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"In the very near future, Earth has come into contact with the Galactic Alliance of Systems and Planets, a galaxy-spanning democracy dedicated to spreading peace and progress through the universe. Eager to join this organization, the nations of Earth have assembled their youth as ambassadors to the alliance’s capital, the city world of Planet Zed. And among these representatives, the youngest and most daring of them all is none other than...ROGER ROCKET!"

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There’s a city so very far
Home of people from every star

It’s a zillion miles from Earth
And full of wonders of untold worth

From there, you can travel the galaxy
Visit a million worlds you could never believe

Encounter spaceships, aliens, robots, and more
So much to see; you will never be bored

Come with us through the universe
The adventures to be had will be endless

Roger Rocket and the City of the Stars (or just Roger Rocket for short) is a science-fiction series made up by Magnus Force. It is an adventure-comedy that takes inspiration from sci-fi works like Star Wars, Star Trek, Forbidden Planet, Futurama, and The Jetsons.

The series focuses on Roger Rocket, a 13-year-old boy in YER-GASP (Young Earth Representatives to GASP), a project to send young humans to Planet Zed, a city world home to all sorts of aliens and robots that serves as capital of the Galactic Alliance of Systems and Planets (GASP). On Planet Zed, Roger befriends a robot named Calculus and an alien named Voona, and the three have adventures across Planet Zed and other worlds, encountering many strange and wonderful things.

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This series is a reboot of an earlier project of mine called Out of this World, borrowing the setting and many of the characters with some heavy tweaking based on another draft I made of the prior project. It was called Rod Rogers and the City of the Stars in a prior draft as well.

For the other Unpublished Works made up by Magnus Force, see Incredi-Girl and Meet the Nocturnes.


    Characters 

Primary Characters

Roger Roderick Rocket

Roger Rocket is a thirteen-year-old American boy in YER-GASP whose love of outer space adventure comics has made him determined to make the most of his time on Planet Zed. The youngest of the YER-GASP ambassadors and his own family, Roger is audacious, adventurous, and confident to a fault. He is an eager explorer, a wannabe space hero, and a fantastic cook all rolled into one bold package.

C3-X5 Calculus

Calculus is Roger’s highly intelligent and well-mannered robot buddy, a tin can on wheels whose tiny body is packed with dozens of tools and gadgets for every situation he and his friends could possibly get in. Always prepared for the worst-case scenario, Calculus possesses both an endless curiosity for the universe's countless wonders and a great sense of caution for its equally infinite dangers.

Voona Thinth

Voona is Roger’s other friend, a lovely and tomboyish alien girl from the planet Cholak with pointy ears, tentacles for hair, and a short temper. The rebellious daughter of a respected GASP diplomat, Voona is a skilled martial artist never afraid to say what’s on her mind. Despite her rough and tough image, Voona is also an animal lover with a protective compassion for all creatures great and small.

Droggs

Droggs is Voona’s pet Scuttling Sectile, an iguana-like creature from Cholak with six legs, compound eyes, a long tongue, and a parrot-like beak. Although Droggs is considered repulsive by many, especially Calculus, who cannot stand him, Voona and Droggs share a strong mutual affection for each other. In fact, Droggs is utterly inseparable from Voona and loves joining her on Roger’s adventures.

Gaitha Miyoonith

Gaitha is the wife of an interspecies alien couple hosting Roger on Planet Zed. A fussy and elegant lady from the planet Nhimm, Gaitha has a long snout like an anteater and works as an archivist at the GASP Museum of Knowledge. She is prim, proper, and utterly enamoured with her job, but also a highly intelligent and compassionate woman knowledgeable in an impressive array of subjects.

Zemir Esilion

Zemir is Gaitha's husband and the other half of Roger’s host couple. Originating from the planet Elan, Zemir is extremely fat and possesses four arms and four eyes, which help him as both a mechanic and a licensed starship pilot. Exuberant yet easygoing, Zemir loves being in the midst of the wildest and loudest events, but despite his lowbrow interests, he is very intelligent and knows a lot of useful things.

Secondary Characters

Qual Kerbor

Qual is Roger’s rival, an alien from the planet Daquarri 8 who looks like a hybrid of an octopus and an anglerfish. Plagued by massive insecurities that manifest as an intense hatred for Roger and his confident attitude, Qual is determined to prove himself superior to Roger in every field possible. Unfortunately, this (along with his massive crush on Voona) often gets him into trouble with less savoury figures.

Pranter Wartuya

Pranter is a friend of Gaitha and Zemir and the owner of Spaceman’s Stop, the preferred hangout spot of Roger and his friends. He is a trunked alien from the planet Ruban with small antennae and large compound eyes usually concealed by goggles. Although he is not very bright and prone to causing problems with his bumbling, Pranter is an amiable fellow who dreams of becoming a licensed starship pilot.

Modem and Trigonometric

Modem and Trigonometric are Calculus’ "parents", as well as friends and neighbors to Gaitha and Zemir. They are inventors who make a living by designing hi-tech products for big businesses to sell. Modem is Calculus' "dad", tall and lean with a single wheeled leg and a somewhat world-weary attitude. Trigonometric is Calculus' "mom", a spherical, hovering robot with multiple arms and a bubbly personality.

Tardell Thinth

Tardell is Voona’s father, and he also happens to be one of the most esteemed ambassadors in GASP. But for all his negotiation skills, charisma, and open-minded thinking, Tardell has trouble bonding with his daughter, who sees her political family as embarrassing, though deep down she does love him very much. As a male Cholakite, he lacks his daughter’s tentacle hair and is totally bald.

    Species and Planets 

Humans

Earth had been known to GASP since approximately the 1940s, but the decision to let a relatively underdeveloped world join GASP was heavily debated for years in the GASP Assembly (GASP’s parliament). When GASP decided to admit Earth, YER-GASP was set up by the UN in response, intending to let Earth's youth become the first ambassadors to the universe.

GASP considers humans to be a mid-development species, meaning that they are not technologically advanced enough to be invited into GASP, but have made the first steps (i.e. they have developed early spaceflight). This makes Earth's admittance to GASP unprecedented, brought about by illegal interference from rogue spacecraft in places like Roswell.

Robots

Robots are found on countless worlds in GASP, but are primarily found on planets with high levels of technological and urban development. They come in a staggering diversity of forms because GASP's robotics industry is an amalgamation of all the engineering and programming knowledge of all the planets that were producing robots when they joined GASP.

Robots are unique in this setting in that they are considered a sapient species under GASP law (although the earliest GASP robots were not sentient). Robot manufacture is under the monopoly of GASP Robotics, a GASP-affiliated, robot-managed enterprise that uses an extremely complex programming and engineering system to create unique individuals.

Cholak

Cholak is a hothouse paradise covered in rainforests, savannahs, swamps, mountains, and shallow seas. Teeming with wildlife (notably Scuttling Sectiles like Droggs), the planet is a preeminent safari destination in GASP, which the inhabitants promote by encasing their cities in large energy domes meant to separate civilization from the wild.

Cholakites like Voona and Tardell are a human-like species with purple, hairless skin and pointy ears. Females possess semi-prehensile tentacles on their heads, whereas males are totally bald. Except for the sexual dimorphism noted, they are fairly similar to humans in biological terms and were among the earliest species to have been invited into GASP.

Nhimm

Nhimm is most notable for its unusual orbit, which not only gives it unpredictable seasons but means that half of the planet is permanently night and the other stuck in daytime. As a result, there is only a single civilization on the otherwise environmentally diverse planet, and it exists as a massive city belted along the planet's day-night border.

Nhimmeons like Gaitha are a pink-skinned species with anteater-like snouts and small horns that poke from the hair on their heads. They have tongues thrice their height, which they use to slurp up food into their tiny, toothless mouths. Like kiwi birds, they lay a single huge egg, but like mammals, they carry that egg in their bodies for several months.

Elan

Elan is a desert planet infamous for its extreme conditions. The planet is nearly waterless, with most native species either gaining their necessary liquids from elsewhere or being extremely adept at locating the rare underground spring. Underneath the sands however, precious metals and minerals are unusually common, making the planet a mining hotspot.

Elantros like Zemir are a four-armed, four-eyed, brown-skinned, human-like species with traits from reptiles and marsupials. Like the former, they have dry skin, and like the latter, they raise their young in pouches. To survive the desert, they can go without water for months and store large amounts of fat in their bodies, making them appear obese.

Daquarri 8

Daquarri 8 is an entirely oceanic planet, with the sole land being its ice caps and the occasional artificial platform constructed for visitors from other worlds. While there are shallow regions, the planet's underwater environment is usually very deep, with vast stretches of open ocean and huge trenches cutting through the seafloor in every direction.

Daquarrians like Qual are an aquatic species with tentacles, fins, beaks, and bioluminescent lures. They have wet orange skin, no skeleton except a cartilage spine and skull, and ink sacs in their noses. Once a technologically primitive species, interference and enslavement from a planetary conqueror defeated by GASP led to them joining GASP.

Ruban

Ruban is a generally temperate planet known for being very, very, very wet, with vast expanses of soaking forest and marsh where it rains almost every day - sometimes as much as 20 meters of rain. The planet is bathed in a unique form of UV radiation from its sun that harmlessly blurs the vision of most outsiders but is vital to most native species.

Rubanians like Pranter are a blue-skinned species possessing short elephant-like trunks and insectoid antennae and eyes. Their vision is heavily reliant upon the planet's unusual UV radiation; without it, they can only seen blurry images. As a result, they often wear specialized goggles that help them see as they would at home when off-world.

    Planet Zed 

  • Planet Zed is the sole world of the Zed System, but also the capital of the Galactic Alliance of Systems and Planets. Its surface is a rich and bustling metropolis of unimaginable vastness and diversity.
  • Planet Zed's population is over 8 trillion. This staggering number can be approximately divided into 6 trillion aliens belonging to countless species and 2 trillion robots of all sorts of designs from across the universe.
  • Planet Zed was once a featureless world, but was made capital of GASP as its location was secure and neutral. It became the vibrant world it is today after a century of advanced terraforming.
  • Planet Zed orbits a star similar to our Sun and has an atmosphere and climate compatible with most species (the sky is indigo-violet as a result). However, its rotation and orbit are opposite of Earth’s.
  • Planet Zed has eight moons, all terraformed to serve purposes that can’t be done on Planet Zed, such as military bases, waste management plants, and penitentiaries. One moon is covered entirely in an amusement park!
  • The Galactic Alliance of Systems and Planets (GASP) is a political organization that guides itself on peace, unity, equality, progress, and liberty. It is a bit like the Federation from Star Trek or the Republic from Star Wars.
  • GASP consists of countless systems, planets, and species that have joined together to better the universe. The organization frequently adds new worlds, typically those with spacefaring societies.
  • Whenever a new world is added, GASP initiates an enormous exchange of technology and ideas, allowing for the growth of technology (especially in GASP robotics), society, and culture for both GASP and the new world.
  • GASP is a democracy, in which a president is elected once every ten years for a single term. The president leads galactic politics (the highest level of GASP politics) and runs Planet Zed with help from the city’s administrators.
  • The official language of GASP is Galactic Standard, a planet-neutral language that is intended to be easy to speak for almost all species. By sheer coincidence, it is the exact same as English - and no one knows why.

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Tropes of the series:

  • Alien Non-Interference Clause: GASP has this rule for planets that are too "primitive" to join the organization or have yet to join it. However, if the planet has been interfered with in some way by rogue forces or some other political entity, GASP will take in the planet because the damage has already been done; it was how Earth ended up in GASP.
  • Aliens Speaking English: The official language of GASP is Galactic Standard, which by sheer coincidence, is exactly the same as English.
  • Androids Are People, Too: Robots in this setting are considered a sapient species in GASP. There are non-sentient robots in the setting too, but those are extremely primitive models from before robots gained sapience that have somehow lasted until the present.
  • Bar Full of Aliens: Or in the case of Spaceman's Stop, that would "Hangout Eatery Full of Aliens".
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Appears often, occasionally with comedic intent.
  • City of Adventure: Planet Zed. When you're dealing with a planet-sprawling metropolis populated by trillions of aliens and robots from across the universe, it's bound to be this.
  • City Planet: Planet Zed itself. A lot of the problems that come with such a planet are justified by the fact that it is in fact artificially terraformed.
  • Cool Starship: The setting is full of these, ranging from tiny one-man saucers to enormous city-ships.
  • Faster-Than-Light Travel: The setting's version is called Hyperwarp Travel, which takes the spaceship though a wormhole that acts as a shortcut. For instance, Hyperwarp Travel would allow one to go from Earth to Pluto in half an hour, or from one end of the Milky Way to another in less than a month.
  • The Federation: GASP, being inspired particularly by Star Trek's Federation and Star Wars' Republic.
  • Humanoid Aliens: Much like in Star Wars, most (but not all) of the aliens have this appearance. In fact, all of the main alien characters have a humanoid body shape.
  • Insignificant Little Blue Planet: Earth was this for GASP until it was admitted into the organization as a result of interference clauses being broken by rogue spaceships.
  • Interspecies Romance: A little bit here and there. However, interspecies couples are physically incapable of having children naturally.
  • Law of Alien Names: All the aliens have these kinds of unusual names.
  • Loads and Loads of Races: There are individuals of countless alien species inhabiting Planet Zed, so naturally, this is present.
  • Planet of Hats: As a sci-fi series with an expansive setting, this trope pops up often, sometimes for comedic purposes.
  • Raygun Gothic: The series has elements of this, as you can tell by the inspirations listed above.
  • Robo Family: Robot families are a thing in the setting, since they are fully sapient beings here. When two robots marry each other, they can order a child to be constructed for them by GASP Robotics.
  • Robot Names: The robots in this setting all have a series of letters and/or numbers as their "personal name", as well as a name they use in public. Their public name is usually a word related to math, machinery, electronics, or something appropriate to their character.
  • Rubber-Forehead Aliens: A number of aliens have this appearance, although they're not as common as the less human ones.
  • Single-Biome Planet: A lot of such places are visited in the series, with Planet Zed itself also being example (albeit justified by advanced terraforming).
  • Space Pirate: They exist in the setting and are treated a lot like sea pirates, usually being more common in the less stable regions of GASP territory.
  • Starfish Aliens: There are plenty of aliens on Planet Zed with these kinds of appearances.
  • Technology Uplift: GASP does this with any new planet that enters the organization.
  • Tin-Can Robot: Many (but not all) of the setting's robots have this appearance.

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