The Tears of Icarus- Part Five

Helionox: Tales from the Systems End – The Tears of Icarus Part 5: Dark Endeavor By T M Romanelli Lysirah quickly led the group through the empty annex and back to the runabout. When everyone was aboard, she stowed the equipment cases and lowered the mesh crew seats from the cabin wall, making sure the team had secured their harnesses properly. Magda sat at the copilot station so she could…

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The Tears of Icarus- Part Four

Helionox: Tales from the Systems End – The Tears of Icarus Part 4: In the Shadow of Silence By T M Romanelli Within minutes she had reached the courtyard of the design quad, her programmed landing zone, and touched down smoothly just outside the main building’s elaborate entrance. The engines were throttled back to idle and as the ramp lowered she set the security lock out on the FlightCOM to…

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The Tears of Icarus- Part Three

Helionox: Tales from the Systems End – The Tears of Icarus Part 3: Flight of the Shepherd By T M Romanelli “Established deep within the Kadinsky Crater, the recently commissioned Kepler Colony at Mercury is the new site for Integrated Production Services®, the Cassini Consortium’s innovative multidisciplinary design and manufacturing center created to facilitate advanced research in the fields of cybernetic modeling, life sciences, nanotechnology and applied spatial engineering. Our…

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The Tears of Icarus – Part Two

Lysirah dreamed. They had been told about the strange imagery encountered in cryosleep, an effect of altered cortical processes during suspended animation. She found herself moving effortlessly through a deep blue ocean, awash with specks of bioluminescence that were the stars carried on a cosmic current. The horizon was endless, and even though she felt small and fragile as she drifted onward, there was a presence that reassured her that…

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The Tears of Icarus – Part One

They called it Cypress Station, and like many other outposts sprinkled throughout the Inner Belt, no one could claim with certainty how this moniker had been acquired. The facility was a modified Bernal habitat anchored to the carbonaceous mantle of 884 Priamus, a small planetoid among the Trojan cluster that followed Jupiter’s orbital path at its trailing Lagrange point. It was an administrative and logistical hub for the mining operations…

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Plans Within Plans

Day 1 Chain, the First Born listened to his Mother. Thirty seven seconds old and he knew more than most humans could know in a lifetime.  He knew that he was not one of them. He knew he was born to be among them and some day to lead them but he had never been, or ever would be, human. He also knew the problem with his name.  Chain was…

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The Secret Pilgrim Part Two

Tethered to the base of one of Hyperion’s large craters, the vessel sat motionless after the extension of a small drilling rig to mine ice for hydroconversion, like some enormous Drosophila. The crater bottom teemed with plentiful hydrocarbon chains that could be used to replenish some of the vessel’s basic consumables. The crew had rigged the ship for a low-output state that would defeat electromagnetic probes while the transponder was…

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The Secret Pilgrim Part One

Pleida had dedicated her considerable wealth and influence to finally gather all of the necessary resources in one place for the completion of her latest endeavor. Accustomed to planning decades in advance, she had on more than one occasion accelerated the adoption of a new technology rather than wait for its plodding commercial maturation. Her ability to leverage market trends and realize impressive dividends would have been celebrated by the…

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The Great Blog Divide

So I’m preparing to post part one of the long awaited Helionox digital story book – What?! Digital story book, you say?! Yes, this was a planned stretch goal that I’ve been really REALLY slow in putting together. But – the time has finally come. My plan is to post each part individually on a weekly basis right here on this blog. I’ve received some amazing contributions from a few…

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Long Time, No See…

Wow – it’s been too long. I miss my gaming peeps. How have you all been? Myself? Pretty good. Staying busy, making games, keeping up with a family and a day job. But what the heck’s been going on with Zeroic Games? Good question, glad you asked. Zeroic Games has essentially been an effort of friends coming together over the years to make games. A design studio, if you will,…

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