Monday, February 9, 2015

Dark Space VI: Armageddon Help Me Shape the Plot With Your Input!

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.

35 comments:

  1. Jasper, option 3 seems like a bit of a cop out with unanswered questions so is not my preference.
    I am torn between options 1 and 2.
    Option 2 seems like an interesting story with a 'twee' ending, whereas option 1 seems the opposite. Overall, I think I like the idea of the metaphysical aspect of option 2 so will make that my preference.
    Whatever you decide, I am sure it will be great and a fitting finale to the series.

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  5. Option Two, please. The humans have suffered long enough. Although, you could kill a couple, won't mention any names.....;)

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  6. Option two please. With as much as they have been through they deserve a good ending.

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  7. Thank you all for your feedback! It's great to get some reader input. I'll be sure to take all of your preferences into consideration as I conclude the series.

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  9. I keep coming back to that found medallion on Nocturne that leads to option 2.

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  10. Well a difficult question. If i'm honest I would like to see both 1 & 2 iff that's possible.

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  12. Id's say option one. Cause humanity has been beaten down so much that breaking away and finding our freedom at a heavy cost would solidify the believe in humanity's amazing resilience. For option two I feel like that would be just pulling something out of left field that would make it feel like, "well we (humanity) suck... Hey look! They ( the new ally) are going to save us now!! Yay" could be warm fuzzy feelings, but would feel like to easy if an ending.
    Option 3 I like only if the answers left unsaid could lead to books that explain those down the road, ( hint hint lol)
    No matter what ending you pick I'm excited! I have really enjoyed this books and can't wait for the conclusion.

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  13. Option 2. Waiting for book 6 and loving the series so far.

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  14. Option 2, i could see them find a broken portal to the origin planet -which they fix. And the original origin people come back to rid the universe of there lost AI, which was able to cut its connection with origin.

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  15. Option 2 with a hint of option 1.

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  16. Option 1 with a hint of option 2.
    But I would rather see the discovery of a tool or knowledge. Not the introduction of a savior (s)

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  17. I would like to see a blend of all 3 to be honest. Take us somewhere unexpected, somewhere none of us saw coming.

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  18. Option two. The humans awaken their true abilities with the aid of their divine spark within each. They will survive. Their faith and hope was not smashed by the AI

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  19. I love all the comments everyone has given! It makes me want to write all three endings just to make everyone happy, but of course that won't happen--or will it. . . ?

    All parallel universes aside, I don't think anyone will be disappointed by the conclusion.

    Book 6 is set for publishing August 30th. Pre-orders coming soon!

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  20. Option 2, but they have to work for it like in 1. I just finished book 5 *yesterday*, and am really looking forward to the conclusion. From you writing speed, it may be too late to get my vote in, but I thought I'd try anyway. After the tough long road our characters have traveled, they deserve a break, that's why I choose Option 2, but like I said it's not handed to them on a silver platter, so a little bit of 1. I don't prefer 3 because I usually dislike ambiguous endings, especially after this detailed of a story. Keep up the good work Jasper!

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  21. I hope you chose an ending along option 3,the reader should always be left with something to ponder on!

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  22. I hope you chose an ending along option 3,the reader should always be left with something to ponder on!

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  23. I'm so excited for the final book, whichever direction you choose to go. Any clue when we'll see the conclusion to this awesome space epic?

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  24. I'm so excited for the final book, whichever direction you choose to go. Any clue when we'll see the conclusion to this awesome space epic?

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  25. Like many have stated here already, Option 2 is the way to go!!!

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  26. A great book can't wait for the next book

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