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  • 32w, 6d
    Entry #25: Technical difficulties.

    To those of you following "Conquer the Stars", I'm very, very sorry, but I have some bad news for you.

    Starman Ghost has requested that I pull "Conquer the Stars" from, as he no longer wishes to be associated with "Not Alone".

    Obviously, I do not want to do this. I have told him so, as I believe that what I do with "Conquer the Stars" is my own business. He has accused me of leeching from what he has written, even though I have no more "leached" from him than I have from Hasbro or Stardock Entertainment or any other publisher on whose works I have written fanfiction.

    Today he has threatened me with publicly stating that I have used one of his characters -Evening Star- against his wishes. As this is true, I'll have no choice but to remove her, and replace her with one of my own creation. This will require extensive editing.

    Again, I do not want to do this. But it looks like I'll have to.

    Edit: I'd just like to say that if I see a large number of down-votes spring up on anything Starman Ghost-related, I'll be very unhappy.

    Edit2: You absolute fuckwits. Did you not hear a thing I said?

    Edit3: After reading the (sensible) comments you guys have provided, I have decided to do the following:

    I'll keep Evening Star as-is, and add a note saying that she is based on Starman's Evening Star. If there is additional trouble, I'll change her name to Morning Star, and make her coat exactly one and a half shades lighter.

    116 comments · 1,835 views
  • 68w, 5d
    Entry #24: Meanwhile, at IX HQ...

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  • 87w, 20h
    Entry #23: Ponies and lighstabers and Sith lords (Oh my!).

    Since I have no sense of shame, here's a plug for my latest fic: Rule of Two!

    A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...

    The Republic is dead, and from the ashes the evil Galactic Empire has risen, with the malevolent Emperor Palpatine at its throne. Across the galaxy, Lord Darth Vader hunts down the last of the Jedi, aided by the ruthlessy efficient Stormtroopers of the 501st Legion and the Star Destroyers of the dreaded Death Squadron.

    The Conclave on Kessel has failed, and the Jedi have been slain. However, Darth Vader senses something deep within the abandoned mines...

    The idea came to me after looking at some examples of the "Evil person finds Dashie instead of the MLD protagonist". One of them was Darth "I find your lack of faith disturbing" Vader, and one of the comments said that Vader would actually be a pretty cool dad.

    Things escalated from there.

    Have a look if you wish, and don't forget to upvote. With some luck, we can get this on the featured box.

    As for my FoaSE readers, I'm writing chapter four as I type. Stay tuned!

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  • 93w, 5d
    Entry #22: Switch.

    To my readers, I've got bad news, more bad news, and three pieces of good news.

    The bad news is that Starman Ghost has deleted Not Alone from FIMfiction, due to personal reasons. It will be missed.

    The other bad news is that as of this moment Conquer the Stars is on Hiatus untill I've written at least two more chapters of Friends of a Solar Empire.

    The good news is that I've got something special for you guys planned. The other good news is that Friends of a Solar Empire will be coming out of hiatus shortly starting with a round of me suffering from George Lucas Syndrome editing, and I'll be working on that along with the aforementioned proyect. Stay tuned!

    The other good news is that I've uploaded a PDF of Not Alone to mediafire. Here's the link.

    8 comments · 411 views
  • 96w, 5d
    Entry #21: News.

    First of all, Conquer the Stars has nearly reached 700 favorites. This is a lot, and I'd like to thank all of you.

    (Fanart will be very much appreciated with electronic cookies.)

    Second, I'm currently occupied, so updates will take a lot of time. I apologize.

    Third, there are some major edits to be done. Formatting fixes, removal of Wall of Texts and other things. Friends of a Solar Empire will get the same treatment.

    Fourth, I've finally done something that I've never done before: I played DnD.

    Holy shit it's fun.

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  • ...

"I have sworn upon the altar of God, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man."

-Thomas Jefferson

Three hundred years ago, Equestria tried to assimilate Earth.

They failed. They fled, rather than face justice.

We moved on. We conquered the stars, we made a civilization that spans across the infinite void. We built true harmony between species.

We thought we'd seen the last of Celestia, but as a desperate mobile colony on the fringes of known space came to discover, we were wrong.

It is time to finish what was started by our forefathers.

Based on TCB: Not Alone, by Starman Ghost.

EDIT: Following Starman Ghost's deleting of Not Alone, I've replaced the above link with one leading to a PDF file uploaded to mediafire.

EDIT (14/04/2014): The character of Evening Star was originally created by Starman Ghost. I am using her without his permission.

First Published
26th Dec 2012
Last Modified
9th Jan 2013
#1 · 100w, 13h ago · 5 · · Out of gas ·

I love it.

The first part makes me think of David Weber, with a touch of Robert A. Heinlein.

The second part evokes a little bit of Clancy and Cussler.

#2 · 100w, 13h ago · · · Out of gas ·

Nice to see it finally on this site. :twilightsmile:

#3 · 100w, 13h ago · 5 · · Out of gas ·

>immediate thumbs up

>immediate favorite

Hot damn. Glad it's finally up here. When's the guesstimated release of chapter 2? As long as chapter 1, or was most of the time with 1 taken up by establishing the setting?

#4 · 100w, 13h ago · 4 · · Out of gas ·

Firebird! Firebird! Firebird!


#5 · 100w, 13h ago · · · Out of gas ·

First thing I noice about this story is its word count. Time to start reading...

#6 · 100w, 13h ago · 1 · · Out of gas ·

:yay: YES! It's finally here!! :pinkiehappy: I could just kiss you now! :rainbowkiss:

Firebird's of course awesome, but come on, Sunrise Glory needs some love too! I love me a scientific pony.  :duck:

Now please let Celestia get a curbstomb to the flank. And also give Bon Bon her punishment. It's loooong overdue. :twilightangry2:

#7 · 100w, 13h ago · 1 · · Out of gas ·

>>1855035 Long, long overdue... And poor Mayor Mare. :( Dammit, it's rare for me to find sympathy with her. Here, outright anguish.

Xenolestia, your time has come. The ledgers must be balanced. There must be an accounting.

#8 · 100w, 12h ago · 4 · · Out of gas ·

I come back from the Christmas Party, and there's the first chapter of "Conquer the Stars."

And who says Daleks only know hate? They clearly know of christmastime generosity...

#9 · 100w, 12h ago · · · Out of gas ·

Wait, was this that unnofficial sequel to Not Alone? I swear I saw something like it on Spacebattles. . .

Sorry if I'm wrong and my brain's just derping.:twilightblush:

Hmm? I thought Comedy and Tragedy were mutually exclusive tags now?

>>1855139 It is the sequel to 'Not Alone'. No derping from you!

#12 · 100w, 12h ago · 4 · 1 · Out of gas ·

I love love love the Jefferson quote you have there. It's enough to warrant a fave by itself.

I can't wait to see where this goes.

Wow, I was wondering if you were going to post this here.


#16 · 100w, 12h ago · 1 · · Out of gas ·

>>1855139 Ix, since someone's already gotten confused, could you add a note in the description that this is a sequel to Not Alone?

Anyway, it's looking great. Your portrayal of Luna is both plausible and delightfully frightening.


Thanks for clearing that up fellas, much appreciated.:twilightsmile:

On another note, Merry Christmas to you all! Yes, even those who don't celebrate it. You don't get a free pass on the well wishing just because you don't celebrate it.:derpytongue2:



Also, tag overload. Might want to trim it down just a bit.

#20 · 100w, 12h ago · 9 · 1 · Out of gas ·


Thank you. I'm taking my cues from Clancy, and the Calvin was partially inspired by the Rama from Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C Clarke. I'm also drawing something's from Ghost in the Shell.

That being said, there are references everywhere. Try and find them! :twilightsmile:


Well, I can reasonably write 1000 words per day, now that I've got my rhythm. The problem is that I'm having the forums review what I write, and while I might write fast, corrections are slow. The first two scenes alone took weeks of back and forth arguing to get them right.


I just knew you'd say that.:rainbowwild:


I plan to make the reader experience a roller coaster of emotion, to make them laugh and cry and laugh again.

Tell me if I succeed.:twilightsheepish:



#22 · 100w, 12h ago · 6 · 9 · Out of gas ·

Yes Yes Yes Yes!!!!:pinkiehappy: may celstia's head finally get cut of her bitch of a body.

#23 · 100w, 12h ago · 10 · 1 · Out of gas ·


*angy Dalek glare*

#24 · 100w, 12h ago · 9 · 1 · Out of gas ·

This, my dear Dalek, is the perfect Christmas Gift! One I hope to repay come New Years by releasing chapter 1 of TCB: Systems. :raritystarry:

And casting Luna as the primary antagonist was a brilliant inversion of the usual formula for Anti-TCB fics! For obvious reasons, Celestia usually gets this role. Yet Not Alone Celly was, quite frankly, a pathetic villian. An incompetent Buffon made dull-witted via a thousand years trapped in a perpetual Hug Box. An idiot, basically. Luna as discribed by Starman Ghost, however...

#25 · 100w, 11h ago · 5 · 6 · Out of gas ·

>>1855301 what?:rainbowhuh: we are ALL thinking it. ANd also when is the story you know with all the different world equestria gets sent to going to be updated?

#27 · 100w, 11h ago · 1 · · Out of gas ·

That was nice. Felt a bit info-dumpy in the beginning, but yeah, it was good.

#28 · 100w, 11h ago · 1 · · Out of gas ·

Oh good.  I was waiting for something like this.  8 D

#29 · 100w, 11h ago · 11 · 1 · Out of gas ·


No, not really.

Some people want an actual story, rather than yet another mindless Equestria Stomp. Those get boring after the first thousand or so times.

Fortunately, Ix won't descend to that level of idiocy and his story will have interesting characters and an actual plot.

Nothing much to say other than interesting.  :eeyup:

Ooo, I've been waiting for this one to finally get here!

>>1855436 ok maybe i was a little overboard. sorry but still this is a amazing story.

This . . This is great. An entirely new story which can exist as an alternative universe sequel. Far too long I have seen TCB stories which just recap what has happened or new events, but nothing like this my good sir.

Also, I am hesitant to say that those downvotes you have received are from bias views on TCB, not on this story's merits.

How often will you release new chapter?

#35 · 100w, 10h ago · 3 · · Out of gas ·

Copy/paste your story in this: Auto-Reviewer

That should cover the myriad of dialogue punctuation mistakes in the story.

You can thank me later.

Tons of exposition, not always handled as well as it could/should be. Granted, being a lover of chrome-speak myself, you get a pass. I must admit that I ended up skimming anything that was a lot of words without any quotation marks in sight.

Them tags are hurting my head.

Wow, I've been wondering what you've been up to Dalek and I am not disappointed! What I know about TCB is from TVTropes so I'm not totally up on what happened in this continuity, but this is shaping up to be a great tragedy. I'm not sure yet who is going to become pony-Hitler in the uprising; whether it's Trixie and her skillful showmanship and resentment of Twilight or Firebird with her connection to the successful humans and deep vehemence of the Diarachy.

I hope this ends with the Princesses doing the smart thing by surrendering and letting the Terrans put their collective combat boots to the collective necks of Gaia.

>>1854971 You and I read from a lot of the same authors. :twilightsmile:

#38 · 100w, 10h ago · 2 · 1 · Out of gas ·

Praises to the dalek emperor

#39 · 100w, 10h ago · 1 · · Out of gas ·


Well, it's a sequel to TCB: Not Alone. That will have all the continuity you need. It's a rather good story. However, it's rated mature for gore (by mod fiat, though there isn't more gore than any FOE fic), so make sure you hit view mature first.

It's very helpful for giving you some context.

This if fucking wicked awesome!:rainbowkiss: It seems like Equestria's brush with humanity has left some serious wounds. Riots? Sounds awfully like us. I bet that police force is made up of newfoals.

#41 · 100w, 9h ago · · · Out of gas ·


I advise going back and reading "Note Alone," by Starman Ghost, if you haven't already. It's the prequel to this story

#42 · 100w, 9h ago · 1 · · Out of gas ·


It isn't- word of god is that Newfoals are utterly incapable of violence, to the point of, if a lynch mob was carrying one off, they would suggest that they tie his/her legs together so the newfoal doesn't hurt one of the angry mob by kicking accidentally.

... That's not my words, those are from the Spacebattles Thread.

#43 · 100w, 9h ago · · · Out of gas ·

A bit strange at first, with the very broad introductions, but the story quickly got VERY good when those ended.

I await an update, should you choose to supply one.

#44 · 100w, 9h ago · · · Out of gas ·

Finally finished the chapter. Holy crap. I await for more.

#45 · 100w, 9h ago · · · Out of gas ·

This could not have been any better!

Insta Like/Fav

#46 · 100w, 9h ago · · · Out of gas ·

this story, it pleases me, also, where can i find the original TCB stroy, i would LOVE to know the backstory:twilightblush:

#47 · 100w, 9h ago · · · Out of gas ·

memetic cognitohazards

Is it just me, or is that a reference to the SCP Foundation?  :rainbowwild:

Favoriting so I can see what happens next.

#48 · 100w, 9h ago · 1 · · Out of gas ·


Well, this story is a fan sequel to "TCB: Not Alone," a deconstruction of the original "The Conversion Bureau" story. I advise reading "Not Alone," before reading this.

#49 · 100w, 9h ago · · · Out of gas ·


ahh thanks, ill get right on that!

#50 · 100w, 9h ago · 2 · · Out of gas ·

Then, on one Hearth’s Warming Eve, every nation on Equis declared war on Equestria.

That's what you get for overshooting the infamy limit. The Equestrian War of Containment anyone?

Also, Bitaly eh? I wonder if any in-universe characters notice the eerie parallelisms with Earth in the geographic namings.

Hoofington’s largest had spectacularly collased

This is terrible. But largest... what? :rainbowhuh::rainbowlaugh:

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