Space 2049 Series Bible

Main Mission - The Moonbase Alpha Crew

Space 2049 is an attempt by one Space: 1999 fan to dream up a relatively faithful, unofficial ‘reboot’ of the original 1970s television series.

This site site is, in essence, a mix of two things – science fiction/science fact news (which you’ll find on our home page), and the unofficial reboot attempt.

Unofficial?  Sadly, yes.  I have absolutely no connection to the production company that owns the rights, and I was in single digits when the show originally aired so I wasn’t involved in it in any way.  I’m just a fan who loves this series and its characters, and I’m a fan who can’t, for the life of me, understand why Space: 1999 hasn’t been given a second chance, like so many other shows have – especially in this age of reboots and remakes.

So who is this fan?  I’m an actor and writer, though I’ve primarily written for stage and as a freelance journalist.  As an actor, I’ve been in two science fiction television series in minor roles, and acted in a number of other productions (films, some TV and stage) for around two decades now.  More important than all of that, I’m a devoted science fiction fan who has adored Space: 1999 since I first saw it on television as a child.

This little experiment of mine will take the best of that series (season one and aspects of season two), and attempt to update it all while trying to respect the show and my fellow fans.

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.

Why is that idea relatively impossible?  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 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 people think it’s doubtful either would get away unscathed.

But!  That doesn’t rule out a Space: 1999 reboot.

There are other ways to remain true to the series, with just a slight 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.

If you look at the different graphics decorating the site, it’s clear that I plan to have a ‘second moon’, and to get around the issue of Earth capturing a second satellite, and that new satellite entering into a stable orbit, I’ve decided that come the 2030s or early 2040s, we’ll hunt down an object and ‘nudge’ it into orbit and mine it.  NASA has been exploring this concept for a few years now.

The size of the object I want ‘nudged’ into Earth’s orbit makes that happening anytime soon incredibly unlikely, but in 30 or so years, who knows?  One thing is for sure, it’s far more likely than us waking up one day to a random second moon that just happened to be in the right spot, at the right time, travelling at the right velocity and on the right angle, to nestle into orbit about Earth.

Why the change?  Why not just abandon disbelief and keep Moonbase Alpha on the moon, like in the original, and shoot it out into deep space?

Well… I don’t think audiences would buy that today.  When I started to get serious about writing up an idea for a reboot, 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!  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 our current moon.

This idea has been running around inside my head since the late 1980s, after I rediscovered my love for Space: 1999 after stumbling across the series 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.  Also, back then, 1999 was still a little while off and it was still possible we’d build a base on the moon.  As the idea has grown in my mind, the world has passed 1999 by with our moon still in orbit and no moonbase, but despite that, I’ve refused to let go of the possibility of the series returning in some way.

Back in 2012, some exciting news broke – there was going to be a ‘re-imagining’.  That scared me a bit, but it was something and the more we heard about the proposed show the more excited I became and the more my fears slowly slipped away.  But, now, five years later, nothing has happened and it looks like the idea never got off the ground.

Rather than allow that to discourage me, I decided to engage in an intellectual exercise and envision my own ‘reboot’.  Not a re-imagining.  A reboot.

To force myself to go through with it, I decided to put it online, because if I kept it on my computer or in a draw at home, I’d do a little bit and then… stop.  Plus, I knew how badly I was craving Space: 1999 inspired entertained and hoped my musings would entertain other fans.  At the very least, it would keep the series alive on one tiny spec of a site on the internet.  It was clear there still was a fan base for the show, and I hoped my voice would add to that chorus and help it grow.

I started with the idea of a space station called Alpha.  I was going to fling that 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!

While plotting out a rewrite of the original pilot script (“Breakaway”), information about Ceres and Pluto started popping up online 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 and laying waste to the face of our homeworld, but large enough to maintain a sizeable Moonbase.

Earth Luna and Ceres

As mentioned above, I looked at one randomly drifting into orbit and dismissed it after a few days of reading.  Then I looked at asteroid capture tech and discovered that we have the ability, right now, to do that but we can only capture an asteroid about 25 meters in diameter and move it into orbit – which is a feat that would take about two years.

But, by the middle of the century?  That kicked off research around just how fast our technological ability has progressed over the last 50 years.  I quickly realised just how impressive our scientific community is, and decided that was the rationale I wanted to use.

Why would we capture an asteroid and try and lock into Earth orbit?

The research I’d done had said we would do that so that we could mine the object for resources.

Then I started to see news articles about businesses wanting to mine asteroids and the whole foundation for episode one solidified.

With that all sorted, the next step was the characters.  I knew I wanted most of them to be exactly as they were in the original.  There had to be a John Koenig, a Doctor Helena Russell, a Tony Verdeschi and a Professor Victor Bergman.

Part way through thinking about the characters I read John Kenneth Muir’s excellent Exploring Space: 1999, and 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.  But which ones?

At the risk of angering fans, I decided to make Sandra Indian (which is close to her original cultural background), while I made Paul Russian and Ben Vincent Tibetan.

Alpha also had to feature a commercial mining facility which meant the cast would feature a mix of military types, scientists and health professionals, and roughnecks with a business brain.

The command structure would stay the same, more or less, as it was in the original series, with John Koenig having the final say on anything that affects Alpha, but the 21st Century Alpha would feature some exciting new dynamics that would empower the story-telling process.  I think a group of miners will bring an interesting element to the series.

Below are very brief details on the major and main secondary characters.  More lengthy bios will follow as well as ‘dream’ casting options to play the characters.

Also to be included below will be the original Bible descriptions for each main character.

Just before we get to them though… the look?

Well, I don’t think the base needs to change at all.

I love the exterior of Moonbase Alpha and don’t think it needs to be updated.  A few tiny things like the gravity generators and weapons, yeah, 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, Main Mission would get a huge revamp because it doesn’t work all that well, flat screen colour monitors would replace all the black and white ones, and the Medical Centre would get a major refit, but the hallways and quarters all look great.  Some minor furniture updates, and maybe a little less light, would be all that would be needed to help it make sense to a 21st Century audience.

Moonbase Alpha is stunning.  The same goes for the Eagle Transporters.

The biggest change I would make would be to the uniforms.  They’re okay, but the flares and 70s style boots and cardigans are not so great!

Whoever designed Alpha was obviously influenced by 2001: A Space Odyssey, but the facts are, design wise, both Space: 1999 and 2001: A Space Odyssey still hold up today.

With all of that out of the way, let’s take a look at the characters.

Main Characters, The Basics

Commander John Koenig Bio Image

Mission Command:  Commander John Koenig (military)
– United States of America: Los Angeles, California
– Age: 45.  Born December 12 2004
– Affiliations:
* United Nations Office for Space Exploration
* National Aeronautic and Space Administration
* United States Armed Forces

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Doctor Helena Russell Bio Image

Chief of Medicine and Psychiatric Services:  Doctor Helena Russell (civilian)
– United States of America.  San Francisco, California
– Age: 40.  Born January 18 2009
– Affiliations:
* The Johns Hopkins Hospital
* The Mount Sinai Medical Centre
* The Royal College of Surgeons (United Kingdom)
* University of California, Berkley
* National Aeronautics and Space Administration
* United Nations Office for Space Exploration

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Professor Victor Bergman Bio Image

Mission Science Advisor and Head of Research:  Professor Victor Bergman (civilian)
– United Kingdom.  London, England
– Age: 55.  Born August 27 1994
– Affiliations:
* Cambridge University
* CSIRO Australia (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)
* The International Institute for Environment and Development
* The Royal Society
* National Aeronautics and Space Administration
* Harvard University
* United Nations Office for Space Exploration

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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, The Basics

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, 
The Basics

Maya Bio Image

Mission Science Advisor and Assistant Head of Research:  Maya (civilian, Psychon)
– Psychon.  Sela, Alek Province
– Age:  28 Earth Years (26 in Psychon years).  Born on the 46th day of the Season of Renewal
– Affiliations:
* The High Science Council (Psychon)
* Dosara University, Taboh, Alek Province
* The Institute for Astrological Research and Application, Farn, Olos Province
* The Psychon Interstellar Exploration Directorate, Sela, Alek Province

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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, big business and governments from around the world, started to look out into our solar system for answers.

The governments of the world 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.

At first, the UN dragged it’s collective feet.  Then, in 2032, the United Nations Security Council elected its first female General Secretary in history, Serwa Ayensu of Ghana.  Secretary General Ayensu, angered by the sloth-like 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 (UNOSE).

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.