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Monthly Archives: September 2009

I am very pleased to announce that I have sold Vast Worlds short story, ‘The Battle over Procyon’, to the e-zine RayGun Revival.

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Soon, I will be a published author.

I should probably get back to work finishing the book.

Well Iโ€™m back, and I thought Iโ€™d talk a little on interstellar tourism.

Stellar travel for recreation got off to a bad start. Pre derelict there was an orbital hotel and some tourist flights, but travel to anywhere else was extremely expensive and not done lightly. Post derelict wasnโ€™t much better. Travelling between the stars tends to combine the closed, cramped conditions and crappy food of air travel, with utter monotony of being on a ship for weeks on end. It was rather equivalent of suggesting you take the Mayflower on a package tour. You only endured those conditions with a firm destination in mind.

2100 onwards space travel begins to develop enough that the first hardy tourists begin to travel in some personal comfort. The first pleasure liner officially left the docks 2088, though by freak accident it Jumped into the tail off a comet and was dry docked for another year and a half. By the turn of the century there were about thirty interstellar liners, and a few dozen more that ran purely in Sol system.

Most space tourism is journeying to other planets, as there really isnโ€™t a lot to see in space once youโ€™ve got over the majesty of the planet below you. Sure the stars are pretty, but generally everything is too far away and behind thirty layers of safety glass for you to go purely for the views. Instead, people travel to cultural artefacts (no one travels for the weather, your own planet invariably has a resort that is much closer), the first landing site on Alpha Centuri, for example, is one of the more popular destinations, but a lot of people like to visit some of the historical locations on Earth.

Eventually, as space travel became cheaper and cheaper, tourism became more prevalent and drifted into the price range of the middle class. Micro-G resorts, package holidays, and finally ships that could transport people in acceptable comfort, all were just reaching their peek at the dawn of the Corporation Wars.

That war changed things though.