The dull red glow of the space/time coordinate indicator was the first thing Captain Dak saw as he opened his eyes. The terror and confusion of the last two minutes flooded back to him then lifted as he realized that he was alive, still on the bridge of the ship. The pain in his right leg sharpened his awareness, and he tried to sit up. The weight of his fallen work station pressed him against the floor. Wiggling painfully, he struggled out from under the metal and pushed it upright until it snapped into place. He scouted four feet down the slightly angled smooth floor to the wall. Gripping his aching leg, he settled into a more comfortable position as he tried to look around through the darkness and thick haze in the cabin.
“Raj?” he asked cautiously. “This is Dak. Are you alive?”
Only a sharp electronic sound broke the silence as the main control panel blinked to life, then, as if convinced of the futility of the effort, blanked out. There was no sound except for the erratic and soft whining of the gravity regulator trying blindly and faithfully to maintain the G-force required by a… Continue reading
DAK: first contact
This novella is a short read (16K works) in the science fiction genre. It is the first contact between two alien cultures and explores the fears and hopes and resourcefulness of individuals who are forced to interact.
Captain Dak is trying to return home from an extended study of the intelligent life-forms on an alien planet when the ship malfunctions. Unable to leave, he is forced to interact with the alien civilization in an uncontrolled environment. Through unexpected plot twists of trust and betrayal, suspicion and respect, Dak learns much about the aliens and himself.
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Mrr is a departure for me, but a really enjoyable departure. It’s in a science-fiction/post apocalyptic genre and is alternately funny and tragic. (By the way: you’ll have to wait a few pages to find out what the title means). Here’s the synopsis:
Two hundred years after the apocalypse ripped the oxygen from the environment and people were forced to live in immense self-contained Domes, the last remaining human community uses time-travel technology to send Mrr, a time scientist, back to 1988 to recover the only substance that will reverse the decay of the oxygen levels. But that is a completely alien world. He is befriended by a woman, with whom he falls in love, but has difficulty in quickly understanding the culture. Missteps and misunderstandings lead to an often hilarious but deadly serious, set of events. Without intent, he has sent back inaccurate assumptions to the future, making the project fail. Mrr’s colleagues finally decide that the Dome cannot be saved and make plans.
The environmental disaster that befell the earth caused all oxygen to be bond to metals… Continue reading