Welcome to weekend writing warriors. Many fine authors, and me, contribute short snippets for your delectation.
I was getting a bit stuck with Regency fiction, and decided to try hard SF. Swords and spaceships, no rayguns (yet), but plenty of action and as long as I’m logically consistent I don’t have to worry about historical accuracy
It seems to be working, the words are (so far) flying off my fingers (I crossed 61k last night) and into the book.
In any case, here’s the start – a new midshipman is having her first session of weapons training on her first ship. Her instructor is not exactly impressed. Last week’s snippet skips ahead a few paragraphs from the one before. It’s after she’s finished her training for the day. The discussion of Scotland from before is replaced by the ceremonies for the first jump of the mission. The initiation ceremony continues this week.
I’ve decided to skip ahead and move to the start of more action. Serapis is about to jump near a new (to us humans) star and explore it. Terry takes her station.
Terry threw her kit bag through the hatch, “Secure it!” She grabbed the two handholds at the top and flung herself feet first through the opening. Without looking at the crew, she slithered through the hatch to the pilot’s seat.
She scanned the lights as she snapped herself in, “All green,” She relaxed; just like the simulator … and the practice ship back … home.
“Are you certain, Sir?”
Terry felt her chest tighten, “Ames?”
“Chief Ames, Sir, Please check again, I’d like to get home to my family when the mission’s over; there’s time.”
Terry carefully checked each gauge, each light, each switch, “In order, ready to secure the port.”
“Securing the port,” Ames called.
Between a scout trip (Cheaha state park in Alabama, 7 miles of being sweep) and various personal diversions (none serious, but all time consuming), I’ve been remiss. Something like this friendly lizard, waiting for it to warm up enough to move.
One of the problems with SF is coming up with good aliens, and even worse good names for them. So far I’ve been using place holders like <1> or <2>. Easy to replace with a global search and replace once I’ve figured out what to put there. The nasty aliens in this work use numbers, so it’s not too hard to name them. It’s the neutral and more or less good ones that are hard. What do you call an insectoid doctor, or a slightly insane piratical biped who looks to human eyes much like his jilted fiance? Or for that matter the fiance?
I’ve put up a couple of things on instafreebie. The first is a short story, To Court a Dragon.
The second is the start of a science fiction story in the same universe as Cynthia the Invincible, but set in 1893 Dartmoor, The Curious Case of Miss James. It’s available on Amazon.
The Art of Deception, first in a series of late Georgian/early Regency spy novels is now up.. You can get the first part here.
19 thoughts on “Sword and Spaceship #wewriwar”
Great foreshadowing of possible problems. It’s interesting, too, that you compare yourself to an alligator. Put on my psychology hat (the degree I never used), I’ll have to ponder what that says about you. 😉
Thank you. The Alligator’s sort of apt – I get stuck in the mud more than I’d like, but they’re one of the great survivors – predate the dinosaurs and still kicking.
Enjoyed the excerpt, interesting challenge from the chief there. It certainly was an action packed moment!
Had the Chief spotted that she’d missed something or just worried because she was so quick? As she’s new to this I guess the latter is reasonable.
Names are important to me. I can’t get far even with placeholders until I’ve settled on the right names for people and places. I haven’t had to worry about aliens as yet because humanity hasn’t come across any in my stories.
She was in a hurry. thank you.
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Newbie jitters well written. 🙂
Thank you. The part I skipped explains why she was hurrying/anxious (or at least puts it into context).
Good action and tension. Looking forward to more.
One can never be too careful, but I’m surprised she was so confident since she’s new – however it does provide a good opportunity for foreshadowing. I usualy find alien names just pop into my head (although I have been known to create one by virtue of a typo! 🙂 Love the picture of the alligator too, a magnificent specimen but I wouldn’t want one for a pet! 🙂
Thank you. Spring break trip to Savannah National Wildlife Refuge. It’s best to get there in April/early May before the bugs and heat.
Love the action and tension of this scene. Like Hywela, my alien names just pop into my head. One thing I learned in my first sci-fi romance, make sure you can pronounce the name. LOL When I revised the book, I changed some names that readers complained about.
Thank you. I hadn’t thought about the pronunciation aspect.
Hopefully, it will all be just like the simulation… but I don’t think so.
As I tell my kids, fast doesn’t necessarily mean best. Good snippet, Amelia.