Star ship

“It’s madness! What fool would accept such an insane and outrageous plan!” The representative of the Common Collective for Tranquility and Self railed. Agreements from others around the vast chamber nodded. “Please representative, we understand that the project is indeed bold, but life would not materially change in the short term and in the long term the species will be greatly rewarded.” The representative of the Tran Stellar Solar Union of the Free Thinkers responded.…

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As with most serfs he’d lived in the commune all his life his parents worked a croft provided to them by the lord, and they were expected to give most of what they harvested to that lord on a seasonal basis. The next homestead was half a mile inland with a family in the exact same situation. Once the lords men left they would have just enough to barter with neighbours with and to subsist…

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It never got any better

He was sat leafing through a pile of documents and notes and cross referencing them with the elderly change management system on the computer. “What are you up to?” Asked Dave hurriedly. “I’m trying to get a picture of how we got here.” Sam answered not looking at Dave. “What do you mean?” Dave looked concerned. Sam stopped, looked at Dave and paused a moment. “I’m cross referencing what I see in the system with…

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Contact

“She’s got one hell of a tilt on her.” Lyn reported. “Get it stabilised.” The Captain ordered. “Aye, sending out thrust drones to stabilise the hulk.” The giant thrusters at the front of the salvage ship were lit up providing a constant deceleration. In space, the vessel looked like a long dark grey box with dozens of running lights. The drone launch tubes at the front fired out four black boxes each one lighting a…

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What is it?

“So, what are we looking at?” Dexter asked. A few heads and senior crewmembers were collected in the small ready room. “Initial data indicates that it’s an inner system freight transport. Ship registry indicates it’s the “Crying Bar Hawk” a Stanner class built for trips between the habitats. Registered with Starliner until five years ago when it was sold for scrap.” “So how’d it get out here? Something like that could only make the trip…

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Deep Space

“Deep space hates you, it wants you dead with every element of its empty being, it’ll freeze you, it’ll make your blood boil, it’ll pop your eyes, it’ll irradiate you, it’s smash you into pieces, it’ll drive you mad. Deep space hates you.” Those were the words of my old man, when I have a moment to reflect I can’t really fault his words, while the giant orbital structures that over 99.99% recuring of the…

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Pub?

Sam was leaning back in his chair staring at the wall trying to figure out where life went wrong as Mike harrumphed again in the corner and Dave looked across with a timid grin. They’d got back from a meeting a half hour ago and Mike had been quietly stewing ever since, Sam slowly rotating left to right in his chair. Now they’d worked together for some time and Sam was renowned for his poor…

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Sun’s Out

“DevOps? Man don’t talk to me about that, I used to be a systems adminstrator and your whole purpose was to make yourself redunent with a small snippet of code. Problem was people kept finding new things to do everytime you finished automating something.” Sam said with a chuckle as he ate a chip and followed it up with a swigg from his pint glass. “That and devs wanting to cut corners and do our…

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Cock-Up?

Sam had been watching the engineering team tackle a problem with the JBoss servers for the last couple of hours, Sam had asked a couple of questions and given some pointers but didn’t feel any good would come from jumping in and solving the issue for them but now people were starting to lose patients with the situation. Sam strummed his fingers on the table staring two rows of desks over at the support team…

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“What do you think you’re doing?” “Just about anything I can to keep from dying?!” “Well try harder!” The mecha, twice as tall as a human strode across the battlefield, bullets ricocheting from their dense armour, powerful muscular myonmer strands glistening beneath the starburst rounds exploding in the sky bathing the hellscape of the battlefield in an alien light. A squad of white machines wrestled in an intense melee with grotesque beasts the likes of…

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