Okay, let’s talk about REFUGE.
I’ve now finished my first series, and I get to move onto my next one.
Refuge is a Science Fiction Survival Harem. It’s set hundreds of years in the future and I admittedly haven’t really nailed down specifically when, because it didn’t seem too important. I guess if I had to, probably the 2700s? That seems sufficiently far into the future. The galaxy is a busy place. Humanity has spread out among the stars and there’s a few other species out there, and they aren’t too friendly.
I think one of the things that sets Refuge apart from most other sci-fi with a similar premise is that it isn’t about or even part of some massive, galactic conflict where the fate of humanity is at stake. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate those stories, and I can understand the appeal. But more often than not, I find myself wanting to kind of hone in on smaller stories. It was the same way in A Warm Place. I wasn’t looking to rebuild society, just tell the story of one man and several women just making a home for themselves.
You’ll find that pops up a lot in my work.
So the background of Refuge is that, a few decades prior, a big group of humans decided to break off from the totalitarian, dystopic nightmare humanity had become. Finding an isolated, empty star system rich in a natural resource called Extract, they set up shop and started colonizing. For awhile, it went fine. But then an alien race, the Flix, who are basically tall, technologically advanced, and arrogantly superior dicks most of the time, informed them that, technically, due to some obscure piece of history, the humans are on their property. Negotiations went on for awhile, but ultimately fell apart, and things turned violent. Since the Flix don’t like to get their hands dirty, they instead sent in a warlike race called the Nyr. After the Nyr eventually conquered the system following a long, bloody, brutal conflict, they decided to give the Flix the finger and just take over the system for themselves.
Naturally, the Flix don’t take this laying down, and so they send in the Gez, who aren’t so much an army as a horde of bloodthirsty, psychopathic monsters that kill everything in sight.
And so, as you can see, it’s a mess. A total clusterfuck.
This has been going on for years by the time the story picks up. The protagonist is a soldier, a space marine I guess you could say. (Never thought I’d be writing about one of those.) He’s been fighting for half a decade after losing most of everything in his life, and recently he’s been noticing the amount of bullshit that’s been happening behind the scenes has been increasing. Finally, when he crash-lands in the middle of a desert after a brutally horrific battle, he decides that he’s done. He quits. He’s going to just live in the desert in an abandoned military outpost because that’s literally better than spending another minute in a military that doesn’t give one fuck about you.
So what can you expect from this series?
Well, sex, obviously. I’ve got some cool ideas for some interesting ladies that are going to show up. And apparently I just couldn’t hold back my alien-fucking, interracial tendencies. So there’s going to be some human dick fucking alien pussy in this series. There’s going to be more action, more gun battles, because this is about a warzone. There’s also going to be elements of base building, because that’s a thing that I like a lot. I’ve really been gravitating towards that recently.
At present, I honestly don’t know how long this one will go on for. I have an extremely rough endgame in mind, and honestly it really depends. I try to be flexible when it comes to planning the length of stuff like this now. It was different when I was writing my series in 2015 - 2017, basically everything was six episodes long. Every season, six episodes. I think I suffered a lot for that, because I found myself having to either stretch to reach six episodes, or compressing stuff to fit six episodes, and I don’t want that anymore. I think the story comes out a lot better when you give yourself room to breathe and flexibility. Although I will say that writing novels is still easier than doing shorter stuff.
Also, just a reminder, I will be splitting the schedule between this and another as-yet-decided series. So I’ll write Refuge 1, 2, & 3, and then I’ll put it on hold, and then go write three stories for the new series. Then come back and write Refuge 4, 5, & 6, and so on and so forth. Ideally this will help me by giving me time away from my series, time to reflect and decompress.
I hope you like it. Check out Refuge 1 right now. Refuge 2 is currently being written and ideally will be out this Friday/Saturday. I’m shooting for one new episode per week.