Stories tagged “Shwartz”

  • 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: 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: 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...

  • Ascension II: The Great Awakening

    The stolen shuttle chirped to life as the hyperspace exit countdown crossed 2 hours. Lights on panels, life support systems and navigation all went live. The human, and part human cargo still slumbered, but cryo-pods altered the mix and flow of key bod...