Zeus, so03-379-104-2

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“There’s nothing here, sir.”

“What do you mean ‘nothing’?” Captain Mercur was angry. After six months of waiting they finally got a message from Vanir, and it was a false lead? “Give me the camera feed.” A huge screen changed the picture from radar to front camera. Debris were floating everywhere, obviously an exploded battleship. “Can you find the serial number?”

“Yes, sir. It’s ar05-365-639-9.” Lieutenant Mooray paused. “It’s Vanir, sir.”

“How can this be, we—” Suddenly it dawned to him. “Prepare the fighters! It’s an ambush!”

“Sir, three ships just came out of hyperspace. We’re being hailed.”

“Put it through the speakers.”

A firm deep voice sounded on the bridge. “so03-379-104-2, this is Raymond Johnson of Milky Way Galactic Police. You are under arrest for attacking and destroying ar05-365-639-9. Two ships are already on the way to you.” He paused, then said in a softer voice: “Please do not resist, it will only make the matters worse.”

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Comments (3 so far!)

  1. Avatar Mostly Harmless

    A clever idea for an ambush of sorts, but I just felt this lacked some kind of depth – I think it needs to be more overtly melodramatic, or appeal to some other aspect of space opera to be more successful…

    A good idea for a story, but I’d like to see some editing to make it a better space opera. MH :)

  2. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Wow, heck of an opening. You really crammed a whole lot into one little ficly, and it doesn’t even feel rushed. Color me impressed.

  3. Avatar Alotar

    Oh, i forgot. If someone would like to make a sequel, there is one rule: ship’s serial number. It’s only given for large ships and goes like this: psPN-DAT-SSN-D, where:
    ps – planetary system (so = Solar, ar – no idea yet)
    PN – planet number (which planet in the system)
    DAT – Universal date when the ship was built, the first digit is is base 60, other in decimal
    SSN – ship’s serial number
    D – check digit, which is calculated like this: (sum of (digit * digit’s place)) mod 11. Planetary system’s code is considered one digit (so is 3, ar is 17). If the answer is 10, X is used (just like in ISBN).
    Hope that cleared things up a bit, if it didn’t, my fault for creating such a ridiculously complicated system.

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