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When I created the Hathor Legacy series, I made the planet, Hathor the center of the action. Discovered by astronomers in the 23rd century, it’s later terraformed and settled by inhabitants from Earth. But shortly after the settlers arrive, a virus breaks out (thought to be caused by the terraforming) and eventually their descendants develop psychic abilities.
Hathor’s neighbor, Astarte was also discovered around the same time. But it’s what’s called a “goldilocks planet” with conditions similar to Earth’s. So, they did not have terraforming or have to deal with the effects.
These worlds are run by Novacorp Galactic Incorporated, and the company uses mining of crystals and gems as their main source of revenue. Space exploration is done mainly by business so that they can identify planets with valuable resources. Exploration for research is not the priority in this type of environment.
It remains to be seen if this will be the future of our own efforts. Will companies take over exploration and ultimately send settlers into space to colonize planets? If you’d like to read more about the Hathor Legacy universe, book three, Hathor Legacy: Revelations was recently released.
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