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Feb. 5th, 2009

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Chapter 16: Life in the Colony: Population

Life in the Colony: Population (by Dave Grayson)


If you’re reading this, it is evidence of a triumph that I take some personal pride in. In the nine years since the Axiom’s return to Earth, we have faced a real threat of losing all literacy and falling into ultimate barbarism.

If you’re so far in the future that you don’t personally remember this very grim time in human history, count yourself fortunate.Collapse )

Feb. 4th, 2009

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Chapter 15: Turning point

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Jan. 29th, 2009

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Chapter 2: Loadup

Saturday, May 1, 2804

EVE Probe 1 was not anxious as she waited, not at all. The sleek white planetary exploration robot floated patiently on the transport cart, waiting for the elevator to arrive that would carry her out of the diagnostics bay of the Repair Ward. There was no reason to be concerned; the checkup had been completely routine, and of course it had found nothing wrong. She’d made it through and received her up-check; all that was left now was to get to the Axiom Return Vehicle and be prepared for boarding. In twenty minutes she would be set for the mission. Everything was fine.

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Chapter 1: Going Under

Tuesday, April 1, 2104

High in a skyscraper on the outskirts of town, Dr. Matthew Fee looked up as the elevator doors parted. The gleaming white steward bot inside had a “Welcome” sign displaying on the front of its torso, but the deep male voice didn’t exactly sound friendly. “Please step into the elevator.”

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Prologue

Oh, they are still there, my friends.

On a clear night, you can see across to the hill in the park; you can likely catch sight of their silhouettes as they sit, faces upturned to the stars, their hands firmly clasped together. Their hillock provides an excellent view out over the colony.

It is, by rights, their colony.

We’re doing well now. There was a time that we weren’t sure that we would make it — disease, and the loss of so much that we took for granted, was almost too much. Our friends over there worked hard to get us through that deadly winter, and the ones that followed were almost as bad.

It's better now, and getting better every year. But one day there was a crisis …
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Colony Crisis cover art (in progress)



There is one more character to add to the cover, and some other tweaks. This work is by the superb GryphonWorksGryphonWorks, and gratefully used here.

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