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Galactiquest is a Web Serial Novel by Bulgariansumo.

The Interstellar Forces is sending the Celestion-5, one of its new, experimental spacecraft, on the first manned mission to Neptune. Not the most respected branch of the military for a variety of reasons, it doesn’t help that they accidentally filled the crew with teenagers (and a few 20-somethings.) On the way to Neptune, the assorted members of the Celestion-5 crew end up making new discoveries not just about the Solar System, but about themselves, each other, and the Interstellar Forces itself. Comes with pictures!


This web serial provides examples of:

  • 20 Minutes into the Future
  • Aloof Leader, Affable Subordinate: Lorenzo and Emil fit this to a T.
  • Alternate History: The Interstellar Forces exists in place of NASA. They also somehow managed to build a Moon colony and a Martian base.
  • Always Someone Better: Lorenzo is this to Captain Vanderbilt.
  • Artificial Gravity: Spaceships in Galactiquest tend to have this. The Celestion-5 can turn its gravity on and off.
  • Big Gal, Little Gal: Shirley and Sparky are this trope along with Brains and Brawn.
  • Brains and Brawn: Sparky and Shirley are this trope, along with Big Gal, Little Gal.
  • Breaking the Glass Ceiling: The Interstellar Forces was men-only before Jun showed up.
  • Canon Illustrations: Along with the cover images, Galactiquest entries are often peppered with these. Most of the time, they don't contradict canon descriptions, though sometimes they're a little different for convenience.
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  • The Cape: Lorenzo wears one. It's implied in "Mingling on the Moon" that no other captain does this, and not even Emil knows.
  • Cape Snag: Lorenzo suffers from one of these.
  • Cassandra Did It: Mia got punished for talking out of turn while trying to warn Leon not to.
  • The Captain: Lorenzo.
  • Closet Gay/Closet Trans: It was revealed in "Life in Orbit" that Jun was nonbinary, but only out to Roxie and Aiden, with everyone else still thinking they were a woman. They came out to the rest of the crew in "A Very Special Announcement," leading to most of the others coming out as some form of LGBT+ themselves. However, they still chose to remain closeted to the rest of the world even after this.
  • Coattail-Riding Relative: Lorenzo's POV in "Mingling on the Moon" suggests that Captain Vanderbilt is this.
    A group of star rangers came over to their table, led by none other than Captain Vanderbilt of the Celestion-6, grandson of Colonel Hans Vanderbilt of the Army. He wouldn’t let anyone forget it.
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  • Colonized Solar System: Lunaria, the Moon colony where Mia grew up, is this.
  • Comically Missing the Point: In "Bon Voyage Celestion-5," Mia tried get Leon to stop talking to her during a briefing, but Leon thought it was some kind of hip Moon speak. She finally spoke up only to get caught by the captain.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: There's a web forum called Interstellar Fonies where people doubt the Interstellar Forces' accomplishments. For example, users there think the IF never went to the Moon and that Lunaria is actually located in a California desert. Aiden posts even more ridiculous theories to the forum, hoping people will buy it because he finds it hilarious. Aiden himself tends to have conspiracies about the IF, but they're more grounded in reality. Usually.
  • Conveniently Timed Distraction: Leon almost remembered what he wanted to tell Mia, but an announcement distracted him.
  • Dirty Cop: Jun dropped out of police academy after discovering that the precinct they thought were the good ones were this.
  • Does He Have a Brother?: Lorenzo and Emil would often turn down girls interested in them by sending them to each other, not realizing that neither were straight.
  • Domed Hometown: The city of Lunaria is located inside of a dome.
  • Don't Call Me "Sir": When Leon first called Emil "sir," the latter told him he didn't have to. Rarely does anyone refer to him by his full title.
  • Easily Impressed: Leon. In "Bon Voyage, Celestion-5," Emil and Jun admit going out of their way to see his reaction to lifting off because of this.
  • Effortless Amazonian Lift: Roxie weightlifting skills impress both Leon and Aiden. Shirley is able to lift up people with just one hand.
  • Ensign Newbie: Lorenzo and Emil are the captains of the Celestion-5 despite being newbies themselves.
  • Famous Ancestor: Commander César Galhardo to Lorenzo and Emil.
  • Flashback Episode: "The Misadventures of Ranger Kim and Ranger Kelly" takes place a few years before the start of the series.
  • Frantic Object Concealment: Emil when Leon almost saw the file revealing who the eighth crewmember was.
  • Friendly Address Privileges: Emil lets everyone call him by his first name. Jun also does this for Leon when he asks how to refer to them.
  • Government Agency of Fiction: The Interstellar Forces.
  • Government Conspiracy: In "Life in Orbit," Aiden suspected that Lorenzo was actually a puppet leader and that Emil was Locked Out of the Loop by whoever is really in charge. Jun claimed to know for a fact that the first wasn't true, but wouldn't tell him why.
  • Guilt by Coincidence: In "Mingling on the Moon," Jun and Roxie were nearly blamed for stealing the Celestion-5's equipment because they had potato and honey on their hands.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: Aiden called Leon and Mia nerds as he defended them from Bella and Gordy.
  • I Can't Believe a Girl Like You Would Notice Me: Mia mentioned thinking this of Roxie in "Maintenance with Roxie and Mia."
  • I Can Still Fight!: A bedridden Jun could barely move after breaking their shoulderblade, but continued to insist they would be fine. This prompted Aiden of all people to tell them to see a doctor.
  • Ice Queen: Mia and Aiden are ice monarchs.
  • Implausible Deniability: In "Mingling on the Moon," Captain Vanderbilt tried to claim that the number calling his phone wasn't Shirley's when Lorenzo used her phone to call the number of the person who planned the theft.
    Captain Vanderbilt did not answer his phone. “Oh weird.” He announced, a little louder than necessary. “Must be the wife calling. I-I could’ve sworn I told her I’d be in a meeting today!”
  • Improbable Age: All of the Celestion-5 crew are this. Even the older members like Jun and Aiden wouldn't normally be considered for a mission of this scale. The captains of the Celestion-7 are also this, but in the opposite direction.
  • Incompetence, Inc.: The Interstellar Forces regularly shows that it isn't the most professional organization behind the scenes, and has become a laughing stock because of it. Aiden in particular is very willing to call out its flaws and sometimes exploit them.
  • Ineffectual Loner: Lorenzo isn't rude or condescending about it, but he doesn't trust anyone enough to open up to anyone other than Emil. Mia and Aiden used to be this, but are gradually learning to warm up to the others. Somewhat.
  • In Name Only: The Interstellar Forces isn't allowed to have weapons anymore, so technically it shouldn't be considered a military branch at all.
  • Last-Name Basis: Lorenzo is only known by the others (except Emil) as Captain Galhardo. Likewise, his POV narration only refers to the other characters (except Emil) by their last names.
  • Latex Space Suit: The main cast usually wears this onboard the ship, but have a different uniform for going out.
  • Mildly Military: Somewhat invoked. The Interstellar Forces is notably relaxed in comparison to other branches of the US military in-universe. It's one of the reasons they're considered lesser.
  • Mistaken for Dyed: Mia's hair is this. It's naturally red, although a pinkish tint.
  • Neat Freak: Lorenzo is very particular about keeping things neat, especially his appearance.
  • Nepotism: The Interstellar Forces has this in spades. It's pretty well known that a star ranger can get special privileges depending on who they know or who they're related to. Aiden suspects that Lorenzo and Emil got their jobs because of this. In "The Misadventures of Ranger Kim and Ranger Kelly," Eric Murray would have gotten away with bullying one of his peers if the higher-ups liked his uncle.
  • Nerf: After it was discovered that there was an unauthorized plot to build a superweapon, the Interstellar Forces was no longer allowed to have or create weapons.
  • No Social Skills: Mia and Lorenzo struggle to make friends because of their lack of people skills.
  • Only Friend: Roxie to Mia, Emil to Lorenzo, and Jun to Aiden.
  • The Paranoiac: Lorenzo plans his life around covering up his (and Emil's) flaws so that no one can exploit them. It's implied that his father influenced this.
    Emil: "Y’know, you and Dad keep talkin’ about all the ‘enemies’ we have, but I’ve never heard of any of ‘em."
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: This seemed to be quite a few star rangers' attitude toward the idea of lifting the gender ban when Jun first joined the Interstellar Forces undercover.
  • Press-Ganged: The warrant officers on the Virgo were surprised anyone bothered to report Aiden's antics anymore, so when Jun did it, they got assigned to basically be his keeper.
  • Properly Paranoid: In "Life in Orbit," Roxie was proven right about the weight when it nearly fell on Aiden. In "The Misadventures of Ranger Kim and Ranger Kelly," Jun became this as they began to realize the repercussions of getting caught masquerading as a man.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Jun describes Commander Galhardo as this. Jun themself could be considered one.
  • Remembered Too Late: Emil upon remembering what he meant to get the toolbox for in "Overworked."
  • Reminder Failure: Leon kept getting distracted from remembering what he meant to tell Mia in "Bon Voyage, Celestion-5."
  • Research, Inc.: The Interstellar Forces became strictly a research organization after the incident that made Lorenzo and Emil's father famous.
  • Science Fiction
  • Shiny-Looking Spaceships: The Celestion-5.
  • Show Within a Show: Galaxy Gal, Leon's favorite anime.
  • The Shut-In: Lorenzo stays in his room so often, his crew sometimes won't see him for a week at a time.
  • Space Clothes: All of the Interstellar Forces uniforms are this, plus Lunaria has an entire subculture dedicated to wearing outlandish space fashion.
  • Speculative Fiction
  • Stealth Insult: Inverted with Aiden, as he isn't the best at showing affection.
    Aiden: "You're still the same dork you always were."
  • The Stool Pigeon: César Galhardo, of the Whistleblower Wilson variety. He is most (in)famous for exposing an unauthorized plan within the IF to build a secret death ray on the Moon base.
  • Switching P.O.V.: Every story is from a 3rd Person POV of at least one of the protagonists, sometimes even switching characters between chapters.
  • Tears of Joy: In "Sight for Four Eyes," Leon cried tears of joy at seeing the Earth from space. This caused issues because they blurred his vision due to the lack of gravity.
  • They Call Me MISTER Tibbs!: Emil sometimes tries to get away with calling Lorenzo "Captain Bro." This leads to Lorenzo not responding to him until he addresses him by his proper title.
  • Token Adult: Jun, being almost a decade older than more than half of the crew, feels this way, even though they technically aren't. Although, when the closest people to their age are Roxie and Aiden, can you really blame them?
  • Web Serial Novel: Officially published via Wattpad.
  • We Have Reserves: Captain Vanderbilt got this speech from Commander Bellamy after he was found guilty of stealing the Celestion-5's equipment. Later, he revealed to Lorenzo that they didn't really have reserves.
  • You Are Not Alone: In "Overworked," it turned out that others were trying to help Emil. This backfired when someone nearly got injured trying to finish one. It Gets Better though. After Emil blamed himself for it, everyone cheered him up and promised to help him with the chores. Even Aiden.
  • Young and in Charge: Lorenzo and Emil are younger than around half of their crew.

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