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As promised, here are the fully compiled and final versions of 'Aurora Falls' and 'Borealis Rising'.
Just barely managed to get them in before the forum's deadline for new posts. That's what I get for being a slacker.
The bald truth of it is, humanity has never respected its homeworld.
We're talking about a species that was able to befoul its own environment to within a hair's-breadth of the point of no return. The all-conquering ascendant ape that h…
Borealis has become an incandescent arrow, running straight and true. As expected, Captain Halvorsen has rotated his vessel to lay parallel to our flight path in to provide his crew with a grandstand view of our departure. I think it's safe…
Yep. I'm still here.
2020 was a rough one for everyone. I hope some valuable lessons have been learned from that.@palloria : Welcome aboard! Glad to hear you're enjoying the stories."Captain on the bridge!" JUNO announced briskly. In reply, the crew braced smartly to attention.
"As you were. Well, my friends... This is it. Everything we've worked for, everything we've fought for has brought us to this point. I'…Héloise sighed with exasperation. "How is all of this supposed to knock the Corps off their perches? Sorry, Chérie, I'm just not seeing it."
"No offence to Captain Halvorsen and his crew, but the details of this exercise are what the Co…Ouch.
An awkward silence descended upon the gathering. Halvorsen grimaced with distaste, clearly offended by Héloise's unprovoked outburst. He turned to Commander Masako Ito and nodded curtly. Sagan's bridge crew marke…Halvorsen shook his head in disbelief. "A flower destroyed your probe? You're certain about that?"
"Absolutely, Sir." IANTO replied. "Warmth is a scarce commodity in the planet's polar regions. As far as I am able to determine…Halvorsen glanced at his PDA. "Zero nine-fifteen. Well, my friend... We'd better be shoving off. If you're still planning to make that launch window at twenty-three hundred, I reckon you might want to flash up your boilers sometime soon. Only an…My best guess is that the allure of turd-herding was entirely lost on Mohan.
Every Gremlin gets lumbered with waste-processing systems maintenance at the start of their first tour. Let's get something straight here; if you suspect this…Halvorsen nodded grimly. "Not directly, although it's likely they'll do it through a quiet back-channel. Alterra does have its squeaky-clean public image to uphold. My best guess is that Torgaljin Corp might act as a discreet intermediary for hiri…By the time I reached the deck level of the habitat pool, Héloise had exited the water and was already halfway through stripping off her Skinsuit. I passed her a towelling robe left draped over the pool's railing. After donning the robe, she hung…"IANTO, you mentioned that there are three probes left. What happened to the other two?"
IANTO tapped the terminal keypad. The holographic image shifted, revealing the drone's slow passage down what appears to be an undulating silvery…The following morning, I awoke to find Héloise had risen quite some time before me. Her PDA lay on the bedside table; her customary shorthand for leaving me a 'Do Not Disturb' note. To be fair, her third trimester has had some particularly rough…I sent another video packet back down the line. With a barely concealed mutter of annoyance, Janáček opened the file and began watching. His sour expression ratcheted down another notch.
"So, what exactly am I supposed to be looking …Janáček smiled and nodded. It was a smile you'd cheerfully rearrange with something heavy.
"Personally, I'm glad that we can finally close the books on the whole Aurora fiasco. You've been extremely helpful in resolving this mat…News travels fast. However, pure bullshit moves considerably faster.
Now that the warp gate is operational, it's possible to access the InfoCortex once more. That's become something of a mixed blessing. As soon as my PDA detected th…Unbelievable.
You'd think that 175 light years would put anyone well beyond the reach of Terran Confederation bureaucracy. Not so, as it turned out. Within a few hours of Terran authorities receiving Halvorsen's initial report, …CHAPTER FIFTEEN
"Attention all hands. Secure from launch stations. You may now move freely about Borealis. Be advised that all chronometers have been reset to accommodate a 24-hour cycle. Shipboard time is now 05:38 hou…