Wednesday, February 29, 2012

World in a Bottle

Many of us who work in the small (like, really small) press know the many joys attached to public domain art. Fortunately for us, NASA went to the trouble of commissioning some super sweet illustrations of life in giant space stations that we, the American people, can all call our own.

Imagine the possibilities in these pictures.

A team of adventurers - sort of special forces types - trying to stop a group of terrorists from destroying a heavily populated station.

A sci-fi espionage game set on such a station - a hero seeking out a seemingly ordinary man who is really a psychic assassin.

Imagine a world teeming with life and controlled by a (benevolent?) God-Computer - something not unlike Metamorphosis Alpha. Mother Computer only wants to keep her children safe, after all.

A ruined space station, life support systems intact as a "megadungeon" to explore - who knows what still lurks within.

How about space station zombie apocalypse? Xenomorphs on the loose? Pod people? The spread of a psychic cult relieving people of their burdensome worries and individuality?

Maybe some smaller versions of these stations are under construction around Kepler 22-B - and not all by the same state. I can imagine various powers constructing rocket bases on the surface to ferry up resources - after all, if one doesn't control the high ground, how can they hope to extend their influence on the planet's surface?


  1. These are cool, thanks.

    Just letting you knoe someone is reading these & you actually helped me finalise a segment of my next campaign, Labyrinth Lord tweaked-

    Eastern Apocalypse, inspirations: Shintaro, Monkey Magic!, Zardoz, Mad Max, Mr Vampire, Kublai Khan (Coleridge), 2001 A Space Odyssey.

  2. Yeah but what date do you put on the construction of such a station? A fifty ton payload costs about 50 billion to build and launch putting the 'billion tons of spinning metal' space cylinder at twenty million launches at a cost of 1 billion-bilion dollars. Taking 76,924 years of launching a single payload without error each day - five days a week.

    So 79,000AD as a finish date?


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