Thanks to everybody who has voted in the poll where I asked what topics I should cover. In total, I received 116 votes. The results were not that much of a surprise; you guys voted mostly for what I have been posting about anyway:
It’s easy to explain that – if a certain type of post is common, the people who are attracted by that will vote for more of the same type. Still, it’s good to know my readership.
As a consequence of this poll, I will retire the plot-a-day series – it’s been mostly plot-a-quarter anyway, and I haven’t quite been happy with them anyway. They’ll stay in the archives, but don’t expect any more of them.
The one true surprise is that Game Design received so many votes, considering I have not posted much about it, especially lately. I have heard you, and I will pick up my efforts to design a game system again. Just give me a little while to get some other stuff out of the way.
As for genres, science fiction was the clear winner over fantasy, but again, I have been posting a lot of science fiction stuff. I won’t alienate those of you who enjoy it that way, so no worries, but I will provide more fantasy posts as well because I believe it’s underrepresented. The site, after all, is called Enderra.com after my fantasy world, and it’s a shame that there is so little material on, well, Enderra here.
The New Poll
The new poll is even more blatant: With this I wish to find out which of my settings are actually interesting to you guys! Let me know – and I will give you what you want… 😉
Over the past week, I’ve been playing around with a first space ship design for Somnium, a small frontier cargo/passenger transport. This is what I have so far:
I am sort-of happy with the design; I just wish I had better drawing skill – or better yet, knew how to use Blender so I could take this to 3D modelling.
The black boxes in the design are TEU, twenty-foot equivalent units – or in other words, the standard, ubiquitous shipping containers we all know and love. It can carry 44 of those, plus a number of passengers (probably around 20).
This is really small by ocean-shipping lines, but I always wanted the economy of the Somnium interstellar trade to be more in line with aviation than with maritime trade.
The ship is about as long as an A380 and about twice as wide as the A380 fuselage. It can carry about 1000 metric tons of cargo or about 1700 cubic meters – probably a bit more, this is based on simple multiplication for the shipping containers.
For comparison; while there is no cargo variant of the A380, a 747-400F has a maximum payload of 112 metric tons. A 747-8F has a payload of 140 metric tons.
The setting formerly known as “Voyagers” now has an official name.
I spent a long, long time debating this (and I am sure I really got on the nerves of the few people I bothered with the big naming question) before settling on “Somnium”.
Somnium is Latin for “The Dream” – appropriate for a science fiction setting that deals with the – probably overly optimistic – assumption that we will discover an FTL drive and colonize the galaxy.
It was also the title of a book written by Johannes Kepler (yes, the Kepler) which describes a voyage to the moon. Written in the 1600s, the book is more of a fantasy story from our modern point of view – but it was meant as a serious work, and ultimately could be described as one of the first works of Science Fiction.
It will likely be next to impossible to get a good domain name (and so on) for Somnium – I already checked – but the situation isn’t much better with anything else I came up with. And quite honestly I am getting tired of referring to it as “My Science Fiction Universe”. 🙂