Exploring Adventure genre. The Story Grid calls it the Action genre. A controlling idea behind this asteroid story might be “Life is preserved when Surveyor X finishes her survey of the asteroid belt despite the competition.” Meh. Anyway, that’s something to think about. So maybe there’s a competitor striving to mark his corporation’s territory in the asteroid belt – and damn any species/culture that happens to be living there already. Maybe Surveyor X befriends the locals and in the end, instead of turning over her findings to the faceless cold corporation, she registers the findings as belonging to the locals (with whatever higher authority there is than the corporations) and causes a change in the social structure of the galaxy. And gets fired. The choice of what’s right for her versus what’s right for society?
Or maybe she just escapes with her life and gets paid and that’s enough.
Things I know now:
There are locals. There’s competition. The corporations suck. There’s a higher authority than the corporations. There are haves and have-nots. This is a person vs. nature story with a subplot of person vs. person, state, or time? Or maybe the person vs. nature is a subplot and not the main drive. There are various considerations for person vs. nature – namely, researching the nature part to make it believable. What the hell do I know about space travel and asteroids? Not much it turns out. TV Tropes to the rescue.
Well, the story could still have asteroids and, since they are so far apart, it could still have life and death situations. Maybe there’s a chase through planetary rings?
More to think about…