The harsh beeping of the ship environmental warning greeted me as I regained consciousness. The canopy infront of me webbed with cracks clearly the cause of the warning. Fortunately the impact left my flight suit helmet intact, so I was in no immediate danger.
Glancing around I could see that the cockpit had performed as designed, acting as an escape pod when my ship suffered catastrophic failure in the storms above. Continue reading Weather
We had been on partol in the Saturn system for about a week when the call came in. My group was up and on the flightline before the watch officer’s announcement finished.
Climbing quickly into my ship, I buckled in and signaled my readiness. Continue reading Vector
So, I had planned to write another short from the same story as yesterday.
Instead I’m typing this while waiting for the doc at the ER read an X-ray.
Goes to show you never know just how your day is going to go.
I checked the straps holding me to my acceleration couch. Tightening one up a bit more, I looked over at the chronometer checking the time left before transition.
As the second counted down I began to hold my breath. I knew it wouldn’t help with the sensations of the jump through the fold in space that the ships engines would soon create.<!–more–>
The numbers on the countdown approached zero and I closed my eyes.
It was said that every traveler experienced transition with eyes open once. Just once, the visual hallucinations it caused were something no one would wish to experience a second time. In fact this wasn’t exactly true, in the early days of transition it was discovered that certain mindsets could handle open eyed transition just fine. For a time those who could were assigned to ship duty as it was beloved they would do better in such positions than those who couldn’t take it. However, ether due to the immunity or as a result of repeated exposure to transition, it was found that those individuals were not entirely balanced. It took a couple major incidents involving those crews for the decision to be made to ground those affected as much as possible.
That said I was “lucky” enough to not have that problem.
The warning tones sounded, the last one shifting in pitch as the warping effects of transition hit.
I felt as if I was being twisted at the same time I was pulled from both ends. It wasn’t exactly painful, but the sensation mixed with the odd sound that assaulted my ears briefly before the pitch of the transition tone shifted back and the end of transition tones sounded.
Knowing it was safe to do so, I opened my eyes. As I took in the wall in front of me, I let out the breath I had been holding.
Another successful transfer.
The team moved quickly through the forest. Behind them the carefully hidden bundles of their drop shoots just lumps in the dark.
It took them very little time to cross the miles from their drop to the edge of the forest next to the installation.
Continue reading Shhhhhhhh
In honor of Earth Day, I thought I would toss out a few words about not tossing things out.
That’s right, Recycling.
Now, the first thing that generally comes to mind when I think of recycling is making sure that I separate the “recyclables” from the rest of the trash. But that is just scratching the surface. Continue reading Recycle
A quantum of quirky quail, queued to question the queen.
Just a little something for Q day…