Nadia stretched, let out a sigh. “That quarrel at the jirga still bothering you hun?”
The Shotar glanced over his shoulder. “Damianus Vorskrai’s proposition to reorganize our government is surprisingly popular.” He exhaled. “Particularly among his workers. Not so much so with the warriors and Tahru clerics.” Sharr added glowering. “I do not care for the secrecy it shall breed.”
“Open jirga’s always been the Falcanian way.” Shalimar commented. People often mistook her model beauty to mean she must also be an airhead. But never Sharr. “Not this cloistered parliament of lords which Vorskrai suggests.” Her blunt answer to the problem. “You’re the Shotar. Do not allow it to happen. If you require a reason, cite Falcanian righteousness.”
“Damianus Vorskrai believes it will shift power to his Guilthari.” Nadia reasoned. “He’d not have suggested such a reorganization if he did not think he could see it accomplished.” She frowned. “He’s an ace up his sleeve. Be cautious. We need his merchants.”
“Of course Nadia.” Agreed the Shotar. “You say merchant as if Vorskrai’s genuinely a Capitalist.” Sharr Khan fumed. “Why does every civilization on this planet sooner or later end up plagued by Marxists?” Grumbled the Shotar. “I’d thought I forestalled such deterioration with the ThunderHawk Compact. Each house gets an equal voice.”
“As I recall,” said Nadia getting out of the nest. “Your friend, Kvaltar, who established the Guilthari happens to be himself a Socialist.”
“Yes, Bright-Eyes.” Sharr reached out, took hold of her chin. Leaned in for a kiss. Oh, she was so very lovely, his beloved Robotess. Those molded Persian features, based on her creators unique Iranian-Finn heritage. “And the Commander-in-chief of my army is a spartan Vegan. Not exactly Falcanian is it?”
From the forthcoming FREE Neo-human short story Kitana.
Noticeably absent from this preview, is Kitana herself.
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One of the things missing from the Star Trek: The Next Generation movies was John de Lancie’s godlike Q.
If there ever comes to pass TNG reboot, I would expect there to be a (the?) Q in it. I’d even goes as far as to say that Q is Picard‘s Khan – Though he’s less an adversary than he is a mere antagonist which helps highlight Picard and his crew. On some level, Q is even a friend to the Enterprise crew and the human species in general.
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A thing of elegance, an Abraxas Coil remained unchanged since Dr. Zuleika Mathews originally flipped the switch which heralded forth The Singularity. Twisted in a silver helix, it hummed a pleasant ring, pure energy pulled from the vacuum vibrated blue in the small tubular structure that housed the coil and dispersed it throughout the battleship by means of crystalline conduits. “As you know the Destroyer’s main power plant is of course an Abraxas Coil.”
Thoughtfully Sharr nodded while he listened to the Grand Admiral explain the technical details. He wished Kvaltar were here. Vron knew how to simplify such technological jargon, and not make you feel like you needed a hundred PhDs to follow the discussion. Krag tended to go on and on, over fascinated by the minutiae. That is, Arodsur Krag would be you’re typical geek. However the Shotar recognized the awesome nature of this technology. Honestly, this battleship and what it represented awed him. It was a thing of beauty and raw power.
“This!” Exclaimed Arodsur. “Is the main drive,” a big grin filled his face. “Our organic Zebulon furnace provides primary rocket thrust at a high performance, self-sustained burn.” The Zebulon furnace churned and its motion produced the fire that would drive the battleship forward. Everyone in the engine room couldn’t help but be impressed by the thing. “The Zebulon furnace is much more efficient compared to the Imperium’s ion drives, a unique innovation to be sure my Shotar.”
Sharr nodded with expected awe, and intently stroked his goatee. Indeed he realized the innovation with these organic furnaces. They now had but to find an organic solution to the hrisanar problem and thus eliminate the need to mine the mineral. If they could do that their Gravitic Fold-Drive would be the finest to be had on Earth. Falcanian science had taken leaps and bounds ahead of humanity, almost as if another outside force drove it forward. The Shotar did not allow himself to dwell on that notion too long. Such seemed a matter best left to the speculation of the Tahru.
This is a scene from “Among Bright Stars…” which will NOT be appearing in the final published version. I was looking for scenes to cut and this one jumped right out at me. From a science fiction, geek-y, nerd level this is the sort of thing many fans drool over. I do know I’ve read books filled with it. Recently even, “Only Superhuman“, doubtless well researched in regards to matters of science and biology, is filled with pages of (needless?) explanation – To a degree thats A-OK, but there come moments when I find myself thinking <Can we get back to the characters?>
Any how, as nice as it is to learn what drives a Falcanian FX-24 battleship — Starblade, in the long run, I don’t think it really enlightened the book very much. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve various Sci-Fi-y paragraphs filled with this sort of thing about Morningstars (and those who have read Starblade know I’ve a bit of a biological fixation where it comes to Falcanians as well) but I can at least tell myself, in that case it tells you something about the character.
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“The sin was not yours alone,” Syrax grunted. “We’d our own hand to play in it.”
Slight in frame, with tan skin, the girl quietly slipped into the room. In a thick black braid her hair reached down to her waist. Dressed in rich saffron clothing that barely covered her curves, a sent of almond and cinnamon emanated from her brown skin. In one hand she held a platter, on which rested flat bread, cheese and fruit for her master. “My Lord,” she spoke reverently, and then bowed, a hint of rapture, or more accurately, fear in the presence of her god could be seen in the servant girl’s large blue, though they veered to near purple, almond eyes.
“Ninlil” Amelnakru smiled.
Syrax Mor did not miss the look that Amelnakru had given the nubile human girl, clearly lust and if Syrax were to judge by the girl’s expression of fear, the Annunaki took from her what he desired. In a blatantly lustful manner the Annunaki touched the girl’s cheek, proudly stated: “Is not Ninlil a picture of beauty Syrax?”
“Not enough hair for my taste.” Snorted Syrax. He found her, as well as most humans, rather plain.
Amelnakru laughed, his voice boomed off the walls.
From “Among Bright Stars…” Neo-human #2.
The Crisis of Empire Series:
David Drake‘s The Crisis of Empire Series is pretty awesome!
An Honorable Defense. With Thomas T. Thomas, 1988, Baen.
Cluster Command. With W. C. Dietz. 1989, Baen.
The War Machine. With Roger MacBride Allen. 1989, Baen.
Crown of Empire. With Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. 1994, Baen.
These four books overlap and occur somewhat, but not totally concurrently. It actually wasn’t until the third book I realized they were concurrent with one another.
Now one of the things which might annoy people is that there is not one single hero to follow throughout the four books, rather each book has its own star.
Oh and they’re kind of formulaic, though that sort of is part of the charm.
The formula is that each novels hero is plucked out of his comfort zone, more often than not the would be hero is down on his luck or a virtual nobody the grander scheme of “The Pact” and its bureaucracy. In fact, the first book centers on a minor commutations bureaucrat, who sort of made me think of a young John Rhys-Davis…
Also part of the formula, the hero is hooked up with a woman, who he thinks he belongs with but along the way ends up finding the one true love his life.
These are good reads from a golden age of Sci-Fi, the 80s and 90s when the genre was in my opinion not so concerned with political correctness.
Don’t get me wrong, there is defiantly a theme of tolerance built into these books, but it’s not sickeningly preachy about it. The Pact is presented at teetering on the edge of its own implosion for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that aliens outnumber the human rulers of the Pact by a huge number, yet these aliens are considered second class citizens.
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