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John Black – Leaving Earth

Posted in Blog Series, Entertainment, Fiction, John Black, Science Fiction, Story, Writing with tags , , on February 16, 2013 by darkjade68

Judgement-Day-space-earth-black-planet-orbit-1024x768John Black – Leaving Earth

by DarkJade

Episode One – Judgment Day

A young girl wakes in her bed, sweating and crying… She looks to be maybe 11, with long black hair, with light green eyes.

Her upstairs bedroom is dark, but there appears to be a bright light coming from outside her bedroom window.

Fearlessly, she stands, and makes her way to the window.

Outside her parents two story home, there are six men standing on their lawn… Each of their eyes are glowing, as they look up towards her window.

One of their mouths start to move, but she can not hear them through the glass window.

He then holds out one hand, palm up…

Come with us,” she’s able to make out, before she wakes again… It was a dream… Only a dream.

BOULDER COLORADO

FEBRUARY 12TH, 2014

A SMALL HOTEL ROOM

10:14AM

Twenty eight year old Peter Doran, a reporter from Denver Colorado, sits on the end of his double sized bed in his hotel room in Boulder Colorado. Peter has short blondish, brownish hair, a medium build, and is wearing jeans and a white button up shirt, the top button open.

He lights a cigarette as he watches the news report on the television.

NEWS REPORTER: WE’RE LIVE HERE IN WASHINGTON D.C., WHERE PROCEEDINGS HAVE BEGUN FOR SELF MADE BILLIONAIRE JOHN BLACK, OF MOTIVE INDUSTRIES. JOHN BLACK, ONE OF THE 12 BILLIONAIRES INVOLVED WITH THE PLANNED PRIVATELY FUNDED 2018 MISSION TO MARS, HAS, ACCORDING TO RESOURCES, BEEN CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTING TO LAUNCH THE FIRST PROTOTYPE OF THE SHIP TO BE USED, JUST TWO DAYS AGO, IN THE SAHARA DESERT. NOT ONLY IS THIS FOUR AND A HALF YEARS PREMATURE TO THE PLANNED MISSION, BUT THOUGH HE IS INDEED ONE OF THE 12 FUNDING THE PROJECT, HE DID NOT INCLUDE ANY OF THE OTHERS IN WHAT WAS TO BE AN EXTREMELY EARLY, AND THUS DANGEROUS LAUNCH. NOT TO MENTION EXPENSIVE.

“Crazy billionaires… Think they can do anything,” speaks Peter as he takes a long hit off his cigarette, puts it out, grabs his jacket, and heads out the door.

WASHINGTON D.C.

COURTROOM OF THE HEARING

John black, a 6’3″ man, very handsome, with grey and black hair, 53 years in age. Stands before the court, with six sharply suited lawyers at his side. He himself is wearing an extremely expensive dark blue suit, which has very thin grey pin stripes, barely visible, yet just visible.

His eyes are brown, and gentle, and he has a grey and black goatee.

An angry looking Judge speaks.

“John Black, do you understand what you did is against the law… That not only did you endanger the lives of your crew, by trying to launch a vessel that is not ready, but you were also using a ship which has been paid for by eleven additional investors, beyond your own investment?” speaks the Judge.

John is silent for a moment, then replies. “There were to be 11 prototypes before the final vessel was made… I merely took the first prototype, which is in fact, one twelfth of the over all cost. I simply cashed out early.

HaHaHa many laugh within the courtroom.

The Judge does not look pleased. “Well… Even if that is the case, the fact that you were using a prototype, as opposed to a fully prepared ship, did indeed put others, as well as yourself, in danger.”

“Judge… It is in my strongest estimation, that each of the ships would in fact end up being exactly the same… This preliminary design has been ready for ten years, it was just a matter of finding the right investors… Which, in the end, didn’t end up being a government… And instead, a group of 12 investors. That being said, this ship, once again in my estimation, was indeed ready,” explains John.

“Then why create 12 ships?” replies the Judge.

“A formality, your honor… A precaution… But not a necessity… In my estimation,” finishes John.

The Judge seems stumped.

“Council, step into my quarters,” speaks the Judge, as he steps away from his chair.

NORTH CAROLINA

12:33PM

Little eleven year old Raven, the black haired girl who had been dreaming the night before, stands out in the middle of the street in front of her house, which is a culdesac.

She peers up into the sky… Just staring, for close to a half an hour before her mother notices her from their house kitchen window.

“What is Raven doing?” she asks her husband, who then looks out the window.

He sees several of her friends playing with a ball on the lawn, and Raven in the middle of the street.

“I don’t know? Maybe looking at a bird, or a plane?” he replies.

“She’s been sitting there for a half an hour… Can you check on her Richard,” requests Raven’s mom.

“Sure hun,” he replies, then heads out where Raven is.

“Whatcha doin babe?” he speaks to her, but she does not reply at first.

Then she looks over at him, her light green eyes barely visible beneath her dark bangs.

“How long have they been living amongst us Daddy?” she asks.

“Who hunny?” he replies.

She doesn’t reply, but merely looks back into the sky.

DarkJade-

PICTURE CREDIT – Judgement

Episode II

Ego In A New Light… Ayn Rand’s “Anthem”

Posted in Book Review, Editorial, Fiction, Inspiration, Life, Novella, Science Fiction, Short Story, Writing with tags on January 12, 2013 by darkjade68

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“He lived in the dark ages of future. In a loveless world he dared to love the woman of his choice. In an age that had lost all trace of science and civilization he had the courage to seek and find knowledge. But these were not the crimes for which he would be hunted. He was marked for death because he had committed the unpardonable sin: he had stood forth from the mindless human herd. He was a man alone.” TAKEN FROM THE BACK COVER OF THE CENTENNIAL EDITION OF THIS BOOK

Ego In A New Light… Ayn Rand’s “Anthem”

I’m the first to admit that I don’t read all that much… I never have. I’ve always heard that the best Writers, or at least Most Writers, are also ‘avid’ readers.

But for me, Math, and Creative Writing were my best areas in school.

A’s and B’s in Math, and B+’s in Creative Writing.

D’s and C’s in Grammar, Lol.

My mind just worked a certain way.

That said, though I’ve averaged over 1,000 words a day in the last 17 months in what has been the beginning of my pursuit of being a Writer for a living, I just don’t read very much.

Either I get sleepy when I try, or I feel like “You should be Writing, not Reading”… And so it’s gone, Lol

mzl.dbvwkaekHowever, for Christmas, a very good friend of mine sent me a copy of Ayn Rand’s “Anthem”.

The “Centennial Edition” to be precise.

Which includes both her Original 1938, England Published Version in the back of the book with her notes on it showing some changes she had made in the style of it (Not the Content/Or meaning). But the Edited/Style updated version is the main version in the front of the book.

That said, my friend, knowing that I’m not all that much of a Reader, but also knowing that I have some Familiarity with Ayn Rand, primarily from my upbringing, and most recently from seeing the New “Atlas Shrugged” Film (Part I, I haven’t seen Part II yet).

Sent me Ayn Rand’s “Anthem”, because she knew that it was one of her Shorter Books, and thus I might end up reading it.

My History With Ayn Rand;

Though limited, I do have some history in regards to Ayn Rand.

I’ve never before read any of her books (Until now), but My Boss, and Mom’s Boyfriend of 30+ years, is indeed an Avid Reader, and had read many of her books years ago.

fountainhead1In fact, “The Fountain Head” was a major influence on him in college, which lead him to switching his Major in Art (I believe it was Art), to Majoring in Architecture. (I believe the main character in The Fountainhead is an Architect)

30+ Years Later, he’s one of the Best, most Interesting Architects I’ve ever been exposed to.

Moving on… My Mom and her Boyfriend actually met one another at was called a “Workshop”… This Workshop was run by a Psychologist, who not only Practiced Counseling, but also ran Workshops based on the work of a man named ‘Nathaniel Branden‘.

And Nathaniel Branden actually was in a relationship with Ayn Rand many years back.

And so you see, I definitely had my exposure in regards to Ayn Rand.

All indirectly… And yet, exposure none the less.

My Opinion/Review of “Anthem”;

My Friend was right… Due to it’s length, who had Written it, and who had Given me the book, these things lead to me actually making the time to read it.

Some of the Introduction a couple weeks ago, and the rest of the Introduction, the Author’s Forward, and the Newer Edited Version of the Story Late Yesterday Afternoon/Last Night.

The Central Message;

Now like I say, I’m not much of a Reader (Though I am an Avid Film Watcher), and this is my First Ever Book Review… But I’d say the Central Message in this book is based on Ayn Rand’s Philosophy of Objectivism.

Objectivism is a philosophy created by Russian-American philosopher and novelist Ayn Rand (1905–1982). Objectivism’s central tenets are that reality exists independent of consciousness, that human beings have direct contact with reality through sense perception, that one can attain objective knowledge from perception through the process of concept formation and inductive logic, that the proper moral purpose of one’s life is the pursuit of one’s own happiness (or rational self-interest), that the only social system consistent with this morality is full respect for individual rights embodied in laissez-fairecapitalism, and that the role of art in human life is to transform humans’ metaphysical ideas by selective reproduction of reality into a physical form—a work of art—that one can comprehend and to which one can respond emotionally.[citation needed]

Rand characterized Objectivism as “a philosophy for living on earth”, grounded in reality, and aimed at defining human nature and the nature of the world in which we live.[1]”

ala WIKIPEDIA

And in Ayn Rand’s own words;

My philosophy, in essence, is the concept of man as a heroic being, with his own happiness as the moral purpose of his life, with productive achievement as his noblest activity, and reason as his only absolute.
—Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged[2]
also ala WIKIPEDIA
Alright, so this story takes place in a Dark Dystopian Future, where Men (And Woman)  follow a ‘We’ Philosophy, as opposed to an ‘I’ Philosophy.
Where all things are based on a ‘Collective’ mentality. Meaning all that we do, is for the Greater Good of our Fellow Man/Woman, and is not based on our Individual Needs, and/or Wants.
And all of our Decisions, including what field of work we go into, and who we ‘Mate’ with, are supplied by an Appointed Council.
Basically.
I don’t want to get all that technical, but I think you get the gist.
we-are-the-borg-borg-base-picard-all-your-belong-star-trek-demotivational-poster-1249788313For me Star Trek’s ‘The Borg’ come to mind… But that’s mainly because this book was Written in 1937, and thus this Fundamental Idea has been used in many ways in Stories, and/or Television and Film.
Plot;
A Man Called “Equality 7-2521″ (Nope, People don’t even get to have True Names), considers himself cursed, because as he goes through the early part of his life, he can not seem to control his ‘Own Personal Interests/Passions’ Etc.
And so the basic Plot is about how he suffers because he is different, and slowly, piece by piece, starts to more and more figure out ways to Express Himself as an Individual (As Opposed to one of the Collective)… And when I say “Express” himself, I don’t mean Publicly Initially, I mean Privately. And when I say Privately, I mean when he is Alone, which is supposed to be ‘Never’, but he finds/makes a way.
Characters;
To me the main Character, initially, is Quite Tormented Internally… Partly because he can not Pursue his Own Individual Interests/Passions Etc… Partially because he feels he is Cursed, and is Ashamed of himself that he does not only think of his Brothers/Sisters, and instead thinks about what Makes ‘Him’, as an Individual, Happy.
The Girl… The Girl, or as he comes to call her “The Golden One”, appears to have some Inner Strength inside her as well, and is Instantly Drawn to him.
Ego;
I have come to find out that Ayn Rand generally has Cut and Dry/Working Titles for her Books, and then Changes them for the Sake of Publishing. The main part of this seems to be that her Working Titles “Give Too Much Away”, and thus she Creates Names that are not as Obvious, and also wants them to be more Intriguing… So to speak. Her reason, she wants people to figure out the meanings of the Books for their selves.
A Noble/Admirable thing I think/feel.
And so, the Initial Title of “Anthem”, was actually “Ego”… On that note, I’d highly recommend Reading Both the ‘Introduction’, and ‘Author’s Forward’, prior to Reading this Book. This is where she explains these things, and I found it very insightful going forward into the Reading of the Story.
Now the Funny thing about the word “Ego”, in my opinion… Is in my experience of the word Ego, it is, and/or has been, primarily used, and/or thought of in a Derogatory Light…
In such statements as “He has a Huge Ego… So watch out”… Or, “That Guys Ego is out of control”.
Now this is in my, American, mostly Southern California, experience of the word.
Here’s what Webster thinks of the Word;
1 : the self especially as contrasted with another self or the world
3 : the one of the three divisions of the psyche in psychoanalytic theory that serves as the organized conscious mediator between the person and reality especially by functioning both in the perception of and adaptation to reality — compare
Hmm… A bit different than the Common Use of the word… Or at least in My Experience.
But Ego is a word that I had already, in my own life, come to realize ‘Isn’t’ a Derogatory Term in its ‘Purist’ Sense…
It basically has something to do with an ‘Individual’s’ Sense of Self, and Self Worth I believe.
That said, Ayn Rand’s use of the Word, I believe, has more to do with its ‘True’ Meaning, not what we, or at least I, have been most often exposed to.
And this is True with many Words. It’s funny how Words so often Mean One Thing to one person, and something Completely Different to another. I think this is even more evident, when the people speaking are each from different countries. But that’s just my opinion.
My Overall Opinion of The Book;
In the end, something in addition to the Fundamental Message in the Book, which is basically the ‘Importance Of The ‘I”, and the Potentially Destructive/Devastating Nature of the ‘We’ way of thinking…
At least what I found Truly Fascinating, was the Process that the Main Character goes through in ‘Breaking’ down one Philosophy (Which he’s known all of his life), and basically ‘Creating/Building’ a Whole New Philosophy, and Way of Being/Living, pretty much wholly based on a Human’s Innate Primal Instincts, in all respects… Be it Love, Survival, Time Alone, Internal Thoughts Etc.
I think if I had been brought up in a ‘Less’ Freedom of Speech/Thought Etc. kind of Environment, this Book would have had an even More Profound Impact one me.
But because I was not, what it did for me is 1) Gave Me Further Appreciation For Ayn Rand, A Writer/Person Who Literally Breeds The Importance of “Free Will” 2) Reminded me of the Simplicities of Life, that we often take for granted, often by no fault of our own… 3) A Sense of Appreciation of, like I say, The Breaking Down of One Belief System, and Building, From Scratch, of Another 4) As a Writer, it also Reminded me of some of the Fundamental Essences of ‘Sci-Fi’ Writing, that you can find in such Films as “Logan’s Run”, “Planet Of The Apes” (The old one’s), and even “Journey To The Center Of The Earth”… Touching on such Fundamental (And I’m using this word a lot)… Lets switch up to ‘Rudimentary’… Primal, Basic things, that really Give One’s Insides a Tussle… So to speak, Lol
It’s a Good Book… Very Basic (Meaning Simplistic In Form)… Very Primal… Very, yes here I go again, ‘Fundamental’… And I feel, Very Important… And I Highly Recommend it.
Keep in mind, if you’re like me, or even if you’re not… It’s only 105 Pages (At least in this Edition).
And it gets you thinking… And it gets you wanting to Write Your Own Stuff… And it might even Inspire you to Read More of other People’s Stuff, which it has for me.
Nuff Said
Thanks For Listening/Reading
Would Love to Hear Your Thoughts
DarkJade-

Zonan

Posted in Entertainment, Fiction, Science Fiction, Story with tags on November 11, 2012 by darkjade68

Zonan

by DarkJade

THE ELEVENTH GALAXY OF JORAN

IN THE OUTER ATMOSPHERE OF THE MOON NOU-RYIZA

General Ordhen of the Battle Cruiser Noradon sits at the helm of his ship drinking a blue colored liquid known to contain three times the normal amount of intoxication chemicals in it.

His eyes glazed over, he stares out into space, waiting for the other Warships to arrive.

And soon 5 do… One after another coming out of Transfluent Space…

They do not attack his ship, no… Instead

“GENERAL ARE YOU THERE?”

General Ordhen does not reply.

“Just blow me up you bastards…” he mumbles.

“GENERAL… WE DON’T WANT TO REMOVE YOU FORCEFULLY FROM YOUR VESSEL IF WE CAN AVOID IT” the communications continue, but the General simply pours himself more of the blue drink from a bottle.

He then starts to arm his attack guns.

“This oughta force their hand” the General speaks under his breath.

“GENERAL… WE KNOW YOU’RE TRYING TO GET US TO DESTROY YOU… PLEASE DISENGAGE YOUR WEAPONS” the unfamiliar voice continues.

“Just who this anyway… You’re not one of the Asenian Generals…” speaks the General as he stands, knocking over his bottle of blue liquid.

“NOW ATTACK ME!! OR I WILL INDEED ATTACK ONE OF YOUR SHIPS!!” he shouts as his hand sits over the blinking green firing control.

“THAT’S JUST IT GENERAL… THE OTHER 49 ARSENIAN GENERALS ARE DEAD…” the voice continues, which causes General Ordhen to pause.

“That’s impossible” he mumbles to himself.

“YOU ARE THE LAST” the voice concludes.

“THAT’S IMPOSSIBLE!!” he then yells.

TWO HOURS LATER

ABOARD THE WARSHIP HAMDE 6

Two ship security guards escort General Ordhen down a hallway, his hands behind his back, and in a blue chain of light.

He’s having a hard time walking due to his intoxication.

“You men should be with your families… Our time is short” he says to the two the security guards, who pay him no mind.

The General is brought into the ships battle conference chamber, where two Second Commanders of the ship await at the table.

“Second Commanders… Where’s the First Commander of this ship… And more than that, what has happened to the Arsenian General of this vessel” the General demands as the two Second Commanders relieve the security guards, and place the General at the end seat.

OUTSIDE THE BATTLE CONFERENCE CHAMBER

The Hamde’s First Commander Teran, and his Adviser Udorr stand outside the battle conference chamber door.

“This is insane First Commander… This man should be rotting in a prison block, not being debriefed of highly classified material.

The First Commander is a 28 year old man, with short blond hair, and brown eyes.

“You think this man doesn’t know what’s going on Adviser Udorr… He’s an Arsenian General for Haddon’s sake.”

With this the door opens, and the First Commander sits at the other end of the table… Adviser Udorr sits nearby.

“It’s an honor to meet you General Ordhen… Even under these difficult conditions” expresses the First Commander.

General Ordhen seems to be looking around the room, then looks at the First Commander.

“Don’t you have anything to drink in here…” he says, then seems to continue peering around the room.

“Show some respect to the First Commander” injects the Adviser.

“Adviser Udorr… That’s enough” replies the First Commander.

The General looks at the Adviser, and then at the First Commander.

“Where is the Arsenian General of this vessel First Commander…” the General starts.

“Teran… First Commander Teran is my name” replies the First Commander.

“Right… Commander Teran” the General finishes.

“The other 49 Warship Arsenian Generals have committed Tal-Ah-Tu General” replies Commander Teran.

“Tal-Ah-Tu…” General Ordhen says under his breath.

“Yes General… In fact… We must say… We’re a bit surprised that you did not join them” the Commander continues.

“Where is your crew General Ordhen??” the Adviser suddenly questions.

“I took them all to their home planets” the General replies.

First Commander Teran looks at the Adviser, then at the general.

“So well all the other Arsenian Genrals were committing Tal-Ah-Tu… You were returning your crew to their homes?” questions the First Commander.

“Apparently so… But Tal-Ah-Tu… That’s an extremely honorable act… So careful how you talk about those men” replies the General.

“I just thought my men should have a chance to see their families before… Well… You know” concludes the General.

“Well… As noble an act as you with your returning your crew to their homes, and the other Generals committing Tal-Ah-Tu seem to think you have done… We the Yotaqu Federation plan on fighting the Genedwa attacks when they come” inserts the Adviser.

“Oh I know” replies the General “And you’re all goina die”.

DarkJade-

PICTURE CREDIT – Other

DarkJade Presents – My Sci-Fi Path

Posted in Entertainment, Inspiration, Movies, Science Fiction, Star Wars with tags , , , , on September 8, 2012 by darkjade68

DarkJade Presents – My Sci-Fi Path

As I’ve said many times before, The Original “Star Wars”, and “The Empire Strikes Back” were the two Films that Inspired me to Pursue Film Making…

But I thought it was time I Truly Shared My Path Through the Sci-Fi Genre, which basically started in the 70’s for me when I was very young.

Space 1999 (1975-1977)

Now I don’t remember when I started watching “Space 1999″, it probably wasn’t as early as 1975… But sometime when I was very young, I did watch it… And it was Cool, Lol

Wow, that was kind of painful, Lol… The 70’s man, Lol

Star Wars (1977)

Then came the Original “Star Wars”, and that was it, I was ‘hooked’ on Sci-Fi.

I was Han Solo, My Brother was Luke, and My Favorite All Time Villain Became Darth Vader.

Star Trek (1966-1969)

And of course “Star Trek” Reruns were on T.V. frequently, which were just Awesome… Spock was, and is, my favorite Star Trek Character.

The Ultimate in Sci-Fi Melodrama, Lol… With a sprinkle of Shakespearean Undertones for Good Measure, Lol

Buck Rogers In The 25th Century (1979)

I hardly remember the Buck Rodgers Television Show, but I know My Brother and I used to Watch it, Lol

Wow… Wow… The 70’s… Wow, Lol

Planet Of The Apes (1968)

Somewhere in there the “Planet of the Apes” Movies were on T.V. on some of the Channels as well…

“TAKE YOUR STINKING PAWS OF ME YOU DAMN DIRTY APE!” Lol

Battlestar Galactica (1978-1979)

We Loved this Show, Lol

Alien (1979)

Yes, are Mom actually took us to this Flick, Lol… Which is a Brilliant Film, but basically Scared the Hell out of My Brother and I, Lol

She regrets taking us, Ha

But in the end, I think we survived it ok, Lol

Uh, Yeah… It was pretty scary for a couple of young kids, Lol

Flash Gordon (1980)

We Loved This Flick, as Cheesy as it was, Lol… In fact I not only met Timothy Dalton years later, but My Current Cat is also Named “Baron”, after the Timothy Dalton Character, Lol Not to mention “Queen”, and more specifically “Freddy Mercury” was my Favorite All Time Singer…

Spaceships, Hawkmen, Queens Music… Yeah, this was my kind of Flick, Lol

The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

And of course, One of My All Time Favorite Films, “The Empire Strikes Back”… Han was My Man, and this Film was definitely His Film.

In My Opinion, the Best Sci-Fi Film Ever… No “Star Wars”… No “The Empire Strikes Back”…  No “Star Wars”… And so it Goes, Lol

But I will Say The First Two Star Wars Films are one of My Main Motivations Behind My Focus of “Characters”, “Story”, and “Character & Story” Development. And the Importance of a Great Villain.

Blade Runner (1982)

“Blade Runner”… Also one of the Most Brilliant Sci-Fi Films Ever Done… Just a Masterpiece… And also very Influential on My Screenplay Writing, for Sure.

“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I’ve watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.”

One of the Best Sci-Fi Lines, and Scenes Ever… Wridley Scott is a Film Genius Basically… And of course the Writer Philip K. Dick, whose “Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?” Book it was based on.

TRON (1982)

“TRON”, a Film Way ahead of its time… My Brother and I Loved This Film.

At a Time when We Lived in Video Game Arcades, it was like Being in One of them…

And the List goes on and on… But those were the one’s that got My Bro and I Off the Ground so to speak, in regards to Sci-Fi.

Thanks For Listening/Watching/Reading

DarkJade-

The Votan… Hunters In The Sky – Meet Thine Enemy

Posted in Blog Series, Entertainment, Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction, Story, The Votan Hunters In The Sky with tags on August 21, 2012 by darkjade68

The Votan… Hunters In The Sky

by DarkJade

Prologue

Chapter One – Destination

CHAPTER TWO – Meet Thine Enemy

MARS ORBIT

AUGUST 15TH, 2115

9 MONTHS AFTER THE VOTAN MARS ARRIVAL

6 MONTHS AFTER CAPTAIN JACK BARETT AND THE CREW OF THE ALNOS EXPEDITION DEPARTED FROM EARTH’S SPACE STATION THE MORIA

THE BRIDGE OF THE ALNOS VESSEL

Jack stands before the Bridge main window, and looks in the distance at the Mars Colony below…

Taren is at the Helm. Taren is about a 24 year old girl, who has short black hair, and dark blue eyes. She’s very serious about her Pilot position… And very good at it.

“That thing is huge… I wonder why they’re only sending 80 colonists every 8 years up here… They have 850 plus civilians living in a facility that could hold 20 to 30 thousand easy…” Jack thinks to himself.

Just then Siri enters the bridge… Siri is a very attractive 27 year old Russian girl, whose body is 42.7% Cyborg… She has spiky white hair, and doesn’t try to hide the fact that her left arm is 100% cybortronics…

Siri nods at Taren as she approaches Jack… Taren nods in return.

“I’m not sure how you got them to allow me to come Captain… I usually consult much larger operations…” Siri says as she stands slightly behind him, also casting her gaze at the colony below.

Jack looks at her with his sad brown eyes “Yeah, well… They also only assigned 50 Robo Marines to this mission, which I insisted they raised to 85… Which still isn’t enough” he explains, then makes his way to his Captain’s Chair.

“Soldier Botts Sir…” Siri replies.

Jack looks at Siri “Yeah… Well… Whatever… They’re not Human”.

The Zorin Ordoff then enters the bridge “Greetings! Greetings! I am most excited” he speaks.

Siri looks at the Zorin, then Jack “Sir…” she speaks as she pardons herself, and leaves the bridge.

“Good morning Ordoff… I hope your 6 month rest left you feeling alright…” speaks Jack as he looks over some figures on his screen.

“Oh, quite sir…” Ordoff speaks as he approaches the main window “And there’s your colony… Brilliant… Brilliant I say” he turns back towards Jack.

“35% of the technology in that structure is Zolan conceived… Well… Not Zolan conceived, we did borrow a bit from the Neendro-Dun…” he speaks at Jack, who isn’t really paying attention, yet murmurs out a courteous reply.

“Eh, heh…” well, not so courteous really.

Ordoff steps right next to Jack… His four green scaly arms twitter their fingers, which catches Jack’s attention… He looks up into Ordoff’s large black eyes.

“You don’t care for us Zolan all that much, do you Sir” speaks Ordoff.

Jack closes his screen… “You’re alright… Caused a lot of death on my planet trying to figure out diseases… But your intentions always seemed to be good… At least from what I’ve heard… And like I told Colonel Richards, you’ve really helped us out in the Space Travel department…”

“I see… I see” responds Ordoff as he looks for somewhere to sit.

Jack pushes a button, and a chair comes out some 10 feet away from the Captain’s Chair.

“Oh thank you Sir” Ordoff replies graciously as he sits.

“The Votan ship is coming into view Sir…” speaks Taren.

With this Jack and Ordoff stare wide eyed at the enormity of the Votan Ship.

“And you’ve never seen, or heard of the Votan Race, right?” Jack speaks at Ordoff more than asking.

“No indeed we have not… But their ship technology is most impressive… Interesting that they allow their shield to be seen like that” speaks Ordoff.

With this Jack walks up to the main window “You mean that green glow around it?” he asks Ordoff.

Ordoff is quickly at his side “Yes… Very odd… With that kind of technology, they really shouldn’t need to reveal their shield” he explains to Jack.

Jack looks at Ordoff impressed with him already “Really…”

NEXT TIME… CONTACT

DarkJade-

The Votan… Hunters In The Sky Chapter One

Posted in Blog Series, Entertainment, Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction, The Votan Hunters In The Sky with tags on August 18, 2012 by darkjade68

The Votan… Hunters In The Sky

by DarkJade

Prologue

CHAPTER ONE – Destination

THE SPACE STATION MORIA

OUTSIDE THE ATMOSPHERE OF THE BRUISED AND BATTERED EARTH

A MEETING CHAMBER

FEBRUARY 20TH, 2115

“I had assembled a crew, though I still don’t know what for exactly…” Jack thought to himself.

Jack Barret, Captain of the ‘Alnos Expedition’, or so he’s been told that that’s what it’s called, sits alone in his standard all white, semi militant/mercenary uniform, with his blond spiky hair, and doubting dark brown eyes.

As he sits pondering the possibilities, he plays with the silver band around his finger, marked with the scripture “blood tough” on it.

Norr will be my head of security… With Broomstick on the ground bossing the Robo Marines around…

They say I’ll need about 50 of them…

I figure it’s some sort of Lunar Prison break… The third one in 18 months… Ever since we moved 1/3 of what remains of Earth’s Population to live in underground cities on the moon, there’ s been nothing but security issues.

Taren will pilot the ship, she’s top notch.

Unfortunately I mentioned this meeting to Jordan out of habit…

So if there’s a need for a Science Officer/Medic, now I gotta bring her along.

Oh, don’t get me wrong, she’s the best at what she does…

But since the two of us stopped being all kissy like…

I find it a tad bit uncomfortable being around her… Nature I guess… What can yah do.

And she’ll bring that Loralie, her assistant, who basically drives me mad with all her chatty like over thoroughness…

Jack lights a flare stick, or what used to be called a cigarette, back when there was still tobacco.

I really doubt I’ll need Specs or Siri for this mission…

But I’ve put them on stand bye just in case.

Siri is a bad ass, half Russian, half Cyborg Heavy Artillery Unit Adviser…

But she’s more for situations with at least 150 Robo Marines, and they said I’d only need 50.

And Specs is a ‘Deep Space’ Ship Engineer, and I doubt we’re going very far, so I doubt we’ll need him.

Colonel Medly Richards enters the room, and snatches the flare stick right out of Jack’s hand.

“You can’t smoke that in here Jack…” he says.

Behind the Colonel enters 6 other military looking blokes, and to Jack’s utter shock, a Zolan… One of the Alien Species that used to inhabit the Earth some 90 or so years ago… Before we asked them to leave.

The Zolan are an interesting looking race, with huge black eyes, greenish yellowish scaly skin, and four arms.

“It’s not polite to stare Jack” speaks the Colonel at Jack, seeing that he has not been able to take his eyes off the Zolan.

Jack straightens himself up in his seat and starts to play with his ring again “I’m sorry Sir… It’s just–” he starts to say, but the Colonel interrupts him.

“You thought the Zolan had vacated our planet close to 100 years ago… Well that’s what you were supposed to think… And for the most part they did… Save some six advisers that we asked to stay with us” explained the Colonel.

“Oh I have no problem with the Zolans Sir… I was just surprised that’s all… What they meant to our space travel division is invaluable…” Jack tries to cover his tracks.

The Colonel smiles “Right… Well… Lets get to it…”

The Colonel clicks a small hand held device and the lights go out, and a direct link picture of our Mars Colony comes up on the screen.

Back on December 14th, 2114, our Colonists contacted us to let us know that a large, dark spacecraft had come into their skies…” he says, then clicks to another image, which is a large dark spacecraft in the orbit overlooking the Mars Colonists.

“Now we advised them to hold tight, but on January 6th, three lights were seen leaving the craft, and it ended up being three of what we are calling the ‘Votan’ ” with this he clicks the device again, and a picture comes up of a greyish, purplish sleek looking Alien creature, about 7’8′ tall, with bright glowing blue eyes…

“Now one of these Votan attacked and killed three of our colonist scientists who tried to approach them” he continued to explain.

“Great” speaks Jack under his breath.

“You have something to say Jack??” asks the Colonel who obviously heard him.

“Uh… No Sir” Jack replies.

“Alright then… The colonists then locked them up, as they did not put up a fight, and have been imprisoned and under careful watch since” with this he turns on the lights, and the screen fades.

“Now we ordered the colonists to hold tight… But instead, two weeks later, they sent a crew of 25 men, which included 8 scientists, in a small cruiser to go try and make contact with the Votan.” he continued.

“All men Sir?” asks Jack.

“Yes, it seems that woman appear to be a bit… How should I say this… Enamored of the Votan… And so for the sake of clearer judgment, they sent all men…” he explains.

“It’s now been over three weeks since the colonists crew were allowed to board the Votan’s ship, and the colonists have lost contact with them…” the Colonel looks at Jack.

“That’s where you, your crew, and 50 of our–” the Colonel starts to say, but is interrupted by Jack

“Robo Marines??” Jack interjects.

“Soldier Botts come in…” the Colonel continues.

“Uh oh…” Jack says to himself.

“And our Zolan friend here–” the Colonel starts to say, and the Zolan interrupts.

“Ordoff Sir” the Zolan says in an odd little voice.

“…right… Ordoff… Is going with you” the Colonel pauses.

“You’re going to Mars Jack…” he finishes.

 

 

DarkJade-

PICTURE CREDIT – Anime Picture

The Votan… Hunters In The Sky

Posted in Entertainment, Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction, Story, The Votan Hunters In The Sky with tags on August 17, 2012 by darkjade68

The Votan… Hunters In The Sky

by DarkJade

PROLOG;

December 14th, 2114

Mars…

It Wasn’t Until Close To Christmas Of 2114, Some 75 Years After The First Mar’s Colonists Had Settled, That The Large Dark “Alien” Ship Arrived In The Sky.

By Then There Were 850 Plus Colonists Total, Including The Babies Some Of Them Have Had.

The Head Scientist, Francois Billard, Must Have Had A Thing For The Number 8, As Every 8 Years, Starting in 2039, 80 More Colonists Would Be Sent Out To Mars From Earth’s Large Space Station, The Moria…

It Was Named After His Wife Moria… The Two Of Them Lead The First Exhibition To Mars, But She Only Lived For Maybe 30 Years After That, Leaving Him Without Her For The Following 45 Years Of His Life Up There… Kinda Sad Actually.

Yes He Lived To The Ripe Old Age Of 103… Which Isn’t Completely Unusual These Days, But Still Pretty Good.

In Fact He Died Only Four Months Before The Alien Craft Arrived… In August, Of 2114.

August 8th Actually… There’s That Number 8 Again… Twice.

At First The Colonists Contacted Us, Now Lead By A Man Named Eric Wiles… He Was The Right Hand Man Of Francois, And Fairly Well Liked Up There…

At First Earth Military, Which There Weren’t All That Many Left Of, Since Earth Centralized, And/Or Unified After The Meteor Strike Of 2084… Wiping Out Pretty Much 2/3 Of Our Planet’s Population… Got Together With The Scientists Of The Moria, And Decided To Tell The Colonists To Hold Tight.

It’s Not Like It Was The First Contact That We’d Had With Aliens… No… Though It Had Been Since Way Back in 1953 That We Had… Not That The General Public Knew Anything About That… A Cool Race At That… We Called Them The Zolans… Boy Did They Advance Our Technologies In Space Travel… Not So Much In Medicine… Though We Tried To Let Them Help Us, It Only Resulted In Several Devastating Viruses, That Killed A Lot Of People Between The Years Of 1983, And 2024… When We Finally Said Enough Was Enough, And Suggested That They Go Their Own Way.

We Haven’t Seen Them Since… Or So I Hear.

But Then On January 6th, 2115, Three Flashes Of Light Were Noted Leaving The Large Dark Craft…

And Almost Immediately, Three Of What We Call “The Votan”, Made Themselves Known To Our People.

I Have To Say, They Weren’t All That Friendly… When Approached, Without Thought, One Of Them Killed Three Of Our Colonist Scientists… And So They Locked Them Up. Now That They Let The Colonists Do Without A Fight… Very Strange.

Apparently The Voltan Are Somewhere Around 7′ 8″ Tall… Fairly Lean… And A Greyish, Purplish In Color… With Bright Glowing Blue Eyes… Kinda Creepy If You Ask Me.

But The Scientists Say That They Are Actually Quite A Beautiful Species To Behold… Our Female Scientists In Particular Seem Quite Dazzled By Them. So For That Reason, They’ve Assigned Only Male Scientists, And Guards To Them.

The Three Votan All Appear To Be Male… And One Of Them Appears To Kinda Be The Leader Of The Three… We Call Him Jarot.

He’s Not Quite As Tall As The Other Two, Maybe 7’4″, And His Eyes Have A bit Of Yellow In Them.

Two Weeks After The Three Votan Landed On The Mars Surface, The Colonists, Unauthorized By Moria, Or The Earth’s Military I Might Add, Sent Up A Cruiser Ship Carrying Maybe 25 Men, Including 8 Scientists, To Try To Make Contact With The Voltan’s Large Dark Mother Ship.

The Voltan’s Ship, Which Has A Visible Green Shield Of Light Around It, Finally Let It Down After The Cruiser Sat Out There Trying To Communicate To It For 3 Days.

Once The Cruiser Docked, The Shield Went Back Up Immediately.

None Of The Cruiser Crew Has Been Seen Since… It’s Been 26 Days.

That’s When The Colonists Contacted The Moria, And Let Them Know What Had Occurred.

And That’s When The Moria Contacted Me…

Jack Barett-

Captain Of The Alnos Expedition

DarkJade- (Ok, So I Wrote Something New, Lol)

PICTURE CREDIT – Black Themed Spaceship

Chapter One – Destination

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