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Pablo Vilas

Joined January 2014 and calls Travels, tinkering and thoughts home.

163 stories, 1 challenge, 236 comments, and 5 friends

“Ascension” writer’s notes are here, http://ficlyascension.wordpress.com/ . Corrections and improvements, please!

Born 1948, married, two daughters. Living in Seattle, Washington state, USA. Retired from a career in IT. I enjoy wilderness sports, photography and writing.

Stories

  1. Caravanserai 1

    Behind me, refuge turned to menace, my courier ship disappears in an actinic flash. Ahead looms a city; rectilinear, chaotic, vast. Or so it appears, until proximity reveals its avenues are canyons and its towers fractured buttes. A canyon might hold a...

  2. Ascension II: Prosecution

    The prosecuting attorney for Juno Station was next to speak. He demanded jurisdiction over Bates for reckless flying, evasion of customs inspection, trespassing, burglary, theft, failure to pay transit fare, driving without a license, destruction of Au...

  3. Ascension II: Court

    Judge Maynard rapped his gavel. “The court will come to order.” A mixed party of late arrivals was still being seated. They were Navy personnel in rumpled uniforms and outworld miners in tattered garb. The sergeant-at-arms wrinkled his nose. He’d...

  4. Ascension II: Discovery

    The wormhole within a wormhole appeared above the tender’s jury-rigged manifold, and Ishikawa regretted his impulsive nature. Arcs of blue energy sprang from it to the vortex of distorted space that enclosed them. The jumpgate tender plunged into...

  5. Ascension II: Haldol

    Two guards brought Bates into the conference room, one on each arm. Full of Haldol, he walked with a slow, shuffling gait, concentrating on the floor. They put him in a chair, pushed it up to the plastic table and left. “Hello, Mr. Bates. I’...

  6. Ascension II: Trash (Mature)

  7. Ascension II: An Idea

    “I have an idea,” said Ishikawsa. “Maybe we should talk about it.” “What is it?” Shwartz said warily. “We could open a wormhole that leads to someplace other than the middle of Jupiter.” “But we’re already in a wormhole.” “So?

  8. Ascension II: Remorse

    “Well, that didn’t work out very well,” Ishikawa admitted. “What have you idiots done?!” blared the STS channel. Tethered together by the cruiser’s grappling lines, the two ships were whirling around their shared center of gravity, which wa...

  9. Ascension II: Shortcut

    Ishikawa charged the manifold capacitor and pondered its wormhole sustainment controls. The Necrogorgons used prime numbers where other races would use orders of magnitude. They asserted that easy calculations caused their brains to overheat due to ins...

  10. Ascension II: Under Fire

    “Resist and you will be fired upon,” snapped the STS. Shwartz came into view on the starboard camera. He’d jumped for the warp manifold transport cradle, his suit trailing cables. A glowing red blossom pulsed from the cruiser. KL TRGT NW XXXXXXXX...

  11. Explosives: Hypnagog

    Barker used his helmet to scoop out a hollow in the hardpan for his hip. He folded his other shirt to form a pillow, lay on his side in the hollow and rocked twice so the edges of his blanket would flip under his body. Richards looked down at Barker. &...

  12. Ascension II: In a Pinch

    A shadow moved over the stolen ship. A harsh voice on the STS channel startled Shwartz. “Attention, Necrogorgon tender. This is USNE cruiser Finite State Machine. You are under arrest for piracy. Assume orbit now and await our boarding.” Th...

  13. Ascension II: The Mice Will Play (Mature)

  14. Ascension II: While the Cat's Away

    Bates went into the apartment bedroom. A potted red venerem certis fungus, commonly called lover’s lips, occupied one of the nightstands; it looked hideous but smelled intriguing. He sniffed the plant, shrugged and slid open the closet door. A man’...

  15. Ascension II: Scramble

    ON HS TRL, Pitcher tongued, plastering himself under the scant overhead of the shed’s roof. “This is Juno Spaceport Police,” blared a loudspeaker on the copter. “You are trespassing on private property. Drop whatever you’r...

  16. Ascension II: Low Bidder

    They emerged from the garage to find the street and the air above it alive with Colonial Police vehicles, drones and crawlers. “That was fast,” Ishikawa said. “This isn’t about the body in the garage,” Pitcher corrected hi...

  17. Ascension II: How Not to Succeed in Business

    “How alien are we talking?” Ishikawa wondered. “Did they breathe osmium tetroxide?” “No, nothing like that,” the dealer laughed. “They were just, you know, a little different.” “Ah, a little different,” said Shwartz. “That’s all...

  18. Ascension II: Deal

    “So, Tic-Tac-Tony’s,” Ishikawa mused, revolving his glass. “A game, and a pretty easy one.” “Not this game,” Shwartz said. “People come here because they’re looking for something. Or because they...

  19. Mr. West Has His Way

    Reverend Fludd inhaled with audible effort, raised a trembling crucifix and searched for his place. “I command you, unclean spirit … whoever you are …” “Tosh, Jonas, you know who I am,” Mr. West interrupted. “N...

  20. Ascension II: Project X

    The gunfire outside subsided. Ishikawa unwrapped the large flat package he’d brought to the Threeworld business agent’s office. “I happen to have an example of the third class of ship you mentioned. What do you think?” The framed photograph dep...

  21. Ascension II: What Matters

    “The Navy uses a complicated system for classifying ships,” explained Max Shwartz. He glanced uneasily out his office window. The tram line across the street had suffered a hijacking and two murders yesterday. "They have frigates, heav...

  22. Ascension II: Charms

    Of all the races sharing Juno’s alien enclave, the quadrimanians were the most feared. This was because their four hands gave them all sorts of advantages over humans; for example, in voting, doing handstands, changing diapers and applauding. In ...

  23. Ascension II: Another Opportunity

    Ishikawa paid a social call on Captain Llarenos while Reckall continued directing the rescue. Her steward showed him into her cabin, holding the door with one hand, ushering him in with another, positioning a chair with a third and handing him a drink ...

  24. The Fab Four (Mature)

  25. Here It Comes ... Oops

    The Blightmaster took a stance, showing his profile. What it lacked in forehead, it made up in chin. He faced the hero across the battleground, raised his gauntleted arms and sighted menacingly down one of them. Doctor Wonder gasped and staggered back....

  26. Ascension II: So Wrong

    Bates saw reflections in a pair of lenses. The shooter wasn’t alone after all; he had a lookout with night-vision specs. Bates spun and ran, heedless of his bare feet. Behind him an engine roared to life; no headlights came on. He tried a door in an ...

  27. Ascension II: Opportunity

    Bates hit the broken and rather nasty pavement in front of the permanently open entrance to Hooligan’s. As he lay there amid splashes of used beer and squished wads of gum, in his mind he played back the stimulus that had triggered his flight respons...

  28. Ascension II: First Mate (Mature)

  29. Ascension II: A Shot in the Dark

    Tunnel lights flowed around the tram. Nobody seemed to appreciate having a volunteer driver. A cop and two of the more-intelligent riders thrust the non-volunteer passengers to the rear. The other cop tazed Bates on the back of his neck. His body spasm...

  30. Rekill 5

    On our way out, I see a sign taped to the wall: Swing dance tonight! “Do you swing?” I ask. Cindy blushes. “I mean, the dancing kind?” “Oh, yes. That is, I used to, when …” I sense another mental wound, and rus...

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