Although I am pursuing an advanced degree in Biotechnology, I always wanted to write some political commentary based on science fiction.
For years, I have been gathering ideas on how to develop this novel. So far, here's the storyboard of my novel:
There are 3 main races in this universe:
First is the humans (of course, we need the humans!)
Second is the advanced race called Ascendants. This race is actually the advanced cousin of the humans. Seeing that the humans could not keep up with the Ascendants, a small of group of sympathetic Ascendants wanted to transport the humans to Earth and give humans the environment to grow and develop as a species.
Third is the "Assimilators" (name to be changed, if necessary). The leader of this group is an exiled Ascendant who wants to "assimilate" everyone thru mechanical neural reprogramming to become as "perfect" as he is. There will be a backstory behind this rather extreme philosophy. Basically, this character mirrors the Napoleon complex but with a more sentimental touch.
After much self-deliberation, I have decided to have two protagonists.
The first one is a half-human and half-ascendant. His name for now is Jason. His political philosophy is human liberty (kind of like the 13 colonies during the Revolutionary War). This character is a mixture of variety superhero archetypes such as Batman, who faces human limitations and Superman, who always choose the more noble yet difficult path of humanity. He appreciates how human freedom can enrich human lives by allowing them to experience all kinds of stuff. (After doing some research, I have decided that Thomas Jefferson is actually a poor and rather boring person to be used as source material).
The second one is Jason's half-sister sister named Selyndis (sounds like Selendis from Starcraft, but it's really hard to find a female name that sounds beautiful yet powerful!). She is an Ascendant who has achieved the greatest potential of psionics (no, it's not just a Blizzard term, go wikipedia it!). Her political philosophy is that superior beings like she must "teach" humanity to becoming a more advanced species. She will represent Alexander Hamilton's political distrust of the human populace and belief that a strong leader must guide the public towards greater efficiency.
So, what's the setting?
This novel will definitely take place during the distant future. At the moment, humans have finally declared their independence from the Ascendant's occupation. Despite the technological inferiority and physiological disadvantage, humans had a powerful Ascendant ally, who is the Father of the two protagonists.
Unfortunately, for the Ascendants, the war against Humanity was extremely costly and began to lose against the decades long war against the Assimilators. As a result, the Ascendants have lost their capital, and only pockets of survivors are scattered across the galaxy. (Kind of like how Britain were losing its rivalry against the French after the Revolutionary War and indirectly leading to Napoleon's domination in Europe.)
So, the Father is now assumed to be deceased, and now the children have different interpretations of his Last Will for Humanity. Because of the grave political differences, the two protagonists are mortal enemies and will take any measure (including a Duel to the Death) to prove the correctness of their political philosophy.
What Style I am Going to Take
The setting I have mentioned is on the present day (I don't mean today). However, I will put some past back stories like many other popular novels have done to explain how each character has developed their philosophies. Also, there will be some mention of the Father and the leader of Assimilators. The leader of the Assimilator will have a defined background. Although I, at first, wanted to talk more about the Father, I have decided to write more about his actions and less on his mentality. The trick is that the Father is kind of like George Washington. He is a role model that people look up to without fully understanding his life or background. We will see his political philosophy, but we won't see much of the origins of that belief.
Like any other science fiction novels, themes are presented as commentary for human society. For this story, here's the list:
1) The Dangers and Absurdity of Political Intolerance/Obsession/Punditry
2) The Influence of Family and Personal Experience on Political Philosophy
3) Fulfilling Personal Potential
4) The Use of Power
5) The Gray Lines
(And many more...)
I will start writing my novel on this blog. Sure, Facebook has notes, and there are other blogging websites. First of all, I don't want to bother my friends' Newsfeeds with my long ass notes. Second, I would like some feedback on my story writing. Although my ideas seem "great", my writing is not that fantastic, which is why I need some critiques on my writing. I trust the Team Liquid community to be civil and intelligent enough (if you look hard enough, you will see several diamonds in the rough) to give me meaningful comments.
Thanks for reading my blog post!
I will write my novel on this blog and hope for the best! :D