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& Facts about the Orphan Plane world

Once the contributing authors are chosen and the writing process begins, we’ll decide on some technologies and sci-fi facts about the setting of the book, and make sure we’re all using the same devices and transportation modes and things of that sort. We’ll also exchange bios of our characters so everyone knows who will be on the plane voyage so they can be added in as secondary characters, if desired. Feel free to go ahead and play around with ideas in your sample scene.

For now, here are the basic facts you’ll need to plan your story:

Fifteen years ago, a space station was built with the goal of eventually creating a mostly self-sufficient city (though there will still be some export and import). It will be able to support a population of up to 3,000 people. Currently there are a few hundred professionals living there—engineers, scientists, farmers, doctors, etc.

The station has just been deemed ready to begin accepting applications from the general population all over the world. People will have background checks done to ensure they are upright people, and medical tests will ensure they have no serious communicable diseases.

Fifty children are being chosen for Operation Orphan Plane. They will have the same medical tests as the rest of the applicants, but unlike other children, they will not have parents accompanying them. For most of them, it is because they are orphans. If for some reason they are not, their parents must agree to the transfer, even if they don’t have custody of the child(ren). The children must agree to go, as well.

The Operation is run by a non-religious private organization, though it has backing from several governments. However, the current On-Flight Director, Melissa Aden, is openly a Christian and a few of the other care-takers are as well.

The children are from around the world and are between the ages of five and sixteen. Accompanying them will be a head social worker, Melissa Aden, who will be the director during the flight and on the space station. Her character will be written by Amy Michelle Wiley, and there will be several installments of stories from her point of view throughout the book. There will also be ten care-takers aboard the flight. Some of these will be returning to the earth after the trip, and some will remain on the space station as teachers.

The children will be brought to a dormitory in Texas before launch and will stay there between a week and one night. The trip from Earth to the space station will take about two and a half weeks and travel is on a plane that’s something between an airplane and a very-not-fancy cruise ship. During that time, school classes will be held on the plane to keep the children occupied. The sleeping rooms will be assigned by gender and age. Each will have two bunk beds and one twin bed. For the children between ages five and ten, one care-taker will sleep in each room. For the older children, a care-taker is in every second or third room.

Once the plane reaches the space station, residents currently there will have the option of fostering or adopting children. The remaining children will live in a boarding school on the station.


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