Two themes flow through my story. I have always been bothered by the constant conflict between men and women. So why not dissolve this problem with my characters by making them single entities. By doing this, I met another challenge. Since they weren't hes or shes, I could not refer to them by the pronouns we normally use: he, she, him, and her. I have read sci-fi stories about such creatures but I wanted these people to function as close to us as possible. In my research I chose the kangaroo with its unusual gestation design and pouch, and then I read about the garibaldi fish that will function as a male when none are available. Like us, my characters explore the galaxy to see if there are others like themselves out in the universe. Now that the gender problem is solved, things are still not perfect. We as humans have destroyed all of our different species in our past, what if they still had other species of their kind still living? How would they handle that?
I asked myself, what would we do once we escape our solar system and found another species out there? Look at what we have done to people and lands our ancestors have conquered in the past? Are we as humans destined to repeat our history?
The other theme I tried to depict was where will our mindset about social issues or traditions be heading in 300 years. Look at what has happened to our views on many ideas in the last 500 years. I also expect that we would have started to settle on our Moon and Mars, so I placed my characters in this background.
How did my character's planet get destroyed? I had a bounty of social problems to drawn from occurring on our planet to explain the planet's destruction. Is our society becoming so numbed by violence shown everyday in our news and movies that three bored children thinks it would be fun to shoot another person and take his life? Or do the lonely, picked on people have such a distorted way of thinking that killing a group of people is a way out? It is not the weapons used, the killers made this choice on their own. When an animal population in an area becomes too crowded, either they kill off their own members by fighting or starve to death from lack of food. Is our society becoming like this? Are we so far removed from our animal cousins that we can't see the trees for the forest?
Our youth is becoming desensitized watching violent video games and movies produced by the liberal media, who at the same time claim they are against violence. Instead of showing how we as people have similarities between our races and religions, our leaders constantly point out our differences in order to gain votes.
Well, enough of the soapbox. I decided to use this mixture in the why of my character's planet's destruction.