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Paraspacers and Starsiders

Spaceship Stern Tiger by Ptitvinc
Spaceship Stern Tiger by Ptitvinc. Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.

Through its development, the Alcioneverse has varied in realism as I tried to decide whether to go with Science Fantasy or Hard SF, and FTL or STL.  On the sliding scale of hardness, I started around 7 (hard science with FTL and some weird elements), went down to 6 (Science Fantasy), and  with the latest reboot it’s around 8 to 8.5 (exotic matter but no FTL).

After two and fro-ing for a while, from Hard Science Fantasy cross-over to pure Space Fantasy to pure Hard SF, I finally realised I couldn’t just have one postmodern space opera universes and one set of characters.  The ambience of each is so different, due to the implications of the contrast between a STL (slower than light, hard SF) universe with its rigorous hard science and more limited handwavium, and FTL (faster than light, more conventional space opera) universe that combines hard science with pure fantasy, surrealism, satire, and magical realism, that I decided on two, even though both will share certain features, such as space punk, and adventure.

The two universes are described as follows:

Paraspacers (aka Freehauler Alcione – The Alcioneverse)

Space Fantasy Adventure 

Starsiders

Hard SF Spacepunk

  • Central protagonists: misfit prospectors
  • genre: hard science fiction
  • secondary genres: space punk, postmodern space opera, space horror
  • universe: physical universe, the galaxy
  • sliding scale of hardness: 7 to 8
  • interstellar travel: STL only, plus a few wormholes
  • main ship: The Bathsheba, a conversion torchship, length about 300 meters. magnetoplasma shielding
  • Ambience ( the sliding scale of bleakness): Punk/Gritty – Crapsack –  Medium Grimdark (however this universe is not completely grimdark, because, first, and contrary to the ethos of the grimdark genre, moral actions do count, and second, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.)
  • Some influences: Of Men and Monsters, Roadside Picnic/Stalker, Neuromancer, Firefly, The Matrix, Alien/Aliens, Orion’s Arm (tech),  Revenger,
To do List

Now I’ve got my worldbuilding straightened out and the ambience decided on, I can back to writing.  There will still be a lot more worldbuilding, but I’ll mostly wait until I’ve published something.

To do list includes:

  • Finish Madverts (Book 1 of the Alcioneverse)
  • Work out the crew of the Bathsheba (the classic ragtag band of motley misfit adventurers) for the Starsiders universe
  • Once that’s done, work out opening story of Starsiders

 

 

General update

I haven’t posted anything in a while, because I’ve been working on the deck plan of the Alcione.  Then I started writing a start featuring the crew of the Alcione.  Now I’m going back to the previous story.  I’ve scrapped the idea of novellas and will have a full length story

My current writing plan is this:

Book 1, Mech Cross, featuring the two teenage protagonists Kam and Shymarc.   Madverts will be part 1  (as well as writing the book i need to draw a plan of the mech)

Book 2, Spacefreighter Alcione.  Introduces the Alcione and its  crew (also will have deck plans).  Freedai joins the Alcione.

Book 3. Kam and Shymarc join the Alcione, along with a corporate AI that’s been helping them but has its own agenda

Various further developments and  sequels.

The whole story will be one series, although each novel will be self-contained