No writing last night. I actually ended up playing with a program that lets you build three dimensional models, since I’m thinking of trying to use stuff like this to do story illustrations. I’m not an artist, but I could use this to model things that I’ve always wanted to model–like ships that will spend most of their time in space.
That was something I wanted to do a couple of years ago, when I was starting up a role playing game called Diaspora that tried to put a little science back into science fiction. The game didn’t last very long–a couple of sessions, max–and the setup took longer than the number of sessions played. There were solar systems, ships, characters . . . all of that lost to time now. Well, not completely lost, but for the most part it’s all vanished.
The one thing I wanted to do very badly was create a model of the ship that the characters were using. I didn’t know my modeling tools then–and I still don’t–but I was able to create a diagram of the ship, which is somewhere on my computer, I just have to find it. Still not the same as seeing a model in three dimensions, but it was okay.
I get drawn to space all the time. I like games that take place there, and a few of my stories end up going in that direction. Well, not always space, but other planets and other places. That’s where my science fiction takes me. Even when I’m still on Earth, it’s not always the Earth we know. I mean, you have an imagination, so why stay here when you can hop into the next dimension and have fun there?
When I wasn’t playing with software yesterday, I was thinking of a story. Yeah, I know: surprise! The story is one that’s been bouncing about in my head for a while, one that takes play inside my Transporting universe, and it’s a chance to show people a little about how the government of the future use Cytheria’s and Audrey’s abilities–hey, they still have to work some times–and what they can do when they’re turned loose to go all psycho psychic on people who are trying to kill them. It can get ugly fast.
But there’s one scene I kept paying in my head . . . they have to meet a ship which is on its way to where they are suppose to go as well, and they have to take a really small, and really fast, message sloop to catch up with the big ship. When they finally rendezvous with their ride, they’re about 175 light years from home, and maybe 10 light years from the nearest star system. They’re standing in the open hatch of their sloop, nothing between them and the vacuum save for their skin suits, and they are able to have a few minutes alone in the Deep Black, not losing their minds as people in another universe might, but marveling at the sight of the naked universe.
This is what I try to convey with my writing: a sense of wonder, and how it’s viewed by my characters. They don’t realize that their world is marvelous, because to them, it’s what they’ve always known. But we don’t know that, and seeing the world through their eyes is, in itself, a thing of wonder to behold.
Is this where I’m going?
Maybe it is, because I need to stand and spend some time with the stars as well.