It is the year 2130 AD, and profit still rules the universe. Nanofuel, first manufactured from rare minerals discovered on Mars, has propelled humanity into a new age of space exploration. Now, corporations vie for these precious resources, always seeking more alien worlds for the good of mankind. And for the next dollar.
The First to Land doctrine was drafted by the One-World government to keep civility in the heated space race for more nanofuel material. Whichever corporation landed first at a new mine-planet kept all rights to minerals found there. The concept was simple, and sound, but it didn’t last long.
Desperate to meet the growing need for nanofuel, corporations weaponized their satellite-controlled mining drones. War broke out on far-flung planets, commanded by CEOs millions of miles away.
Now, even as they destroy each other offworld, the corporations fear the bureaucratic might of Earth more than any damage their rivals could cause. So a pact was made. The CEOs have vowed to keep their conflicts a secret from the One-World government. First to Land, once a law to keep the peace, has become both a trans-planetary war and a struggle to keep it a secret.
First to Land became a game.
Story written by Robert Wyckoff and Robert Sirois.