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« on: June 16, 2014, 08:43:41 AM »

This applies as much to when as where.  Cryo-sleep is something we seem to be on the cusp of achieving, though to be frank we seem to have been just on the cusp of it for many decades now.  Still, it seems somewhat plausible for the protagonist's story to start in the near future, giving the overall story a kind of grounding for the audience.  Of course this then leads to the question of where the protagonist is from, and where he ends up when the soldiers from Second Earth give him his rude awakening.  That also leads into the question of how long he's been asleep, and when the majority of the story takes place.

I suppose it could be argued that Second Earth was the result of some forward thinking people, who might have been akin to the survivalist types you hear about living out in the woods, except they want to live in space.  That might have given them something of a head start when the Blue threat first makes itself known, but it still takes a long time to build space stations like that.  It also leads to the question as to whether part of the reason the humans living there might not be so disconnected from humanity is because they've been living in space stations their whole lives.  The alternative to that is that most of the people there actually do have some memory of Earth, which is why they might still be fighting so hard to get it back.  Could go either way, really.  So the question would be, is 20 years long enough to build space stations and to develop the various other bits of hardware necessary not only for extended life in space (artificial gravity, sustainable hydroponics or potential partial terraforming of the Moon to grow crops, advanced recycling, water and air production and/or recycling etc.) as well as for repeated trips to and from Earth for their various missions combating the Blue, or in the case of the main storyline, retrieving sleepers.

As an aside, I do like the idea that the existence of the sleepers and their disease having a potential for combating the Blue being something that was just recently discovered in relation to when the series takes place.

Something else to consider would be competing factions on Earth.  They made a point of saying the Blue couldn't swim, so it's plausible for there to be a rag-tag fleet or an underwater colony that could be none too fond of Second Earth, and there could be a conflict between the two of them even as both try to fight the Blue.  Of course, this might complicate things too much, and the idea of a rag-tag fleet or even an underwater colony might actually serve as an alternative to space stations for Second Earth, it that's what we even end up calling it.

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« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2014, 04:23:44 PM »

This is just off the top of my head, but what about the devastated countries trying to fight for what's left in terms of resources?

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