Friday, 5 April 2013

SFFSat - April 06


Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday (SFFSat) is a place where a bunch of us post snippets from our written works and also shoot the breeze a little. And before I get ahead of myself, thanks and appreciation as always to those who stop by and leave fantastic comments.

Still featuring my new WIP (and this may be the last one from it for a bit). I've asked for title suggestions last week, and we've narrowed it down to two: LOST LEGACY, and THE ACQUISITION OF THE LEVI. (Gotta say, I'm liking the latter...)

A little preamble (sorry for the repetition)...The story is about a young woman, Ranger Serafina Derwynde, who works for the Acquisition Guild - an agency that procures and retrieves items of historical and human interest. Sort of like an official treasure hunting agency, with training and university studies specifically targeted to such items of interest and their historical background. Not to mention ways and means to successfully procure them - by whatever means (force) necessary.

Last week, Serafina and her annoying AI, Bertram, after discovering an old ship, were trying to determine whether or not it was, in fact, a generation ship - the Levi, thought to have been lost for millennia. We move along a little bit, after they've argued some, Serafina decides to get a closer look and gets into an exploration pod. (And in case you forgot, 'solam' is a word I created since it just sounded cooler than kilometers or whatever-meters. You'll see the distance parameters explained in the snippet).

           
In all her ten years at the Guild, four of them in intense and grueling training at the Academy, boarding and acquisitioning a generation ship had never been covered. Not even in theory. She’d be the first one to do so.

Bertram’s voice piped through the onboard communications interface. “Shida Class ships span roughly eight hundred by a thousand pre-Migration kilometers, which is our current point eight by one solam, with a capacity to sustain three to five million souls for several generations.”
“Yes, I know.”
“Markings indicate it as the ancient ship, the Levi.”
Pay dirt. The bounty on a find this big would definitely ensure her retirement; she’d be the youngest Guild member to retire. “Hail it.”

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21 comments:

  1. I hope she has better luck cashing it in than Anna did with her moon.

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    1. I hope so too. But, according to my plot outlines, I somehow don't think so... :P

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  2. Getting me all excited with talk of boarding a ship with lots of bounty on it...great snippet. :-)

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    1. Thanks!! Just had a humorous vision of her and Aston pairing up to grab this ancient ship. Oh, the interesting adventures that would make!!

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    2. Indeed so...but you know, his track record with beautiful women hasn't been all that great... ;-)

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  3. What I want to know is what happens when this artifact she's acquisitioning has a population that doesn't wish to be acquisitioned? Great snippet!

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    1. I know, right!! Things are about to get really...interesting! Thanks!!

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  4. Pay dirt indeed. I love how super smart Bertram is (being a computer and all). Great snippet!

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    1. Haha! Thanks. He is a 'know-it-all' but he does mean well. Really, he does.

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  5. Sounds like everything's going to work out fine. I don't anticipate any bumps in the road at all. Serafina can start planning all those shuffle-board tournaments at the retirement home.

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    1. Ha! I think so too. What a great idea!

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  6. This is both exciting and terrifying. Is she by herself? Because with only an AI to back her up (depending on how capable it is) might not be enough if she's ambushed. Either way, the details here are awesome. I won't check the math since I can barely count, but it's very convincing. :)

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    1. She is by herself. I considered a partner...but decided its more fun this way. Besides, as a trained Guild Ranger, she can handle herself.

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    2. Oh, and I can barely count myself. Had my scientist brother help me out with the measurements. He was very (VERY) persnickety about it too.

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  7. I think I'd try to talk before boarding, just in case some of the descendants of the original colonists are onboard.

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  8. Procure that ship!!! Haha, sweet snippet! And I totally skimmed over the measurement parts; I didn't want to try to comprehend it.... It's so sad, I know. -__-

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    1. Sad. Very. But I'm in the same boat.

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  9. You know, Serafina, generation ships are capable of sustaining humans for generations... I'm guessing there're still folk on board....

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    1. I'm guessing the same thing!! Things are about to get very interesting, indeed!! Thanks!

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  10. Titles are particularly difficult for me. I always say that if I could say it in one or two words I wouldn't waste my time writing an entire novel.

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