Since Victor Vescovo can remember reading, he has been an avid fan of science fiction. Jules Verne’s novels, Star Trek, and UFO were among his early favorites. As he grew up, he discovered Frank Herbert’s landmark epic Dune, Isaac Asimov’s Robot series, David Brin’s Startide Rising, and the works of Daniel Keys Moran, Vernon Vinge, and William Gibson. Eventually, Victor found Ian Banks’ genre-breaking “Culture” series. The worlds created by these imaginative minds left an indelible impression and stimulated his own desire to make these futures at least a bit closer to reality.
Out of admiration for their work, Victor saw an opportunity to push technology forward in an area that appeared to have suffered from a lack of technological innovation and support: exploration of the deep oceans. When asked by the engineering and ship teams what to name all of the craft that would be involved in executing the Five Deeps Expedition, it felt natural to turn to science fiction to find names for the vessels.