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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. Binary and Ternary

    The code kept coming, line after line after line, numbering in the millions, then the billions, and kept on coming, a never-ending flow of programmatic creation the purpose of which was still unclear. Sometime in the past, several million lines ago, th...

  2. Not Quite Right (Mature)

  3. Something is Wrong

    The lights of the medical deck scrolled down my field of vision as I blinked and tried to recover some of my mental function. “He’s awake!” “I just hit him with the general anaesthetic!” “Hit him again!” I shoo...

  4. The Minuteman

    It felt like an aeon in the dark, silent silo. Tonnes of rock overhead. The United States of America never wanted nor needed to use me. They were very proud of me, though. They said I was so poised on the edge of readiness that I could launch in one mi...

  5. Neptune and The Overlord

    Prime Minister Winston Churchill watched on the huge plasma screens as fleets of Chinooks and Super Stallions headed south over the British Channel. All around him, the headquarters of the British war machine bustled and hummed. “This is HQ, conf...

  6. Volley'd and Thunder'd

    The report of my rifle filled the air and the sights jerked as another shot rang out. A quick triplet of shots dropped another three. I moved the crosshairs and fired another three shots, reflexively hammering the magazine release and pulling the empty...

  7. Unforeseen Consequences

    “The saboteur… my God, I’m so stupid. It was… I was… oh -” Security Chief Furlough grabbed me firmly by the shoulders and shook me. “Snap out of it, carto. Where is he?” “Must’ve hopped aboard...

  8. A Route To Escape

    I pull out the map from my pocket. “We need to keep moving east. Do you know if anything’s left over on the north side of the Eastern Seaboard?” “Er… Steve got a signal near Interstate 85 outside Montgomery. Atlanta’...

  9. Incoming

    “HQ, I’m five-five-oh over nine-seven-two 27 klicks out from package Omega bearing two-one-one-dot-two, punchout at 22000 feet!” “Big Bird to Rider, friendlies have been engaged bearing oh-nine-five from Olympus, cannot reinforc...

  10. To Seek That Which Was Lost

    The battered old car sweeps up to the door and an old man, presumably the owner of the property, emerges and pulls an overcoat from the back. He nods at me, and beckons me into the house. He pulls out a chair at the table for me before drawing a bottle...

  11. The Good and the Bad

    Of course, as the situation demands, I call on some false bravado and appear unimpressed by the ease with which they caught me. “Look, you know how this ends. So do I. You talk about your evil plan, I stop you, and everything is happily ever afte...

  12. Continuous Repetitive Chime (Mature)

  13. Last Thoughts

    If you ever find yourself looking at the wrong end of a gun, pray that it is a bad man holding it. You see, it will be murder. Even a bad man knows that. The most important difference to the person on the wrong end is that a good man cares about this, ...

  14. Something in the System

    “We got an inside job, hostile influence in the system. Security teams abandon search, go to syssec stations please.” “Carto, security’s on high alert – two men are dead, and they don’t know why. May be our man.̶...

  15. Return

    “Unidentified Ship, you are entering the system of Alexis Majora, currently under a state of breached emergency quarantine. All civilian spacecraft are advised against entering this system.” The calm, synthesised voice was as familiar as ev...

  16. Red Light

    I woke my station and checked the damage reports. There were uncontrolled fires raging down on D deck, and evidence of shrapnel damage to the portside engine assembly as well as various… “Carto?” “Yeah?” “We’ve...

  17. Thor's Hammer

    They say that weapons forged in the heat of the battle can never be used outside the glory and the death of the fight. They say that weapons used in battle will never be content to rest idle. They say… I cared not what they said. My enemies near ...

  18. Routine Mechanics

    I slowly wound open the other eye at Master Engineer Joe. “You sure, Em-ee? Harrigan?” “Yeah, told me in a roundabout way to get you off your ass and up to the forecastle, so yes I’m pretty sure.” I sighed. “I need t...

  19. Cartographer

    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 the...

  20. Heaven's Applause

    The missile arced into the cloud banks sharply. Shedding Machs like water, it slowed from its cruise speed to strike velocity. The satellite linkup was still (thankfully) live and satellite visuals picked out the target and the missile throughout the E...

  21. War Machine

    The operation of a HyperSpace Advancements Military firearm starts with the simple motion of a trigger backwards into the gun casing. The gun then requests confirmation from the grip, accessing the smart glove holding the weapon. When received, a fibre...

  22. No Man's Land

    The wind blew gently over the earth and the poppies danced in time. The sun shone brightly and the earth was beautiful. I sat down on the marble bench and let the memories come. Explosions in the distance, and the ever-present sirens fill the ear. Amid...

  23. Darkest Night

    It is night and the planes have done their work. I can feel the power, floating in the currents of the air, lying on every surface. Doubtless the enemy is wondering what has happened, why there is grey dust everywhere. They’ve been on edge for da...

  24. Fiery Escape

    The little USP bucked in my hand and struck the gas tank square. Contrary to everything movies show you, gas tanks do not explode in white-hot explosions – at least, that’s not what I saw. A rolling orange sphere engulfed half of the zombie...

  25. Flash of Silver

    There are no rules, per se, about what you do before you start the fight. However, there are certain guidelines; to ignore them would be bad form. A major part of duelling is impression and drama – and the start must not disappoint. I stare with ...

  26. Like a House on Fire (Mature)

  27. Here They Come

    The light patter of feet belied the caricature of a human that smashed through the door I was watching, opening its mouth in a horrible scream that I cut off with the shotgun’s roar. Similarly around me, sharp reports sounded as our ragtag band d...

  28. Vanguard

    The rock behind me shook as I opened the link to Command. “We need immediate reinforcement, repeat immediate reinforcement. We’re pinned down in grid co-ordinates 9091 by 3415, four klicks north of the sensor post. Negative, we’re und...

  29. Clandestine

    Most of the time it’s just so easy to watch through the scope as the target’s body hits the floor. Most of the time you can calmly pack up the gun, check the area, and leave. The killing of the President of the United Economic Nation was no...

  30. The Fight

    The binary-pattern hammering of the rear cannon echoed through the cockpit as I wove the nimble little fighter through a veritable swarm of shells, the automatic point defense of the light cruiser sitting a mere seven hundred meters away doing its utmo...