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Short Fiction

These short novels are compilations of posts from the Outpost Hope One Posting Group.

New Enterprise

It is available online and as a paperback-sized PDF document.

The Risian Pilot of the Albatross sat at a new station looking into options for the ship's next adventure. Captain Noluk had promised that she would be able to select it on her own. Of course, it had to be reasonable no doubt, so she was leaving no stone unturned in finding just the right job for the struggling old freighter. One thing making her job easier was a search protocol provided by Exemplar Nova which was designed to help independents to vie for individual jobs without the need of porting first. There was so much information here, it was crazy and any ship could conceivably find something and all they had to do was pay a finders fee to the fledgling offshoot of the Setlin Commerce Guild now operating in the area.

She put cost of operations, distance, time necessary, profit, and safety into her equation. She also considered the state of the Albatross including its cargo bay size and engine capacity. In truth, there was a lot to it, if you wanted to make a good choice. Her short list had become shorter and shorter until there were only two options, and now in her mind, there was only one. "Icmod! Come here!"

Icmod went over to where Roquel was. He had been given command of Albatross while Noluk was on the Axel . "What did you find?"

"Look at this!" She grabbed his hand and pulled him over, wrapping her arm around his waist the moment that he was within easy reach.

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Book of the Future

It is available online and as a paperback-sized PDF document.

=/\=Attention incoming vessel. Your ship's identification tag cannot be located. Please stop your approach. A fighter detail has been dispatched to your location and will escort you to the station. Failure to comply will be viewed as hostile action and will be treated as such.=/\=

Noluk looked at Zoss and Icmod to gauge their reactions. It appeared that none of the three officers knew what to expect. "This is Noluk of the SS Albatross we are coming to a full stop and will await your escort."

=/\=Thank you for your cooperation Albatross. Please stand by for any further instructions.=/\=

"Sir...." Zoss began. The Jem'Hadar was uncharacteristically shaken. "...the object... it's a station. Showing signs of Federation technology, but... the power outputs are impossible. The amount of energy the station is emitting is radically disproportionate to its size. It is as if there were 20 million warp cores simultaneously operating inside the station."

"That's not possible." Noluk pulled the telemetry up for himself. He diverted any resources available to try to enhance the resolution of the sensors.

"Are you sure your scans are correct?" Icmod asked. The reality that 900 years had passed was still settling in.

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Across the Threshold

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Lionin Favor walked the floor of the science department's main lab slowly appraising everything he saw and he was disgusted.

He wasn't disgusted with the layout, which was well organized. This section of the ship was entirely dedicated to the science team and it was quite large for such a small ship. The layout gave a lot of space over to a central table and work area which was designed to provide a collaborative environment for the ships dedicated science team. Around that were several smaller satellite spaces for more small scale projects and more cautious discovery. It was truly brilliant.

He was also not disgusted with the way the ship as a whole had come together. With limited resources the engineers at Sentinel Station had managed to refurbish the old bird into a work of functional art! Of course, the Elaysian lieutenant commander had had no small part in the effort, so perhaps he was a little bit biased.

No, what he was truly disgusted by....flabbergasted by....was that the ship was still HERE docked at Sentinel Station like some poor dog on a leash even when it had a beautifully fenced in back yard to play in! Like that dog, the Daystrom had the ENTIRE SPHERE to investigate, but again like the dog, the powers that be didn't want it to piss in the wrong places for fear of making somebody mad. It was TRULY DISGUSTING.

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DW 179

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The communication video activated. A medical hologram appeared. Eiwan recognized the Engineering uniform.

"Chief Engineer Eiwan. I feel I was unable to answer all the questions you had at the time of my talk." began DW 179. At least she would have to presume it was the same DW 179. They truly all did look alike. "I would like to be assured that you have had your questions answered sufficiently and to your satisfaction."

"I appreciate the opportunity. I believe you are a sentient being." The fact that sentience of photonic beings was debated gave credence to the claim. "I don't know what sort of definitive proof there can be. The nature of evolution is still debated, centuries after the concept was introduced on my world."

"Evolution may be the best argument for being considered alive. Just as the definition of a species changes through time, with new features, and fits and starts, and dead ends, I think we may just be an evolutionary seedling which may or may not thrive in this galaxy at this time. It depends if others will let us grow, or pull us out by the roots." Said DW.

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