Monthly Archives: May 2021

Petrolea 16d

“She doesn’t want to cross into that crater,” said Feroza. “It’s nothing ‘she’ wants. The tripwire programming rides the Dragon as much as we do.” Victor coded as cleverly and efficiently as he could, setting up macros to run macros … Continue reading

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Petrolea 16c

“Does it matter?” asked Victor. “One rocket or many, we have a way to get our slave mechanoid into orbit.” “I suppose so,” said Feroza. “If anything, the fact that there are so many Rocket-seeds in one place must mean … Continue reading

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Petrolea 16b

“Merciful God but the ancient aliens had terrible taste in architecture,” said Feroza. “Unless you want to take credit for that post-modern monstrosity.” “No,” said Victor. “It must be more tripwire programming. A reaction to an oxygen environment.” “And we … Continue reading

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Petrolea 16a

“Okay, I have an idea. You don’t have to go to jail if we save the solar system.” Victor hugged Feroza as she scanned the jungle below. “Well, I’m glad we got that problem dealt with,” Feroza twisted the projection … Continue reading

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Petrolea 15g

All three mechanoids had all benefited from Victor’s ministrations. The mother and Mr. Biggles positively gleamed, and Rusty was more new material than old. The little Dragon stretched, flaking off the last of his rust, and Feroza hissed in surprise. … Continue reading

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Petrolea 15f

“What on earth did you do?” asked Feroza. He didn’t seem to be controlling these creatures explicitly, just calling them to assemble. And yet what naturally evolved behavior would so abrogate these animals’ interests? That thought allowed Feroza to answer … Continue reading

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Petrolea 15e

“Let’s think about this,” said Feroza. “If you learn to love Dragons, I’ll learn to love people.” His head jerked up. “Which people, exactly?” “I don’t know,” Feroza raised an eyebrow behind her visor. “Do you think I should start … Continue reading

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Petrolea 15d

Feroza stood up and shuffled to Victor. She put her own arms around him. Cold comfort in an environment suit, but still. “I promise I shall find a way to protect humanity from Petrolea.” “And I will help fix these … Continue reading

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Petrolea 15c

Feroza stood up and shuffled to Victor. She put her own arms around him. Cold comfort in an environment suit, but still. “I promise I shall find a way to protect humanity from Petrolea.” “And I will help fix these … Continue reading

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Petrolea 15b

“It’s what?” said Victor. “What are you saying? Did you find the other–“ “Victor,” she said, “look at the other Dragons. Do you see rust on them?” “No,” he said, then after a pause. “Yes. I do. Ah. They must … Continue reading

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