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HSAR

Joined March 2010 and calls The Flash of Silver home.

362 stories, 4 challenges, 832 comments, and 29 friends

Master of the Armory and Chief Nibmaker of Our Strange and Wonderful House. It’s a pleasure to meet you.

Like many others in this community, I have no qualifications for writing except a head full of ideas and a passion for good storytelling.

You can find me at shusamchen@gmail.com, or you may bump into me elsewhere on the internet as HSAR.

Stories

  1. Supermax

    The visor fogs up during the cargo’s slow descent down the main shaft and I curse repeatedly, rubbing at it with gloved hands. There’s no question of taking off the helmet, though – without the protection of the suit, I’d be dea...

  2. Data Ghost

    Hello. Both technically and legally, I am no longer eligible to even introduce myself of Aaron Elliots, but I shall do so all the same out of habit. My physical self lived, breathed and died some 47 years ago. At the time, his will empowered his relati...

  3. Dead Man's Grip

    His hands are shaking, though through fear or uncertainty I cannot tell. I decide to simplify things. My own hands curl around my revolver and draw with the practised fluidity of thousands of hours of practice. Hammer drawn by a smooth movement from th...

  4. Examine world.

    At the turn in the road you perceive a crossroads. To the east, there lies a large forest. To the west you see a white house, with a boarded front door. To the north there appears to be a dirt track leading into the mountains. > examine mountains Th...

  5. Thoughts, Ruminations

    Forgiveness. The word echoes through my mind. Such a simple word, no? And yet, it means so much. It means to let go, loose that firm grip you have on your memories, cast off the heavy cloak of pain. The word runs through my mind as the roar of the gun ...

  6. Oh Ye Of Little Faith

    “And why did you doubt?” I beamed. Having written a few basic core modules, the overseer quickly painted in details to the rough sketch of jump code on screen, quickly editing in additions to the broad strokes of driver software and interfa...

  7. Of Flame and Shadow

    The figure in the shadows stepped into the firelight, smiling wickedly. The sword at Eldarion’s chest rose unfalteringly to his throat and Meldof shrugged. “The Light may never be dimmed, but these last decades have hardly been the enlighte...

  8. Stress Control (Mature)

  9. Stop and Drop

    The whole ship came alive at once. The main drive came online and took over from the ghost drives, sending power levels into the green. Simultaneously, the stealth panels were retracted in favour of the standard titanium-alloy armour plate underneath. ...

  10. Consequences

    “So it’s all about the choice.” I said hesitantly. During the time I had been on board the Glimpse of Shadow, I could only recall the captain polling the officers a handful of times on major issues such as specific amendments to shipb...

  11. Action, Reaction

    “In any case, it’s not very relevant. We’re here, we’ve got a working ship – damaged, but working,” I added at the complaints from the assembled crew, “so the question is, what do we do now? It’s crunch t...

  12. Cartographer (Challenge Repost)

    Our little ship coasted on the rough turbulence around Yvonne’s Delight. We were five days out from the Hydras, running a shipload of tetrahydride to Phis Minor. The pilots up front yelled incomprehensible vectors at each other, every now and then pa...

  13. Leverage

    The central hall was packed. The officers were in attendance, but judging from the uniforms present in the audience, it looked as though most of the crew had also somehow made their way here as well. I coughed, eager to satisfy the crew’s curiosi...

  14. Repairs

    As I made my way through the familiar route up to the bridge, I noticed that the crew had been very busy doing repair works. Everywhere shining new metal plating covered hull breaches and bundles of heavy-duty cables tripped me up. The pressure seals h...

  15. Ordo ab Chao

    One by one, critical ship systems stuttered to life. On the bridge, more or less half the consoles started themselves – mine was down and out, so I sat back and watched people trying to retrieve the previous order from the new chaos. Furlough too...

  16. Force and Knowledge

    “Hull stress is… way above safe limits. We’re looking at an imminent hull rupture and violent depressurisation.” Harrigan’s mouth was a grim slash. “Get everybody on oxygen, lower air pressure by 60%.” Warning ...

  17. Jump of Faith

    The regular engines were down behind the thick radiation shielding, but that was fine. The overseer coaxed pseudo-thrust out of our jump drives, pushing jumpspace behind to create the illusion of forward thrust. I slotted the symbols into the code leis...

  18. Top-Level Logic

    “This must be the logical next step up in terms of cartographical thinking. I can only assume the same race that we reverse-engineered the jump turbine technology and the overseer from made the same discovery. Our computer recognises them because...

  19. The Vault

    The swarm of glittering crystal platforms moving around the Spire of Secrets is, I’m told, infinitely beautiful. I’ve got no time to appreciate it, though. The keepers at gate 90 are on strike and 36 is jammed; we’re running up a back...

  20. Into Flames

    I placed my gun on the ground and after a quick search they took us to see the commanding officer, an unfriendly captain who did not look terribly pleased to see us. “What are you doing on United States Military property?” I saluted rather ...

  21. Finality

    “MTC initiating hundred-twenty mill’ barrage.” “Rider 1, contacts inside weapon lock range.” “Omega inside contact range, speed is 12-point-2 Mach.” “This is Rider 2, I’ve got a missile lock on me. ...

  22. Final Frontier

    The restraints were tight against my chest almost to the point of restricting my breathing, but they were necessary. I flicked my way through banks of switches, checking the giant rocket over and over again. No-one had ever done this before; everything...

  23. Trial and Error

    Immediately the flow and ebb of the computer system, familiar to me as a life-long friend, pulled me into its embrace. I wrote a core shell, extended it to transmission preparation, added flange modules and self-regulating failure-coherence blocks. But...

  24. Symbols

    We sat in near-silence for a long moment, staring and trying to make sense of the symbols. “They look… familiar somehow,” was my first thought. “Like I’ve seen them before, but I’m sure I haven’t.” Harrig...

  25. Ruins

    Dust and debris crunch underfoot as I turn stiffly in the cumbersome hazard suit, checking the ruins for survivors. Just two days ago this had been a buzzing shopping district with tens of thousands of shoppers swarming around the massive mall district...

  26. Making the Trail

    The trio of sleek black ships at the end of the pier look far too futuristic to be docked to the large industrial arms. If you stare hard enough, you could just about see the huge engines protected by inches of entropy shielding, with the smaller conve...

  27. Outbound

    There were a series of dull thuds and reverberations as the docking arms pulled back from the hull of the Pontificus. A slight vibration and the chemical engines moved the ship away from the dock, and then a low rumble heard through the engine’s ...

  28. Altered Heading

    Like a subterranean sea creature, we edged towards the light. The properties of this jumpspace appeared to be similar to our own existential plane, but there was no point in risking repercussions from using high-radiation, high-intensity thrust. The li...

  29. Streamlined

    Our blocky little ship spun around and pointed nose-first into the jump zero, ignoring the precious radiation shield plate at the back of the ship. There was no radiation spike as our delicate prow entered the zero, however, and the external sensors no...

  30. Into the Unknown

    Humanity had been using the jump logic for almost seven decades, but since the initial, incredible discovery of the code that could bend spacetime, there had been no other notable progress. Cartographers now learned the same rules as they did sixty-odd...