Original Fiction Possibilities

Hello and welcome to everyone who has taken the time to read anything on this new site. I will eventually get around to making the place prettier. For now however, I believe that the most important thing is getting to the meat of the site: the writing. To that end, here are several options of stories that I may write. I will leave the choice of what actually ends up being written up to you wonderful readers. 

You may vote simply by ranking (the names will probably change before the story itself is actually started, but just use the current temporary titles) each story with three points, two points, and one point. Give the story you would like to read the most three points, the story you would like to read second-most two points, and then one point to the story you would like to read the least. At the end of the voting period, which will be three days from the time this is posted, the story with the highest amount of points will be the one that I begin writing. 

OUTLANDERS OF REACH

In the beginning, there was a planet known as Earth. From there, Humans rose to power and eventually began to spread throughout the stars, forming a galactic civilization without ever encountering other forms of life. Over the centuries, Earth became a distant memory as more and more planets in entirely new solar systems were colonized.
From time to time, one group or another of pirates, rebels, or entire solar systems would rise up against the common government. Twice, the entire civilization split itself in two or three pieces and went to war against one another. There was never full peace for long.

But eventually, there came a time when the most current ruling government held on to power without a significant threat for almost two hundred years. They were known as the Confederacy Of Colonies, or ConCol.

With no habitable worlds left in the easily reachable areas of space, ConCol worked to create ways of reaching further into the unknown areas of the universe more quickly than even their own hyperdrives.

They were able to create ‘jump gates’, which would create containable wormholes, essentially linking two parts of space together. This allowed them to send a single ship out into the void of unknown space at top hyperspace speed for twenty to thirty years. When it arrived at its destination, this scout ship would deploy its end of the Jump Gate, allowing any ship back within ConCol space to use the Jump Gate at the other end to almost instantly reach its new location.

These Jump Gates allowed the ConCol to spread even further throughout the galaxy. By the time the collection of inhabitable worlds that became known as the Reach were found, the spreading colonists were more than three jump gates distant from Earth, an equivalent of almost one hundred years travel via any other method. Those who lived within the Reach were known as Outlanders.

Unfortunately, a fanatical religious group sabotaged all of the Reach Jumpgates, destroying them and cutting the Reach off from ConCol influence.

Over the next one hundred years, life on the Reach planets, similar to the time of Earth’s Old West, continued. There was lawlessness for awhile, but eventually the Outlanders formed their own laws and governments. Things were fairly good, if divided from planet to planet.

Life within the Confederation of Colonies was not as good. Within five years of losing contact with the Reach, humanity encountered another form of civilized life for the first time. These aliens, who called themselves Rudivants, looked similar to humans save for their dark red skin. In addition, these Rudivants all possessed varying types of supernatural powers, ranging from flight to mind control to super strength and everything in between. They were also as technologically adept as the Confederation, and they were decidedly unfriendly.

War between humanity and the Rudivants waged for fifteen years, with the aliens carving out a fairly large chunk of the Confederation, enslaving the human populace there.

Eventually, war between humans and Rudivants settled into an uneasy and often broken ‘peace’, with each side making raids against the other, and the borders of the two continually shifted. Neither could make a serious dent against what was left of the other, however. Rudivants had their powers, but the Confederation had found ways to combat them, at least enough to bring their advance to a halt.

Something had to happen to break the stalemate. But the Confederation lacked resources to push the fight.

Then the Jump Gate Scout Ship the Confederation had sent toward the Reach as soon as the gates were destroyed nearly a century earlier arrived and deployed the new Jump Gate. Suddenly, the Confederation was able to tap a whole new resource: the Reach.

Except… the Outlanders of the Reach were not exactly thrilled about being dragged into this war that most believed had nothing to do with them. They had been fine on their own for a hundred years, and felt as though they didn’t need the Confederation or their war with the Rudivants.

Thus, a new war has risen up, as the Confederation seeks to take charge of the Reach in order to use its resources to defeat their original alien invaders once and for all, and the Reach citizens defend their right to be left alone. Most Outlanders wish to destroy the jump gates once more, thus freeing themselves from the entire situation.

And all the while, the alien Rudivants watch, waiting for the right time to wipe all of them all out. 

FLICK

For the first sixteen years of her life, Felicity ‘Flick’ Chambers has been looking for something interesting. The only member of her high school newspaper that takes the job remotely seriously, Flick styles herself as an investigative reporter. Her curiosity is matched only by her tenaciousness, and she never gives up when pursuing a story that has captured her interest. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy to find interesting stories in one of the most ordinary high schools to ever exist on the planet. That, however, will not be a problem for much longer.

After drifting off to sleep on the school bus on the first day of her junior year, Flick awakens to find herself being dropped off at a place far different than the school she remembers, in a world completely different and far more violent than she has ever seen. Students of this school learn to use their incredible gifts to combat the monsters that attempt to infest and corrupt the mundane world.

Now, Flick must learn to control her own gifts, survive her training, and become the champion that her new teachers believe she can be. But at least she doesn’t have to look far to find something interesting anymore.

STRANDED

One minute, the eight hundred and thirty two students of Granite Cove High School are in the middle of their fifth period of the day. The next minute, every single one of them find themselves aboard a strange alien spaceship in the middle of deep space, millennia away from Earth. The ship itself is one of the most powerful vessels in the universe, hunted by the militaries of at least three separate galaxy-spanning empires. Now the only thing standing between this ship and the despots that wish to use its power to conquer every known race are the students of Granite Cove High School.

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50 comments

  1. Outlanders of Reach 3

    Flick 2

    Stranded 1.

    By the way, the fact that Outlanders had a much more developed summary makes it a much more appealing choice, than, say, stranded where there was a single paragraph. Might want to do something about that.

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    1. “By the way, the fact that Outlanders had a much more developed summary makes it a much more appealing choice,…”

      But it lacks characterisation. Could be a military story or smuggler or goverment/politics or something else. The summary is fat to widespread. A “random” story in a cool SciFi setting.

      Strandeds single paragraph had “eight hundred and thirty two students of Granite Cove High School” in it. So we can at least expect a bunch of highschoolers and from the other stories we know that cerulean can ace this.

      imho

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  2. Outlanders of Reach, Stranded, and then Flick.
    Outlanders reminds me of a mix of Eve and Firefly, so depending on the characters (and based on how you’ve written so far the characters will be fun) this sounds the most promising to me.

    Stranded reminds me of the old Nick show Space Cases. The cast sounds a bit big, but the discovery portion of a story like this is often fun. My concern is that this is the shortest pitch, so I’m not sure if this idea is as ready to go as Reach.

    Super power high school can be fun, but almost everything of yours I’ve read so far has focused on empowered teens. I’m more interested in the more sci-fi pitches.

    Hope that works for voting, I’m not seeing a poll or anything on mobile viewing.

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  3. I vote for, in order of “most want”, Outlanders of Reach, Flick, and then Stranded.

    Outlanders sounds like Firefly crossed with Star Trek and Worm, which is awesome.

    Flick sounds like Ender’s Game, except with superpowers. Which is also awesome.

    And I’ve never read or watched anything that sounds like Stranded – so that’s awesome too.

    I’ll happily read and enjoy whatever you write, naturally – I just think that’s the order of which stories I’d most enjoy.

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  4. My votes are Flick then Reach then Stranded.

    While the most developed summery, Reach sounds a bit too much of a mash of several themes, if arcs focus on one area at a time then maybe, but going from, say, a ‘wild west’ setting to a space combat one could get jarring.

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  5. 3 points to Stranded, 2 points to Flick, 1 point to Outlanders.
    I think Stranded could have vibes of the Uplift cycle by David Brin, and that’s an awesome set of books.
    Flick sounds pretty fun.
    Outlanders sounds as though it could be hella interesting, but it’s a big scope to handle and I don’t know which bit(s) I’d be most interested in yet.

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  6. Flick 3
    Stranded 2
    Outlanders of Reach 1

    Flick seems like it would be very much like Atonement, in all the best ways; following a single, strongly characterized protagonist through both high adventure and slice of life.

    Stranded seems a bit like Lord of the Flies IN SPACE, though, considering how your characters, or at least protagonists, usually act, I don’t expect it to get that dystopian.

    Outlanders seems interesting, but I prefer the smaller scale of focus of the other two ideas.

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  7. Outlanders 3
    Flick 2
    Stranded 1

    Shades of firefly from outlanders, but… well that isn’t a bad thing! plenty of chances for different views and mindsets in that one, which is you at your best!.
    Flick seems a little shonen manga – but then I like shonen manga, and it gives you a single unambiguous protag. which is a strongpoint for you, without losing the chance for some cool side characters.
    Stranded… seems like the setting with the most ‘in character’ expostion needed, and I guess it doesn’t grab me as much.

    It’s great to see you making steps towards your own stuff, you’re too damn good to live in another authors sandbox, good luck.

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  8. My vote: Flick.

    Per previous comments, Outlanders seems more an exercise in worldbuilding at this point than an actual story – you’d need to actually have a protagonist first.

    With Flick, I’m assuming that you’ve done a shitload of worldbuilding behind the scenes. But you also seem to have a good idea of whose perspective the story will be told from, and they seem like an interesting character.

    With Stranded, again you’ve probably done a lot of worldbuilding… but I can’t actually imagine any possible explanation for the premise that doesn’t come across as really reall

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  9. Well, while all three look promising, I must admit being especially partial to Flick, It sounds more interesting as you won’t have a gargantuan cast to keep track off.

    Stranded school kids on a gargantuan war ship is also possibly fun, but, 832 people means having to keep track of tons of names.

    Outlanders of Reach sounds gargantuan in scope, possibly like Legend of the Galactic Heroes.

    So, my vote is:
    Flick 3
    Stranded 2
    Outlanders 1

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  10. With the current description
    3 Flick
    2 Stranded
    1 Outlanders
    Honestly, I’m rating based on character interest. I would really want to know more about Outlanders, and while it sounds like an interesting premise, there’s absolute no feeling for characters in its description. If Outlanders were to have any Rudivants narrators / viewpoint characters, then I would move it to the top of the list.

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  11. Strong *anti*-vote for Outlanders (to start with) – but hear me out: I think the plot outline of it actually sounds interesting, but it would required really good execution in terms of thinking deeply about politics, technology, physics, and sociology, because of how the mechanics of that universe set the stage for the conflict. I’d like to see you cut your teeth on Stranded first so you can get a feel for building those mechanics and the effects of celestial distance and time dilation on the narrative first.

    So, from top to bottom,
    – Stranded
    – Flick
    – (Something else)
    – Outlanders

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  12. The different levels and direction of detail between these three makes it difficult to directly compare them.

    Reach sounds like an interesting setting, but there’s not a lot of information about the actual story there. That leaves me feeling kind of cold to it; while I’m sure there are good stories to be told in, it’s not really evident which of those you want to tell.

    Flick is the only one that has a nailed down character, it seems. I’d be interested in seeing what you did with the “transported to another world” and “battle high school” premises, but it’s also – at least from the perspective of an anime fan – the most tired setting premise of the three.

    Stranded, if I imagine the similar one-paragraph versions concepts of the other two, sounds the most, but it also seems like the one you are least interested in, given the slim detail, and I’d rather you write something you were more excited about.

    I hope that blather helps somehow. 🙂

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  13. Flick – 3
    Stranded – 2
    Outlanders – 1

    All three are interesting, though! And there are just so many delicious ways to spin things.

    Will Flick have a sarcastic hero like our favorite wizard detective? Will the kids of Stranded survive the battle between Military-Otaku-Boy and Queen-Bee-of-Common-Sense?

    Flick and Stranded seem like a more interesting premise in that they would focus on a more personal level while the Outlanders premise looks to be a whole lot of world crafting, and so would Stranded now that I think about it. I’m hesitant to say that Outlanders or Stranded might be a bit much for you take on, because you’ve managed to world build just fine in your Worm fiction…but that’s modifying an already built universe out of whole cloth and this would be your first steps into self supporting novels. Flick has the bonus of being able to draw from various works of urban fantasy, but space opera? Not so much.

    This isn’t to say that it’s impossible, but I think you should be aware that you’re probably going to be spending a lot more time world crafting for Stranded and Outlanders, at least in the beginning, then writing. It sounds like a labor of love for you, though, so whatever you end up going with, don’t give up and don’t be afraid to look around to tips.

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  14. I don’t have a suggestion to make, cause I’m having a hard time choosing between them. What I would like to say though, is thank you.

    I started reading Atonement around the time the second arc was posted, and it has been a constant in my life for almost a year now. I really appreciate all the hard work you do. I have always been a lurker, too lazy to get a spacebattles account.

    However, since this requires no registration, I decided to say something.

    Thank you, and keep on doing awesome stuff!

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