An Enduring Legend
The Carvago has become one of the enduring mysteries of galactic history. Unlike most “ghost ship” stories, the Carvago’s sightings have been widespread enough that the ship’s story has spread across multiple arms of the galaxy. Given the distances involved, the persistence of the story lends it greater weight than many historians might otherwise give it.
The Carvago was a slowship, launched before the advent of the Bergenholm field. It was one of the biggest engineering projects in human history to that point. There had been other slowships built, many of them already decades into their long acceleration ramps and well past the Kuiper Belt. But the Carvago, the pet project of charismatic visionary Eugen Viniate, was to be the largest in history. Continue reading
The Elbianian Nebula
The Elbian Nebula lies near the rimward end of the Orion Arm. The remnant of a relatively minor nova, it is small as such stellar objects go, only about three light years across. It would be completely unremarkable, if not for the cult that arose in connection with it, and the carnage that they wreaked. The name of the Elbianian Nebula would become synonymous in galactic history for fanaticism, atrocity, and unprovoked aggression. Continue reading
STAR WARS introduced a standard of spaceship design.
And it’s a standard that really makes no sense. The deck plans are parallel to the axis of thrust, leading to airplanes and seagoing ships in space. Most of it came from a simple “rule of cool.” George Lucas wanted to replicate old WWII gun camera footage for the trench run, as well as evoke old war movies, most notably The Bridges at Toko-Ri. It was purely aesthetics.
But over time, it’s become a standard. Granted, Star Trek does the same thing, I think largely as “Horatio Hornblower In Space.” (Hornblower was an inspiration for Captain Kirk.) All of the ships are glorified surface navy cruisers, even if they are styled like airplanes or flying saucers. Continue reading