Space 2049 Series Bible

Main Mission - The Moonbase Alpha Crew

Updated: January 6, 2018

Introduction to the Series Bible

Space 2049 is an attempt by one Space: 1999 fan to dream up a relatively faithful, unofficial ‘remake’ of the original 1970s television series that captured so many fans’ hearts and inspired all of our imaginations.

It should be stressed that this is entirely unofficial.  I have no connection to the series or its production companies, I don’t own the rights, I didn’t know Gerry Anderson nor do I know Sylvia Anderson, and I wasn’t connected with the attempt a few years ago to reboot the series.  I’m just a fan who thinks it’s past time for this series to be reborn.

This site is designed to do four things:
1. Indulge my love for Space: 1999.
2. Play with the idea of a remake of that series – a lot of which will happen on this page (the Series Bible) and the Novelisation and Episodes pages.
3. Blog about modern science fiction television and movies I enjoy, and
4. Report on advances in modern science that just might bring us a step closer to the dream of living in space.

Why the last two?  I want to attract attention to Space: 1999.

The series is over 40 years old and newbies aren’t going to discover it unless there’s something else on a site that might attract them initially, and then hopefully inspire them to explore the rest of this site and the links to other Space: 1999 fan sites.  Which means I need to pull my finger out of my proverbial and generate some interesting content for the home page!

This particular page of the site is devoted to my vision for a modern remake.  I stress that word.  REMAKE.  Not reboot.

What’s the difference?  A remake keeps as much of an original works’ source material as is possible.  While it would be wonderful to keep everything from the original Space: 1999 for a potential new series, it’s impractical.  If the show was remade as an exact copy of the original it wouldn’t “wash” with modern audiences, and it wouldn’t survive past it’s first few episodes.  Too much time has passed between then and now.

A reboot is a complete re-imagining of a concept.  Often, everything is abandoned in a reboot and all that remains the same is the general plot and the title of the work.  In my not-so-humble opinion, Space: 1999 deserves better than that.

This creative writing experiment will take the best of the original concept and the best of seasons one and two, and do an update – one that is hopefully respectful of the original and my fellow fans.

This idea has been running around inside my head since the late 1980s, after I rediscovered my love for Space: 1999 when I stumbled across the series on old VHS tapes at a video rental store after school one day.

Back then, I didn’t know why the show had ended, and I couldn’t work out why someone wasn’t doing a Star Trek: The Next Generation with it, because, to my teenage mind, it was just as good as the original Star Trek.  On and off, over the course of two decades, I dreamed about what a new show might look like and found myself constantly wondering why no one was doing a remake.

Back in 2012 someone did attempt a ‘re-imagining’, but now, six years on, nothing has happened and it looks like that particular idea has been abandoned.

I still dream of a remake, because I genuinely love this series and believe in its potential for entertainment, education and inspiration.

Now, with the internet and an individual’s ability to share their musings with fellow fans, rather than wait I’m doing my own thing and hoping it sparks a push for a new series.

Like the original (and every science fiction show ever produced), Space 2049 will flirt with the improbable to explain away some things (like artificial gravity), but it will avoid things we now know to be relatively impossible (or probably catastrophic), like ‘ejecting’ the moon from Earth orbit via a series of nuclear explosions and do something a little different.

The characters we love will stay the same, more or less.  There will be some changes to reflect the diversity Gerry and Sylvia were aiming for in the original, but those changes will only happen primarily to the secondary characters.  John, Helena, Tony, Sandra, Alan, Victor and Maya will remain essentially the same.  The biggest change will be with Maya’s backstory.  I intend to examine the planet Psychon more closely and explore it’s culture and history.  I believe that world and it’s dominant species is interesting and I think every fan would like to know more.  I also believe that the conflict between the Psychons and the Dorcons could prove interesting if played with carefully.

All of that leads us to the Series Bible.

Let’s jump in.

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Space 2049: Series Bible

The basic premise of the original Space: 1999 was that the moon was knocked out of Earth’s orbit after a nuclear catastrophe, sending the occupants of Moonbase Alpha out into space.

Unable to “steer” the moon, it’s aimless trajectory meant our heroes were forced into an adventure of discovery week after week, as they dealt with whatever their unwieldy “vessel” stumbled upon as they searched for a new home among the stars.

As a premise, it’s relatively simple.  It’s a little Lost in Space, a little Star Trek, and even a little Twilight Zone.  The series was just as interested in exploring the human condition and the mysteries of life, as it was aliens and deep space.

In it’s first year, the show was deep.  Episodes didn’t end in any conventional way, and we were often left with more questions than answers – and they were questions that went unresolved.  In it’s second year, the show took a turn, and not for the better – at least that was the opinion of many fans.  Me included.

The deep, thoughtful, mystery riddled show people around the world had come to love suddenly became a monster of the week, action heavy, humorous jaunt that didn’t make a lot of sense.

There’s good and bad in both seasons, but the change in direction was significant and played a part in it’s early cancellation.

The first thing Space 2049 will do is abandon the ‘Luna as a starship’ idea.

The New Moonbase Alpha

There will still be a ‘satellite body’ ejected from Earth orbit, but it won’t be our moon because that is way too implausible.

Here’s some context for that statement.  The moon has a mass that is 7.35 x 1,022 kg, which is approximately 1.2% of Earth’s mass. The moon’s density is 3.34 grams per cubic centimeter (3.34 g/cm3), which is about 60 percent of Earth’s density – despite how physically small it is compared to our little blue planet.  It’s going to take a lot more than a bunch of nuclear explosions to knock the moon out of orbit and propel it away from Earth.

For example, in early 2013 a massive boulder like asteroid hit the moon, causing an explosion that was visible with the naked eye here on Earth.  Guess what?  The moon didn’t budge.  Not one little bit.

While it is scientifically possible for the moon to be knocked out of orbit, the question that remains is just how much of the moon would survive that significant event, and would Earth survive?

No one knows.  A lot of very intelligent and informed scientists believe it would be the end of life on Earth, and would ‘break’ our moon, perhaps even shatter it.

Because the moon leaving Earth orbit is such a big part of the original series, it’s not something we can entirely do away with.  We can remain true to the idea with just a little adjustment.  Or two.

The chance of the Earth capturing a second moon is less improbable than Luna being knocked out or blown out of orbit.

The most unlikely thing about that happening is that any new object (a second moon for example) caught by Earth’s gravity would probably not end up in a stable orbit.  It would most likely crash into the Earth, or sling shot around our planet and head back out into the solar system.

Just looking at the banners on this site, it’s obvious I still intend to eject a moon out of Earth orbit, just not the moon.  To get around the improbability of Earth randomly capturing a second moon, and the near-impossibility of it doing so in such a way as to enable a stable orbit, I’ve decided to write a future where, come the 2030s or early 2040s, we can ‘capture’ an object and ‘nudge’ it into orbit.  NASA has been exploring this concept for a few years now.

Why would we do that?

To mine the object in close orbit.

We don’t have that technology yet, but we are well on our way.  With diminishing resources Earth-side, some world governments and a lot of independent businesses are exploring the idea of asteroid mining.

Some are looking at going to the asteroid belt, but the travel time with current technology makes that unworkable.  Getting the crews and the equipment there and then establishing a habitat that is sustainable would take years.  Nabbing an asteroid, however, and bringing it into orbit takes away a lot of those complications.  Travel time is less, rotating crews would be faster and easier, and establishing a sustainable habitat with Earth so close would be simpler.

That asteroid would be known as Alpha, and the Moonbase on it would be Moonbase Alpha – with the Moonbase on Luna being called something else.

Why not just abandon disbelief and keep Moonbase Alpha on the moon, like in the original, and work up a pseudo-scientific explanation for it being nudged out of orbit?

I don’t think audiences would buy that today.  When I started to get serious about sharing my idea for a remake, I went into research overdrive because I wanted to get as much of the science right as I could to minimise the amount of nitpicking that would no doubt spring fourth on the internet.  Everything I’ve read has convinced me to go in a different direction.

If Space: 1999 is ever going to come back to the small screen, I really truly believe we have to abandon the idea of Moonbase Alpha being on Luna.

My first idea was have a space station called Alpha.  I was going to fling it out of Earth orbit, but my research quickly showed that wouldn’t work.  The station would be destroyed.  Unless it had Star Trek level shielding!

Then information about Ceres and Pluto kept popping up online along with the idea of asteroid mining, and suddenly everything clicked.  Earth was getting a second moon.  Small enough to be flung into deep space by some catastrophic event without causing giant tsunamis and earthquakes back home, but large enough to maintain a sizeable Moonbase.

Earth Luna and Ceres

Then, time became a factor.  When could we conceivably achieve such a technological feat?  By the middle of the century?  That sounded possible.  So I researched it, and quickly realised just how impressive our scientific community is.  It’s completely feasible we could do this, and do it before 2050.

This change deviates significantly from the original, I know, but I feel it honours that initial concept.

Moonbase Alpha will remain almost exactly the same as the facility we first saw on our screens in the mid-1970s.

I love the exterior of Moonbase Alpha and don’t think much needs to be updated.  A few tiny things like the gravity generators and weapons, but that’s it.  It looks functional, it looks like something we’d build, and it looks… well… beautiful!

The interior?  It’s perfect.  It still looks modern and it doesn’t look out of place.  It looks like a real, modular built base that humans would construct if we had gravity on the moon.  The chairs would go, along with a few other outdated set dressing items, but other than that Alpha is still stunning today.

The Eagle Transporters will also remain largely unchanged.

The only real changes will be:
1. Main Mission.  The new design will be more reminiscent of Mission Control in Houston, and rather than one big viewscreen there will be many monitoring the various aspects of life on Alpha.
2. Medical Centre.  Think a little Star Trek: Discovery.  The Sickbay on the Discovery is a beautiful design and looks a little Space: 1999 with it’s white plastic and steel contours.
3. The Communications Posts.  Huh?  They’re those pillars that were positioned in every corridor on Alpha.  They’ll be updated to have flatscreen visual monitors and more streamlined interfaces.

I would also update the typesetting used and of course, the uniforms.  Flares and cardigans in space?  No.

Likewise, a lot of the props would stay the same also – the commlocks (though they’ll have a better viewscreen and it will be in colour) and the pistols (though they won’t be lasers, but something else) especially.

And the characters?

As mentioned above, many of them will be as faithful as is possible to the originals.  It’s not Space: 1999 without John Koenig, Doctor Helena Russell, Tony Verdeschi, Professor Victor Bergman, Sandra Benes, Alan Carter and Maya.

The changes that will happen will be minimal.  Obviously, John Koenig won’t be born in 1957, and some of their titles and ranks will change but the core of the characters won’t.  Part way through putting content on this site I found John Kenneth Muir’s excellent book, Exploring Space: 1999.  It became clear to me that Gerry and Sylvia Anderson were trying to create as diverse a crew as they could, and that Moonbase Alpha was always meant to be an international mission.  The original version was, but the original main characters could be more diverse.

At the risk of angering fans, I made Paul Russian and Ben Vincent Tibetan.

The other change is that Alpha now also features a commercial mining facility which means the cast will feature a mix of military types, scientists and health professionals, and roughnecks with a business brain.

Living in space is an expensive undertaking, and no military on Earth and no scientific institution can afford that endeavour alone.  If we’re going to colonise our solar system, starting with our moon and any other near-Earth-object, we’re going to have to do it hand in hand with big business.

This addition won’t change the command structure which will stay essentially the same as it was in the original series, but the 21st Century Alpha will feature some exciting new dynamics that will enhance the story-telling process and any commentary on modern life.

Below are very brief details on the major and main secondary characters, based largely on their original bios from the original series bible.

Also to be included below will be the original Bible descriptions for each main character so you can track the changes I’ve made if you’re so inclined.

Main Characters

Commander John Koenig Bio Image
Moonbase Alpha Command:
Name: John Robert Koenig
Date of Birth: March 17, 2004
Place of Birth: Brooklyn, New York, United States of America
Alpha Assignment: Mission Commander
Rank: Captain
Age at Event Date: 45
Associations: United States Navy, National Aeronautic and Space Administration, United Nations Office for Space Exploration and Settlement

One of the United States’ leading astrophysicists, John Koenig has been responsible for the planning, ground control and execution of numerous successful space launches.

Captain Koenig provided design support to the Moonbase Alpha project during its inception and construction.

Captain Koenig has an instinctual leadership ability, and has been called charismatic, diligent, and loyal.

Captain Koenig expects the best from those who serve under him, and is dedicated to the safety and well-being of his subordinates.  This has earned him the respect of every individual who has worked with him.

Captain Koenig has a highly efficient, logical and dynamic mind and his instructors and superiors have frequently commented on his courage and dedication to duty.

His psychological profile describes an individual who explores every situation and relationship from every angle who is ‘mission focused’ often to the detriment of his own personal well-being.  It has been noted in his file that this has caused emotional strain in the past, resulting in ‘moodiness’ and an occasional short temper.

Captain Koenig was passed over for promotion to Rear Admiral as a result.

Captain Koenig was divorced in 2044 and has a son who resides with his ex-wife.

While Captain Koenig has grown up in the space age, it has been noted he is something of a romantic who is less than impressed with the current state of human affairs.  A close personal friend interviewed at the time of his most security clearance review stated that Koenig was “a man with one foot in the past, and one about to set down in the future.”

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Doctor Helena Russell Bio Image
Moonbase Alpha Head of Medical and Psychiatric Services:
Name: Helena Susanne Russell
Date of Birth: January 18, 2001
Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Alpha Assignment: Chief Medical Officer
Rank: Civilian, Doctor (PhDs in Psychiatry and Medicine)
Age at Event Date: 48
Associations: National Aeronautic and Space Administration, United Nations Office for Space Exploration and Settlement, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, The Royal College of Surgeons (United Kingdom)

A physician’s daughter, Doctor Russell entered medical school shortly after graduating from College.  Following in her father’s footsteps, she became one of the world’s leading experts in her chosen fields of surgery, psychiatry and xeno-general medicine (the effects of space on human beings, and the possible nature of diseases that could originate on other worlds).

Doctor Russell joined NASA in 2031 where she met and married Doctor Lee Russell, an expert in exobiology and xeno-general medicine.  They divorced in 2036 after Doctor Russell suffered a miscarriage.

Doctor Russell retreated into the routine and security of her job, refuting numerous advances from colleagues and strangers alike.

Doctor Russell is the recipient of multiple awards for her achievements in both general medicine and psychiatry and is highly regarded by many international health institutes.

As part of the team that built Moonbase Alpha, Doctor Russell was one of the first personnel to do a full tour of duty at the facility.  During her time there, she found that the sterile atmosphere caused restlessness and tension among staff.  As a result, efficiency suffered and many were unable to complete their first tour, citing “cabin fever” as their reason.  Under Doctor Russell’s guidance, many of the recreation rooms were transformed into exotic theme gardens with lush plants from various different climates planted to provide a “slice of home” for base personnel.

These small, Earth-like environments helped reduce tensions and boosted morale significantly.  Though plants were already present on Alpha for oxygen reclamation, most of those areas had been off limits to the majority of the military, scientific and mining crews.

Doctor Russell was awarded the prestigious Donnelmyer Award for her work and was later assigned to Moonbase Alpha as Chief Medical Officer.

Doctor Russell’s psyche evaluation reports that she is a ‘preternaturally’ calm person who you wanted at your side in any crisis.

She is a compassionate, intelligent, considered individual with a subtle and sometimes sarcastic sense of humour.

Doctor Russell is also renowned for having an ‘iron fist’ in a silk glove, and has a reputation for speaking her mind especially when it concerns the health and well-being of others.

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Professor Victor Bergman Bio Image
Moonbase Alpha Head of Research and Chief Astrophysicist:
Name: Victor Warren Bergman
Date of Birth: August 27, 1990
Place of Birth: London, the United Kingdom
Alpha Assignment: Head of Research, Chief Astrophysicist
Rank: Civilian, Professor (Harvard University, with PhDs in science)
Age at Event Date: 59
Associations: National Aeronautic and Space Administration, United Nations Office for Space Exploration and Settlement, Cambridge University, CSIRO Australia (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), CERN, The Royal Society, Harvard University

Professor Bergman is, to a great degree, the father of Moonbase Alpha, having contributed to the base’s conceptualisation and construction more than anyone else.

As a young person, Professor Bergman was deeply involved in the space exploration efforts of the United Kingdom, the United States and multiple multi-national businesses with an interest in space.

Professor Bergman has been described by his peers as having a brilliant mind, and many of his discoveries have led to multiple advances in space science.  A number of his peers and students have stated he is eccentric, and in some ways a “little bit of a mad scientist”, and were it not for his “warmth and sense of humour he would be quite frightening.”

Professor Bergman has also been described as something of a philosopher.  He is a humanist and believes in the potential of humanity to overcome its worst instincts and become something great.

Despite being a literal living legend, Professor Bergman has not lived a life devoid of controversy.  He is a staunch believer in intelligent extraterrestrial life, and is a proponent of the ‘ancient astronaut’ theory that life on Earth was seeded by extraterrestrials hundreds of thousands of years ago.  He believes in intelligent design, but admits he has no concept of what such a being or entity might be like.

At a young age, Professor Bergman contracted an illness that required he be fitted for an artificial heart.  His psyche evaluations do not indicate any lasting emotional impact from the operation, or that debilitating illness that cut his youth short.

Professor Bergman is a close personal friend of Doctor Helena Russell, and has previously worked with Captain John Koenig.

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Allen Carter Bio Image
Flight Controller:  Lieutenant Alan Carter (military)

– Australia.  Sydney, New South Wales
– Age:  35.  Born March 24 2014
– Affiliations:
* The Australian Air Force (formerly the Royal Australian Air Force)
* National Aeronautics and Space Administration
* United Nations Office for Space Exploration

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Sandra Benes Bio Image
Mission Systems Manager:  Lieutenant Sandra Benes (military)
– India.  New Delhi, India
– Age:  33.  Born July 20 2016
– Affiliations:
* The Indian Air Force
* The Ministry of Science and Technology, India
* The United Kingdom Space Agency
* United Nations Office for Space Exploration

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Tony Verdeschi Bio Image
Head of Security:  Lieutenant Tony Verdeschi (military)
– Italy.  Florence, Italy
– Age:  33.  Born November 8 2016
– Affiliations:
* Esercito Italiano (The Italian Army)
* The European Space Agency
* United Nations Office for Space Exploration

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Paul Morrow Bio Image
Main Mission Director (and 2iC):  Lieutenant Commander Paul Moryakov (military)
– The Russian Federation.  Novosibirsk, Russia.
– Age:  38.  Born February 9 2011
– Affiliations:
* The Russian Aerospace Forces
* The Russian Academy of Sciences
* The Roscosmos Space Corporation
* United Nations Office for Space Exploration

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Secondary Characters

Chief of Mining Operations:  Jaxon Stanna (civilian, commercial)
– Australia.  Melbourne, Victoria
– Age:  48.  Born January 19 2001
– Affiliations:
* The Royal Academy of Engineering
* The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University)
* Global Aerospace Technologies
* United Nations Industrial Development Organisation

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Doctor Ben Vincent Bio Image
Assistant Chief of Medicine and Psychiatric Services:  Doctor Bhim (Ben) Chemjong (civilian)

– Tibet.  Lhasa, Tibet
– Age:  28.  Born January 4 2021
– Affiliations:
* The Chinese Academy of Sciences
* Tsinghua University
* The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
* TAR People’s Hospital
* United Nations Office for Space Exploration

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Alibe Bio Image
Head of Communications:  Alibe Badri (civilian)

– Africa.  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
– Age:  25.  Born July 29 2024
– Affiliations:
* Addis Ababa University
* Cambridge University
* United Nations Office for Space Exploration

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Main Character to be Introduced (Episode 4)

Maya Bio Image
Moonbase Alpha Science Officer
Name: Maya
Date of Birth: 3rd Day of Tayad, in the Psychon year 6,752
Place of Birth: Manos Province, Sela, planet Psychon
Alpha Assignment: Science Officer
Rank: Civilian
Age at Encounter with Alpha: 41 Psychon years (Appears to be approximately 30 Earth years of age)
Associations: The Science Council (Psychon), Dosara University, The Institute for Astrological Research and Application, The Psychon Interstellar Exploration Directorate

On her homeworld, Maya is an accomplished scientist and one of Psychon’s leading scientific ‘lights.’

She was elected to the position of head of the prestigious Science Council (situated in the Alek Province near the world’s capital) at the unprecedented age of 31.  The Science Council’s role is to investigate the deeper mysteries of space.

Maya is the daughter of Psychon’s Minister for Science and Interstellar Exploration, Mentor, and one of Psychon’s most acclaimed artists and it’s High Priestess, Anara.

While people might think that being raised by a religious person and a scientist would create something of a contentious home environment, it didn’t.  Psychons don’t see any conflict between science and faith, and as a result of her upbringing Maya brings a unique perspective to Alpha.

Maya is a student of advanced mathematics, astrophysics and biology and is a devotee of her world’s religion, called “The One.”

Maya is a Metamorph (see below) and is capable of transforming into any living being of a similar mass.

Maya has been described as inquisitive, compassionate, intelligent and those who know her say her sense of humour is ‘pixie’ like.

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Background on Psychon

Psychon is a united world with one government.  It’s journey toward that utopic state was not easy, with the planet’s people exposed to a great deal of strife in their early years.  As the species matured, they began to build a civilisation based on commonalities, rather than differences.

Psychons consider themselves spiritual, but are a race dedicated to science.  They do not have any religious belief systems, but believe in an ‘unknowable’ universal intelligence that appears – to them – to work harmoniously in the universe.  They don’t anthropomorphise that intelligence, and simply see it as a natural fact of reality and a logical concept.  To Psychons, the fact that animal life has a form of intelligence, as do other life forms like Psychons (and humans), so too must planets and the wider universe itself as the ultimate living organism.

Psychons see their planet as alive, and their species as custodians and protectors of her.  As a result, they are akin to galactic environmentalists and respect life in a deep and intrinsic way.

The Psychon people have a very philosophical attitude and as a species are devoted to “the bigger questions”, dedicating great effort to understanding the universe.

Psychons live an average of 180 Earth years, but mature at a rate that is similar to humans.  The planet Psychon takes 400 days to orbit it’s star, and like on Earth, each day is an average of 24 hours.  Because of the planet’s orbit, it’s seasons are often more harsh than Earth’s, as part of the orbit takes Psychon a little closer to its star and a little further away at the height of what Terrans would call summer and winter.

Geologically and atmospherically, Psychon is Earth Standard and supports a diverse ecosystem.  The planet is rich in resources and minerals, and these are carefully safeguarded by every Psychon.  Psychons are the dominant life form, and over the course of their evolution have developed a series of what humans would term extraordinary abilities.  There is no rhyme or reason to the emergence of those abilities, but every Psychon has one.  These are  molecular transformation (metamorphs), telepathic communication (telepath), molecular manipulation (manimorphs), and touch healing (biopath).

The ability to change shape into any biological form the Metamorph has interacted with.  The Metamorph must have some sort of knowledge of the biological operation of the being or plant he or she will change into.  A Metamorph can hold the shape of the being or plant it has changed into for no more than one hour.

The ability to share thoughts with another Psychon or psi-sensitive.  Depending on the Telepath’s ability, this skill ranges from an exchange of general emotion to the ability to conduct a relatively coherant conversation telepathically via visual images.

The ability to alter inanimate objects at the molecular level.  A manimorph can cause a plant to grow faster, shatter certain sized inanimate objects, and, if they so wish, cause significant damange to a biological being.  As a peace loving people, Psychons would never engage in such behaviour – though in their distant past manimorphs were the cause of much of the historical conflict on Psychon.  The energy required to alter an object does drain a Psychon considerably, and in the distant past when manimorphs acted out of violence, the level of damage done to their victim was experienced by the manimorph conducting the act.

The ability to heal a biological entity through the power of touch.  Biopaths cannot bring an individual back from the dead, but they can heal serious wounds.  Like with a manimorph, this causes the biopath some discomfort as they temporarily take on the condition of the being they are healing.

In general, Psychons are a peaceful, emotionally stable people.

Their psionic abilities are envied by other space-faring species, and throughout their history they have been victimised by many.  As a result, their world has significant defences.  Psychons abhore violence so do not have a strong military, but they have dedicated incredible resources to shielding their planet and protecting their citizens in as non-lethal a way as possible.

The Psychons have one remaining enemy, the Dorcons, who have hunted Psychons for over a century in an attempt to acquire their psi-abilities.

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Series Premise

Space 2049 takes place in the middle of a space mining boom.

With the ever growing fear of diminishing resources on Earth, multi-national corporations and a number of governments from around the world started to look out into our solar system for answers.

All involved parties begrudgingly turned to the United Nations to coordinate these efforts.

In an attempt to regulate off-world mining efforts and prevent any one nation from dominating the moon, Mars and other space objects the UN stepped in.

At first, the Assembly dragged it’s collective feet.  Then, in 2032, the United Nations Security Council elected its first female General Secretary, Serwa Ayensu of Ghana.  Secretary General Ayensu, angered by the glacial pace of the bureaucracy of the UN, pushed an agenda of reform that ended with the renaming and re-purposing of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs.  The UNOOSA became the United Nations Office for Space Exploration and Settlement (UNOSEA, or the OSEA for short).

A charismatic and accomplished individual, Secretary General Ayensu convinced the United States of America and NASA, the Russian Federation and ROSCOSMOS, China and the China National Space Administration, and a number of businesses dedicated to space tourism, mining and lunar real estate, to come together and combine their efforts to colonise the moon and Mars, and take advantage of nearby asteroids for the benefit of humanity.

With the three most powerful nations in the world working together, supported by some of the biggest businesses and space entrepreneurs, a number of other governments came on board to provide assistance.  Within two years, an international research facility and tourist destination had been established on the moon – Moonbase Amity.  Five years later, “lunar real estate” was for sale, and people were moving to the moon to live, creating Earth’s first space colony called Amity State, an international endeavour governed solely by the United Nations.

Moonbase Amity was designed to allow everyday human beings access to the moon, while giving the governments of the world and big business the opportunity to properly prepare for a settlement on Mars, establish a mining presence on the moon, and build an asteroid early warning and capture system that would enable the vital resources found in those objects to be harnessed for humanity – while ensuring those objects never struck the planet.

In 2037 Secretary General Ayensu won a second term, at pretty much the same moment as a large, slow moving rogue near-Earth asteroid was detected on the former ‘dark side’ of the moon.  An ambitious project was started to ‘capture’ and ‘nudge’ the asteroid into Earth orbit, becoming our second moon.

In 2039, the former asteroid was locked into a stable orbit and named Alpha.  It was to be the first of a planned series of four asteroids that would circle the Earth and contribute to mining and possible colonisation.  They would be named Beta, Gamma and Delta.

Alpha, and the other objects once they were found and positioned, would each be fitted with high explosive charges able to push the objects out of orbit and away from Earth in the event of an unforeseen catastrophe that might put them in danger of falling toward the planet.

In 2041, Moonbase Alpha was completed on the second moon and it was designated a research and mining facility only, with no access by tourists.  Amity would remain a hub for business, research and space exploration.

Over the course of eight years, Moonbase Alpha grew to be a vital part of the Mars settlement initiative, and became home for the Titan Initiative, a plan to send a series of manned spacecraft to Titan to establish an international space station in orbit of Saturn’s moon.