire lecture on the entire setting? What highlights of the setting should I bring up? It does help for me to simply show them this: http://www.tragic-sans.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/EP-poster.png, but it's not enough.
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