Dark And Dismal World

16 Jul

I have an idea for a very dark universe.

Let’s assume that it is impossible to defend a planet against attack. Starships can jump in –nBSG-style – and bombard the planet without warning. People on the surface are effectively helpless against such attacks. Even if you invest in orbital defences or planet-based defence installations, you are still at a major disadvantage against outsiders who want to smash everything you’ve built.

There are no major powers in this universe as whatever one can take others can take too. Instead, there are space-based pirates (in all, but name) that raid the inhabited planets for food, drink and women. Some of them were once crewmen in various interstellar wars before warfare was realised to be largely impossible. By now, they’re all nasty bastards. Perversely, they’re also the closest thing to an overall government for human space.

Technological development has largely halted, outside a handful of the richer worlds. There’s no point in building something if the pirates are going to take it anyway – besides, the pirates really don’t want the planets to build something that might threaten their power, so most worlds aren’t really allowed to advance past 1960s level.

How does this sound as the setting for a story?


5 Responses to “Dark And Dismal World”

  1. The Deposed King July 24, 2012 at 4:00 am #

    Sounds okay. Its like a post golden age, current dark age of interstellar expansion. But with this kind of society wouldn’t you want to put all your assets into space. Your population, your ships etc. tunnel into a moon or two and if you have Anti-Grav you’ve got a functional moon world/battleship. Same thing for stations.

    Anyway sounds like a 50’s/60’s type of space sci-fi book. Which where fun some of them.

    the Deposedd King

    • chrishanger July 26, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

      Yep, you probably would. My general thought for now is to have the story set along the edges of explored space – with the hero coming from a planet that is pretty primitive and undeveloped. Chris

  2. Jim Healy July 24, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    I agree with the deposed king. Sounds like great fun.

    • chrishanger July 26, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

      Thanks. It won’t be a very cheerful tale, if I write it. Chris

  3. The Deposed King July 27, 2012 at 2:53 am #

    reminds me a little of Space Viking by H. Beam Piper.

    They raped and pillaged and it was still fun. But you’ve got to go your own way of course!

    the deposed king

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