You’re not supposed to dream in cold sleep. It’s one of the first things they tell you. You’re not frozen, per se. Things just happen very slowly. Like the counting of the numbers. “75 … 74”. The light is blinding, searing my dry eyeballs. I squeeze them shut again. That’s another lie they tell you.Continue reading “Somnambulist opening”
Decker got to know his room like a regular lover. The facilities, washroom and materialiser slot were a little higher class than your typical brothel, but after a while there was the same smell of warm human and desperation. And it had the same guard on the other side of the locked door. The sunContinue reading “Decker and Bril”
The world was smallish, as planets went. It was around three-quarters ocean, with vast mauve and turquoise seas surrounding several large land masses. They approached on the planet’s nightside, or at least as close as the giant star allowed. Cities glowed in the dark ribbons like monstrous diamonds. Decker felt himself relax. At least thereContinue reading “Sunrise”
Jeremiah Zakale scored again. The instant replay flashed up on the big screen, bracketed by ads for Hades high-g condos and a Berellian ship-scrubbing service, fronted by a runty grinning lizard. Jeremiah was a sleek brown bullet in the turquoise water, darting between the blurs of the defenders, twin thruster jets on his hips snappingContinue reading “The Second Vision”
Latest chapter from my debut Sci-Fi novel, Behind the Veil.
Excerpt from my new science fiction novel, working title: Behind the Veil.
Decker drummed his fingers on the arm of his chair in the silence. The Kjellmann star was growing in space, almost, but not quite, imperceptibly. Right now, it was just a large pinprick of light in the sea of stars, like a widening hole in a great canvass. Decker opened his mouth wide and exaggeratedContinue reading “Kjellmann approach”
The ship dropped out of hyperspace on the edge of the Sylrene nebula. Sixteen hadn’t wanted to push it. He’d boasted to the crew heartily over dinner that it was undetectable by the Coalition blockade, but he hadn’t answered her when she’d asked if he had any proof of that. Two million kilometres away, theContinue reading “The Blockade”
Decker was in over his head. This was nothing novel, or even particularly new. As a result, he was almost comfortable as he watched Shen scurry like a termite beneath his boots. He tapped his foot against the deck as he looked through the one-way transparent decking of the chamber above the engineering deck. TheContinue reading “The Sim”
Customs took longer the second time through. But Eldred barely noticed. She was trembling, holding Bril against her heaving chest like a comfort blanket. Decker led the procession through the Berellian guards, who’d taken the opportunity to tool up with pulse rifles. Coalition drones hovered in the corridors, flechette guns pointing at nobody in particular.Continue reading “The Ship”