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The Guide

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TH E GU I DE
Writing a short story can be a daunting task for a writer, the subject of
the story is the first thing he thinks about. One of the most popular choices by way of
theme is science fiction. Now that the writer has thought of the theme he has to think
of the subject, what will it be about? It being a sci-fi piece the thought of spaceships
immediately enters his mind, could aliens be involved as well as humans? Lets stick to
what we know, humans. With all this thought of, the writer begins to type the start…
Th e yea r is 3000AD, a n d in t h e P lu t ou s n ebu la a U n it ed
Kin gdom St a r bla ze r 100 r a t t les t h r ou gh t h e a t m osph er e of n ot h in gn ess. A
cr ew of fou r m en is a boa r d t h e bla ck , t r ia n gle -sh a pe d spa cecr a ft . Ca pt a in
Kir t – t h e le a de r of t h e cr ew – dr esse d in h is d a r k gr e en ju m psu it wit h h is
blon d e h a ir sh a ved in t o h is h ea d, h is bea dy, blu e e yes sea r ch in g t h e
va st n ess of spa ce for t h eir t a r get , st a n ds on t h e br idge .
Pausing the writing to think of the rest of the characters, the crew that
should accompany Kirt on his adventure, the writer begins to dabble in stereotypes…
Th e Ca pt a in is join ed in t h e ligh t -gr ey con t r ol r oom by h is 24
yea r -old n a viga t or , J a son Ma cgr e gor , a fier ce Scot sm a n wit h a pa ssion for
bot h t h e ba gpip es, t h a t cou ld be h e a r d dr on in g a wa y, m u ch t o t h e a n ger of
t h e ot h e r cr e w m em ber s, lon g in t o t h e n igh t , br ea ch in g t h e qu ie t n ess of
spa ce , a n d wh isk e y. H e h a d a sh or t br own be a r d t h a t wen t well wit h h is
sh or t , br own h a ir .
Thinking that stereotypes would not alone suffice for the story the
writer adds in a character that epitomises intelligence and stability…
Lieu t e n a n t P e t er F a lk la n ds is t h e Ca p t a in ’s r igh t -h a n d m a n
a n d 2n d in com m a n d of t h e r a gge d cr ew. P et e r h a d gon e t o U n iver sit y,
a ch ievin g a d egr e e in psych ology, be for e goin g t o spa ce-fligh t cr e w wh e r e
h e gr a d u a t ed t op of h is cla ss. H e h a d be en ser vin g a s lon g a s Kir t in t h e
spa ce fed er a t ion n ow, a t ot a l of 9 yea r s, bot h of t h e m wer e t h e sa m e a ge –
34. Ne ve r p r on e t o m a k in g a r a sh de cision P et er wa s u su a lly t h e sa voir of
t h e cr e w in t im e s of cr isis. A va lu a ble m em ber of t h e cr e w.
The writer being male and a fan of martial arts movies decides to add
a character with kung-fu abilities in order to make the story more appealing to
himself…
Br u ce Lu , bor n a n d r a ised in J a pa n u n t il h e d epa r t e d a t t h e
a ge of sixt ee n for Gr e a t Br it a in wh er e h e a t t en d ed Ca h ill Un iver sit y a n d
gr a du a t e d wit h a n h on ou r s de gr ee in Com pu t in g. Br u ce Lu wa s a lwa ys
in t er est ed in m a r t ia l a r t s a n d st a r t e d st u d yin g t h e m “a d dict ively” befor e
h e ven t u r ed t o t h e Br it ish Isles. H e is t h e t h ir d olde st of t h e cr ew, 28 yea r s
old, a n d r e spon sible for com p u t er a n d m a ch in e m a in t en a n ce .
Now the story must begin, brainstorming a multitude of possible plots
and scenarios the storyteller decides on one and off we go…
Th e St a r bla ze r 100 is a sm a ll, n ipp y spa cecr a ft bu ilt for
exp lor a t ion p u r p oses. It s fea t u r e s in clu de Sm a r t Com pu t e r H u m a n
In t e r fa ce (SCH I) t h a t is a ble t o t a lk t o t h e u ser s a n d a dvise t h em on
cou r se det a ils a n d m ission st a t em e n t s. Th e sh ip is equ ippe d wit h lim it ed
we a pon syst e m s de sign ed t o wa r d off pir a t e s – t win Vu lca n m a gn e t
 
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