Well it’s the end of the first week of spring term here at college and I’m so far enjoying this term. Hopefully I will be able to continue enjoying it unlike last term which was full of work and stress and non-fun-things going on…
Anyway, I’ve actually been able to get some reading and editing done on Theo’s Story, and so far I haven’t found too many glaring errors that stand out to me, so I think I will be able to get this published this term. But I will be needing a new title for it and a cover. If I’d only brought back my other sketch book from home when I left after spring break I would be able to make tons of sketches, but alas the sketch book I have here is getting to be more or less filled up. I’ll have to check and see if there is any space left for me to sketch some ideas in it.
As for the title. It is currently called 2103: Theo’s Story, but I would like to change that as it just seems a little lacking to me. But then, the book is mostly about him and whatnot. If anyone has any ideas, please comment. I always welcome the input.
While I was editing though, I decided to take a break and look over the notes I’d made on the story and found a timeline that leads up to the beginning of the story explaining the history behind the setting and everything that has happened. I wanted to share it here, so here you are:
This is a brief history developed from little things that are noted and presumed to have happened in the past… just for reference, story development, and future ideas.
2025 – First successful fusion reactor is brought online.
2028 – First space tether is completed on Earth.
2030 – First base on the moon is established… in the same year and years after, other bases are set up by other nations and companies looking to exploit the wealth of the moon.
2031 – Fusion reactor technology is sized down enough to be used onboard a rocket.
2032 – First fusion rocket is used on the moon and mission is planned for it to head to the asteroid belt.
2035 – Mining base is established on Ceres by the U.S. and Russia. Japan enlarges their operations on the moon.
2037 – Resources slowly but steadily make their way back to Earth. Larger nations profit from the new influx of mineral resources.
2040 – Asteroid 4 Vesta is established as a mining transfer station as operations are steadily enlarged by the U.S.
2042 – Russians claim a monopoly over resources shipped in through Ceres claiming their ships are the ones bringing everything back. U.S. battles for political control of moon resources with Japan.
2043 – German ecologist selects 4 Vesta as a site for an experimental "microgravity" forest.
2045 – UN disbanded over political infighting for belt resources and control of orbital factories including resources on the moon.
2046 – Japanese invade U.S. orbital factories. Russians cut off all resources coming in from the asteroid belt to other nations.
2047 – Private corporations invested heavily in the space industry on multiple fronts withdraw allegiances to protect themselves from political infighting. Many companies move themself solely into space for protection.
2050 (November) – U.S. uses ground based forces to assault launch sites around the world controlled by Russia and Japan. Fighting escalates. European nations come to the aid of the U.S.
2051 (January) – Tension between nations created by sustained fighting for the past year finally reaches a critical standoff point. Nuclear weapons are used on several ground-based launch sites. Fighting escalates further and nukes are used on cities creating even more retaliation.
2051 (December) – Nuclear apocalypse devastates the Earth. Nearly every nation on Earth collapses or is reduced to radioactive dust. Massive storms of debris from nuclear strikes fill the atmosphere.
2052 (January) – With all contact from Earth lost, established bases on the moon agree to meet and decide what is to be done. Contact is gained with refugees who were able to flee Earth during the war. There are few resources and little space to accommodate the number of refugees plus future expansion.
2052 (Early February) – Corporations set their sights on the asteroid belt. In cooperation with the established moon-bases they agree to assist in providing ships and resources to establish a suitable refuge for humans beyond Earth.
2052 (Late February) – All available fusion rockets from the moon are tasked with a mass Mars colonization project. Space stations and derelict satellites in orbit around Earth are scavenged for resources to be used in creation of several colonies on Mars.
2052 (April) – Rockets reach Mars and begin landing resources at designated colony sites. Construction begins soon after. Corporations out at the belt send much needed resources to fledgling colonies via rocket. Prefab shelters are set up on surface near each landing site.
2053 – Nonstop construction yields two small settlements on Mars. The moon exhausts most of its existing resources to house refugees and aid in the construction on Mars. First orbital space station is completed to act as a spaceport hub as well as house construction workers and refugees until cities are fully operational.
2056 – Both colony cities are brought up to full operational status. Refugees not already living in the fledgling colonies are moved into the cites. Corporations out in the Belt attempt a hostile takeover of mining personnel rights and ownership 4 Vesta.
2057 – Belt corporations invest in creating a station around Jupiter to skim needed helium and hydrogen from upper atmosphere. Construction begins as soon a materials are available.
2059 – Construction is completed on the Jupiter Fuel Hub. Needed fuel for fusion reactors is shipped to colonies on Mars, the Belt, and the Moon. With resources coming in and flooding out from the moon and Earth orbit, expansion of the largest moon-base into a city is started. Lumina City on the moon is born.
2070 – Construction begins on various space stations in orbit around Mars. Many scavenged stations and satellites from Earth orbit are used in the initial construction.
2080 – Constant expansion and trade with the Moon, the Belt, and Jupiter creates a stable, yet slow growing economy on Mars. Proposed outpost on the Northern Pole to gain access to frozen water is accepted.
2085 – Lumina City starts into a slow decline as trade with the moon tapers off and lack-of-water problems start to grow.
2090 – Corporations propose funding a research station in orbit around Neptune to develop proposed technologies. Construction begins as soon as ships reach Neptune. Construction begins on Space Elevator outside of Melas City on Mars. Project dubbed the Merineris Space Elevator.
2092 – Grants are awarded to various educational facilities on the Moon and Mars to send scholars to the new Lab facility in orbit around Neptune. North Pole Outpost on Mars is established to bring back water ice.
2099 – Space Elevator is completed on Mars and becomes the third trade and spaceport station in orbit. Wealth of job opportunities open up for colonist from the cities below.
2103 – The beginning of our story.
All events and happenings in this timeline are in no way indication of future events and are completely fictional. I wrote this for reference and story notes. Any similarities to other parallel timelines is purely coincidental.
Joking aside though, I hope this is interesting for readers and it also explains where the current title 2103 came from. Cheers!