I've been developing a sci-fi saga for a few years now. I started drawing this character that I've really enjoyed developing and it's taken a life of its own. It's mostly just existed as poorly written notes in a word document but now I'm starting to flush out plot lines, characters, their arcs, and fill in plot holes. Here is the running plot summary so far:
In the distant future, an asteroid miner and his small crew are kidnapped by a vicious crime syndicate and becomes forced to work as a mercenary committing various tasks against other gangs. After 5 years of enslavement, he finds a way to escape with the aid of allies within the elaborate crime syndicate and a rag-tag rescue team - who has been searching for him since his disappearance. An impending civil war over Earth and surrounding asteroid nations is also brewing, which may be the perfect opportunity to destroy the syndicate.
There's so much more to flush out and there's a lot I want to explore in this world. Science fiction is my favorite genre because it looks at humanity as a whole - when done right, raises some very good questions that might cause an existential crisis. It can provide good critiques on human nature and our endless contradictions. Laser guns and hover cars are an added bonus.
In this story I want try and avoid cosmic aliens and look at us as humans. Without giving out too much, the story will take place 300-500 years in the future and a main aspect of it will be that we still have no proof of extraterrestrial life (space is a big place) so we really start to crumble under the pressures of being "alone" in the universe and invent new problems due to this existential crisis. I also think sci-fi has the great ability to bring diverse, often over-looked characters front and center, so this world will not only deal with space and asteroid nations, but Earth and it's still struggling identity with individual nations with individual problems and social issues.
I'm very excited I have some time (little, but enough..) to further develop this.