Unchained

“Martian sentiment has turned sharply against the C’rululian Empire,” the soldier stammered out to General Vikiper. Vikiper enjoyed the tremor in the soldier’s body as he spoke, but not enough to offset the seriousness of the news.  “Continue.” Vikiper ordered. “Several soldiers with ties close to the Empire have been relieved from duty in the Martian […]

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Newspaper in Exile

Hello, my name is F’delty.  Would that you could see the tears on the transmitter as I write this… My father was one of thousands of Martians who hailed Mars begging for escape transports the day the Earthlings’ Great Barricade started to rise. For years, we have had no information of the outside galaxy, no […]

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A More Perfect Internet

“C’therax!  W-why h-haven’t you been t-t-transmitting?” Sarah said at the hologram.  For months C’therax had been providing her information to share with the stranded Martian community on Earth.  The past several weeks the signal had been silent and many of the underground Martians were getting worried. Outside she had her speaker blaring rock and roll […]

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What did you know?

C’therax entered the small silver cylindrical habitation.   It was nothing luxurious, but for good reason.  It was expensive to transport anything across Jupiter’s gravity field.  For those who loved gravity diving or wanted to be away from the busier planets though, this moon was the place to be.  Through the shimmer of the gravity shield […]

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A Conquered Nation

“You’ve been coming here everyday?” C’therax gave a start and looked back to see Sp’Rark approaching the crater’s edge. “You scared me,” he said.  He turned back to look again at the vast Crater whose edge he was sitting at.  The red soil here twinkled under the Martian sun.  In the distance one could see […]

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War of Narratives

“C’rululian Empire warships in Martian space, C’therax!” Dr. Vyryn shouted.  C’therax slammed a button on his watch and an alarm sounded throughout the press offices of the Martian Muckraker. “No worries everyone!  We’ve rehearsed for this!  STAND FIRM IN THE IMMUTABLE!” C’therax roared. “STAND FIRM IN THE IMMUTABLE!” a chorus of reporters and office staff […]

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Stand Firm

On Mars… “We need to run the story now, Sp’Rark,” C’therax said. “C’therax!  You interviewed…” Sp’Rark interrupted. “You brought an Earthling larvae…” “…by accident.  And that was Xogue’s fault.  And we promptly returned her.  And we are sure as heck are not going to run an article about her!” “You’re lucky the biosensors on the Great […]

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