Ever since man first set foot on the moon, there were those who quietly planned for the time they could escape Earth’s confines, to find the riches thought to exist in the rock of other worlds.
It was still the age of super powers when the first colonies arrived on the moon. Petty squabbles, skirmishes and division, the hallmarks of the old world order followed. Boarders were marked, treaties signed and progress became an exception, not the norm.
Man had finally broken free of terra firma, only to drag his past with him.
The status quo though was to be broken. As had been the case since the early 21st Century, it was private enterprise, driven by the dream of bottomless wealth, that broke the deadlock. Space was big and even the moon, small as it was, was too big and too far away, for the old orders to control.
Before long not tens, but hundreds, of small independents were breaking ground in a gold rush driven by tech and dirt; and the governments of the world, realising they were powerless, ignored them and continued on... ‘business as usual’.
But even in the world of commerce, natural selection creates winners and losers. Within half a century 6 corporations, large as countries and with far more power, rose to the top.
On the back of ever improving fleets of craft, the sextuple drove man deeper into the solar system in the ever frantic race for mineral wealth. In half the time it took to ‘civilise’ the moon, the corporates had headquartered on Mars and powered by the freshly discovered MAG-90, drove operations far beyond.
At the same time, history, as man had known it for almost 3 millennia, started to fade; keeping records of past events was of little interest to the boards...
In an age where history was not erased but never recorded, these are the rediscovered tales of The Rift, System B and N9001…