Imagine a universe three times older than Sol, a universe rich in the history of galaxies, stars, planets, life and civilizations big and small. Imagine a universe so vast that no known race has ever explored more than the meanest fraction of it, a universe where countless generations of sophont races have spread out and left their own mark upon it, the sum of which has made it that almost no star system has been wholly unaffected. This is The Garden Universe. In this universe, humanity has entered a new era. We have learned from the mistakes of our past and spread out into The Star Ocean as a wise and enlightened race worthy of the wondrous sights, artifacts, technology, countless virtual worlds and company of other races that are now available to us.