Where Refuge is the fantasy I've always wanted to write, Exodus is that science fiction I've always wanted to write. A combination of Space Opera and Hard Science Fiction, I hope to make it a long running series, at first on the internet, then possibly with a traditional publisher. It's Space Opera in that there are elements of conflict common to that genre, warfare on an interstellar scale, intrigue, and of course the bending of the Theory of Relativity to allow faster than light travel. But it is hard science fiction in that the laws of physics are obeyed, and ships have to accelerate to gain velocity, and then decelerate as well, unless they run into something really big. Interstellar travel will be through the translation of different dimensions of hyperspace, each layer requiring more energy to enter and stay in than the last. Objects not able to generate the gravitational fields needed to stay in hyper are forcibly ejected back into normal space, most times with catastrophic results. The laws will be written in stone, though new technologies, such as wormhole gates, may get around them. Those laws and other interesting background factors in the story will be posted in links to this page.
The basic story of Exodus is that the human race, in the early stages of interstellar expansion, makes first contact with an expanding empire that seeks their subjugation. A misunderstanding at a distant colony where the aliens think the humans have surrendered, but some keep fighting on and the Emperor's son is killed, leads to the aliens swearing to totally destroy the human race. They proceed to wipe out colony after colony, finally reaching the human home system. The humans have been busy and build a dozen colony ships, all with the sum knowledge of the human race and fifty thousand colonists in hibernation, as well as hundreds of thousands of embryos and the genetic heritage of several planets. The plan is for the awake crew to get the colonists to safety and reestablish the human race. Ten of the ships are destroyed before they can get into subspace, a dimension in which distances are one ninth as corresponding to normal space. Another ship may have gotten away as well, though this is unclear to the one known survivor. The crew, through multiple generations, travel ten thousand light years along the galactic arm, crossing over to another arm and eventually finding what seems like the perfect home for the human race, a supersystem of eight star systems in orbit around a black hole. The region of space is the home to multiple space faring races who have all been bootstrapped up by a no longer extant species known as the ancients. The human crew decide that as they have made the major sacrifice in this journey, they will depose the civilian government that was to take over of landing, imposing a Monarchy and hereditary nobility that eventually becomes a Parliamentary Empire. The humans, knowing they have to expand and progress to survive, grow into the strongest power in the region, with a fleet that takes pride in having never lost a war. And then the dreaded aliens find them. But the humans are now only a short reach behind them in technology, though they are still not a numbers match for the invader.
Most of the series will take place after the one thousand year anniversary of the Monarch. It will cover a war of interstellar proportions. Allies will join, and enemies will take advantage of the discomfort of the Empire. The humans will develop new technologies, including the those developed using the century long engineering project that allows them to generate wormhole gates from the gravitation energy of the black hole. Still, they are fighting a power that is over tens times larger than they are, with a long lived Emperor that remembers that this treacherous species killed his son and heir. And some of the new technologies come with new dangers to the users.
Human Space is huge, a rough sphere almost four thousand light years in diameter. Which means that it encompasses about one two thousandth of the Galaxy. Including the space of all the surrounding powers this is still less than a four hundredth of the Galaxy, so there is still a lot to explore, colonize, conquer. Civilizations have fallen in the past, entire sentient species have died out, and space is full of ruins on the surface of planets and intact stations in the vacuum of space. Some hold the promise of new tech to aid the finder in the wars. Some are empty of all but historical significance. And some hold death, just waiting for the right trigger to erupt from a long sleep.
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