Science Fiction Story Ideas
Space Exploration – Slower than light
A thousand lifetimes in space – Living on a generation ship
1,000 human beings are selected to board a spaceship headed for the stars. The trip is so long that they will die in space, but their descendants will reach a new planet.
- To save room on the generation ship, the original population of the ship is all women, with children to be produced by artificial insemination. The first “in-space” generation grows up in a society controlled by women.
- Variation – To save space on the generation ship, all the original passengers are female. All the children are produced by artificial insemination, all from female embryos. After one hundred generations of only females, the ship arrives on the new planet, and the first males can be born.
- The passengers on a generation ship begin to doubt the new planet will ever be reached, and decide bringing new children into the situation would be cruel. The soldiers running the ship decide that, if the passengers won’t reproduce by choice, they will have to be forced.
- An elderly man on a generation ship is convinced that the pilot computer is lying, and that the ship was not actually built, but created by God. He preaches his new religion and, slowly, he gathers followers.