First off, this isn’t me saying I’m going to be starting a new series with this in mind: it’s purely hypothetical. But I’ve been thinking about what will come after Xenoworld, which I hope to wrap up in 2-3 more books.
This was the idea I had, though (fair warning, this paragraph will contain spoilers for Wasteland Chronicles so if you haven’t finished, you might want to skip it this paragraph for the third). In most alien invasion stories, it’s usually about the humans winning against impossible odds (think Independence Day, or even Wasteland Chronicles to an extent, even if humanity’s victory wasn’t exactly complete in WC). So, what I was interested in was turning that trope on its head: what if the humans didn’t win, but instead were completely conquered in a matter of days, enslaved, and completely outmatched against an alien foe they couldn’t hope to contend with?
The novel, or series, would center on humanity’s struggle to survive under the alien invaders’ thumb perhaps twenty years following in the initial invasion, which is over in a matter of weeks since the humans are so outmatched. The humans would be mostly spared, except for those who resisted, because the aliens would be mostly interested in using humanity as subjects and slaves rather than just wanting to kill them outright.
The premise would be that humanity finds itself as just one small planet in a vast alien empire that spans a good chunk of the galaxy. Any rebellion, if it can be cobbled together, would just be swiftly crushed. While the majority of humans would live as slaves in the new social order, a few would be raised up as a new nobility to serve as puppets for their alien overlords, which would create some interesting tension within the species itself.
Needlessly to say, the idea is deliciously dark and depressing, which is how I like my fiction. I mean, there might be a happy-ish ending, but I want it to be more complicated than good guys (humans) versus bad guys (aliens).
This was just a random idea I’ve tossed around with a couple of friends, and it also involves a killer robot empire that’s at war with the alien hegemony under which the humans are enslaved. There would be quite a few different characters from all walks of life: from the slave working in the slums, to the nobility living a comparatively easy life, and perhaps alien characters as well. It would be fun to have the invasion take place in the modern day, but after it’s over twenty years later, to have Earth completely transformed by alien technology which is incomprehensible to people because it so advanced.
This idea may or may not come to fruition. I have so many ideas that there’s no way I could ever get to them all. While I’m sure there are novels that focus on the aliens winning and enslaving humanity, or the opposite where humans go out are the bad guys (sort of like Ender’s Game), it seems the vast majority of alien invasion stories have the humans winning against very long odds. There’s nothing wrong with that type of story, but I can’t count the number of times I’ve read novels like that or books like that.
I think this idea is a lot more interesting because the territory hasn’t been trodden upon as much, even if has been trodden upon before.
What do you guys think?