Stories tagged “Ascension II”

  • Ascension II: Shell Game

    The steel lattice of Threetown’s dome cut the sea of cold stars into fractal bytes. Inside were warmth, air and light; outside, nothing. But despite its comforts, inside was the more dangerous. Plague and murder had stalked the city’s avenu...

  • Ascension II: Penetration

    Bates walked into what had once been Threetown’s most popular eatery. Now it served as the mess hall for the survivors of the Synod-spawned plague and the USNE ship Nineteen Eighty-four. He took a tray and stared at the menu. He wasn’t actu...

  • Ascension II: Penetration 2

    “Reckall hired me on Phobos,” Bates lied easily. “I’m a private contractor; so, no uniform. I just don’t fit in with them.” And he indicated the outnumbered USNE crew’s enclave with a jerk of his head. The rebe...

  • Ascension II: Improv

    After Bates stashed the knife in his pants, he sat up casually. He found himself looking up Ishikawa’s pistol. “It’s rude to steal the cutlery,” said the rebel captain. He flung his plate, as Ishikawa fired. The shot went into t...

  • Ascension II: Quaker Guns

    Ishikawa climbed out of the rover and entered the earthworks, followed by Reckall. “I appreciate your judging this contest. The men are proud of their creations, and you are the man they were designed for.” “I’ll need to refer t...

  • Ascension II: Gift

    In the end, Bates got what he wanted; a ride to Juno. But not the way he wanted it; he was carried in a spacesuit tied to the outside of Shuttle 2. “If he wants to escape,” said Lieutenant Reyes, “Let him.” “Suppose heR...

  • Ascension II: Pumpkin Seed

    Holmes rejoiced when he saw Reckall’s request for orbital collection of the prisoner. He could demand a larger than usual bribe for the service. The prison guards he sent were less pleased. There was no sign of Bates. Nervously, they examined the...

  • Ascension II: Escape

    The black land-cruiser was midway between the leaning, corroded atomizer and the ranked mirrors of a hydroponics farm when a stub-winged shuttle screamed close overhead. The driver braked with a jerk, awakening Pitcher. They stared out the side-windows...

  • Ascension II: Bed of Nails

    Landing the stolen shuttle at an airstrip would have meant the end of his escape. So Bates had to ditch in wilderness; but Juno’s terraforming was too unfinished for him to hide there. Anyway, a city’s criminal underground was his natural h...

  • Ascension II: Two Madmen (Mature)

    Pitcher returned with an armful of floor mats and a first aid kit. He laid floor mats over the sharp pumice the length of Bates’ body. “Roll,” he instructed. “I don’t get why you’re doing this,” Bates said. ...

  • Ascension II: Out of the Frying Pan

    The view from Shuttle 1 was dire. Shuttle 2’s re-entry trajectory was too steep; it was dropping fast into the tainted clouds of Juno. “What’s wrong with them?” wondered Gillian. “Aerodynamics,” Carmen said. “Look at the ailerons. They’...

  • Ascension II: Tailspin

    Ishikawa curled into a ball in the nestlike pod. He felt the hatch close over him; latches slid into their channels as Reckall spun the locking wheel. He wondered what expression Reckall’s face held, now that he had total power over his erstwhile...

  • Ascension II: Hide and Seek (Mature)

    Bates generally killed people who helped him. He hated them for making him feel weak. This man, serene and deadly, made him feel very weak. Bates turned his back on him and went into a shop. He didn’t care what it sold; only that it had smoked gl...

    • Author: Pablo Vilas
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Ascension II: Handout

    Bates peered down the stairs as he approached the woman. Was the convict that wouldn’t kill him lurking down there? “Hey, sailor; you buying?” she coaxed. “That guy you just talked to; who is he?” “Who’re you?” she challenged. He glared...

  • Ascension II: Landing

    Juno rushed at him, expanding as his landing options shrank. Every vestige of civilization was already out of sight. Ishikawa tested the toggles that controlled the rear wings of his ram-air chute. He pivoted left and right, falling all the while. Thru...

  • Ascension II: Fare Game

    Bates walked around a man driving a floor-scrubber; the Authority believed in sanitation as a deterrent to crime. He stepped up to the turnstile. A pleasant chime sounded, followed by a woman’s voice; “Ten roubles, please.” “I j...

  • Ascension II: Express

    Red lights were flashing. “Security alert. Colonial police have been summoned,” chanted a mechanical voice. Bates drove the floor-scrubber at the platform; panicking commuters jumped aside or got buffed. A tram had just arrived; he drove th...

  • 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...

    • Author: Pablo Vilas
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Ascension II: First Mate (Mature)

    Ishikawa’s pod bumped against something metallic. He heard chains, then a knock on the hatch. Anybody who wasn’t using a can-opener must mean well; so he pushed it open, stretching and breathing the best air Juno had to offer. He looked around. His...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...