I am a freak for Star Wars and Star Trek. In fact, if I was to rate my level of fandom, I would say I would be in the range of psycho to obsessive, while leaning towards obsessive. As I was reading a book about writing fiction, one thing that hit was a quote that said “write what you want to read” , and honestly, even as much as I love those universes , I don’t think I could accept another universe.
So creating the universe, I would rather it be similar versus a totally brand new one. For me, I would rather everything be more part of our reality, something most people can relate to, or see something similar in their world as well as the characters. I do however want to create a universe that is similar to Shadowrun, but that might only be for a short time.
A full on new universe would take a certain amount of outlining, not for a plot, but rather for the world itself. Figuring out how and why of everything that exists would take more than just writing the story.
My first short that I am writing involves a solo astronaut on a mission to a distant star. I started writing this three times only to realize, I didn’t know where he was going, how fast it took to get there , or anything else that might be involved in the story. Although, all hope wasn’t lost, I did get to know the character quite a bit in the three thousand words I wasted.
So, stepping back, I deleted it all again, for the third time, and started looking up exoplanets confirmed in our universe, and their distances from earth. I then looked up various engine theorys on JPL. The one I liked the most was the ionic engine, like the one used in “the martian” . Of course, the exoplanets are much further away than logical. I already wanted it to be a one way mission, so the length of travel makes sense, but any slower, and we risk pandorium . Maybe light travel would be a better idea. Time would stop for the astronaut , but continue to move for the earth and everywhere else. Instead, I have decided that the Drive Engine on the space shuttle will be called a EMP engine, which will be a hybrid of the now currently investigated EmDrive which is the electromagnetic engine that is pushing against a virtual quantum wave. This would be a hyper EM drive that uses Plasma to improve its overall top speed of nearly a light year. So in order to go five light years distance, the EMP drive would take ten days to speed up to top speed, which would cover nearly a full light year, and then go nearly a whole light year per twenty six hours.
The ship is only equipped to go forty three light years, including stopping as many times as possible. The EMP drive takes plasma for fuel ( very little goes a long way ) and the rest is electricity, again, not very much goes a long way. a three day exposure will charge the batteries
I might waste some time, but maybe writing it twice would either lend to the better story, or a bigger one.