I have started my space opera story idea tonight. The creative fire burned so brightly in me tonight that I just could not ignore it. Because I have so many story ideas burning in me all at once, I think I will write whichever one works for me each day. Normally, I get distracted when I am writing multiple projects at the same time, but my creative fire is burning from one idea one day and another the next. Either way, I will enjoy the writing process the whole time.
With my space opera idea, I have formulated the timeline that creates the setting of my fictional world. I have started the first chapter, which introduces six of the main characters. Also, an armada is assembling for war and the fate of a strategically important star system hangs in the balance. The second chapter will revolve around introducing the prime main character and what kind of planet he lives in. Overall, I am glad I am finally putting this idea on paper.
Like most space opera stories, the interstellar setting takes place amongst fictional star systems with equally fictional names. However, I am going to break with tradition with my space opera series. Instead, I will be basing my space opera setting on star systems and planets that astronomers found in real life. These star systems and planets will have the same names. So far, over five hundred star systems have been discovered by astronomers and counting. Also, there won’t be any real aliens. Instead, these so-called “aliens” will be so in name only and will actually be humans who underwent physically changing mutations after several generations. In terms of space travel, there will be no “warping”, “light speed”, or even “Ludicrous Speed”. Instead, there will be no speed at all and spaceships will be able to travel to various parts of the galaxy by folding space around themselves and teleporting to another part of space. The spaceships’ models and names will be after real life navies around the world. There will be groups of superhuman warriors who use Damascus steel weapons and are named after real life ancient warriors from Earth. Essentially, I will be basing it on various real world concepts and apply them in a space opera setting. Overall, the outline is in the works and I am liking what I see so far.
Ever since I was a child, I have always been a fan of the space opera genre. I was fascinated by the space battles, the interstellar politics, and the depths of the cosmos. I am thinking of one day writing my own space opera series. I have been itching to write such a story, but it took me a long time to find the right moving parts for it. Now, I think I may have found those moving parts. I will keep you updated on any further developments on this story idea.
I discovered something interesting about Henry VIII’s armor. His armor was used as inspiration by NASA to create the earliest space suits.
I had a potential new story idea for the future. I am thinking of someday write a science fiction version of Lewis and Clark. The only difference will be that instead of uncharted western America, these characters will be exploring the continent of an alien planet. I am even thinking of making it a comedy as well, which is something I do not do often with my writing. My loved ones say I have a funny sense of humor, but I think I can only access it on a subconscious level. Either way, I look forward to tinkering with this idea when I have time.
I have seen videos of swords being forged from meteorites. This gave me an idea for my fantasy book. Because the universe to completely unexplored beyond our solar system, there are bound to be asteroids and meteorites made from metallic ore we have never seen before. With this in mind, I featured weapons forged from such cosmic metal and they will be of greater quality than castle-forged steel. I even went as far as naming this steel after the blood of the gods themselves.
While reading Star Wars Aftermath: Empire’s End, I learned the ultimate fate of Jar Jar Binks, the least popular character in Star Wars history. After persuading the Galactic Senate to bestow emergency powers to Supreme Chancellor Palpatine in Attack of the Clones, Jar Jar was banished from his people AGAIN and became an outcast to all of Naboo. The reason for this is because by granting Palpatine emergency powers, Jar Jar inadvertently gave Palpatine the means to transform the Galactic Republic into the Galactic Empire. As a result, everyone on Naboo hated Jar Jar. To get by, Jar Jar spent the remainder of his days in disgrace as a clown and street performer in Naboo’s capital city of Theed. Adults avoided him, but he was very popular with the Naboo children and orphans who sought refuge on Naboo. It is very fitting that everyone ended up hated Jar Jar Binks both in the real world and the Star Wars world.
While visiting the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, I came across a robot that reminded me of R2-D2 from Star Wars. Like R2-D2, this robot operates in space in order to repair the exterior of space crafts. What was even more amazing was the robot’s humanoid appearance. I cannot wait to see what new innovations NASA will create to bring us closer to a Star Wars-like world. Who knows? One day they may create a real-life lightsaber! You never know!
I have started my own Star Wars Readers Group on GoodReads.com! If you are a fan of Star Wars and read Star Wars books and graphic novels, please feel free to join and see if you are strong in the Force. My only rule is NO DISINTEGRATIONS!
I saw the alien science fiction film known as Life, which was like a combination between The Blob and Alien. A group of astronauts on the International Space Station are tasked with studying a sample from Mars. When the sample contained a dormant alien life form, all hell breaks lose. The creature reminded me in many ways to the real-life water bear in that it remained dormant for a very long time, started out microscopic, and was virtually indestructible. As the creature grew and evolved, it started out as a single-celled organism, then a starfish-like creature, then an octopus, and finally a stingray-sized monster that had tentacles, fin-like wings, and a head that resembled a rattlesnake skull. The ending of the film is not what you would expect. Overall, I recommend this film to anyone who is a scifi nut and loves scary thrills.