Space Train 1 is at that enjoyably intricate stage where the story is written and what I’m doing now is tweaking and polishing (and open to possibly making some bigger changes) in response to comments and suggestions from my crit partners and beta readers.
Space Train 2 is at the delicious stage where I’m turning it from a jumble of dreams and ideas and thoughts into a proper plan.
Which includes thinking about research to come.
For Space Train 1, I researched: spaceship design and propulsion; space shuttle launch; orbital navigation; fighter plane design; exoplanet ecology; binary planets; asteroid belts; terraforming; mining in space; lava tubes; wormhole theories; gunshot surgery; socialist cooperative societies; matrilineal societies; crocodiles; intelligent computer systems; aliens of various types; sniper science; glacial landforms; prosthetics manufacture and fitting; Old West speech and slang; kinetic bombardment; minerology; helium-3; effect on tides of multiple moons; communications satellite technology; and more but I’ll stop there because spoilers.
The list so far for Space Train 2: astronomy telescopes; military occupations; theories about spaceship cloaking technology; Native American/First Nations hockey; broken bone healing medicine; symbolism of turquoise in different societies; and ancient Egyptian (New Kingdom) burial rituals.
That’s what has come up in the first four chapters of my plan, with maybe thirty-six more chapters to plan.
I love this, putting it all together in a skeleton plan, learning lovely new stuff and calculating how I’ll apply it. It gives me shivers. 🙂