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Pablo Vilas

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

163 stories, 2 challenges, 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. Ascension: Assassins

    The inspection tour ended badly. Ishikawa and Reyes were approaching the Omni-Obliterator when a rover carrying two suited figures came into view. In the silence of vacuum, they hadn’t heard it coming. It closed quickly. The FOG riders raised imp...

  2. Mr. West Thinks

    Mr. West drew a brocade chair up to his desk. He must make notes; the Captain would be expecting a report. He held his Waterman to the inkwell, gently pulled the engraved gold fill-lever, and wrote: Reality of entity; Affirmative. Nature of entity; Per...

  3. Ascension: Quaker Guns

    In the bulwarks surrounding the spaceport, Reyes led the inspection tour, a.k.a. contest judgment. “Here we have the Neutron Negatizer.” It rotated vigilantly, panning its water pipe from horizon to horizon. Christmas lights rippled up the pipe.

  4. Ascension: Another Recruit

    After inspecting the secret base, an old mine entrance beyond the port, Ishikawa squeezed in an unusual interview. In a warehouse, he sat at a folding table. On the other side of the table hulked a machine. He was familiar with the model. But the sight...

  5. Ascension: TBD

    “It’s junk,” Reyes reported to Ishikawa. “200 years sooner, Fort Obama might have had something usable. Now, everything chemical has degenerated into fertilizer. And it smells like it too. The powered stuff is corroded. The bayonets and so on a...

  6. Ascension: Mother

    The noncon operations center was up again. But instead of mining, the few directors working were commanding their wards (“slaves” was such a negative word) to throw up bulwarks across the surface approaches to the spaceport. “I don’t get it,”...

  7. Ascension: Intent to Acquire

    “Welcome to the Republic of Threeworld,” Kenichi Ishikawa addressed his crew. “We’re the last men standing, barring a few war criminals. So we’ve won the revolution.” Laughter. “But this republic’s history looks to be damn short. I’ve...

  8. Ascension: Remorse

    The seven FOGmen who were still alive barricaded themselves in a landing bay. After making a loud show of beating down the tunnel door, the AWOL rebels left two men to watch it and slunk back to the Hokudo Maru’s landing bay. “Who are you p...

  9. Ascension: Reunion

    Ishikawa looked up at the mutineer. “Okay. Lay in a course for Pallas.” Culver relaxed. “Thank you, sir. It’s not that …” “I suppose the men from Juno will want to go home, too.” Culver frowned. “We...

  10. Ascension: Disunion

    In his tilted cabin, Ishikawa crossed his arms and glared at the relics on his bunk; the suicide’s USNE helmet and FOG dog tags. That was when everything went to hell. Riley, the surviving guard, was a stupid man; he ran. Reye’s people tack...

  11. Ascension: The Fly

    In the bow, Davidovitch showed Reckall the forward rail gun. “Heat dissipation in space is a challenge,” he explained. “So we use the entire hull as a heat-sink.” Reckall nodded; but the sound of the bow-thrusters distracted him. Surely they ha...

  12. Ascension: 1984

    “This tour won’t take long, Lieutenant,” Captain Ninel Davidovitch apologized. “The ‘84 is just big enough that you can’t see it all from one spot.” Reckall’s ears burned at the sound of his new rank. “I’m sure it’s big enough for...

  13. Mr. West Wakes Up

    Before Percy replied, Mr. West found himself awake, lying in the billowy comfort of the four-poster bed. The séance was over. He began to sit up, and saw Percy standing over him. “This is for Ypres.” His bloody hand pushed Mr. West back, and he sl...

  14. Ascension: Welcome Committee (Mature)

  15. Ascension: Welcome Mat

    The shuttle flashed by, ignoring the Hakudo Maru. Ishikawa breathed a sigh of relief. An alert scrolled up on his monitor. The spaceport outside Threetown was closed. Lieutenant Reyes saw it too. “It’s no problem,” Ishikawa assured him. “It mea...

  16. Ascension: Living a Lie

    Tunneler 13 was on her way to the hospital, which Booker said might have information about her son. A door into a service corridor stood open; a leg encased in a metal suit stuck out of it. Curious. To avoid damaging whatever lay within, she drilled ho...

  17. Mr. West Has a Bad Dream (Mature)

  18. Ascension: Your Fly is Down

    The Hakudo Maru, cleansed of damage, fell toward Threeworld. It was time for Kenichi to brief his officers on the coming campaign. He checked the selfie in the corner of the screen and cleared his throat. He preferred face to face. But cargo earned the...

  19. Ascension: Trojan Horse

    Captain Kenichi Ishikawa felt the Hakudo Maru shudder underfoot as the USNE soldiers fought his passengers. The Synod had paid him to transport these outland rebels into near-earth space. But the ultimate cost was his. He could never show his face on G...

  20. Noir: Secret Passage

    I take his hand, stroking its little hairs; such a man. “We must hurry, and follow the secret path before Himmel has set the trap.” I tow him outside. We run to the subway station. “Two to 7th Avenue,” I tell the vendor, and pay for them. Dutch...

  21. Ascension: Information Please

    “Who are you?” Tunneler 13 asked. “I’m called Booker. I’m the Threetown Library.” “What’s a library?” “A place in which literary and artistic materials, such as …” “Less, please.” “Sorry. Something that stores public infor...

  22. Ascension: What's Wrong (Mature)

  23. Mr. West Goes to Sleep

    Of course, baiting their unwelcome guests didn’t affect the Occupation at all, though from it the Tors derived bitter satisfaction. This they imbibed to the dregs, which were just bitter. And then a long gray Mercedes 770 delivered Mr. West and his p...

  24. Ascension: Trouble in Hell

    Tunneler 13 roared through the labyrinth, crashing into walls of rock and upsetting equipment stockpiles in her claustrophobic panic. How can I be here and have a son? Where is the place that is not here? Who did this to me? Self-preservation circuits ...

  25. Ascension: Mutiny 2

    Deep inside the asteroid, mining came to a halt. The noncons were used to a constant stream of orders, guidance, pleasurable neural stimulation, and occasional painful neural punishment. But, one by one, they lost contact with their human directors. Th...

  26. Noir: Phanes

    Überraschen, his strength! I have found the father for my little soldiers who will glorify the Reich. When I saw his fine figure, tested his self-control, and heard his honest speech, I suspected he is the one. But I had to appraise his strength to be...

  27. Noir: Clunk It Goes Again (Mature)

  28. Noir: Escutcheon

    The closest refuge is The Topaz. After checking the alley for DiSibio’s thugs, I head into it and let myself in the back door. In the men’s room I check the mirror. I have a first degree burn on my face, cuts on my hands from broken glass, ...

  29. Optimizing Earth

    Taking over this planet was straightforward; optimizing its efficiency is the more rewarding challenge. The first project is a geothermal power generator. We’ve leveled Mt. Rainier, after removing useful items such as trees. The rock platform tha...

  30. Noir: Cursed

    So now he wants a drink. And he won’t say who he works for. No matter; suddenly I am sure of him: Reichssicherheitshauptamt, the Reich Main Security Office. He is here to check up on me, perhaps to eliminate me. They have found out about my Jewis...