Hello everyone! I'm looking for some feedback! I've been tossing ideas around for the conclusion of Dark Space, and I don't want to give anything away, but I've got two--no, three--different directions in mind for the plot at this point. I'm almost done with the outline (the writing usually takes about two months after that), but I still need to decide which spin to put on the plot.
Option One: the humanistic conclusion--we get ourselves out of our own mess through sweat and tears and blood. The ending is messy, and not everyone is going to survive. Bittersweet is the word.
Option Two: we're not alone in the universe. Humanity finds help from a powerful ally that we knew about, but didn't quite believe existed. This direction brings the metaphysical down to a human level where we can see it and feel it, and believe it without saying "That's fantasy not science fiction!" This ally is a force to be reckoned with, but it's so subtle, that if you're not looking carefully you just might miss it! This ending is a happily ever after that will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy inside.
Option Three: the ambiguous blend that just might keep me from stepping on anyone's toes. I do like to walk a fine line with religion, philosophy, and science--for a lot of people I probably cross that line somewhere along the way and make them uncomfortable. This third option means mixing a humanistic conclusion with a metaphysical one. In this case the metaphysical "hints" are just that. It's a connection that's left unexplored, and ultimately unproven in any substantial way. It could be that we had some extra help from some higher power, or maybe we just got lucky. This ending is also messy, and again not everyone is going to survive.
I'd appreciate your help choosing one of these options. I can't promise you'll sway me from the direction I'm currently thinking about, but you never know. And of course, in the interests of not giving any spoilers away, I will NOT tell you which direction I've decided to go with. You'll have to read Armageddon to find out smile emoticon.