|The Gas Mines of Ben Bosa (standard:science fiction, 2178 words)|
|Author: Nathaniel MIller||Added: Jun 10 2015||Views/Reads: 873/571||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|The conflict of man vs alien as cargo is disrupted between the stations of Andromeda and Earth. Where the Federation must defend their territory from invasion.|
“U.S.S. Solace, and U.S.S. Sharp requesting permission to enter the Solar System for docking at Ben Bosa Station.” “Ben Bosa Station to U.S.S. Sharp and U.S.S. Solace, Permission granted to enter the system. Please observe all warp restrictions and maintain course zero, nine seven mark four for approach. Control out.” ”Acknowledged, U.S.S Solace out.” It is in the far off galaxy that a lone solar system encircles the swirling mass of the dual nucleus star of Andromeda. This galaxy, the secondary one out of three located in this region of the universe, is the destination of the two ships that slowly cruise toward it. Their destination is a large solar system, where eight planets lie, and around the fourth planet, the Ben Bosa Station orbits the planet. One of the ships is a Tanker, to carry the gas that is harvested from the planet where the station orbits. It brings the much needed cargo to the region and beyond, to other Earth Federation Colonies. The other is a large Destroyer Class Starship, which escorts the Tanker toward their destination. The Tanker itself is a sleek vessel with long pods, housing the massive engines. Between the rounded front, where the bridge is located, and the engines aft, that massive pod-like tanks house the gas that is harvested from the planet. The ship is dressed in the typical dingy white, with many patches, showing its age and battle-scars. It is trimmed in red with the Federation logo on the side of the hull. It is the U.S.S. Sharp that cruises along here, one of the oldest tankers that approaches the system and still runs in the stars of space between Earth and Andromeda. The other is a sleek narrow vessel, bristling with a massive super structure in the center, and turrets on the fore and aft that mark it as a combat ship, the U.S.S. Solace. Seated on the bridge of the Tanker ship, Commander James Reynolds lounged in the command chair of the ship known as the aging relic. He managed to pan a long gaze around the bridge of his ship, and at the crew who had served with him the longest aboard this Tanker for the last ten years. He managed a pleased smile at the performance of his crew, his friends who served for a long time aboard this aging relic of a Federation Tanker. Captain Reynolds glanced at the view screen where the stars of space collided with the ship as they continued on course through the stars of space. Here, he yawned and he turned his chair toward he helm where two of his officers worked the controls. “Helm, Status report?” Captain Reynolds asked, turning his command chair, toward the helm and navigation position where Thomas Joelton sat at the Helm and Sarah Carmen sits at the Navigation position. They turned their seats halfway, to face the Command Chair. “We are on course, Captain. We are making Warp five. All systems are normal and functioning.” “Very well.” The Captain replied, turning to Dan Levine, sitting at the science module. He is the Science Officer/First Officer aboard this ship. “Dan, I need a pre-approach scan please.” The Captain asked and the young man, sitting at the science station looked up from his console to nod. He moved quickly to the viewer module of the Science console. “Right, a Pre-approach scan... Aye, Captain.” He replied with a sneer, and he clicked a couple of switches on his console as the sensors hummed, echoing on the bridge of the ship. Little did they know, as the science officer scanned the system ahead, that two similar ships are on course leaving the solar system, their current destination. They are on a collision course toward the Sharp and Solace and reactions were immediate as a klaxon sounded on the bridge. “There are two approaching on the port side, sir!” Dan reported, as he had his face in the science module viewer. Click here to read the rest of this story (223 more lines)
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