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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?


(Deleted comment)
Nov. 11th, 2008 06:30 pm (UTC)
Are you serious? Well I totally appreciate the ego boost! I've been feeling like a failure since I'm only at 8,000 words.
(Deleted comment)
Nov. 12th, 2008 12:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I spend far too little time on the forums though. And not keeping up with the f-list either, so if you need NaNo help, you might want to nudge me. LOL

Want to know a secret? This is the same story I tried last year, which means I've really put two years worth of thought and research into it. I just had to scrap most of what I came up with last year, because my grasp of science was ALL wrong (probably still is), but at least I've been percolating on it a while. I thought I'd have these lists and the character sheets all finished by October! I'm wondering whether it's fair to add them to my word count, since it's technically still working on NaNo and was written in Nov...

Thanks again, sweetie!
(Deleted comment)
Nov. 12th, 2008 12:40 pm (UTC)
Stephen King does it every book! You just have to get permission before you publish it. ;)
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Nov. 13th, 2008 12:21 pm (UTC)
Hm. As you may or may not remember, God and I are tight. I have deemed this a worthy cause, and God says, "Go for it. I didn't write the thing anyway. Shut up, Luke. You didn't either! It doesn't count if you had Mary "ghostwrite" the whole thing then tried to get her stoned again when she wanted thirty percent."