Wednesday, 18 April 2012

The Starship Aprilis: Preparations For Home



This blogpost is part of the A to Z Challenge which begins on April 1st. The goal is to post every day (except Sunday) in the month of April. Each blogpost will be associated with a letter of the alphabet. Check the A to Z Challenge page for more information.

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The Starship Aprilis was a common and unremarkable transport ship built on Earth, back when humans were still bipedal and mostly organic creatures. The ship travelled between the many human colonies that were established at the time throughout the galaxy and served as both a cargo carrier and passenger transporter.

The ship finally met its end when it was stuck in a crushing gravity field off of Taurus Baqara C, which killed all who were aboard and destroyed all the on-board data and most importantly, the ship’s log. Of the ship only a small section survived, which was discovered quite recently several million light years away, in a slow decaying orbit around a black hole.

The remains of the ship offers no clue as to what really happened to consign the ship to its fate. The only document that could be salvaged from the remains is a travelogue, believed to be written by an unknown crewmember. The travelogue offers a glimpse of what life was like for a traveller of the stars in those heady days, thousands and thousands of years ago. Most importantly, it gives us a glimpse of many different planets and what they were like during the time.

The following entries are excerpts from the travelogue. May you find amusement and enjoyment from reading them.


A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M
N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

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Now that the Aprilis has finished unloading its cargo and has brought on new supplies from Lepus Lupus, it is time for it to make the long journey back to Earth.

I’m still on shore leave and am not involved in the preparations for the journey back. So I’m taking this chance to explore the planet before I’m called back into duty.

The Aprilis will not be taking the same route home. This time we will be taking a slightly more scenic route by way of Zubanaljanubiyy. I’ve also heard rumours we might be stopping by to analyse the space crab that caught the Karaboudjan.

Not sure if that’s a wise thing to do but if there is science to do, I guess there we will be.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

The Starship Aprilis: Occam's Razor



This blogpost is part of the A to Z Challenge which begins on April 1st. The goal is to post every day (except Sunday) in the month of April. Each blogpost will be associated with a letter of the alphabet. Check the A to Z Challenge page for more information.

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The Starship Aprilis was a common and unremarkable transport ship built on Earth, back when humans were still bipedal and mostly organic creatures. The ship travelled between the many human colonies that were established at the time throughout the galaxy and served as both a cargo carrier and passenger transporter.

The ship finally met its end when it was stuck in a crushing gravity field off of Taurus Baqara C, which killed all who were aboard and destroyed all the on-board data and most importantly, the ship’s log. Of the ship only a small section survived, which was discovered quite recently several million light years away, in a slow decaying orbit around a black hole.

The remains of the ship offers no clue as to what really happened to consign the ship to its fate. The only document that could be salvaged from the remains is a travelogue, believed to be written by an unknown crewmember. The travelogue offers a glimpse of what life was like for a traveller of the stars in those heady days, thousands and thousands of years ago. Most importantly, it gives us a glimpse of many different planets and what they were like during the time.

The following entries are excerpts from the travelogue. May you find amusement and enjoyment from reading them.


A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M
N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

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Sometimes, the simplest explanation is the answer.

And so what is the answer to the question: Where is Dr. Irina? Where has she been?

While on shore leave on Lepus Lupus, I saw her. Across the street from me, holding the hand of a girl who looked to be about five years old. They were both enjoying ice creams, and they both looked to be having fun.

Later when I went back to the ship and got back to my bunk, I lay down and thought about what this meant.

Is there another man? Should I even be so bold as to make a move now?

Monday, 16 April 2012

The Starship Aprilis: Nightmare



This blogpost is part of the A to Z Challenge which begins on April 1st. The goal is to post every day (except Sunday) in the month of April. Each blogpost will be associated with a letter of the alphabet. Check the A to Z Challenge page for more information.

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The Starship Aprilis was a common and unremarkable transport ship built on Earth, back when humans were still bipedal and mostly organic creatures. The ship travelled between the many human colonies that were established at the time throughout the galaxy and served as both a cargo carrier and passenger transporter.

The ship finally met its end when it was stuck in a crushing gravity field off of Taurus Baqara C, which killed all who were aboard and destroyed all the on-board data and most importantly, the ship’s log. Of the ship only a small section survived, which was discovered quite recently several million light years away, in a slow decaying orbit around a black hole.

The remains of the ship offers no clue as to what really happened to consign the ship to its fate. The only document that could be salvaged from the remains is a travelogue, believed to be written by an unknown crewmember. The travelogue offers a glimpse of what life was like for a traveller of the stars in those heady days, thousands and thousands of years ago. Most importantly, it gives us a glimpse of many different planets and what they were like during the time.

The following entries are excerpts from the travelogue. May you find amusement and enjoyment from reading them.


A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M
N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

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Observers from Lepus Lupus and from stations around Lepus Lupus would later report that they saw the invading Earth fleet beam in, appearing like camera flashes in the night sky as they arrived. But as soon as they appeared, then they disappeared again in the same white bright flash.

The colonists from Lepus Lupus themselves did not know exactly what was going on. What they did know was this was the work of the their mysterious benefactor, the Qastas. For did they not promise them protection?

So Lepus Lupus was spared from the invasion and as for the invading fleet, they were transported back to Earth by a route many would later describe as “The Nightmare”.

The moment the Earth ships had beamed in, a Qastas probe stationed near Lepus Lupus would immediately shoot a high energy beam that would disintegrate its molecules and reassemble it somewhere else, in this case, Earth.

Unfortunately for the crew on board all these ships, the process of disassembling and reassembling of their molecules proved to be huge strain on the mind and many went insane. Even though the process took only several seconds, to the soldiers affected, it felt like an eternity of the worst extremes of human emotions.

In short, they lived through hell. And came back.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

The Starship Aprilis: Mistrust and the Military



This blogpost is part of the A to Z Challenge which begins on April 1st. The goal is to post every day (except Sunday) in the month of April. Each blogpost will be associated with a letter of the alphabet. Check the A to Z Challenge page for more information.

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The Starship Aprilis was a common and unremarkable transport ship built on Earth, back when humans were still bipedal and mostly organic creatures. The ship travelled between the many human colonies that were established at the time throughout the galaxy and served as both a cargo carrier and passenger transporter.

The ship finally met its end when it was stuck in a crushing gravity field off of Taurus Baqara C, which killed all who were aboard and destroyed all the on-board data and most importantly, the ship’s log. Of the ship only a small section survived, which was discovered quite recently several million light years away, in a slow decaying orbit around a black hole.

The remains of the ship offers no clue as to what really happened to consign the ship to its fate. The only document that could be salvaged from the remains is a travelogue, believed to be written by an unknown crewmember. The travelogue offers a glimpse of what life was like for a traveller of the stars in those heady days, thousands and thousands of years ago. Most importantly, it gives us a glimpse of many different planets and what they were like during the time.

The following entries are excerpts from the travelogue. May you find amusement and enjoyment from reading them.


A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M
N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

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Unfortunately, while Lepus Lupus managed to grow into a magnificent world, the aid that it received from the Qastas grew resentment amongst those back at Earth who had initially condemned them to their doom.

When the Earthling denouncers had learned of Lepus Lupus’ new found prosperity, their derision turned into envy and soon it turned into mistrust. And mistrust led to fear.

It wasn’t long till the fear back home on Earth reached a boiling point, fuelled by sensationalist media and gossip from spacecrews. Word had it that the Lepus Lupus were amassing a large fleet in order to start an invasion of the other colonies, including Earth.

But the truth of it was, there were indeed a large number of ships amassed around Lepus Lupus, but not because they were building a fleet. They had just become the biggest space port human civilisation had ever seen.

Star sailors who had never seen alien ports (which at the time were much, much bigger than the one at Lepus Lupus), upon seeing the impressive amount of ships docked in orbit around Lepus Lupus, must have thought all those ships was a fleet waiting to attack. They would then come back to Earth and spread the rumours.

Earth quickly assembled all its military-capable ships into the largest fleet humanity had ever known, and sent it towards Lepus Lupus, in the hopes that they could subjugate them.

But when they got there, nothing could prepare them for what they encountered.

Friday, 13 April 2012

The Starship Aprilis: Lepus Lupus




This blogpost is part of the A to Z Challenge which begins on April 1st. The goal is to post every day (except Sunday) in the month of April. Each blogpost will be associated with a letter of the alphabet. Check the A to Z Challenge page for more information.

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The Starship Aprilis was a common and unremarkable transport ship built on Earth, back when humans were still bipedal and mostly organic creatures. The ship travelled between the many human colonies that were established at the time throughout the galaxy and served as both a cargo carrier and passenger transporter.

The ship finally met its end when it was stuck in a crushing gravity field off of Taurus Baqara C, which killed all who were aboard and destroyed all the on-board data and most importantly, the ship’s log. Of the ship only a small section survived, which was discovered quite recently several million light years away, in a slow decaying orbit around a black hole.

The remains of the ship offers no clue as to what really happened to consign the ship to its fate. The only document that could be salvaged from the remains is a travelogue, believed to be written by an unknown crewmember. The travelogue offers a glimpse of what life was like for a traveller of the stars in those heady days, thousands and thousands of years ago. Most importantly, it gives us a glimpse of many different planets and what they were like during the time.

The following entries are excerpts from the travelogue. May you find amusement and enjoyment from reading them.


A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M
N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

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Lepus Lupus is one of human’s furthest settlements away from Earth. It lies on one of outer arms of the galaxy’s spiral, furthest away from Earth, and any other colony, for that matter.

When the first colonists proposed to set up camp here, many wondered the wisdom of doing so due to the difficulty of Earth’s astromilitary arriving on time if anything untoward would happen.

But those early settlers were a stubborn lot and they set up their colony anyway. At first Earth refused to offer protection and classed Lepus Lupus as a renegade colony, effectively leaving them exposed and alone.

Many on Earth believed it wouldn’t be long until an alien species would turn up knocking on Lepus Lupus’ front door. If the colonists were lucky, the aliens would not be hostile.

It so turns out that after several years (Earth time), aliens did come calling. These were the Qastas, an advanced race, with technology way beyond human understanding. The colonists were scared of course, but the Qastas saw that they were here all alone without help. The Qastas provided aid in terms of food and technology and even placed Lepus Lupus under their protection.

The Qastas are a humanoid race. They possess the head of a hare placed on the body of what humans would call a “werewolf”. The colonists were so grateful for the Qastas’ help that they decided to name their colony after the Qastas. Hence, Lepus Lupus.

Still haven’t seen Dr. Irina around.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

The Starship Aprilis: Karaboudjan




This blogpost is part of the A to Z Challenge which begins on April 1st. The goal is to post every day (except Sunday) in the month of April. Each blogpost will be associated with a letter of the alphabet. Check the A to Z Challenge page for more information.

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The Starship Aprilis was a common and unremarkable transport ship built on Earth, back when humans were still bipedal and mostly organic creatures. The ship travelled between the many human colonies that were established at the time throughout the galaxy and served as both a cargo carrier and passenger transporter.

The ship finally met its end when it was stuck in a crushing gravity field off of Taurus Baqara C, which killed all who were aboard and destroyed all the on-board data and most importantly, the ship’s log. Of the ship only a small section survived, which was discovered quite recently several million light years away, in a slow decaying orbit around a black hole.

The remains of the ship offers no clue as to what really happened to consign the ship to its fate. The only document that could be salvaged from the remains is a travelogue, believed to be written by an unknown crewmember. The travelogue offers a glimpse of what life was like for a traveller of the stars in those heady days, thousands and thousands of years ago. Most importantly, it gives us a glimpse of many different planets and what they were like during the time.

The following entries are excerpts from the travelogue. May you find amusement and enjoyment from reading them.


A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M
N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

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We have left Gallimimus and are back on our journey towards Lepus Lupus. But the spacefolder engines had barely warmed up when we received a distress signal from the Karaboudjan, a luxury liner.

We found the Karaboudjan trapped in what I can only describe as a giant crab claw that emerged from a nearby asteroid. We assume there is a giant crab somewhere at the end of the claw, but nobody really wants to go and find out. Some have even speculated that the asteroid itself is the crab but no one really wants to talk about it further than that.

Our arrival coincided with a military ship called the Enthusiast and their crew has been performing the bulk of the rescue work. Our ship has been tasked to carry some of the survivors on to Lepus Lupus and let them sort it out from there.

In the meantime, I’m still stuck with the team that is cleaning out Hangarbay 9. Haven’t seen Dr. Irina for several days now. She’s probably busy tending to the survivors of the Karaboudjan.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

The Starship Aprilis: Jabberwock



This blogpost is part of the A to Z Challenge which begins on April 1st. The goal is to post every day (except Sunday) in the month of April. Each blogpost will be associated with a letter of the alphabet. Check the A to Z Challenge page for more information.

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The Starship Aprilis was a common and unremarkable transport ship built on Earth, back when humans were still bipedal and mostly organic creatures. The ship travelled between the many human colonies that were established at the time throughout the galaxy and served as both a cargo carrier and passenger transporter.

The ship finally met its end when it was stuck in a crushing gravity field off of Taurus Baqara C, which killed all who were aboard and destroyed all the on-board data and most importantly, the ship’s log. Of the ship only a small section survived, which was discovered quite recently several million light years away, in a slow decaying orbit around a black hole.

The remains of the ship offers no clue as to what really happened to consign the ship to its fate. The only document that could be salvaged from the remains is a travelogue, believed to be written by an unknown crewmember. The travelogue offers a glimpse of what life was like for a traveller of the stars in those heady days, thousands and thousands of years ago. Most importantly, it gives us a glimpse of many different planets and what they were like during the time.

The following entries are excerpts from the travelogue. May you find amusement and enjoyment from reading them.


A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M
N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

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One of the Gallimimus, nicknamed “Jabberwock” by our brave captain, was taken up to the Aprilis and given a tour of the ship. We were told he was one of the leaders of his people and had actually requested for the tour. To say this is highly unexpected is to put it very mildly.

The Gallimimus have never shown any interest in our technology before and were certainly not interested in our starships. The crew are abuzz with the possibility that we might have the Gallimimus amongst our ranks in the near future.

I think this is highly doubtful. Mr. Jabberwock might show some interest and curiosity regarding our ships but that does not mean his people share his sentiment. From what I have read and heard from the colonists, the Gallimimus are still very anti-technology and this is very apparent from the way they handle trade with the colonists.

Whenever the Gallimimus come into town, they request that the trade meetings take place in the town square, which is as far away as possible from the stardock and the marketsquare next to it. This has long been the tradition and it does not look like the Gallimimus intend to change the way things are, even with one of their prominent leaders parading around one of our starships.

Saw Dr. Irina across the hall during the arrival of Jabberwock. She was dressed smartly. I don’t think she saw me.