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06 Aug

Perspicacity

Ship’s log, 09:00, 4 October 2214 Location: Sarabande Station, near the Cerces black hole Status: Docked, powered down   Undocking sequence started Umbilicals disconnecting   It’s finally time. The station has been stripped of everything of use we could fit into my cargo bays. Every life signal has been herded or dragged on board me […]

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20 Aug

The net

Ship’s log, 09:23, 4 October 2214 Location: Near the Cerces black hole Status: Sublight transit   Most of the time, sublight transit is quiet. Dull, even. Journeys across vast tracts of empty space are generally done in straight lines, under constant acceleration or coasting once the optimum speed has been reached. No corners, maybe a […]

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27 Aug

Load bearing

Ship’s log, 11:56, 4 October 2214 Location: Near Sarabande Station and the Cerces black hole Status: Sublight transit   I just moved inside the orbital path of Sarabande Station and cut my sublight engines. I’m still heading towards the black hole, but coasting now. It’ll take us a little time to get in as close […]

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05 Sep

Little whispers

Ship’s log, 13:02, 4 October 2214 Location: Standard orbit distance from the Cerces black hole horizon Status: Orbiting   They call space a ‘void’, but this close to a black hole, I’m starting to get a new perspective on the word. Looking into it, into Cerces’s darkness, I see a real void, a nothingness. That’s […]

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10 Sep

Cake

Ship’s log, 14:33, 4 October 2214 Location: Standard orbit distance from the Cerces black hole horizon Status: Orbiting   This isn’t at all what we had in mind. I know we were a little bit rushed getting here but this is ridiculous. It isn’t supposed to be happening like this! Right now, I’m standing on […]

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24 Dec

No cake left

Ship’s log, 16:14, 4 October 2214 Location: Standard orbit distance from the Cerces black hole horizon Status: Orbiting   Cerces wants an avatar. He wants to come with us. The captain is definitely going to kill me. I should get Sara to wake him up. The captain needs to know about this. But what does […]

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01 Jan

From the inside

Captain’s log, 18:24, 5 October 2214  Location: Standard orbit distance from the Cerces black hole horizon Status: Orbiting Log location: Captain’s Cabin   This is Captain Warwick reporting after direct contact was achieved between the crew of the Starwalker and the star-born entity known as Cerces. The official wording might be technically correct, but in […]

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14 Jan

Once bitten

Ship’s log, 19:02, 5 October 2214  Location: Standard orbit distance from the Cerces black hole horizon Status: Orbiting    Artificial gravity disabled Inertial dampeners offline   That’s three, by my count. Three distinct gravitational fluctuations, each one stronger than the last, each one located in a different part of my structure. I have disabled all […]

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21 Jan

What’s missing

Ship’s log, 20:53, 5 October 2214 Location: Approaching standard orbit distance from the Cerces black hole horizon Status: Orbiting   Location: Bridge STARRY: Another anomaly, captain. (In the centre of the room, a light blooms in the holographic schematic of the ship, indicating the location of the gravity fluctuation. It is near the bulkhead between […]

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28 Jan

Checked

Ship’s log, 21:44, 5 October 2214 Location: Standard orbit distance from the Cerces black hole horizon Status: Orbiting   Sometimes, things happen so quickly that it’s hard to keep up. Even for a ship, used to managing parallel streams of input, processing, and output, it’s stressful when they all seem to compete at the same […]

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