005: Vantage Points

005: Vantage Points

A historical exploration, told in micro tales, ‘Points’, of a far flung future’s timeline. 005: Vantage Points Smitty thought it was a daft idea to begin with. Sure, there was trouble at the Eastern Rim mine, something about the natives getting restless (there were natives?) as well as reported instances of TagCor crews dropping in and poaching the ore. But still, strapping a rail gun to a Platform? That was madness, surely? Platforms. Originally regarded as the most stupid things ever conceived, they were overblown versions of the drilling platforms of the past; but after 20 years mining this sandy…

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000 Prologue

A historical exploration, told in micro tales, ‘Points’, of a far flung future’s timeline. Prologue “ For a span and some they inched their way deeper into the void; inhabiting, acquiring… plundering. With each forward step another layer peeled away, revealing a new marvel the universe had held close to its chest. And with each marvel, a doorway leading them deeper still. Then, in what seemed like an instant, they vanished. Left behind, monolithic foundations spread over the void, the remains of their construct with no indication as to how, or why… or even who. Dormant for an eon, their…

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004: The Oddity Principle Pt.II

The Oddity Principle - Gerard Thomas Illustration

A historical exploration, told in micro tales, ‘Points’, of a far flung future’s timeline. 004: The Oddity Principle Pt.II With a painful buzz, the request came through the system. The late night, the smoke outside, and being overworked made the sound all that more painful. Through bloodshot eyes and a fuzzy headache, Kaz looked at the request; it seemed more blurry than usual. Bla bla, yadda yadda, it was the same old gulf until she saw the letters NG366 in the destination field. The crew had been going non stop for the past few months, it seemed with every discovery…

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003: The Oddity Principle

The Oddity Principle Pt.1 - Gerard Thomas Illustration

A historical exploration, told in micro tales, ‘Points’, of a far flung future’s timeline. 003: The Oddity Principle Two survey teams had been sent down and three had failed to return. It was… concerning. NG366 had been discovered very late in the game, it’s odd orbit literally kept it out of the focus of interest; placed firmly in the too hard basket. So it was not until it passed through the ecliptic, eight years after they’d planet fell on Phoebus, that it was decided to investigate. It started with the standard Glaup drones dropping into the atmosphere doing what they…

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002: Running For The Stars

Running For The Stars - Gerard Thomas Illustration

A historical exploration, told in micro tales, ‘Points’, of a far flung future’s timeline. 002: Running for the stars There was money to be had in the rock. That’s why they were here. That’s why he was here. At least that’s what he told himself, knowing all the while that he was just a body in a suit and all the money being made was the Company’s. Rock lotto. The basic procedure to extract ore from rock was the same it has been for thousands of years, the only difference was now they operated in a vacuum and dying was…

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001: The Phoebus Intercept

The Pheobus Intercept - Gerard Thomas Illustration

A historical exploration, told in micro tales, ‘Points’, of a far flung future’s timeline. 001: The Phoebus Intercept For 6 months the Glaup class drone had been making deep level scans of the three most obvious candidates. Every metric collected, every byte of information relayed back to the base ships which had been in Rip orbit for the past 9 months. Of the three, two were acceptable. But if they were going to spend hundreds of millions to set up shop, ‘acceptable’ was not good enough. There was one candidate though they had not looked at. When asked why, an…

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