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Introduction to the Kavakian Empire

Posted in The Kavakian Empire with tags , , , , , , , on August 2, 2014 by Dawn Ross

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This is a space opera. If you’re not familiar with the term space opera, it is basically just a story with a setting in space but with little regard to the technicalities of living and traveling in space. As such, my story is set in a universe where humanoids have populated several planets throughout the galaxy.

Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica is a space opera. There are some scientific elements, but it is mostly about a story set in space, not about what is or isn’t scientifically plausible.

I say humanoids, but they are all humans. They all have similar DNA. Most can intermingle, despite a few thousand years of isolation, while a few others cannot. Most humanoids are comparable in human qualities while others have distinct differences. There are cultural differences as well. Physical differences can be just as diverse as cultural differences, but one thing remains the same – they are all human in nature.

How is it possible that all these humanoids with similar DNA have populated the galaxy on numerous worlds, which are all amazingly similar to Earth? Perhaps the Earth man spread out to space generations ago out of necessity. They settled new worlds and lost their Earthian history in the process.

It seems scientifically unlikely for so many worlds in the galaxy to have the same gravity pull, atmosphere, rotation, density, orbit, etc. that make human habitation possible. Did their ancestors terraform these planets or was there a divine creator who set them up? The characters in my story may have different beliefs and theories on this, so forget the science of this story. Don’t get caught up on whether such worlds could exist. And don’t analyze the logistics of certain activities such as space travel, transporting, deflector shields, or other things. I’m not a physicist, astronomer, or a space engineer. I’m just a storyteller.

Lego Firefly Serenity

Firefly is another example of a space opera. After all, it would hardly be possible for multiple habitable planets to circle the same sun. The central planets might be habitable but the further planets would be ice cold.

In my make-believe universe, space travel is not only possible, it is relatively easy. It can take years to get from one portion of the galaxy to the other, but core of the inhabitants are merely months or even weeks apart. The centralized part is the Core Alliance. There are other alliances but the Core Alliance is the largest and, of course, central.

Star Trek Enterprise Ship

Although Star Trek might try to imcorporate more plausible scientific elements than other space operas, it is still a space opera. Some of their episodes are way out there.

Despite the advances in science, these humanoids suffer from what us humans have always suffered from – human nature – namely greed, malice, violence, hate, ego, etc. Sure, some races of humanoids are more enlightened than others. But they still have their own human flaws.

Ships from Star Wars

Star Wars got a lot of flack from the scientific community about what was and what wasn’t possible. Who cares? It is a great movie, space opera or not.

In our own history, figures have risen far enough above the ability of the average man in order to earn the title of “great”. They overcame adversity, did things that made positive and lasting changes for mankind, or stood above the rest in their righteous morality. It takes a rare individual to do such a thing.

Greatness of character is what this story is all about. In this story, or series of stories, I will introduce you to a character and take you through his life up to (and perhaps beyond) his moment of greatness.

Keep in mind, there may not always be a single definable plot. This is just a story. Call it rambling if you want. It doesn’t matter because I’m not writing this for the mainstream sci-fi geeks. I’m writing this for me, a sci-fi geek with her own space tale to tell. So stop by again next week for the first chapter in the Kavakian Empire.

Get Caught Up in Sci-Fi / Fantasy with Netflix

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , on October 20, 2012 by Dawn Ross

I love Netflix. No, I’m not being paid to promote them. It’s just that I’ve been really busy lately with drawing pet portraits that I didn’t have time to think about what I wanted to write about for my Saturday post. So, I am going to tell you why I love Netflix and what I have been watching lately.

I love Netflix because now I finally have the opportunity to watch sci-fi/fantasy shows that I missed because I didn’t have cable. For me, cable is a luxury I can do without. I don’t watch much TV anyway. I read more than I watch. But because I keep hearing about these great shows that I missed, I decided to sign up for Netflix.

The first thing I watched in my 30 day trial period was Dr. Who. I watched the more modern version, not the older version. Now I know who Dr. Who is and what a TARDIS is!!! My favorite Dr. was David Tennant and I stopped watching after they replaced him with Matt Smith.

I didn’t continue with Netflix immediately after that 30 day trial period because I couldn’t find shows I wanted to watch. But when I took my computer in to get fixed (after it got a hold of some really bad malware), one of the Geek Squad guys at Best Buy told me that Stargate SG1 was now on Netflix. I had seen a few episodes years ago that my mom had recorded but I never had the opportunity to get into the whole series. Stargate SG1 was as great as I remembered it to be. Unfortunately, they took it off of Netflix just as I was getting into season 3. They will put it back on, though.

Stargate SG1 got me to watching another Stargate series, Stargate Universe. I loved the story line. By implementing a 9th chevron onto the stargate, a team of people were transported to a ship light years away. I also loved the dynamics of the characters. My favorites were the soldier Greer (Jamil Walker Smith), Rush (Robert Carlyle), and Eli (Louis Ferriera). My least favorite was Chloe (Elyse Levesque). I don’t know why, I just wasn’t that into her. She played her part well, but perhaps I felt her character was a bit wishy-washy.

Incidentally, as I watched this series, I noticed that Robert Carlyle (who was playing Nicholas Rush) is also Mr. Gold on ABC’s Once Upon a Time. If those two characters became one, he could be called Mr. Nicholas Gold Rush!

Although I liked Stargate Universe, I did get a bit bored with it towards the end of the 2nd season. It was a good way to end the series.

Right now I am watching Farscape. It is good, but I don’t think I’m liking it nearly as much as Stargate SG1 or Dr. Who. I like all the characters with D’Argo being my least favorite. I wish they hadn’t killed Zhaan. Will they find a way to bring her back like they did with some of the other characters who supposedly died? I’m only in season three right now.

So other than these shows being sci-fi/fantasy like my writing, they really have little to do with writing. Although, sometimes watching such creative entertainment inspires me in my own writing. But lately I’ve been drawing my pet portraits which you can see on my other blog by clicking HERE. While drawing, I am also watching these great shows on Netflix. Can anyone recommend some other great sci-fi/fantasy shows currently on Netflix?