Delta Sector Prompt 1

Within the Delta Sector, there are several separate star systems. This month’s prompt is to describe one such system. What is the name most commonly used for the system? What color is the star? Is it a binary system? How many planets are there? How many moons do they have? Are there any notable comets, debris belts, or artificial satellites?

You can be as detailed or as vague as you like. You may name each planet and their continents, or simply describe the type of planets. This does not have to be a scientifically accurate system (though those are welcome), only something which can maintain verisimilitude within a soft speculative setting.

Your submission based on this prompt may be sent to submissions (at) darkfuturesfiction (dot) net. Be sure DELTA SECTOR is included in the subject line. You may also post your submission to the Facebook group or subreddit.

Please be aware if you submit anything by email, to the Facebook group, or to the subreddit, you are granting permission for it to be used, published, and distributed by Dark Futures Literature LLC as part of the Delta Sector Project or anything related to it. You will be given appropriate credit for any such submission which is used by the project. Also be aware anything you submit which is accepted may later be modified or expanded upon by other participants in the project.

The Delta Sector Project

Throughout the explored galaxy and, it is theorized, beyond there are ley lines of pure, invisible energy. All known, sufficiently advanced species have learned how to build vessels which allow them to use these ley lines for superluminal transport. The energy of the ley lines flows in a specific direction but many of these species have developed means of using them to travel either way (though traveling downline is significantly faster) and have even built a loose galactic community.

Traveling via a ley line, or more specifically exiting in the correct place, requires complicated calculations. Many have mastered this and most use computers to make the calculations for them. Even so, miscalculations can be made and accidents can occur. In these cases, the travelers often arrive in the wrong place or are never heard from again, most likely having emerged into a solid mass or star. Some, however, are shot all the way to the to a place in the galactic northwest where all ley lines come together and open to space. This area is called the Delta Sector and is named after river deltas, where sediment and debris are deposited at the mouth of a river.

From the Delta Sector, it is nearly impossible to reenter a ley line and so nearly anyone or anything which arrives there remains there forever. Vessels from all known species and places have found their way to the Delta Sector, along with those from previously unknown species beyond explored space and more.

What, exactly, is found in the Delta Sector? You’re going to tell us. The Delta Sector Project is to be an exercise in collaborative world building and storytelling within a shared universe, sponsored and curated by Dark Futures.

The first Sunday writing prompt of each month will be for the Delta Sector Project. We’ve also created a Facebook group and subreddit for discussion of this project, so it is possible to contribute in ways outside of the monthly prompts. Other Delta Sector pitches may be sent to submissions (at) darkfuturesfiction (dot) net, with DELTA SECTOR included in the subject line.

Once the Delta Sector begins to take shape, all information on it will be gathered in a central location, possibly in a wiki.

Please be aware if you submit anything by email, to the Facebook group, or to the subreddit, you are granting permission for it to be used, published, and distributed by Dark Futures Literature LLC as part of the Delta Sector Project or anything related to. You will be given appropriate credit for such submission which is used by the project.