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Space: 2099 01 Breakaway by AbaKon Space: 2099 01 Breakaway by AbaKon
Years ago, some friends and I (not least among them our beloved Arcass) developed a ralaunch (no pun intended) of Space: 1999. Our bigest gripe with the series was the whole blasting the moon out of orbit thing. Interesting idea, but...well...not real plausible. So, our thinking was to have an accident with a newly developed FTL drive hurl a space station into deep space.

In essence, the show was much the same...without the moon. The space station was trapped in a field that raced through space at translight speeds. When it neared a star system, the gravity well caused it to drop below light speed. For a brief period of time, it would coast through normal space as the field recharged itself from the solar energy. When it hit a critical level - BANG! - the station would shoot back into faster than light speeds.

So, this is a trip down memory lane to those cool brainstorming sessions with some very talented guys!

Cheers!
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:iconneville6000:
Neville6000 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
I love they way you've depicted Victor, John, and Helena. Amazing work once again.
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Professional Writer
Thanks! I have learned a lot about character work since then. I should remaster this cover one day!
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scorpionlover42 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014
This is a very good idea. You preserve the wandering uncontrolled part that made Space:1999 interesting without the entire moon getting launched. It would be great to see a series relaunch.
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional Writer
This is certainly a show that didn't age well. IMHO it's almost unwatchable today, but when I was a kid...ZOWIE!
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scorpionlover42 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014
Same here. I loved the show as a kid and still think of it fondly. The geek in me still loves the space ships in it.
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tanstaafl28 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
AbaKon, have you been to the Space: 2099 Facebook page? I'd like permission to show this there. 

www.facebook.com/groups/space1…


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:iconabakon:
AbaKon Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Professional Writer
I'm flattered. You're free to post any of my Space: 2099 images - all I ask is a credit and/or link to my dArt account. Thanks for the interest!
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helbent4 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
One way to have your cake and eat it too would be that "Moonbase Alpha" was on a moon, not the moon. That is, not on Luna, but perhaps Phobos or Diemos. Those bodies are large enough to require ground vehicles (or they would have been present for Mars excursions) but are not large enough to make transiting them into FTL a real conceptual problem?

Plus, you also get to keep the "Moonbase" tag!

Tony
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Professional Writer
Yeah, but the martians would be pissed if we stole one of their moons...and you know how they get when they're pissed.
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megadolon013 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
Is moonbase Alpha a space station?
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:iconabakon:
AbaKon Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2013  Professional Writer
In this series it is. I think that is much more believable than having the moon blasted out of orbit.
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megadolon013 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013
It is more believable. The only bad part is ground transport. No alpha tank or moon tank and moon buggy.
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013  Professional Writer
They have those because....ummm....they occasionally send out survey missions to the Moon and Mars. Yeah. There you go. That's why.
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bobafetthotmail Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013
More simply, the shuttles and landing equipment were not the station's but were of a ship that was docked with the station when the FTL thingy engaged and comes with it for the ride.

Also gives you a decent in-system craft to ferry the shuttles around without giving them completely BS engines.

Btw, leave the FTL thingy limited by the mass-shadow (or gravity well) of the star and say that a failsafe avoids its activation while close enough to it. The "recharges with solar power" makes it look a little too pulpy imho.

Also, the guys on that thing will have to have enough time to find and load supplies from whatever system they find, or if the station is pretty big and self-sufficient enough, you can add some gimmick to the FTL engine. Like that it needs a steady supply of something (that the guys can find in their travels) or it blows up/malfunctions.
The best thing is having both.
So you have the poor guys scrambling to get both themselves and the FTL thingy fed every time they drop from FTL speed.
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional Writer
Hey...why didn't I think of the gravity well thing. Damn.

ENGAGE RETCON ENGINE! TIME FACTOR 7....GO!

Well done. Thanks for the assist.
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megadolon013 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013
Plus I believe that the meta probe should carry land vehicles to proper scout a planet. It's just a thought. Still it will be awesome to see them. Especially in action.
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013  Professional Writer
A very good point.
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megadolon013 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
So will you make it?
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional Writer
Only time will tell.
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tazz2060 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
I so wish someone would do this. What a cool idea.
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks for your kind words
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Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have to chime in on the 'implausibility' of the original. Looking back on it, what makes me wince is not so much the Moon going off into deep space like some giant bowling ball - though that's enough to make your suspension of disbelief vaporise.

No... it's the regular shuttle flights of nuclear waste from Earth. Nuclear waste. Aboard an Eagle. The spacecraft nominated for the "Luke Skywalker School of Careful Landings".
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Professional Writer
You've put your finger on it. The Eagle pilots on Alpha were basically dump truck pilots. Then the moon gets blasted out of orbit and now they have to assume the roles of Hot Shot Jet Jocks. Pretty clearly, most of them weren't up to the challenge.

Thanks for checking out my work!

:)
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Nuclear-Fridge Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Alan Carter was the only Eagle throttle-jockey worth a damn. Whenever Alpha sent out two Eagles with Astronaut A.N. Other on the second ship, you just *knew* he wasn't coming back...

By the way, where did you get those uniform sets for Koenig and crew? They look great, plus they hearken back to the 'Moon City' suits of the show.
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Professional Writer
The suits are New Adventure (available from Daz Studio) with custom textures. Glad you like them.
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LordTigeron Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
great minds think a like, I suggested a simular idea on the Space 2099 web site, my idea was that the time between jumps would become short then eventualy stop... the jumps started due to a faulty engine on a new FTL ship
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Writer
My thinking is that the time between warps fluctuates...so you never know if the expeditions away from Alpha have time to get back...
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LordTigeron Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012
Ouch!!
Thats a mean Idea
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dinobatfan Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012
I like this! It seems a much better way to go with the Space:1999 concept.
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Professional Writer
As I have said elsewhere, just about ANY idea is better than blasting the moon out of orbit.

Thanks for checking out my work!
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dinobatfan Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
Indeed yes! :D
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miha9000 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012
added to fan art in Sci-fi Archives
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stick-man-11 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist
very nice. if you took away the breakaway title it would look like a series one boxset cover :) love the idea of a station than a moon :) cool work
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Writer
Glad you like the idea, but to be honest just about ANYTHING would be better than the idea of the moon getting blown out of orbit.
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awe4fire Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
nice twist on the original show
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks!
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Zoxesyr Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My rpg group had almost the same idea, except that the base was on the asteroid Ceres instead of the moon.
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional Writer
Great minds, eh? Much easier to believe either than the moon!
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Way more plausable. Snag is, that it sounds like Star Gate Universe with the time limit on the Destiny before it entered FTL...

No critism meant.
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2012  Professional Writer
Not familiar with Star Gate. Keep meaning to watch it, but never get around to it. Sorry if I stole.

:)
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Heyyyyyyyyyy! Now now!

You idea seems better - and trust me you ain't missing anything. The fact it got cancelled after two series says it all :)
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks for the kind words. Can't take all the credit for the idea, though. It was partly Arcass and our first Dungeon Master, Lar.
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:iconcolourbrand:
Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh I see.

Well pass this on, but I think your idea has more merrit.

And my pleasure sir :)
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Professional Writer
You are far too kind!
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nah, just honest :)
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purpleh2o Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
I LOVE the series and practically lived for it when it originally aired. Even then I knew it was implausible but that didn't interfere with enjoying it. This is an interesting idea for an update and a great piece of art. I am glad you kept the Eagle design. I always thought the Eagle was one of the best vehicle designs in TV/ Movie Science Fiction. Thanks for sharing this.
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Professional Writer
Glad you enjoyed it!
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dutch506 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
Write it!!! I'd definitely read it! And may offer ideas after I sit and think for a while!
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AbaKon Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Professional Writer
I look forward to hearing them!
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GrahamTG Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely use of the Helios model. Great mock up and a interesting idea behind the whole concept. Top notch work.
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