Blue NM2 by Ezra AldrichI had recently shared some art of Blue NM-2 when Ezra Aldrich surprised me with this lovely drawing. It is the first piece of fanart made for Solaris and has a special place in my heart.
Scourge by Gabrielle Decker
Duty runs deep in the veins of the Atlas family, even among its black sheep. Dutrius has dedicated his life and vast amounts of the family coffers to his cause: discovering why the Scourge turned on the planets they once swore to protect.
I already told you this elsewhere, but I really love how much story and context you've crammed into the article. You've set the stage for so many things I really want to read more about know. Deep space syndrome! Cosmic cults! Meteoric metals and tainted asteroids that threaten all life! Black market dealings and more!
All these things and more, I can't wait to read about :D
I love the way you've presented this article, it really looks like a medical leaflet! And like any medical leaflet, seeing those reassuring Q&A only makes me more anxious about the procedure XD Really great work with the timeline, Q&A and advantages/disadvantages. And I really like the concept of transfer of consciousness as a solution for the FTL limit :D
Imagine living on Mimas and showing up an hour early for any interaction with someone with an accurate time. On the plus side, you'd never be late. I like that the time system was explained in a way that made sense even to someone who doesn't have a super firm grasp on physics because it makes sense, whether it's real or not, which I have no way of knowing.
I totally want to explore Mercury now and recover those lost artworks. Or maybe serve on an Atlas ship. This is a setting I would love to explore as an RPG, and usually high fantasy, not SF, is my jam. Suffice to say: loved the article!
"Muktuk is a marbled substance somewhere between meat and rock."
I love this so much and really have to remember that sort of phrasing. They sound awesome - big as a small moon, with entire ecosystems living inside / on them. It conjures a really amazing vision. Those have to be some pretty dang impressive harpoons and I'd love to know more about that aspect of things.
How common are they? If they're still being hunted, are they at the risk of extinction? Are there any laws or restrictions around interacting with them? :D
Awesome, awesome stuff Annie
The Sunbreaker sounds like a real beauty when she isn't shining the sun back in your face, I love the reactive armor way too much. Now I'm wondering how deep in space it can realistically operate, and just how sleek it could look :p
also if those two weapon pylons can't rotate 360 degrees and do some fancy pew pews during fancy zero-gravity maneuvering I will riot
Wearing this filter is going to take some time to get used to, but the views when one can walk about should make this worth it. I can see that I'm not alone in needing a breather of some kind and there seems to be any number of ways to personalize them. I look forward to meeting the local peoples and to learn from them. Inspiration can come from anywhere, so it can be worth it to hear people out even if they seem to be in an unrelated field of study.
This was an incredible piece to read, and it sparked many positive and negative emotions. The entirety of the conflict looks like it went through a lot of phases. With 16 months and the events here, I can only imagine how intense it must've been to the Ganimedeans, how they sought a chance to get around the blockade and the dramatic outcomes of individual battles and strifes. And the cost of independence for the civilians... And even now that the conflict has ended it still feels like it's smouldering underground, ready to start unexpectedly in the upcoming future.
Great piece of work. It makes me curious to think about how those particular events impacted the future.
Thank you for a fantastic read.
This is a beautiful and poetic piece, and terrifying. I can only imagine the sheer....destructive force that was laid upon Mercury by an actual army of such beings as described. It would have been almost....beautiful, if not the for terror associated with well war. It is also a piece that offers a lot of curious space within it for the inquisitive mind to get lost in questions of motive, the most...elusive kind in the studies of history. Why? Why the sudden change of allegiance. Why the withdrawal back to Sol? Why the sudden wave of aggression, with seemingly no explanation.
They are the most interesting questions to leave open, because the questions that start with 'Why' are so very seldom ever something of a simple answer. So I can't help but imagine there is a great deal of information and context for the events that are lost, or at least as of yet, undiscovered. Well done!