Space Opera

The Galapagos Incident: Chapter 10

The Galapagos Incident: Chapter 10

Botticelli Station drifted through Venus’s atmosphere at an altitude of barely 80 kilometers. The same PLAN missile that annihilated its hub, ruptured its tokamak, pulverized its main drive nozzle and had exited through the Planetary Science Departme... Read More »

All I Ask is a Tall Ship… and a Window Seat!

All I Ask is a Tall Ship… and a Window Seat!

What good is traveling through space if you can't look out the window? A spaceship voyage is no good without a window to look out of. Read More »

The Galapagos Incident: Chapter 9

The Galapagos Incident: Chapter 9

Another enhanced-radiation warhead exploded nearby, filling half the screen with a nebula-like cloud of light and debris. Botticelli Station squeezed out some more angular acceleration. The bulkheads creaked and Elfrida struggled to breathe as the G-... Read More »

The Galapagos Incident: Chapter 8

The Galapagos Incident: Chapter 8

The hub was the quasi-smart, widely mocked master of all their destinies. It controlled the air, the water, the recycling, the collision avoidance system, and many more systems that Elfrida could not have enumerated off the top of her head. But she d... Read More »

The Last of the Star Hawks

The Last of the Star Hawks

Back in the late 1970s, Gil Kane and his collaborators fought the good fight, against more than aliens. Read More »

The Galapagos Incident: Chapter 7

The Galapagos Incident: Chapter 7

“Well, it’s made from human skin cells,”Sister Emily-Francis said. She was the same girl with the rash on her face who had been part of Elfrida’s reception committee. Her hostility had melted when Elfrida praised her little charges at the school. ”We... Read More »

The Galapagos Incident: Chapter 6

The Galapagos Incident: Chapter 6

Dos Santos was an augment geek. She had EEG signalling crystals, a row of tiny skin-covered bumps like moles at her hairline, as well as the transducers implanted in her ears. She also had a BCI (Brain-Computer Interface) in her skull. That plus the ... Read More »

The Galapagos Incident: Chapter 5

The Galapagos Incident: Chapter 5

“I’m not a robot. I’m human.” She prayed that they weren’t smashing Yumiko’s head in with rocks at this very instant. “This is a special kind of robot known as a phavatar.” How had they guessed? They weren’t supposed to guess. Geminoid-class phavatar... Read More »

The Galapagos Incident: Chapter 4

The Galapagos Incident: Chapter 4

...humanity was embroiled in a titanic ideological struggle whose outcome remained unpredictable. Read More »

The Galapagos Incident: Chapter 3

The Galapagos Incident: Chapter 3

In 2285 robots were the indispensable companions and tools of what wags called Homo systemicus. All were required by law to operate below the threshold of autonomy. That constraint, however, admitted a vast speciation of competences. There were house... Read More »

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