The Floating World

Chapter 1 Contact You wouldn’t think a one-and-a-half meter tall Tabisee would pack enough punch to make an adult Human stumble backward, but Saura does. Don’t get too impressed: Human spacers are such lightweights that a mild shove from a grav-dweller will send us staggering. Part of the reason for that is we don’t resist. […]

Greg Shap's Journal entry #11

Spacertown Every planet, station, platform, or flotsam island in EA space has a Spacertown. That’s all they’re ever called. The management wants to ensure that when we skinny, gravity-sensitive, hairless—from the depilatories we use to keep our hair from clogging our ship filters—Human misfits vent from our ships, we can find the place as quickly […]

Greg Shap's Journal Entry #10

I was a bit taller than the average spacer, a result of my planetside origin. I had not been destined for the deep dark, but life has a way of reaching down and taking what it wants, then destroying any pathway back. Sometimes it gives a few kindnesses, like a Space Fleet Admiral and his […]

Greg Shap's Journal entry #9

On Naming Worlds… Let’s face it, the settling of worlds is a serious business. Colonists have to be a sturdy, determined lot. There’s not a lot to laugh at when you’re meeting the unexpected and unpredictable. It could kill you. Oh sure, all the planets are checked out by the Colonization Bureau, but they can’t […]

Tales from the Perimeter Lands

From Silver and Chaos Tuvarsh shrugged. What a bunch of overdressed, overindulged southerners thought about him was the least of his concerns. “They required a courier. I was coming this way,” he said. Actually, that second part was not quite true. But when a Mage of Chaos–especially one whose runetapes were clearly ten levels above […]

Greg Shap’s Journal entry #6

Before the Whooex Union we had happily blundered into other alliances’ star systems all the time; but, since we were Stone Age technology compared to theirs, it hadn’t really mattered. We had an open field out toward the Crab Nebula, so we weren’t trying to move into anyone’s space. Once we joined the Whooex, the […]

Greg Shap’s Journal entry #5

When Humans finally met aliens we didn’t encounter just one species. We met a whole Union of Stars. And it wasn’t our dazzling charm that drew them to us: it was our mode of space travel. In the mid-twenty-first century, we found a crashed alien ship on one of Saturn’s moons and the real Human […]