The Neurophages VIII

Avatar Author: Ridcully Calvert software by day, fiction by night. Mostly reading, but I do occasionally have the creational urge. Those will mostly end up here. I am also the Supreme Vice Arbiter of the League of Awesomeness Read Bio

A battleswarm of 1,024 automata crouched on the vast grey hull of the ship. Each creature was perched ant-like on the hull, attached via a spiral drill bit which was screwed into the hull like a corkscrew in your favourite before-dinner vintage. They looked like nothing so much as a group of insect skeletons, with cogs and gears thrumming and turning behind crystal plates on their thoraxes.

Following standard interdiction protocol, they engaged their diamond-tipped circular saws, which descended from their bodies on telescopic arms, and rapidly cut circular holes in the hull, each big enough to fit a single automaton. Lifting the outer deck segments out with the same pseudo-limb that recently wielded a cutter, each creature scutled into the inter-deck area and then replaced the segment and acid-welded it back in place.

Having protected the occupants of the ship from explosive decompression, the automata spread themselves equally over the inner hull. They breached into the crew area like a single organism.

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  1. Avatar DoItForScience

    When are we gonna see a mention of Countess Ada Lovelace the thirteenth? Or somebody inspired by Ada, at least. Babbage the first wouldn’t have been as important without Ada.

  2. Avatar ElshaHawk (LoA)

    ah, so it wasn’t one ship, but many tiny bug ones, I gotcha. Creepy and clever. :)

  3. Avatar Pyropunk 51 (PPP LoA)

    awesome description of how the automatons seize the ship. yes DIFS, I thought of mentioning Ada somewhere. Keeps your eyes peeled for the seuel.

  4. Avatar Pyropunk 51 (PPP LoA)

    sequel of course. still getting used to my new Logitech G15 keyboard.

  5. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Ew, very nicely described and all sort of disturbing in its fluidity and something else which escapes me at the moment. I probably shouldn’t be commenting right now.

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