The Arkship Ulysses

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One thousand years after the Earth’s destruction, humanity teeters on the brink of extinction.

The Arkship Ulysses, once part of a great armada which fled the dying Earth, is now one of the only ship’s left. It is a battered shell of the once-great ship it was, an aging hulk cast adrift in the darkness of space. Its people are starving, its crew under-trained and its hated underclass, fed up with the status quo, is preparing itself for war…

This is a perilous time for humanity, a time in which even the smallest mistake could end the human race forever. A time in which the courage of one woman just might be enough to save it.

The Arkship Ulysses is a 150,000 word novel by R J Burgess. It is an epic fantasy in space in the tradition of Frank Herbert’s Dune or George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire set during the final days of humanity’s once glorious reign.

C&C welcome!

Prologue
Chapter 1 – The Sins of the Father
Chapter 2 – The Law of the Bunks

7 Responses to The Arkship Ulysses

  1. […] The Arkship Ulysses […]

  2. […] The Arkship Ulysses is set in a dystopian future 1000 years from now.  For reasons, not yet explained (I have only finished chapter 4), the Sun began to shut down. In an act of desperation, Earth sent out a set of Arkships looking for places to reestablish humanity. Unfortunately, our Sun was not the only star impacted by “The Wasting”,  the Arkship over time found whole sets of stars in the galaxy wasted, cooled and useless as a potential home.  The story begins at this point. The inhabitants have likely given up hope finding a new planet to move two. The ship culture itself has devolved into an extreme set of “haves” and “have nots”. The haves are dominated by “the Families” while the have nots are relegated to ghetto like conditions in the underbelly of the ship. The ship barely functions being led by incompetents and no longer able to produce enough food to feed every one.  Equipment is failing putting the ship at risk. Corruption is rampant hastening the ships demise and further destroying the social fabric. […]

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