Stories tagged “Ishikawa”

  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...

  • Ascension II: Deal

    “So, Tic-Tac-Tony’s,” Ishikawa mused, revolving his glass. “A game, and a pretty easy one.” “Not this game,” Shwartz said. “People come here because they’re looking for something. Or because they...

  • Ascension II: How Not to Succeed in Business

    “How alien are we talking?” Ishikawa wondered. “Did they breathe osmium tetroxide?” “No, nothing like that,” the dealer laughed. “They were just, you know, a little different.” “Ah, a little different,” said Shwartz. “That’s all...

  • Ascension II: Keep Your Mark Close...

    The ductwork provided no access to any hidden spaces. Pitcher crawled for a few minutes toward a terminus. He knew that his escape was merely a delay for the crawlers. He had to vacate JS fast. A light bounced off the Carbonium pipes and Pitcher follow...

  • Ascension II: Thankless Victims

    “What the hell! Hey why did you do that?” Ishikawa looked at Shwartz, then back at the bloody man with the gun. Pitcher pounced on the downed Hamsa and rifled through his pockets. He took a credit ring off him, a keyfob for the car and his ...

  • Ascension II: Low Bidder

    They emerged from the garage to find the street and the air above it alive with Colonial Police vehicles, drones and crawlers. “That was fast,” Ishikawa said. “This isn’t about the body in the garage,” Pitcher corrected hi...

  • Ascension II: Scramble

    ON HS TRL, Pitcher tongued, plastering himself under the scant overhead of the shed’s roof. “This is Juno Spaceport Police,” blared a loudspeaker on the copter. “You are trespassing on private property. Drop whatever you’r...

  • Ascension II: The Sky's the Limit

    KL TRGT NW Pitcher’s jaw rattled and his required answer rattled his mind. CNT KL NW – PRSNL RSK He looked around where he was: Heading into orbit in a stolen Jump Tender Fleeing multiple confirmed public kills Moderate loss of blood Impai...

  • Ascension II: Recruitment

    Pitcher found it hard to ignore his orders. A decade of service had conditioned him, sapped away his humanity and devolved his self preservation. Just kill him and be done. “Shwartz, where are those coordinates?” “We have a new proble...

  • Ascension II: In a Pinch

    A shadow moved over the stolen ship. A harsh voice on the STS channel startled Shwartz. “Attention, Necrogorgon tender. This is USNE cruiser Finite State Machine. You are under arrest for piracy. Assume orbit now and await our boarding.” Th...

  • Ascension II: Under Fire

    “Resist and you will be fired upon,” snapped the STS. Shwartz came into view on the starboard camera. He’d jumped for the warp manifold transport cradle, his suit trailing cables. A glowing red blossom pulsed from the cruiser. KL TRGT NW XXXXXXXX...

  • Ascension II: Shortcut

    Ishikawa charged the manifold capacitor and pondered its wormhole sustainment controls. The Necrogorgons used prime numbers where other races would use orders of magnitude. They asserted that easy calculations caused their brains to overheat due to ins...

  • Ascension II: Remorse

    “Well, that didn’t work out very well,” Ishikawa admitted. “What have you idiots done?!” blared the STS channel. Tethered together by the cruiser’s grappling lines, the two ships were whirling around their shared center of gravity, which wa...

  • Ascension II: An Idea

    “I have an idea,” said Ishikawsa. “Maybe we should talk about it.” “What is it?” Shwartz said warily. “We could open a wormhole that leads to someplace other than the middle of Jupiter.” “But we’re already in a wormhole.” “So?

  • Ascension II: Discovery

    The wormhole within a wormhole appeared above the tender’s jury-rigged manifold, and Ishikawa regretted his impulsive nature. Arcs of blue energy sprang from it to the vortex of distorted space that enclosed them. The jumpgate tender plunged into...