Monthly Archives: March 2021

Petrolea 4d

Back, First Feroza decided it was time to let the argument go. Not so Victor, it seemed. “I still don’t understand why you have to be down there. We should stay here and let the Dragon hunt for us.” Feroza watched … Continue reading

Posted in Stories | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Petrolea 4c

Once a water- and methane-spewing cryovolcano, the Factory Berg had been covered over and converted by Petrolean life into an energy plant. The vast colonial organism of cooperating factors used the volcano to distill petrochemical fuel and oxygen to burn … Continue reading

Posted in Stories | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Petrolea 4b

Toledo was still talking. “…but I’ll need more oxygen to burn in its fabricators. And hydrocarbon feedstock.” Feroza looked down at her steed. The mother Dragon had spread her wings as far as she could, her engines shut off in … Continue reading

Posted in Stories | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Petrolea 4a

Back, First Chapter 4 The Dragons had carved their aerie into the chimney of a Factory Berg. Already, the window was lost in the ammonia clouds. As Feroza and the mother Dragon glided down the slope of the Berg, the tapering … Continue reading

Posted in Stories | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Petrolea 3d

Back, First The Dragon reared back. “Bhaag ja!” Dr. Merchant shouted. Or something like that. “Hoosh!” “Good,” Victor said. “If you can make it go–“ “Drive a mother away from her offspring? Don’t be ridiculous.” “Offspring?” said Victor. Three giant metal … Continue reading

Posted in Stories | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Petrolea 3c

Back, First Victor should have predicted what happened next. It wouldn’t have changed his decision to – what was Merchant screaming at him? – “Murder an innocent creature,” but they needed pressurized oxygen and the Dragon’s internal organs were designed to … Continue reading

Posted in Stories | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Petrolea 3b

Back, First Victor blinked and rolled his eyes to select a command from the menu in his eye-tracking interface. His factors relaxed, and he tumbled to the floor. He tried to flip over and got a shove on his back for … Continue reading

Posted in Stories | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Petrolea 3a

Back, First Chapter 3 “You’re doing it wrong,” said Victor. Dr. Merchant’s head turned inside her fishbowl helmet, little more than a dark smudge under the slick of oil and boiling oxygen. “Ah,” she said. “You’re awake.” She lifted her dripping … Continue reading

Posted in Stories | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Petrolea 2d

Back, First Feroza waited as long as she dared before rebroadcasting the signal. Wide beam, this time. The Dragon under her shifted and the other – the mother – came to investigate. Headlights focused. Antennae rose in what Feroza could only … Continue reading

Posted in Stories | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Petrolea 2c

Back, First Feroza considered the nature of her hosts. Dragons were the apex predators of this latitude, flighted because nearly all pursuit predators flew in the high-density atmosphere of low-gravity Titan. Their ecological niche was something like tigers or great white … Continue reading

Posted in Stories | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment