Just finished a 28mm Sci-Fi figure - a Nomad Spectr Hacker from Corvus Belli. It's from their Infinity game, but it can be used in a lot of different games including the 5150 titles from Two Hour Wargames. She is a female figure. One of the nice things about the Infinity line of figures is… Continue reading From the Painting Table: A Hacker!
Nina swept the last of the sand into the dust pan. Standing up, she looked outside. “The storm is beginning to subside, mistress.” Pearl looked up from the service desk. “Good, I’ve got to leave soon. Vivian and I are going to the star port to attend Margaret Dominique’s bon voyage party. Now, you’ll be… Continue reading Mother’s Missing Grave, Part Two
Staff Sergeant Kate Tipton pursed her lips as she scrolled through the data. Something wasn’t right and it was beginning to irritate her. She looked up from her tablet and gazed out the window. The sunrise was gorgeous, complete with what the ancients called, the “rosy fingers of Dawn,” but upon closer examination she could… Continue reading Mother’s Missing Grave, Part One
The small hospital's surgical room was crowded with family and close friends. It was a rare occasion. On most planets, including New Hope, babies were born in birthing chambers often referred to as "artificial wombs." Only rich eccentrics and the poor living in the shadows of society had babies as nature had originally intended. In… Continue reading Pearl’s Plight, Part 16 – Postscript & a Preview
Though they were out of sight, Pearl knew that the noise made by the machine would attract whoever had entered the massive chamber. Four figures cautiously came into view. Pearl had never seen soldiers in exo-armor, the armor that covered from head to toe. She recognized the Hishen. There were a lot of Hishen on… Continue reading Pearl’s Plight, Part 15 – Placating the Powers That Wannabe – Conclusion
They left Corporal Evelyn Tam, the medic, Specialist Valerie Lawrence, and Private Anna Parunk to guard the equipment and act as their reserve in case they met any difficulty. The descent to the mysterious chamber took little time. They joined Sergeant Tanya Yates and Private Jenny T'sao outside of the chamber entrance. Sergeant Yates looked… Continue reading Pearl’s Plight, Part 14 – Placating the Powers That Wannabe
The fighter was now in the upper atmosphere racing toward the ground and the sunrise at the same time. Pearl was still miffed at being referred to as a "project", but she had not had the opportunity to confront Azumi about it. As gravity returned, the baby and her organs had rearranged themselves. The baby… Continue reading Pearl’s Plight, Part 13 – Power Switch?
Pearl was the happiest she'd ever been. The daughter she had lost had found her way home. Kate Lemay was a staff sergeant in a recon platoon of Gryphon IV's prestigious "Racine's Rangers". As the military prepared for several months of training exercises, Pearl's "Katie" spent as much of her free time as possible… Continue reading Pearl’s Plight, Part 11 – Pregnant Pause
She stared at the vids of the planet over and over. It was a barren rock of deserts and mountain ranges. There was a single small ocean on one side of the planet and a single city sat on its coast. New Hope was the only habitable planet in the Haven system tucked near… Continue reading Pearl’s Plight, Part 10 – Parting Gifts
It was in 1982 that Science Fiction became a passion for me. Sure, I had read some science fiction and fantasy novels before then, but before that year reading much of anything and any writing aspirations had pretty much died off. In 1982 Ridley Scott released "Blade Runner". It was loosely based on Philip K.… Continue reading New Hope:PI, the Rejuv Blues – Part 1
Like a lot of writers, I tend to compose bits and pieces when doing something else that allows me to multi-task. Top on the list is to compose while I'm taking a bath. Archimedes is said to have solved a physics problem while taking a bath. While at a public bath, Rumiko Takahashi received the… Continue reading New Hope Trivia Tidbit: Bathing
Pearl pulled up to the main gate of the Preston Arms Apartments. The entrance gate was closed. The exit gate was open. The light was on in the guard station, but there was no guard in sight. Pearl beeped her bike's horn. There was no response. Pearl thought it odd. The Preston Arms always… Continue reading Pearl’s Plight Part 8 – Pungent Pants