Ascension: Depends on Your Viewpoint

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The military shuttle continued to rocket upwards, the ride slowly smoothing out as the atmosphere fell away. Just out of interest, I queried the shuttle and was pleasantly surprised when the spacecraft offered me access to its hull cameras.

I saw the Earth below us in rear cam, a superbly pale blue sphere that shaded into bright pink and magenta as the hyperspectral imagery shifted to infrared and microwave at my curious touch. I pulled more data down, and the shuttle complied: tactical information showing the locations of major spaceport facilities and other spacecraft.

I snapped to the lateral views. Earth orbit was a mass of satellites, space stations and habitats, some easily seen as twinkling dots even without being tagged by the overlay. We passed high-atmosphere research labs and a few resupply drones on low-burn trajectories.

Tiring of that, the forward view offered a clear sight of our destination: a medium-sized habitat drilled into the side of an otherwise unremarkable asteroid.

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Comments (3 so far!)

  1. Avatar JonB

    The journey away from Earth is lovely, panoramic stuff. I’m also a fan of belligerent technology in sci-fi, so appreciate the surprise when the shuttle decides to be magnanimous and let him use the cameras. Must be in a good mood.

  2. Avatar HSAR

    It’s all happiness and smiles until there’s a hostile agent in the system, for sure.

  3. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    I like it. Not a ton of action or anything but very nicely lays out some exposition from your character’s point of view. It also sets a bit of a mood and tone, along with showing some of his resourcefulness along the way.

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