|The Ashes of IO-216 (standard:science fiction, 3314 words)|
|Author: Nathaniel MIller||Added: Jun 07 2015||Views/Reads: 821/673||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|A story of disaster in a far off galaxy of the Milky Way. A colony and disaster looms for a colony of the Earth Federation in a neighboring system.|
“Captain's Log, Star date: 4533.4, Science Vessel, U.S.S. Russell Chamberlain, NCC-1534 The ship has just arrived at sector one forty-five, arriving at sixteen hundred hours, Xenos Colony time. We have come per orders for research of a navigation anomaly in region caused by volcanic activity on planet eight, designated IO-216. We also will be checking on all systems of the power station that was built on planet that provides power to Xenos Colony on planet three, ensuring continued normal operations of the station. So far everything is normal and functioning.” Cruising in the stars of space, the Russell Chamberlain, a Battle Cruiser Class Starship converted to a Science Vessel slowly plows toward the solar system known as the Xenos Cluster. As the ship slowly approaches the outer-fringe of the twelve-planet solar system, on the bridge the crew works feverishly to scan the system. They are taking in relative data before heading to their destination to start their research assignment in orbit around the eighth planet. The crew is also understandably nervous with this assignment, sent out without a military escort to a far off world as the enemies of the Earth Federation are in the general vicinity of the new colony located in this cluster. As for the Chamberlain, the ship itself is large and bulky, the size of four city blocks, a floating island in space. It has two massive engines powering the ship on the rear, a narrow, but massive main body, and a rounded front, in which it houses the bridge. It is a sleek design, dressed in white, trimmed with the red stripe and logo of the Earth Federation. It is one of the more powerful exploration and research vessels converted by the EDC. But it is under equipped and armed only with phasers as a defense. It is another reason the crew is nervous, and uptight, almost wishing that a military vessel would have been dispatched with them when the orders were cut. But that had been over three weeks ago, and there had been no contact with any other ships during their travel to this cluster. Captain Thomas Franklin Raithe calmly sits in the command chair on the bridge of his ship, staring idly at the screen as the ship enters the Xenos cluster. As he remains seated, he turns his chair toward the science officer, Varis Delong, who sits at his station with his face in the scanner module before him. He waits impatiently for Varis' report as the ship enter the cluster, beginning their mission in this part of space. “We're entering Sector one forty-five, sir.” He finally announced, and there was a murmur on the bridge. Quickly the captain, turning his chair, faced the Helm and Navigation positions from the blank wall where he had been staring. “Helm... slow to sub-light speed for the Xenos Cluster. Ahead, warp point five,” Captain Raithe ordered, “Turn the ship to course three, one, two mark six.” “Slowing to warp point five and turn to course three, one, two mark six.” the helmsman, named Vanessa Parks, said, as her hands danced across the console making the ship slowly turn on its new course. Next to her, Crx-tks, the Insect-like navigator sat at his place at the Navigation position, and he busily punched in calculations as they slowly cruised through the solar system of the cluster and their destination. “I have a strange course anomaly, sir. I am adjusting our trajectory for the sector,” Crx reported, his claw-like hands moving across his console. “It is off three degrees from our projected course. “Very well...” Captain Raithe replied, “Steady as we go.” “Confirmed, there is a three degree anomaly, sir. It seems to be some sort of magnetic force that is causing the navigation error,” Varis reported. “What's causing that, Varis?” Captain Raithe asked. “Well according to the colony data sent to us, it might have to do with Click here to read the rest of this story (361 more lines)
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