In Other Waters

Maximum PC|July 2020

In Other Waters
Who is the bad guy here?
IAN EVENDEN

FIRST-CONTACT situations tend to go badly in sci-fi. Aliens are generally resource-hungry asset strippers, perfect killing machines, or under threat from the Borg. With intellects that are vast, cool, and unsympathetic, they draw their plans against us. Fish? Not so much.

And yet here we are. The game’s setting of Gliese 677Cc is real, an exoplanet 22 light-years away that orbits within the habitable zone of its red dwarf star, itself part of a triple-star system. In Fellow Traveller’s hands, it's reimagined as an ocean world teeming with life below the surface, begging to be explored.

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July 2020