Category: Short Stories

When Money Talks

Today was the day. Today was William Cropper’s last day.   It had taken him some time to come to the decision, but when it came it was both exhilarating and liberating. All it had taken was a neat digital scrawl on a contract and he was a free man with credits to spare. He […]

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“Fall back! Fall back!” Trooper Zhenyi agreed wholeheartedly with the sentiment being expressed on the squad circuit. He was minus a pulse rifle and minus his squadmates. In retrospect, he should have gone right at the crossroads, not left, but there was no way he was going to double back. That thing was probably still […]

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The Ghosts of War

Dominikiia always dreamt her first official combat deployment on Hades would be a major action. She had accepted, grudgingly, that it would not necessarily be as grand or dramatic as she imagined it would be, but she had never thought she’d find herself deployed on one of Hades 9’s many yards, staring down a dry […]

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“You’ve been a naughty man.”   The speaker sat himself down at the desk, throwing his boots up onto the table as he leaned back. He balanced his chair on two legs as he looked over at the man across the table from him.   “Sorry, I’m not available. I’ve a very busy schedule, Sandra […]

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Corporate Espionage

“Hey, mind if I sit here?”   Those were the words that had turned a dreary evening into a fun, laughter-filled time for Francis Trellen. Francis grinned nervously over his drink at the woman opposite him who flashed a charming grin at him and clinked her glass with his. She had a shock of blue […]

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Demands With Menaces

It was not everyday that the citizens and digizens of Hades were treated to the spectacle of a Navy lander on an attack run. The dark, hard angled object screamed over habitation stacks like a vengeful angel of death. The flare of its thruster backwash melted the roofs of the cheap prefabs that populated the […]

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Working In Danger

A trillion tons of gold is not worth even a fraction of its weight. But even the Navy needs conductive wires. Jhanis Ter stretched and eased himself out of Fugu’s cockpit, squeezing his bulk past the gap between command chair and viewport. Every year that passed saw the distance between his belly and the endless […]

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Hades Proper

“Shields down! Shields down or we will fire on you, Icaria!” The warning was broadcast straight to Icaria’s command bridge, where Admiral Konstantin sat, watching the sensor display. The panels that rendered nearspace were usually empty but for his own vessels. Now, it was filled, chaotic by sheer quantity alone as even his strategic implant […]

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