Galactic Rim & Virgo Supercluster

The Virgo Supercluster in reference to the Local Group

I’ve been working on a new story in the Galactic Rim universe. I have about 13,000 words written. I’ve taken some time to read my original 18,000 word manuscript and I have to say that I am a bit embarrassed. There are good ideas in it, but I know that I can write something much better now. It’s one of the reasons why I no longer post long form original creative fiction on my blog.

Why? It needs major edits. Those are hard to do all alone, but I’m working on them.

The original GR story needs a lot of work, and it’s hard to see where it is going, since it plays with time. I’ve thought about removing it from my blog, since the manuscript has changed a lot since I posted the stories, but I’ve decided against this. This new story is easier to write. I write about 1,000 words a day. My usual writing progression will lead me to start writing Symria again. Symria is my young adult fantasy novel that I started in late 2007. I didn’t write much in 2009.

Anyway, I’m liking the new story. It’s pretty cool and still hard science-fiction. I’ve had to relocate the story in the Orion Arm of the Milky Way, simply because the Perseus Arm, where the story originally took place, is too far away from Sol, 6,500 light-years to be exact. The Orion Arm is a minor arm, 3,500 light-years across by 10,000 light-years long. The Orion Arm is also called the Local Spur, the arm in which Sol is located. It’s ample for my story.

Hard science-fiction means no faster than light ships, no warp or jump engines.

If you check out that link on the image, you’ll find a 5MB map of the local supercluster, which is mind-blowing. Space is extremely vast. It’s easy to forget when you’re writing science-fiction.

The Virgo Supercluster (Virgo SC) or Local Supercluster (LSC or LS) is the irregular supercluster that contains the Local Group, which in turn contains the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies. At least 100 galaxy groups and clusters are located within its diameter of 33 megaparsecs (110 million light-years). It is one of millions of superclusters in the observable Universe. {via Wikipedia}

Author: range

I'm mathematician/IT strategist/blogger from Canada living in Taipei.

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