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Ride a Comet with Pan Colonial

Another faux “vintage travel poster”:


I had originally wanted to draw this back in October, but I didn’t manage to draw a decent comet. I am fairly happy with this one, although I realize that it’s not “perfect”.

Other works in this “series”:

Home for Christmas

I know it’s a bit early, but if the supermarkets can carry Christmas candy by late September, I can use it as the tagline for another “vintage” travel poster:

I tried to create an “Earth by night” look for the shadow (night) side of Earth. I think it looks fairly decent, although it’s not perfect. The sun’s reflection needs some perspective work (I couldn’t fix it) – think that would help a lot.

Other works in this “series”:

Human Space, 3950AD

Science Fiction Setting – 3950 AD, WIP#5/Revised Map

The year is 3950. The Terran Federation and the Empire are at war…

I’ve spent most of the morning pushing my timeline ahead. The two superpowers meet just before 3950, so I decided that 3950 is a great year for the “here and now” of this setting. The TF-Imperial war has just started; the Empire lost Camelot and Avalon (and surrounding space) to the Terran Federation’s first major offensive.

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Science Fiction Setting – Historic Map circa 3600 AD, WIP#4

Thought I’d post an update: I’ve progressed 300 years into the future, relative to the last map. As I work on the “renaissance” of human space, I realize just how BIG this thing is. And I think I probably need to slow down the initial colonization of human space by a few centuries. However, I am not going to do that now – one of the worst mistakes one can make, in my opinion, is to go back and edit something before one is done with the basic version. That way lie inconsistencies and madness.

Human Space, circa 3600AD
Human Space, circa 3600AD

As you can see, the Terran Federation has had a few centuries of a head start over Empire; however, Empire is young and eager to expand. Expansion of the TF has slowed down considerably, as the TF consolidates its territory. It’s mostly driven by some strategic operations, and between 3600 and 3700 it will mostly concentrate on closing the gaps between the “arms” of its territory.

I’m actually creating these maps at century intervals – I should have done the same with the initial colonization. That’s a lesson learned for the future.

Request for Foreign Language Colony Names

My science fiction setting currently has 511 assigned colony names, out of a list of 575 names I came up with so far. On top of that I’ve a tentative list of another 75 or so colony names, and the naming scheme I am using – primarily deities from all sorts of cultures, plus some location, personal and descriptive names – is still good for a few hundred more. However, I have a serious problem in that I only speak English and German (and a smattering of French): This means I can not confidently name, for example, Chinese colonies, or Spanish colonies, or Japanese colonies, or Indian colonies, and so on.

Especially the Chinese colony worlds worry me, since the nation will be an economic powerhouse in the future (this is not 100%, of course, but extrapolating from current trends I think it’s a fairly safe bet). The People’s Republic also has an ambitious space program. So it only seems natural that they would be on the fore-front of interstellar exploration and colonization when that rolls around.

I’m therefore calling for HELP. Your help, dear Internet! I know there’s billions of people out there who speak those languages and more. Could someone please – pretty please – help me out by coming up with names for a number of colonies? I need many, many, over the long run, but even a few dozen names I can use for major colonies would be a great start!

A Planet (Image: Nils Jeppe)
A Planet (Image: Nils Jeppe)

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Science Fiction Setting – Historic Map circa 3300 AD, WIP#3

To follow up on last night’s work, here’s a quick outline of the Terran federation, circa 3300AD, as compared to the maximum extent of human colonization.

Star Map: Extent of Terran Federation, circa 3300 AD
Star Map: Extent of Terran Federation, circa 3300 AD

It’s still very small and cute, isn’t it? Still, at this point in time it’s by far the largest nation in human space. The people of Home, who will establish Empire later, invented airplanes in 3300AD.

Science Fiction Setting – Historic Map circa 3222 AD, WIP#2

At long last, an update to our historic maps… This one shows the territory of the Terran Federation, marked are the territories of the states it was created from. By 3222, the Baldur Protectorate is still independent. The Yellow-Orange spots are other, smaller, and as yet unnamed interstellar nations.

Star Map: Historic situation, circa 3222 AD
Star Map: Historic situation, circa 3222 AD

The Terran Federation was founded on Marduk in 3181, more than 300 years before the foundation of Empire.