The Road to the Stars – Chapter Six

And here we are, continuing our tour of Tau Ceti, and Dawn Zihal got to make the big discovery this time. Of course, she then went and proved she really had no idea how to deal with anyone outside of the science department. When I heard about the reaction the Engineer had to Zihal’s suggestion,Continue reading “The Road to the Stars – Chapter Six”

The Road to the Stars – Chapter Five

Ah, Niflheim. The garden spot of Tau Ceti. It’s better now, of course. It took a few years to get the terraforming up and running, and it’s been several decades since, and it will never be mistaken for Caribbean beaches, but at least now it’s not, in the words of Cass and Alley, “a freakin’Continue reading “The Road to the Stars – Chapter Five”

The Road to the Stars – Chapter Four

Ooh, a couple notable occurrences in this chapter! First, Cass very nearly spoils her line of immortality, like Neil Armstrong’s famous (infamous?) gaffe. Second, it’s the first time in these books that Daniela appears in-person. Oh, she’s been mentioned, but only in passing. You finally get to meet her, now, and find a bit moreContinue reading “The Road to the Stars – Chapter Four”

The Road to the Stars – Chapter Three

I still don’t know how Alley was so calm! I know, naval professional, thirteen years in submarines, blah blah blah. But when you emerge from warp into a new system and almost splatter yourself across a million kilometers of space! Frankly, I would have lost it. I suppose in her own way she did. How?Continue reading “The Road to the Stars – Chapter Three”

The Road to the Stars – Chapter Two

Hello again, and welcome back to the maiden out-System voyage of the TFS Enterprise! It’s funny; I still wish I had been there for this mission. I know, I know, I was needed for what happened back home; and if I hadn’t been home, who knows how it would have turned out. But dammit, IContinue reading “The Road to the Stars – Chapter Two”

The Road to the Stars – Chapter One

No, you didn’t fall into a time warp. Since each volume of my story is divided into ‘books’, when there’s a new book the chapter numbering restarts. This is the beginning of book three, titled “Let Slip the Dogs of War”, and you can probably guess the overall theme. That’s right, my old buddy VasiliaContinue reading “The Road to the Stars – Chapter One”

The Road to the Stars – Chapter Twenty-One

And this is where we started to put it all together. We knew that the Solarian Union was pissed at us for launching a starship. Maybe we didn’t know why, precisely, but it was pretty clear they were. What we didn’t expect was them to take action against us. Naive, yes, but none of usContinue reading “The Road to the Stars – Chapter Twenty-One”

The Road to the Stars – Chapter Twenty

I’m so glad I didn’t know any of this when I first met Nicole. We’ve all done things we aren’t proud of, right? I mean, I was an assassin, may Zarquon forgive me. Thirty kills to my name, twelve sanctioned, eighteen ‘in the line of duty’. And Nicole had no idea what twisted path herContinue reading “The Road to the Stars – Chapter Twenty”

The Road to the Stars – Chapter Nineteen

There was only one problem with the first operational cruise of the Enterprise. I wasn’t aboard. This would be the problem for many, many months. I had no idea at the time I was setting a precedent it would take a sledgehammer to break, but there you go. 20/20 hindsight. But the night before wasContinue reading “The Road to the Stars – Chapter Nineteen”

The Road to the Stars – Chapter Seventeen & Eighteen

Alley can be a complete bitch; what makes it worse is her sense of humor. Low, it is, and black. She knew I’d been sweating over what her decision about Cass would be. I knew there wasn’t any official issue with Cass’s performance, but I also remembered how Alley had been burned by nepotism inContinue reading “The Road to the Stars – Chapter Seventeen & Eighteen”