Okay, so rather than being lazy (yes, i’m referring to you, ab), I thought I’d try to share my thoughts on building the universe of the Nineteen Galaxies.
It is, without doubt, a daunting prospect trying to build a fictional universe from the ground up. If you’re like me, and want loads of details to said universe, then you have to create the technology, culture, and even sometimes appearance of it. There are histories to consider, not just humanity’s, but other races young and old (look at Vulcan’s relationship with Earth in Star Trek: Enterprise). There are politics to consider, even things like racial prejudice and things like that.
There is, probably most importantly, the names as well.
Now, for those of you who don’t know, I killed off David Ploss in Recon One-Five, a headshot that blew out the back of his skull in the first chapter. And now, I’m writing Abhinav into The Package as a no-good evil intelligence agent. Although this time he won’t be killed off, becoming a regular pain in the ass for the heroes.
Naming everything can be tricky as you end up naming things the same or similar. Of course, you also have to consider that people from the same species might have similar sounding names (for example, Iain, Ewan, Eion). Anyway, the universe has to have an underlying tone that makes certain things believable and others a surprise in contrast to the universe and thus more dramatic.
I don’t know really know where the hell this is coming from, except that I’ve been educating the missus in The Lord of the Rings, and thinking about how I set up the Nineteen Galaxies.
Have a look:
This is just a crappy sketch that’s in my four-book set of hardback A4 notepads (they have a cupboard to themselves). So far, my stories have been military sci-fi, but these three of four that I’m working on are based around the civilian/non-military characters and thus are surrounded by the culture of the 41st Century. This is proving a headache as it means coming up with 41st Century drinks, movies, movie stars, etc.
My poor head!
So, is there anyone else out there suffering headaches for creating a large universe (especially a sci-fi or fantasy setting)????