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    Published on 11-02-2010 10:47
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    ‘Sir, initial transmission from Celeste Space Probe is coming online. Images will be up in 45 seconds.’

    The excitement in the signal analyst’s voice caught Commodore Toán Harvir’s attention immediately. The ITRDU processed hundreds of transmissions daily, ranging from routine reports from the colonies to classified military communications. Only very rarely were they from any of the dozens of exploration probes that had been sent out into the galaxy. Celeste was one such probe. For the life of him Harvir could not remember seeing reference to it previously. He still struggled to come to grips with which probes had been sent out by the government over the years, even after the three years he’d been left to rot in this unit.
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    Published on 11-02-2010 11:41
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    So suddenly there appears to be evidence of sentient life in the universe other than humanity and those damn robots. Possible wrecked ships, ruined remains of surface structures and, most incredibly, a signal transmitted to a supposedly undetectable space probe protected by a highly advanced encryption shield. Amazing. The mind boggles to consider the possibilities. You’d think such an important discovery would be instantly released. But how long does it take for the military to release this information to proper scientists who might actually know how to do something with it?

    4 WHOLE DAYS!

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    Published on 11-02-2010 11:44
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    The sound of the arriving craft drowned out everything else as it settled a short distance away from the habitation module in Sundari Zhen’s camp. It had barely stopped, sending up a cloud of dust, when two men emerged. A man in a Federal Imperial Navy uniform approached in a dignified manner, followed by a stumbling man who was nevertheless immaculately attired. Their manner indicated they were high ranking personnel, which made Sundari wonder why they had travelled hundreds of kilometres into the desert to talk to her.

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    Published on 11-08-2010 02:40
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    'But you can't connect The Signal to the global network!' Milton Lee's assistant repeated as he followed the professor around the laboratory, much to Lee's annoyance. 'We barely know anything about this signal,' he continued. 'Even the Military refer to it as just The Signal. For all we know it could be transmitting a virus. If we connect it to the network it could infect the whole planet! It would be the same as what the Robots did a few years ago.'

    'Don't be such a coward!' Lee snapped. 'When have I ever been wrong? We both know I've successfully developed an algorithm that will decrypt The Signal, given time. We know it hasn't harmed the laboratory's internal systems. Even you agree this isn't anything the ...

    Published on 11-13-2010 06:58
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    'Commodore Harvir?' Milton Lee asked.

    Harvir turned at the sound of the voice, expecting to see yet another clerk rushing to give him some final notes before the briefing. Instead he found himself facing the scientist who had decrypted The Signal. He was easily recognisable since the media had seen fit to broadcast his face at every available opportunity, along with the extract of the decrypted Signal. Harvir hadn't realised Lee was on Vigilant, but he was almost certain there was no way that Lee could have arrived here uninvited.

    'Yes?'

    'I'm Milton Lee; I'm the one who cracked The Signal.'

    'Yes, I recognise you. How can I help you?' Harvir asked, wanting to get to the point. There were only a few minutes before the briefing and he didn't want to be late.

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    Published on 11-20-2010 07:33
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    Toán Harvir looked down at his display on the bridge of the IFNS Cutlass, Flagship of the newly formed Liberation Fleet. He had spent most of the day reviewing the Fleet's composition. He couldn't say that he was entirely happy with what he saw. Over half the ships were civilian, ranging from converted merchant transports to privately owned vessels supplied by the different groups interested in Arkadia. He didn't know how he was supposed to co-ordinate a fleet with so many civilian ships in a potentially hostile zone, especially when many were unarmed. He had no problem with the supply or medical ships since they were vital to any military engagement, but it was a different story for the ships owned by mining companies, private entrepreneurs ...

    Published on 11-27-2010 11:09
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    We've made it deep into the Arkadian system without encountering any hostile forces. So far no-one has seen a trace of any new intelligent species, nothing of either the Arkadians or the Oratan. Personally, I'm just happy that it wasn't a trap, even though it would have been more exciting if it was. Space battles might be hard to survive, but at least they're usually over quickly. Instead of fighting enemy ships, we're travelling through a thin asteroid field. It isn't the hardest thing to do, but it definitely takes a toll on the nerves. You can never take your eye off the ball, if you don't want to become just another fossil floating around in this graveyard. Call me crazy, but it's not my idea ...

    Published on 12-04-2010 02:04
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    'What do you mean, it wasn't completely correct?!' Harvir erupted, unable to contain his shock. Moments earlier he had been outlining the strategic situation to Sundari so that she could begin working on a deployment plan for the Archaeologists. It had been going well until he was interrupted by an urgent transmission from Newton. 'Transmit all your findings over to Cutlass immediately,' he ordered.

    He sat for a brief moment, absentmindedly drumming his fingers on the arm of his command seat. What could a change in The Signal mean for the Fleet?

    'Comms,' he said, catching the attention of his Communication Watch Officer. 'Get Milton Lee up here right away, I want him to hear this too.'

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    Published on 12-11-2010 14:27
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    A peal of thunder split the air as a dozen drop ships entered the atmosphere, each smashing through the sound barrier as it made its descent. Toán Harvir stood on a nearby hill accompanied by a single platoon, watching. The ships spread out in perfect formation as they flew along their designated vectors. As they arrived at their assigned release points they cut loose their enormous cargos. Once released, the huge assembly modules plummeted towards the surface and crashed into the ground with a shower of dirt and rock. Then the ships were gone, turning and climbing steeply along their individual flight paths back into space. Before the dust had settled, another ...


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