Hello, Universe

Let's cover some housekeeping, as they say on the podcasts; My output lately has been more pathetic than usual. Thanks to a reader in the Low Countries for pointing out my lack of work lately. Now that the commercial version of Sparrow & Tulip is finished, I've got a little more time for all these… Continue reading Hello, Universe

Chapter 7: Fire in the night

While Leah was jamming her legs into work pants and boots, Addie waited her turn in the forming line of Scout ships. The Navigator Intelligence aboard each Scout automatically reacted to the disaster, first by getting themselves out of danger, and then gathering far away enough to not be in the way of rescue but… Continue reading Chapter 7: Fire in the night

Chapter 5: Complications

"Do you really not have anything better to do?" Finn called when he saw Tyohac driving the quad. "Took you two long enough. Where's your gear?" "We traded it for an important lesson on the local wildlife," Leah said as she got in. "What did we miss?" "Kid, the defecation has well and truly impacted… Continue reading Chapter 5: Complications

Chapter 4: Water’s Leap

When Lakshmi returned, she found Finn and Leah working on two of the tablets while the rest of them laid in the sun. Leah had taken one of the abandoned packs and collected everyone's personal effects. "We thought these had departed the path," she said. "They're not really alive or dead," Leah explained. "They just… Continue reading Chapter 4: Water’s Leap

Chapter 2: Contact

"I was going to wear a uniform but it's too hot." "Finn, you never wear a uniform," Addie said. "Go to your meeting." They were both speaking quietly. Leah had muttered something about Ta'avi sleep schedules and headed off to bed. "You're sure you're going to be okay?" Finn asked. "Yep, I like her," Addie… Continue reading Chapter 2: Contact

Chapter 1: Arrivals

|1.0 "Scout Ship Atalanta for Pathfinder actual," a young woman's voice said. "Pathfinder here," a deeper, avuncular voice replied. "Good morning, kiddo. Bright eyed and bushy tailed already?" "Good morning yourself, Pathfinder. My pilot is certifying me as active and operational. We're good for an on-time launch separation. I didn't wake you up or anything?… Continue reading Chapter 1: Arrivals

Chapter Six: Conclusions

Rachel and Jonesy were in the front seats, Theo was in the captain's chair right behind them, staring out the windshield. He'd never seen real mountains before, it was amazing that something could be so big. "They're something, huh?" Kawehi said. Theo nodded, looking back at her. "Someday I'm going to come back and look… Continue reading Chapter Six: Conclusions

Chapter Five: Contact

Jacob leaned on the fender of the Cadillac, arms crossed and watched as Lon Stedman's pickup headed back up the dirt road they'd used to get here. The van, along with the corpses of Stedman and his brother-in-law, had been left back at the truck stop when they'd fled the sounds of police sirens. Jacob… Continue reading Chapter Five: Contact