Science Fiction Art by David C. Mueller / dcmstarships

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Galactic Travelers Projects

First Era Category 5 Galactic Traveler E.B. Cole

First Era  Category 6 Galactic Traveler Olaf Stapledon

First Era Category 7 Galactic Traveler Core of Curiosity

First Era Category 8 Galactic Traveler Radiant Dawn

Second Era Category 7 Galactic Traveler Glory of Gladness

Second Era Category 9 Galactic Traveler Extents of Imagination

Galactic Nexus Nahfenkroyjenol


The Galactic Travelers universe is a far future era millennia from the present where Humans are working together with a handful of other sentient species to peacefully explore the galaxy.  In this fictional environment, a variety of sentient species including Humans live and work together in advanced starships and star-faring habitats run by sentient computers.  These sentient vessels are members of Galactic Travelers, a loosely organized mutual aid society and collective security pact.  The star-faring technology of the Galactic Travelers fictional environment borders on the fantastic with capabilities akin to those displayed by The Culture in the science fiction of Iain M. Banks.  The other main source of inspiration for this setting is the science fiction novel Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon.  The Galactic Travelers environment is the most exuberant of my fictional settings with what I hope is an awe-inspiring vision of our far future.

Category 5 Galactic Traveler E.B. Cole –  Small survey vessel named after the author of one of my favorite science fiction short stories, Fighting Philosopher (1954). The primary influence for this design is Space Station One from the Golden Key 1960’s-1970’s comic book Space Family Robinson: Lost in Space on Space Station One

Category 6 Galactic Traveler Olaf Stapledon –  Medium survey vessel named after one of my favorite science fiction authors, Olaf Stapledon (1886-1950). His visionary novels Last and First Men (1931) and Star Maker (1937) deeply influenced my own visions of our future here on Earth and out deep into space in the ages yet to come. The primary influences for this design are the Advance Exploration Corps Scoutship Darkstar from the 1974 science fiction film by the same name and TraVela Series Interstellar Excursion Yacht by fellow speculative spaceship designer Jeff Robb.

Category 7 Galactic Traveler Core of Curiosity – Large exploration vessel done as a tribute to fellow speculative spaceship designer Jeff Robb as thanks for all his wonderful and inspired contributions to my various fictional universes over the years. The primary influences for this design are the  Imperial Star Destroyer of Star Wars and the Grand Leviathan Type-IV Starcruiser by fellow speculative spaceship designer Jeff Robb.

Category 8 Galactic Traveler Radiant Dawn – Small star-faring habitat; a large starship that has big bays for various ship functions replacing the smaller rooms and decks used on more traditional starships.  At 4 kilometers (roughly two and a half miles) in its longest dimension, Radiant Dawn is about the size of a small metropolitan suburb. The primary influence for this design is the Emperor’s spaceship design from the 1985 science fiction film Dune.  The primary design influence for the arcology located inside the titanic vessel is the Babel IIB arcology design by Paulo Soleri from his book Arcology: The City in the Image of Man.

Category 7 Galactic Traveler Glory of Gladness – Large exploration vessel inspired the alien underwater craft from the science fiction film The Abyss.

Category 9 Galactic Traveler Extents of Imagination – Medium-sized star-faring habitat; a large starship that has big bays for various ship functions replacing the smaller rooms and decks used on more traditional starships. This design in inspired by the General Systems Vehicle concept by science fiction author Iain M. Banks in his Culture universe.

Galactic Nexus Nahfenkroyjenol – Space habitat about 100 kilometers in diameter and built by a number of advanced star-faring sentient species.  In the Galactic Travelers universe, the Milky Way galaxy is populated by many such super space stations serving as nodes for multi-sentient species star-faring culture. The concept for this enormous galactic installation are the  Nodes in Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama series of science fiction novels written along with Gentry Lee.

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