Life on Fram: The Colonisation of Alpha Centauri

“Dim and wonderful is the vision I have conjured up in my mind of life spreading slowly from this little seed bed of the solar system throughout the inanimate vastness of sidereal space.”

H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds (1898)

This blog began as the creative outlet of two friends who share a mutual interest in speculative fiction, and the future of humanity. The subject is the human colonisation of the stars, beginning with Alpha Centauri, the closest stellar system to our own. This is the story of the colonists of the Quoqasi, who have settled on a planet in the Alpha Centauri system named Fram. This is a story of the problems they face, the technology they use, and their successes and failures.

This is an unscripted process. As it is primarily an outlet of creativity, it is structured to exercise each of our artistic talents. The two mediums used in this blog are drawing and writing. Orbital Shipyards works in the following way: one of us will post something which has resulted from one of our own ideas regarding the storyline, be it in the form of a microstory, or a drawing, and the other will work with that idea in their own medium. We use these vignettes to progress the storyline of the colonists of Fram.

We strive to make this universe as “hard” as speculative fiction can get. We also strive to challenge ourselves and each other with different ideas and approaches to a subject which can easily become clichéd and stereotyped.

Please enjoy this blog, and feel free to comment with ideas or critiques of our work.

AC and DB.


10 responses

28 04 2008

Good day;

Your texts are very interesting, particularily in the context of my 3D virtual career as a pilot and interstar vessels commander. The Orbiter space simulator engine (you will find on my web pages) does portray extremely accurately the geometric and dynamics of space (solar system), and hence allows to travel in accordance with the reality. Two of the many addons I have are Alpha Centuri’s system; Alpha-1 and Alpha Beta (Chara)
[in the Canes Venatici constellation].

I often refer to your texts to get information about the settlements to implement there…


9 05 2008

Hey there
I was browsing google, looking for inspiration, when I stumbled upon your site. I like what you’re doing here, and the sketches are fantastic. I’m a sci-fi fan myself, and often find stories with no substance, based on machine worlds with big breasted lead characters who shoot things.
What you’re doing is more my kind of thing. It’s realistic, has some amazing ideas, and you’ve gone to alot of trouble making it realistic and belivable. The sketches and designs are amazing, and I’m in awe of your ability to design realistic, yet futuristic vehicles that I could picture being in use in the future. It’s nice to finally find a site/ story with some truth and reality to it.
Welldone, and keep up the good work

9 12 2009

Keep writing! I yearn for another update

9 12 2009

Thanks for your interest! The authors are convening a meeting and brainstorming session over Christmas and New Year, so keep an eye out for new posts in the coming months.

4 02 2010

I’m waiting patiently for more material. In the meantime can you recommend other sources for reading about space exploration and planet colonization. I read the Mars trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson years ago. Haven’t found any science fiction like it. I’m not really into aliens/fantasy stuff.

6 02 2010

Hello petetong. Thank you so much for your interest.

Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars Trilogy is probably the best for planetary colonisation and terraforming (areoforming?). It sounds like you’re into hard science fiction. Stephen Baxter wrote some great novels about space exploration, namely his books Voyage and Titan. These are much more contemporary works than Robinson’s Trilogy. Some of his other novels, like Space, are great – but a lot more in the way of “aliens/fantasy.”

Gregory Benford’s Galactic Centre Saga is quite good as well, although there is some amount of “aliens/fantasy stuff.” One novel – Across the Sea of Suns (a title I must admit I plagiarised for the title of one of our posts)- is particularly good for space exploration.

For non-fiction, a good place I like to start is Wikipedia. Most articles in Wikipedia will have a number of references at the bottom, which will lead you to the original source. PDF links are fantastic, they take you straight to the paper behind the idea. For example, the Wikipedia article on “gravity tractor” links to a 2005 paper by Yeomans, et. al.

Hope these help and satiate your appetite!



30 10 2010

It’s time for a new post!

29 11 2010

You’re not wrong, petetong! Thank you for your support.


9 12 2010

It seems as though you’ve dropped the idea of the anearobic methanogens

7 02 2011

Thank you for the reminder. I hope to work your comment into the arc planned for the next few posts.

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