SF Short Writing Challenge.

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Re: SF Short Writing Challenge.

Postby Zixinus » 2017-02-16 12:24pm

I apologize, but I am not going to make it. I have completely forgotten about this and have another project that occupies me.
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Re: SF Short Writing Challenge.

Postby The Romulan Republic » 2017-02-16 12:44pm

Fair enough.

Since this got a fairly good response, I'll probably do it again some time down the road, so you may get another chance.
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Re: SF Short Writing Challenge.

Postby Crazedwraith » 2017-02-16 03:59pm

I suspect the influences are obvious here but...

First Glimpse


Commander Liam Harvey sat utterly straight in the passenger chair, even while the whine of the engine field propelling the shuttle felt like a nail being pushed into each temple. To react would hardly be in keeping with an officer’s dignity, especially not an officer being transported to his first command.

Gaining his command hardly at the same pomp and circumstance surrounding it as it would have had in the days of his ancestors, a simple e-mail notification from the Admiralty A.I. that he had been selected for command was slightly underwhelming, even if given that as the AI weighed thousands of metrics when making its decisions the appointment could be seen as much meritorious than in the old sea navies. Liam and friends had still celebrated his advancement in time-honoured fashion: ‘Wetting the swab’ with half a dozen bottles of alcohol from nearly as many worlds, so the newly-minted Commander could not resent his headache in the slightest.

The coxswain touched a button on his console and the display in front on the Commander’s display flickered into life, displaying a magnified view of the space ahead of their path, unasked but very welcome. Harvey wondered if there was grey hair concealed behind the man’s mirrored faceplate and how many fresh faced commanding officers the enlisted man had ferried to their command over the years.

The pitch of the engines wobbled a second before settling back down into its steady penetrating wail and a glance at the corner of the display showed they’d hit the halfway point and the pod was decelerating rather than accelerating towards their destination. Spithead sphere was the premier fitting-out location for the navy, half the vessels in the system were based there.

A vessel loomed up in the display. It was an old vessel and small. The clean white of its hull was mottled where newer hull panels were installed. One section was clearly rebuilt, interrupting the red strake a previous captain had painted it’s flank. All it’s weapons were inboard and covered with woefully small hatches. Harvey pitied the man assigned to it.

“Inbound shuttle, please identify,” the comm unit crackled with a transmission from the craft they were observing.

“Agile, incoming,” The pilot replied.

Harvey’s heart swelled with affection for the spacecraft. It was a classic design, and was clearly a vessel with a long and honourable battle-record. She was just short of the mass required to be a full Starship, but still with her three warp motors; she would have speed and endurance.

The sound of the engines died completely. There were a few short rumbling noises of the manoeuvring jets killing off the last trace of their momentum, bringing them to rest with the vessel and orientating them to the airlock. They hooked on with a loud clank.

Commander Liam Harvey, Captain of His Majesty’s Starsloop Agile grinned like a loon for the briefest second before the doors opened to the sound of the bosun’s whistle welcoming him to his command.
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Re: SF Short Writing Challenge.

Postby The Romulan Republic » 2017-02-16 05:04pm

Definitely got an Honour Harrington vibe, but this society seems to make more use of AIs for the bureaucracy.
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Re: SF Short Writing Challenge.

Postby Crazedwraith » 2017-02-16 05:21pm

The Romulan Republic wrote:Definitely got an Honour Harrington vibe, but this society seems to make more use of AIs for the bureaucracy.


Well, Hornblower/Aubrey-Mautrin/Ramage/Honor Harrington.... IIINN SPACE. But with a heavier dash of the former than Harrington has.
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Re: SF Short Writing Challenge.

Postby InsaneTD » 2017-02-17 09:30am

I couldn't find a story to write. Just can't seem to shake off my writers block and lack of motivation. :/

I've enjoyed everyone's stories though. I look forward to rereading them and placing my vote. :)


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