Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Figuring Out Katya and Sonya.

NOTE: Lots of things have changed now that I've started the story (for starters, Katya and Sonya were born specifically on September 9th, 2401, and they have been in Irkalla for sixteen years)

(Most of this was either posted or written for the NaNoWriMo forums)

Now Playing: Billy Idol - Tomorrow People.

Sonya and her twin sister Katya were born in Russia in the year 2461. While their nation developed in the field of space travel alongside the United States and China, the two girls were born in crippling poverty, constantly surrounded by violence. They spent their entire lives side by side, trying to survive the harsh life that had been inflicted upon them. When they were ten years old, Katya and Sonya began to develop telekinetic powers. Though the growth in their abilities was very slow at first, they strengthen themselves by constantly committing petty crimes and small pranks with their powers. As the two grew older, the range of their telekinesis grew, as did the severity of their crimes. By the time the twins had turned twenty they were well known killers for hire.

Colonies had been established in planets and moons throughout the solar system, and there was hope that there could be advancements that would lead humanity far into other galaxies. The violent nature of some of the population, however, quickly made it clear said advancement was being hindered away. A small planet on the outer edges of the system was colonized, named Irkalla, and dubbed a megaprison for humanity's worst criminals. After a particularly horrible and highly publicize crime was committed by the sisters, the two were sent to Irkalla at the mere age of twenty-three

Irkalla is smaller than Mars and uninhabitable in several places, and when prisoners are dropped off there, they are left there for life, without much aid or any contact to the rest of the system. When Sonya and Katya were taken to Irkalla, the planet was at the brink of destruction. Every few weeks or so, a spaceship would deliver supplies in random areas of the planet, but for the most part, the prisoners were left there to die. After twelve years of much struggle, Katya assumed power in the world, managing to create a society of sorts. She started small, accumulating followers and setting up systems that would enable the world not to perish without a ruler. Technically, even though there is still much rampant violence, she managed to save every prisoner from completely obliterating one another.

Katya wants revenge on the people that imprisoned her and her sister in that planet and left them to die. As there has been a recent discovery of a young boy named Caesar who is displaying stronger, more variant signs of telekinetic and telepathic power than they ever did, Katya plans to use him to escape from the planet and take with her almost all the criminals, to wage war against those who locked her up.

Sonya feels guilty for having killed so many people, but Katya feels angry at those who imprisoned her and her sister when the two were so young and had little chance of surviving in Irkalla. Throughout most of the story, Katya's trying to do despicable things to follow through with her revenge, while Sonya's trying to stop her.

Despite Katya's slowly deteriorating mental state and Sonya's constant haunting guilt, and despite their changed views of the world and of themselves, the two of them still love each other and want the other one to be safe.

(Now I just need to write this much detail for Caesar, as well as his relationship to Sonya)
"Science and science fiction have done a kind of dance over the last century... The scientists make a finding. It inspires science fiction writers to write about it, and a host of young people read the science fiction and are excited, and inspired to become scientists...which they do, which then feeds again into another generation of science fiction and science..."
- Carl Sagan, in his message to future explorers of Mars.