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NaNo Help: Generation Ship Occupations

I'm leaving this off the filter so I can recruit nanowrimo help.

I've sent our solar system's first generation ship out into space, heading towards Alpha Centauri. They will be acting as an exploratory team as well, leaving their findings for the rest of humanity to eventually retrieve.

So this first ship has a higher scientific population, but it's also going to be a self-sufficient ship with three separate habitats (temperate, tropical rainforest, and taiga). I'm hoping you guys can help me determine what kinds of people absolutely have to be on the ship. I'm hoping to keep the initial population somewhere between 150-200 members, with genetic diversity helped via fertility banks.

The main space agency is ISACC, which is like a merger between NASA, ESA, RKA, and the military. A high percentage of crew is ISACC. Everyone is required to help outside their field to keep the ship running properly, so there's often some overlap. People with many proficiencies or artistic/cultural hobbies (music, dance, theatre, etc.) were preferred. Some folks get spaces due to sponsorship/political ties/cultural significance (for instance, a few people from the remaining royal families/native tribes/religious minorities/etc.) Crew comes from: Earth (much of which is still healing from nuclear holocaust), Luna (several colonies), L1 (the first satellite colony), and a few actually grew up on the ship, Akupara, which had to spend several decades proving self-sufficiency in orbit before it was okayed for departure.

Here's my current list of people on the ship. Please make suggestions (or corrections) if you have anything to add. Thanks for your help!


Second/Aerospace Engineer
Astronauts - 4
Systems Engineer:
    Communications Engineer
    Hardware Engineer
    Software Engineer
    Nuclear Engineer/physicist - 2
    Solar Engineer
    Electrical Engineer
    Mechanical Engineer
    Life Support Systems Engineer
    Waste Systems Engineer



Geneticists – 2
Family practitioner

Nurses – 2
Surgeons - 2
EMTs - 4
Holistic Healers -??
Biologists - 2


Farmers - ???
Zoo Keepers - 2
Butchers - 2
Horticulturalist/Grounds - 3
Botanists - 2


Social Administrator
Linguistic specialist
Museum Curator
Cooks/Chefs - 2
Ministers - ??
Teachers – 2

Kids - ??

Sponsors/Politicos/People of Cultural Significance - ??


Metalsmiths – 2?


Nov. 11th, 2008 04:31 pm (UTC)
Hope you don't mind the randomness of my post :o) Saw this on nanowrimo.

Just a random thing - I know you said that all the others would take on responsibilities not limited to their role, but...

How were you percieving the maintenance/upkeep of the ship's systems (the whole thing - from propulsion to life support to the computers)? Would it be something everyone did, or would you have a specialist team of engineers and workmen?

I'm imagining that the ship's systems would be extremely complex - and even with computerisation and automation, you'd still want to keep a close eye on it. I know from my friends that there are people who are gifted with engineering, practical things, and those whose talents are more... well... elsewhere, and I'd want the former looking after your critical systems. Even though you would want arty people on board, too.

I'd definitely add a power systems engineer and another software engineer. Power supply management is an incredibly complex area and I'd imagine over a huge ship it would be critical.

Sorry, I'm a geek! I've worked on complex electrical and mechanical systems, so these sort of things are the first that pop into my mind. Hope my rambles are vaguely useful.

Good luck!

Nov. 11th, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
No, I enjoy randomness! That's how my novel is so far. :)

I figured the systems engineers, the mechanics, and the astronauts would work together to keep the support systems running smoothly. I also had a massive nuclear holocaust the decimated a huge chunk of the earth, so they spent several hundred years working primarily on medical and biosphere technologies. Basically, biospheres and environmental revitalization became mandatory for continued existence. They've been doing the "habitat" thing for five hundred years, so I figure most of it is pretty well automated. The astronauts and grounds folks. I'll definitely add your suggestions, since you know more about it than I do! And software engineer is probably what I meant with "computer engineer". *blushes*

Thanks so much for your help!
Nov. 11th, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
No worries :oD

I'd actually class computer engineer and software engineer differently, as the hardware is a completely different matter.

Most technical people I know of work well together - it's just the management that cause all the problems ;o)