Nachdem ich mich vor kurzem hier auf Einladung von Baxeda angemeldet, aber noch nichts gescrieben habe, hier mein erster Post.
Ich baue meine eigenen Welten und Geschichten, aktuell zwei an der Zahl: einmal Fnatsy und einmal Scifi.
Ich bin gerade dabei, zwei Ausschnitte aus der Scifiwelt zu schreiben, danach werde ich mich wieder der Fantasygeschichte zuwenden.
Ich werde diese posten, entsprechend nicht wundern wenn sich plötzlich alles ändert nach den ersten zwei posts.
Nundenn, hier der erste Ausschnitt aus der Scifi-Welt (als Hinweis, ich schreibe auf englisch):
The door slid open with a hissing sound, revealing a room with large screens on the walls. Two rows of desks, opposite each other, lined the center of the room. Manoj let his gaze fly over the people sitting at those desks, all staring intently back at him, then took a deep breath and entered the bridge.
“RODA,” the man standing next to the door acknowledged with a nod. “Preliminary tests are complete. All components are precooled, we can commence final testing any time once you have given authorization.”
“Good, it’s finally time,” Manoj said. HE walked up to the pair of command chairs, placed aside from the others and looking down the wedge of desks. A woman already sat in one, and unlike the other people in the room, she wore a black exosuit with red accents of the Diutiskan Navy, the yellow insignia marking her as a vice admiral. “RODVA Geißler, are the D.T.V.s ready?”
“Everything’s prepared,” Vice Research Admiral Kseniya Geißler answered, and held her hand over one of the screens held in front of her chair. A single window was displayed, a simple prompt of “activate”. Manoj nodded, and with a small tap, the display turned green. At the same time, the large tactical map display on the other end of the room lit up, displaying a strand of several dots in front of them. A second later, all of them turned crimson.
Only now did he finally sit down. He closed his eyes, took a deep breath, and counted to three. His heart still raced as he exhaled. Still, he opened his eyes and looked at everyone in the room. With as calm a voice as he could muster, he announced, “Admiral of Research, Optimization, and Development Manoj Quattrocchi, present and logged in. Everyone, the past half year has been busy, but this is what we all have worked towards: the first field test of this new warp technology. Commence!”
The bridge crew turned back to their monitors in unison. “Cooling systems, all values nominal, green to go,” a woman at the far end of the right wedge recited.
A man’s voice followed, “Particle accelerators, all values nominal, green to go.”
Then another one, “Warp coils, all values nominal, green to go.”
Several more components were listed. All of them were ready to proceed, and with each announcement Manoj’s heart somehow managed to beat even faster, and faster still with each announcement. Finally, the man closest to him on the right row pressed a button on his desk. For what seemed an eternity, he stared at the screen, then announced, “Hatch opened. Green to go.”
“Go!” Manoj said.
“Confirmed,” The man in charge of the warp coils answered. “Warp coils activated. Thirty seconds till full load. Gravitational anomaly detected as predicted.”
Increasing amounts of green light spilled from the monitors over the next few minutes, accompanied by occasional status reports. The woman sitting closest to Manoj on the left side, Chief Science Officer Nura Donovan, turned towards him. “RODA, we have a warp bubble,” she announced. A slightly smug smile crept onto her face. “Correction, we have a stable warp bubble.”
Manoj felt the corners of his lips tug upward, but immediately suppressed it. “Good, but the lab tests also got this far. We can’t let this get to our heads now. Are we ready to proceed with phase two?”
The man closest to him on the right, Chief Engineering Officer Ashkelon Papadimitriou, turned his head and said, “Still awaiting confirmation from Engineering. One of the backup coolant pumps has stopped responding, and while it isn’t likely that the main one and enough other backups stop working to make this an issue, I’ve ordered a halt until it is fixed. Engineering says it is a faulty contact, and they’re on their way to fix it.”
“Tell me when they’re finished,” Manoj said and turned to Vice Research Admiral Geißler. “Everything ready on your part?”
“Yes!” she responded. “D.T.V.s are still in position, the obs posts are up and sending.”
“And the pump is back online. Ready at your command,” CEO Papadimitriou added.
Manoj opened a small metal cover on the armrest of his chair, which revealed a red button underneath. Over his adrenalin, a playful smile managed to sneak onto his face. “I’ve always wanted to do this ever since I’ve heard about this tech,” he whispered to himself. Then he pressed the button, and at the same time called out, “Engage!”
A heartbeat later, an almost imperceptible shudder went through the ship. Almost. Which spoke to the power behind what had happened, given the ship they were on was over two kilometers in length. Over the next ten seconds, the line of red dots on the tactical map grew shorter, until all 250 D.T.V.s had vanished.
“We are receiving Data!” CSO Donovan announced and turned to him, her grin broader than ever as all the tension left his body in one go. “It’ll take some time to analyze, but I’d say this is a successful firs test of the warp Howitzer.”
“Indeed,” Manoj agreed. “Indeed.”