This is only a short review of one of the stories in the Lost Signals of the Terran Republic. A Fragment of Empire is a short story by Marc Miller. It was the story that I read first.
So, what is it? It is presented as a fragment of something larger. It is the story of the politics of nobles in the Spinward Marches and how the assassination of Emperor Strephon affected the Marches. It is a story about Norris and his loyal employees and how he became the Archduke of Deneb.
Canonheads will love this short story from Marc Miller himself.
Personally, I hope that we may get more fragments and eventually a new Traveller novel (called Empire) from Marc Miller.
While chatting with C. J. Cherryh and Marc Miller about the Hani from the Chanur novels and the Aslan from Traveller, Marc Miller said that he “envisioned that the Terran scout who first contacted them saw the resemblance to Narnia’s Aslan and used the name.”
When I commented about the idea from GURPS Traveller that the Aslan was discovered by Turkish explorers, Marc said “No one asked me. 🙁 “
I do hope they can make this movie look good. The preview looks a bit cheap. I hope they can come up with a few better tricks when they are funded. It is not impossible to do something great with a small budget. Just look what Samuli Torssonen managed to do with Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning. I hope Ken and Marc can learn something from him. Or if this project gets over funded and find some sponsors, then hire him or Joss Whedon.
When looking at the clips at for the Kickstarter I hope they would change the Aslan that looks like a crossbreed (and her hands are all wrong), and the recoil of the laser blast. Unless the ship has had a massive mis-jump, we shouldn’t see the galaxy in the “Possible Spinward Traveller Show Opening”.
The background story that is presented is interesting. This could be as good as Firefly without feeling as a copy of it. (In my opinion Firefly is already a copy of Traveller.)
My favorite character is already Tamhtadlieqr “Tam” Doka’rune played by Kristin Pelletier. She looks like a very convincing (and good-looking) Zhodani. I really like to meet her. But then I have to support this Kickstarter at the most expensive vanity levels… When it comes to the acting, so far, I like the facial expressions of Jon Spinward played by Brian Lewis. I hope that Ken and Marc can see the humour in the situation that Jon is in and to make him as hilarious as Arnold Judas Rimmer from Red Dwarf.
All images in this post used with permission from Ken Whitman.