Story – Space – Title Unknown – Chapter 1


Title Unknown

Ian Ridgwell – 13/10/2013


Chapter 1.

Space – Not what we were expecting.

Space hadn’t always been a disappointment. Humanity had striven for the stars in a way we simply can’t understand for an age before space flight appeared. Of course we had minor achievements with the moon landing sometime during the twentieth century and the early Mars colonies not long after in the early twenty first century. That wasn’t really space flight, it was slow, perilous and ludicrously expensive and didn’t really get any-ware.

History has lost when we first created the HLS Drive (Hyper-relativistic Local-dynamic Space*). Historians speculate it may have been during the first Mar’s uprising though it is hard to pinpoint much during those times as humanity fractured in a way historian’s tell as unique and likely non repeatable. HLS travel was functional and although unsafe it opened an entirely new vista of opportunity for humanity. Mars was no longer a worthwhile resource to war over and quickly the colonies were forgotten.


Empty and absolute space represented one of the primary things human’s feared, infinite. Unable to comprehend the nature of endless space and resource humanity seemingly ate itself. Earth itself became a hive of criminal activity representing those to poor to escape or those rich enough to profit from such an environment. Mars was the wild west, with limited resources and the wake of a corporate war the survivors carried old grudges. Outside their terra-formed land’s gunmen rode the badlands living a kind of idealistic lost in time reality that seemed almost scripted.

Free market was the original concept that drove humanity into space in search of resource. HLS was still a functional technology for small ships even as  scientific understanding of light managed a loophole that althogh did not disprove the theory of relatively allowed new FTL engines to simply ignored it. Still slower than HLS, FTL engines and Cryogenic allowed full scale colonisation of far distant planets not only viable but practical. HLS relied on small ships, and offered a ferry like service. AS the ship’s mass increased the chances for a relative complication failure increased meaning large scale deployment became tiresomely tedious and expensive. Travel from Earth orbit to Mars orbit carrying one pilot and two passengers was functional, cheap and reliably safe dependent on the pilots skills and his ship computers processing capacity. Transporting a crew of twenty, a hundred colonists and enough equipment to stake out a basic foundation plot was infinitely more difficult and dangerous. FTL still took many years but cryogenic sleep had proven itself in many applications and was perfectly suited to expanding in space.

Within a century humanity had spread across the galaxy, and nothing had happened. With unlimited resources and ideologies no longer constrained by geographic limitations peace reigned. Crime and conflict had not been irradiated but the large scale crimes perpetrated by humans on themselves seemed to disappear somewhere around the twenty fourth century. There is no way to research this ‘utopian’ era since it left humanity fractured and stagnant. Although scientifically advanced insular ideological communities of a massive scale seemed incapable of scientific or social growth. Utopia or not human’s failed in this constant time of peace. More knoweldge was lost than was created and the skills needed to create the human empire faded into the abyss.

There is no recorded details of how time was perceived by out early ancestors. It is considered that a great prophet was born who showed humanity a way to assimilate many cultures under one banner. The year, as defined by one revolution of Earth around Sol was a marker and it started from this individuals first major conquest. We believe that when Jesus conquered the Roman’s such a significant piece of the world was brought under a single ruler great progress was made.

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