Here’s a list of things that either consciously or subconsciously influenced Effugium:
Mass panic over an alien threat. Sure, the story’s overblown and exaggerated, but shut up and let people have it, Debbie Downer. dang.
Love this underrated sci-fi classic about people fleeing from Earth to escape destruction. Lovely matte painting of the world they colonize at the end:
I read the Hitchiker books numerous times throughout my teenage years. Douglas Adams tells genuinely funny yet compelling sci-fi stories with heart, a quality which also makes him one of my favorite Doctor Who writers. Incidentally, classic Who has a strong influence on Effugium as well, particularly the Tom Baker years, and particularly The Armageddon Factor.
Of course, Battlestar Galactica must be mentioned. Humanity nearly wiped out, the survivors venturing out into space, yada yada yada. No laser battles, though.
The Arthur C Clarke influence can be found in two books:
Here’s one that’ll seem like an odd choice for inclusion in this list, but it’s very important due to its epistolary nature, with Caldo’s journal entries:
Little bit o’ this in the mix:
A dash of this:
A whiff of this, even though I’ve only seen bits and pieces of it:
Oh, you’d better believe this was an influence, for crying out loud:
Some of this:
Most definitely this, as far as the structure of the story and its parabolic nature goes:
And it’s gotta be the King James Version. It’s the coolest, most medieval version and besides, the other versions are copyrighted. Imagine owning the copyright to the Bible and suing people for quoting it. Fuck those people.
Of course, gotta give a shout out to Foundation.
Take all of these ingredients, filter them through my OCD-riddled brain’s perceptions of life and the world around me, and that’s pretty much where Effugium: The Time Remaining comes from.