Dark Beyond the Stars
Blair C. Babylon, Annie Bellet, Elle Casey, Ann Christy, Patrice Fitzgerald
Eleven of today's bestselling authors join forces to bring you these tales of action, adventure, and brilliant imagination. From humanity's first contact with alien life, to the challenges of space travel, to colonies established light years from Earth, this anthology celebrates the wide sweep of space opera at its most sublime. There are worlds beyond worlds out there to explore, and millions of stories spinning across the galaxies. So sit back and be transported... ... to the dark beyond the stars.
five-point harness, face plastered against the viewport to see when the next plasma blast was coming. Aja seized the reins in one hand and tossed repair film to Emalkay with the other. She kept the film under her console, right between her feet, so she could find it even when smoke flooded the compartment. “Get to the rear quarter, Em!” He stared at her with baffled eyes. Drakor III pinwheeled orange and red behind him, its jagged-edged ice cap growing nearer at a terrifying rate. “The rear
They relied on the automation that Aja had lost when the rear quarter went up in a ball of fire. Aja had cut her teeth on older vehicles, though. She’d had a Chariot XIV, for the love of Thal, and those had been fashioned in the days when artificial intelligence wasn’t able to assemble paper airplanes, much less steer space vehicles. She hadn’t manually steered a Chariot since she was too small for the driver’s harness. But her muscles remembered the movements, and she’d always had a cool head.
nanite supply is depleted or the foundry is overheating… but this is simply the potential erasure of a tourist’s creation. Why is my cognition reacting as if an emergency is taking place? Regardless, it’s clear I should not have transmitted my thoughts. They have caused my master some kind of distress. She’s bending down to deactivate the holo field projector. I step back. She returns the disc to her forearm, and when she turns to face me, her coloration has gone static gray. I’m further
narrowed look. “What are you saying?” she asked, half-dreading whatever answer the computer would give her. “I have you.” Chapter Four “This is bollocks,” Lulu said as she stripped down inside a newly refurbished medical bay. It had taken a full month of work just to get it back to its current state, which still wasn’t that great. One medical bot, one treatment table, and one brand spanking new Load chair. Ships weren’t even supposed to have a Load chair, but as with everything else,
him false information, right? Not something that only I could know. But I’m not taking any chances. I pull out the laser again and point it toward Matias, motioning toward the corner where I parked the shuttle, and he starts walking. He doesn’t seem the slightest bit nervous that I’m pointing the laser at him, even though he can’t have missed the way it ripped through the fence. “Alta 493,” I say as we approach the shuttle. “Prepare to open hatch.” “What?” Ryn’s voice rings inside my helmet.