So I’m writing a campy little piece of science fiction and I need to choose it’s main locale. I’m taking polls at my live shows to see if folks can help me choose where in the galaxy it should be set. I want to keep the story based in our galaxy, mainly because I want it to be set in our children or grandchildren’s lifetime 2080 - 2100. I’m theorizing that by that time we won’t have made it any farther out. Unless of course aliens made first contact and and take some human samples back to their home world for testing. Or perhaps they already have… But as usual, I digress.
I’ve narrowed it down to Mars or Ganymede. Of all the folks I’ve asked in the last few months, it’s amazing how many people choose Ganymede. Personally, I’m feeling Mars. This is probably because I’m going through yet another phase of watching the best anime ever made, Cowboy Bebop. (Dear God, please don’t let Keanu actually play Spike Speigal. For one thing he’s no where close to Spike’s age of 28). As in Bebop, I like the idea of a domed city built in one of the giant craters on Mars. Also, I’m into their idea of space Gates. Imagine super space highways, where ships go faster than light through a tube created between each gate.
Although it’s a classic, it might be that Mars as a Sci-Fi setting has just been overdone. I do like the idea of a terra-formed Ganymede. It’s the largest moon of Jupiter. Scientists have said it could be the most promising place for future colonization. It has a saltwater ocean which is believed to exist nearly 200km below the icy surface.
I have to wonder, is it just the name that has everyone voting Ganymede? Or does Mars no longer have that special something? Of course there’s no reason I can’t set this baby in more than one place. I just want to make sure I choose a hip piece of galactic real estate as it’s focal point. I mean, come on.
Of course I could always try to bring Pluto back…