The Space Station Soweto’s Pride circles the planet of Johannesburg, once a center of power, but now just a blue-brown ball of people too poor, scared or stupid to escape a gravity well. The run-down station around the out of the way planet seems to be where every hard-luck case in the constellation pauses before flushing down to the planet, never to be seen again. Some lick their wounds and nurse deluded dreams of influencing the course of history. Others are just trying to stay one step ahead of whatever currently counts as “the law.” If there’s a rock-bottom in the galaxy, Soweto’s Pride is it’s mailing address.
Humans left Earth so long ago that most people think it’s a mythological place like Atlantis or the Garden of Eden. Planetary empires rise and fall and leave monuments behind. The galaxy is a vast hurricane of grand clashes between great men and women and the cultures that birthed them and the Red Stripe Constellation is where the driftwood and refugees wash up.
Damaged ships and tech and equally damaged crews are often tossed away as the price of conquest. Living off carrion or crumbs is better than starving to death, and anything is better than being stuck on a planet, at the mercy of gravity. Moving discarded parts or liberating redundant supplies that “fell off” the logistics chain can be a living.
The ship John Rawlins is a salvage ship. It goes where the action was and picks through the aftermath of battles and ruined planets, looking for overlooked valuables left behind by the defeated, the arrogant, or the forgotten.
If you’re desperate, dumb, deluded, or delinquent, it’s looking for crew.
Hosted and narrated by:
Kevin G (Orontes)
Scenes played: 1
License: Community License