Okay, I don’t really know if this is the right board, or even forum to post this on. It’s something I’ve been working on for a while and I want to get as many people as possible to read it.
Anyway, I’ll give some background so you can stop here if you don’t like the sound of it :o. It’s a story I’m writing after reading books like Starship Troopers, Night’s Dawn and the Commonwealth saga. Amazing SF, highly reccomended. It’s set in about 2350, when we’ve colonised Alpha Centauri as well as most of the planets in the Solar system. I’ve gone for quite a light, progressive, realistic (IMO) society, and I’m trying to move away from SF cliches - Star Wars lasers, boringly aggressive aliens, etc. There’s some violence, but nothing really graphic. Bit less than the level of the Halo novels, for comparison.
So far I’ve written a total of almost 100 pages in Word, but I’ve actually only got about 30 I’m happy with. I’m in the middle of viciously editing my writing. I’m planning quite a long story, so what I have is only a fraction of the story. I originally wanted 3 seperate stories, but now I’m set on one big one with four parts.
So without further ado, here’s the first part. I’ll post more on demand
Sol and Centauri
Part I: The Quantum Age
Night was just shifting to dawn; Alpha Centauri A slipped over the horizon, casting yellow radiance on the silently waking planet. Alpha Centauri B was already well up, but it was too far away to do much good, providing only a little more light than Earth’s Moon. This was the period when it would hang above the planet like a beacon, seeming to those on the surface to rotate to its own orbit. But those on the surface rarely noticed – having not evolved past the Alpha Centauran equivalent of primates.
That fact had been a big relief to the operators of the initial scan – the Expanded United Nations didn’t feel ready to deal with an intelligent alien species just yet. Eighteen months after that first detailed scan, the humans were here in earnest.
A large patch of space over the planet’s equator suddenly found the component atoms of the EUN spaceship Noctis appearing in its midst. The atoms rapidly coalesced from their quantum state into a more tangible existence – reforming bonds that were broken by the Quantum State Inducer array back in Earth orbit.
The Noctis was barely a spaceship; it was a large, rounded affair that wasn’t dissimilar to one of the primitive crustaceans that ruled the earth before evolution stamped them out. An almost-hemispherical top hull formed its main bulk, cradling the majority of the ship’s insides – fusion tokamak, long-range sensors, structural bonding force field generator, and zero-gee crew compartments. Around the edge of the dome, hanging just below it, was crew quarters ring, rotating to provide a semblance of gravity. Inside the ring was the ship’s underbelly, a mess of pipes, gantries, pseudomorphic arms, and extra sensors. The Noctis’ two atmospheric shuttles were stowed there as well, attached to the bridge-neck, facing away. They were embraced by grasping hordes of armatures and skeletal appendages, keeping the shuttles safely and firmly attached to the ship.