Spaceships, what do they look like?

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I’ve always wanted to design my own space ships. The style of the ‘Corporate Punk’ world allows me to design something unusual, but could still exist.

I made this image in photoshop a while back and finished it off today. It’s a combination of many skyscrapers. The idea is a spaceship evolving into a horizontal Spacescraper of the void.

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The image itself is created to reflect the style of propaganda posters. I’d love to get an engineer in there with his thumb up on the right hand side, but my drawing skills just aren’t up to it at the moment.

It’s only a work in progress, so the design is likely to change, but this is at least the base.

Writing wise I’ve nearly finished the synopsis and I’m starting the bulk of my research. Research is an odd one for me. I really enjoy doing it but I find I get distracted easily by related topics. I’m meeting up with a friend to hack down my synopsis in a week or so, he is going to be acting as my ‘publisher’, in that I want him to be critical of my story.

In other news I’ve been helping a friend work on an alternative history fantasy pirate story. It’s coming along nicely and I should be able to share some of that on here soon.

Keep on trucking,

Kyle Carter

Logo Exploration

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A story taking place in a universe embroiled in corporate style must have a set of stunning logos to match. I may be writing a book, however I feel I need to explore these visual avenues first to get a grip on the identity of this fictional place.

To start, I’ve created a pair of logos for two rival corporations, Kennerman and Volan.

ImageFirst up is Kennerman seen above¬†(Click on it for detail).¬†Orange is the working colour of this corporation, so it’s used heavily. The shape is a fist, representing the strength of the Kennerman people.

ImageThe second one, this time for Volan, whose colour is red (Again, a more detailed version just a click away). I wanted to capture the feel of them being in the same world, but not being too alike. I feel I’ve captured that to some degree. Volan’s logo uses circles, this is to reflect the patterns in the eye. One thing’s for sure, a Volan is always watching.

The overall vibe I tried to capture is a world in admiration to the 21st century, the 80s in particular. In the same way the victorian’s looked back on the classical period for inspiration in architecture, my universe has looked back upon 70s, 80s, 90s as a prosperous time of human civilisation. However, just as the inspired greek architecture was mistakenly depicted without colour, the future’s narrow view of the past means they have only picked the bits they admire and have ignored all the rest.

Writing wise it’s been slow lately, been trying to get a job to pay the bills. It’s quite hard when you are young and lacking experience (also my location is bit seasonal). The sooner I can get a bit of a schedule in my life the more time I feel I can dedicate to working on what I love.

Keep calm and stay armed,

Kyle Carter

World History 2100-3200

This is a brief history of the world, and in my opinion a good introduction to my book, which takes place in the year 3229.

Quite a few concepts that I’m going to use in the story aren’t explained here, I wanted to focus on the main elements, some of the details are subject to change

The year is 3229. A lot has happened in just over 1000 years. I won’t go into details now (saved for a later post) but the Earth still exists and humans function in the same way, no one has magical powers or supreme control. There are also no signs of alien life, it appears just humans exists in the universe.

In 2150 humans travelled faster than light, reaching new planets. Just in time as the Earth was about to crumble under its own population. A few hundred years later in 2300/2400 and humans began living on new planets, abandoning Earth with the help of privately funded corporations. The real problem came when deciding on new leaders, a government for these new planets. It was left in the hands of the corporations that got the people there, the corporations that funded the evacuation of Earth.

Moving onto 2500 and these corporations have started to expand even more, beginning to fight over resources. The problem is the resources are near infinite. Space just doesn’t seem to end. Corporations claiming planets for future mining expeditions planned out years in advance. This is known as the War of the Corps. The weapons used in these wars were devastating, a mixture of nuclear and super heated plasma, the deaths were uncountable and estimated at billions.

By 2600 The corporations decided that a truce was the only option. Too many people had died causing a universe wide stalemate. The sensible option was to stop the madness and begin with a new age of peace, but that didn’t happen. Instead the corporations latched onto a stupendous idea of banning ranged weaponry. Guns, missiles, rifles ect. all destroyed. War was then abolished and a new word came into use, a seemingly ancient word, business. Business prevailed. Business would begin when two rival corporations both had right to claim a territory. The ships would dock, they’d meet up and hash out who should own the planet/moon/asteroid.

2650 and the concept of business worked well, most of the time. Rivalry between the corporations meant angst at these meetings, hard words were used and sometimes even harder punches. It was only when crews of ships started to board while arming themselves with knives and clubs. They weren’t covered in the ban, the idea hadn’t even come up at the time and it would’ve seemed stupid to ban knives when ships were using nuclear arsenals to decimate each other. Plans of banning this melee weaponry dissipated when crew claimed self defence issues. It just so happened no one wanted to stop the men and women who were completing business far away from civilisation, from having basic defensive tools.

2800 and nearly 150 years of business, the ranged weapons ban still in full effect. Corporations, wising up to the flaws in their own rules, start arming their crews with swords. They begin to rig the once peaceful docking transports into hull burrowing assault pods known as tics. These business transactions became bloody, but they didn’t cost that many lives as ships would surrender quickly after witnessing the horrific events. Once captured they’d just ‘transfer’ the crew to the other corporation. You’d change your uniform and not much else.

Corporations fall and rise and by 3200 business is running exactly how it’s meant to, no one knowing any different. There is a lot more to explain, I haven’t touched on ‘populace planets’ or the names of the actual corporations themselves (I didn’t want this back-story to get too confusing by bogging it down with details). My book takes place in 3229, and is the story of one of the corps in this world, Kennerman. It’s the beginning of the end for a way of life that’s latest for 400 years. Only a widespread rebellion can stop this way of life now.

The next post will either cover a brief overview of the corporations or the history behind the populace planets. This information isn’t crucial to my story, but it definitely helps you understand the world quickly.

It’s a nice day to live,

Kyle.