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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

The Starship Aprilis: Irina




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.


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N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

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Irina is the doctor we met at the clinic when I accompanied Crewman Friday. Ever since that initial meeting, she has been on my mind. I’m not exactly sure why.

She’s not exactly the most attractive woman on the ship, but there’s something about her that keeps pulling my thoughts back to her. At first I thought I would eventually forget about her as our paths do not cross much on this huge ship.

Yet, somehow, I have met her almost every day since our first meeting in the clinic. I would either bump into her in one of the corridors, or I would see her in the mess hall. Sometimes I would see her in the crew section where I am stationed the most. I am definitely not going out of my way to see her so I am wondering, is she going out of her way to see me?

We don’t talk much every time we bump into each other. Just a short greeting and perhaps a furtive smile if we are able. I’m wondering if I should ask her to join me for lunch or dinner some time.

She was among the medical teams involved with the Hangarbay 9 disaster and we made eye contact several times. She didn’t smile at me at the time, perhaps due to the rather difficult situation at hand but I still wished she did.

Her smile is… well, whatever it is, it’s something.

Monday, 9 April 2012

The Starship Aprilis: Hangarbay 9




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.


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N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

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We had our first major accident on Aprilis today. It happened in Hangarbay 9 when the atmosphere field generators malfunctioned. We were receiving several supply boats from the surface of Gallimimus and somehow they did not register that the fields were still up and so all three of the boats sliced into the fields and were shredded like hot cheese.

I had the misfortune of being on duty in Hangarbay 9 and was one of the unlucky crew that had to clean up and salvage the mess. Atmosphere fields work by generating shots of energy in a crisscross pattern. Unfortunately, while air does not escape through this field, any physical matter that hits it will be sliced into smaller chunks by the crisscrossing shots of pure energy.

Needless to say, cleaning up the remains of the passengers was the most harrowing work of all and it took several medical teams to identify each body part to its owner.

I’m glad I’m not in the engineering team responsible for maintenance of the field generators. I saw them being escorted to the bridge deck and every one of them seemed to be in a panic.

Saturday, 7 April 2012

The Starship Aprilis: Gallimimus




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.


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N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

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Gallimimus

The Planet Gallimimus gets its name not surprisingly from its native intelligent species, which look very similar to Earth’s extinct reptile, the Gallimimus.

The Gallimimus are intelligent in the way that they have consciousness, are aware, and form social groups amongst themselves. Technologically they are almost equal to the medieval times of humans.

It does not look like they aspire to a more advanced state as they have, on many occasions, been less than impressed with our own advanced technology as well as our spacefaring vessels. They are a race of beings who prefer to run and roam wide open lands of lush greenery. To coop them up in a can that rushes through vast areas of emptiness is not their idea of how life should be lived.

In consequence, while they are generally at peace with us, they mostly leave the human settlements alone and only come to trade every once in a while.

I wonder how long this peace between our species will last. It’s only a matter of time before we encroach upon their territory as humankind is wont to do.

*EDITOR’S NOTE: Humans eventually did encroach upon the territories of the Gallimimus and that was when they strove to advance their technological abilities. Despite human interference, they became a spacefaring species but were wiped out completely in the Five Hundred Race War.

Friday, 6 April 2012

The Starship Aprilis: Friday




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.


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N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

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Friday

Met with Crewman Friday to play Decks* but had to cut the game short. Friday was feeling under the weather and had started sweating profusely and turning bright crimson by the third round of the game.

I told him to go see the ship’s doctor, but he said it was just a slight headache, something his nanobots would take care of quite soon. But after a while, it became quite clear that his nanobots were not functioning as they ought to and something serious was up.

I accompanied him as he staggered his way across the ship to the doctor’s clinic. Thankfully the doctor was in. I was worried he would be off duty like many of us were during this restful period. The doctor examined Friday and performed some tests before concluding that Friday did not really have the proper nanobots installed.

She told us that Friday had apparently had cheap knockoffs installed in a seedy part of New Kinta City on Andromeda and she had seen these botch jobs before. These cheap nanobots were doing more harm than repair and instead of curing his headache, the nanobots were slowly giving him testicular cancer. She performed a non-invasive surgery to remove the nanobots and Friday started feeling (and looking) better.

Or at least he felt better medically. Emotionally, he was quite upset. Because even at “cheap” prices, the nanobots cost Friday a huge chunk of his pay. The doctor said she did not have any replacement nanobots she could afford to install in him and if he wanted any, he would have to wait till the next major colony or outpost. She also warned him not to visit seedy nanobot operators in the future.

I am not entirely sure Friday has learnt his lesson though.

*EDITOR’S NOTE: Decks is the ancient precursor to the popular game, Mindwarp.

Thursday, 5 April 2012

The Starship Aprilis: Enderby




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.


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N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

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Enderby

We have docked at Quadra Outpost 453, a fuelling space station that orbits an unnamed ringed gas giant in an equally unnamed system. Of course, the planet and the system have code names, but I do not have the patience to memorise the endless strings of characters that the authorities associate with them.

The most notable thing about this space station and its ringed planet is that it is claimed that this is where the famed poet, Enderby, wrote one of his most famous poems, “The Ringed Body”. To those who have read this lyrical and masterful poem, it is obvious that Enderby was clearly expressing his thoughts and love for this lovely ringed gas giant.

And no wonder! Enderby’s planet is a sight to behold. Several times bigger than our own ringed planet, Saturn, and brighter and infinitely more beautiful in how the colourful gas clouds twirl around in its atmosphere. I will not repeat what Enderby has written in his poem, but if you are curious as to what the planet looks like, I suggest you find a copy of the poem* and read it for yourself.

Then, if you get the chance, visit this wonderful spot in our galaxy. There is already a petition running on the station to name the planet after the poet. It goes without saying I have already added my name to this petition. Planet Enderby is a perfect name for the famed Ringed Body, I must say.

*EDITOR’S NOTE: Unfortunately, the poem as well as other works of the poet Enderby has been lost to time. Planet Enderby was eventually destroyed in the Five Hundred Race War.

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

The Starship Aprilis: Derelict



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.


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Derelict

A bit of mystery today. We chanced upon a derelict ship on the way to Lepus Lupus via Quadra Outpost 453. The captain sent in a scouting and rescue team but they found no one on board and no clue at all as to what had happened to them.

They left nothing behind – no clothes, no food, no records. It was as if somebody built a ship, didn’t bother to staff and stock it and then left it here in the middle of nowhere.

The ship is a somewhat recent model of the Granadus Cocellator with optional Avalon engines (according to my copy of Ebernexer’s Complete Guide to Spacefaring Vessels) so it is not a cheap ship to be snuffed at either.

We wondered if this was the celestial version of the infamous Mary Celeste but many of my fellow crewmembers refused to discuss it, citing superstition.

I, for one, am not superstitious but I also do not want to tempt fate and so this is all I have to say of the matter.

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

The Starship Aprilis: Candor




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.


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N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

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Candor

Rumour has it that this colony was originally meant to be named “Condor” but when the mistake was realised it was too late to change it. I suppose the colonists were lucky that their new name had a positive meaning as well. I will not repeat here my dislike of spelling “Candor” with a dropped “U” but this sentence will serve as a short reminder of it anyway.

Candor is a cold, blue rock situated near the rim of its system. Humankind would not normally colonise such a miserable place such as this but this small planet happens to possess large reserves of a mineral that is in large demand but in rare supplies in other parts of the galaxy.

What exactly this mineral is has been a topic of great discussion not only amongst the crew but amongst many other space travellers as well. But as it is a well-kept secret, we will never know what mineral it is exactly.

So it goes that large mining corporations have set up shop here and begun operations in earnest. We dropped off a great number of passengers here, many of them understandably not looking forward to their new jobs. Their lack of enthusiasm was readily apparent on their faces as we processed them and showed them the door to their new home.

I must profess that as weary as I often get with my own job on this ship, I am glad I am not in their dirty mining shoes.

Monday, 2 April 2012

The Starship Aprilis: Betelgeuse




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.


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N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z

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Betelgeuse

We are making a pass near Betelgeuse, the red supergiant. “Near” isn’t exactly accurate, as we are quite a distance away from it. But on the grand scale of the universe, we are but a stone’s throw away.

Even at this great distance (I estimate we are three times the diameter of the solar system away from Betelgeuse) the bright red star glowers at us, its huge disc constant burning through our thick windows.

Making a pass this near a red supergiant was not on our original itinerary. Rumour has circulated amongst the crew that a group of scientists that came aboard at Andromeda had requested the captain to make such a detour.

Normally the captain would not allow such an outrageous request, as the path would have to be painstakingly calculated beforehand. We suspect the captain, or the owner of our vessel, was paid handsomely for such a trip.

Too bad those credits will not be trickling down to the likes of us.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

The Starship Aprilis: Andromeda



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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Andromeda

Andromeda is one of the earliest settlements that was established by humankind. This is clear upon approach towards the planet. Many sparkling lights dot the continents on its dark side, betraying the large advances of development the planet has seen during the past centuries humankind has lived there.

Andromeda is unique in that for a ship to approach and land, it first must make a loop around Andromeda’s twin moons. I am told the reasons are two-fold. First, it is due to security. As one of the oldest colonies, it receives a lot of traffic from Earth as well as other colonies and this is one of the ways the authorities delay the ships from landing while they perform the necessary checks.

Secondly, the twin moons are in danger of falling out of their orbits and scientists have predicted a twenty per cent chance of at least one of the rocks to plummet down onto the planet. Having the many ships circle around the moons, apparently helps prevent this from happening.

How true this is, I do not know. All I know is, the approach towards Andromeda can be long and tedious.

Once on the planet, it is as if one has never left Earth. We have reshaped and modelled it to look as much as possible like our home planet, and have been quite successful at it. Andromeda is not a planet one visits to seek exciting new adventures and new experiences.

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