New Queensland Station

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New Queensland Station is a story in two parts set in Tales of the Tai-Pan Universe. Both parts appear in the second issue of the fanzine. It was jointly written by Gene Breshears, Whitney Ware, and Keith Alan Johnson.

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[edit] Plot

While on a routine trip to the planet Aussland's orbital station, New Queensland, with a quantity of corn it's hoping to sell to a local broker,Marimba, the crew of the merchant ship, the Tai-Pan is caught in a skirmish between corrupt members of the station's port authority and rebels intent in securing Aussland's independence. To make matters worse, one of the ship's crew, Geoffrey Thorndike had made a deal with Marimba to transport illegal weapons in the corn. The resulting violence leaves half of the Tai-Pan's crew dead or seriously injured, and the survivors cut off from their ship.

[edit] History

The Beginings of the plot that would become NQS, was created almost 24 hours after creating the Tai-Pan Project itself.¹ The original idea behind the story was to establish a number of jumping points for possible plotlines. Also, the killing off of more than half of the crew (all of them being non persona Characters), opened the Tai-Pan Project to new contributors who submited their persona characters to the project.¹

[edit] Impact

NQS is perhaps, the defining story of Tales of the Tai-Pan Universe as several of the major storylines (Sins of the Brother, Haresay for example) expand plotlines started in NQS. Some readers have grumbled that NQS introduces a large number of characters only to have them die, while others recommend it to new readers of the fanzine.¹

[edit] See also

Tales of the Tai-Pan Universe

Haresay, A different interpretation of New Queensland Station told from the point of view of Karaya del-Tanzikt.

[edit] Reference

¹ Ten Years of Anthropomorphic Art and Fiction published in Tales of the Tai-Pan Universe #17

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Tai-Pan Literary & Arts Project · "In His Own Country" · "New Queensland Station"


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