Printed…

Received print copies of EVE Online: Vortex and Star Wars: Marooned today.  Always exciting to see printed work.  Unfortunately, these are not available to the public in print as they are fan fiction, but you can still read them for free (eBooks).  See the articles below (.epub, .pdf, or online).

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EVE Online: Vortex

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EVE Online: Chronicles of the Vortex is a collection of short stories by Daniel Bastion set in the EVE science fiction universe.  They were presented to the judges and capsuleer community during the yearly Pod & Planet Fiction Contest.

Included is the short story “Gauss” that won 1st place in the “8,000 Suns in New Eden” lore based category as well as four other prize winning entries (Corruption, Crossfire, Infiltration, and Touch the Stars).

“From the beginnings of the EVE Universe, its inhabitants were born into chaos, forever struggling to create order only to write a new chapter of discord in the annals of history.  Rising, clashing, and discovering, just to fall again as the machinations of their efforts and ambitions extend beyond their control.” – EVE Online

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EVE Online: Touch the Stars

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Honorable Mention

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Caldari Space
The Forge region
Etsala Constellation
Walvalin
[Citadel Identification Redacted
]

Banging against the locked doors behind him caused a muffled thumping that made his stomach heave within his abdomen.  The dense, metallic doors with their thick transparent panels held back the inevitable resistance he knew would try to thwart him.  Glancing that direction for a moment, he could feel drops of sweat rolling down his neck from his hair line at the back of his head.  Several security personnel stared at him across the barrier, their mouths shouting as one slammed the bottom of his fist against the transparent material.  Their words were nothing more than silence as the sound of their voices did not penetrate the sealed chamber.

Turning away from the locked entrance, the man quickly pushed the antigravity sled to one of the medical type beds in the long, dark room.  Red light shown down from above, and several dark green lights flickered from the equipment connected to each station.  The man moved around the sled, hovering over the long, rectangular cargo container looking over the electronic display.  His earpiece snapped on.

“Security detected me.  They are moving to counter my intrusion,” a deep voice said. “I am not sure how long I can keep them occupied.”

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EVE Online: Infiltration

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Honorable Mention

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W-Space
Unknown System (J103951)
Planet XII – Moon 2

Warm, salty blood oozed from a deep gash on the left side of Trecia’s forehead.  Opening her groggy eyes, she gazed into the large pool of blood in front of her face.  The light from the emergency illumination reflected in the red liquid.  Her body lay prone on the metallic floor near the airlock door.  Moving slowly with a low groan, she pushed herself up until she rested against the wall.

In addition to the emergency sirens sounding through the corridors of the small Caldari Control Tower, the computer’s feminine, calm voice was issuing evacuation orders.  ”Hull breach imminent.  All personnel proceed to escape pods immediately.”  The moon station was dying. Images and sounds flooded through Trecia’s mind.

“Who are they?” Commander Nurchin had demanded.

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“This is Eve” (Trailer Contest 2015)

This was my entry.  I didn’t win.  :-)

I thought about my 10 years in Eve, and put together a video that is a small slice of the essence of my experience and player perspective.  I’ve lived in every area of space (high, low, null, and whiskey), and fought in numerous, destructive wars.  Plus, I’ve taken part in just about every activity in game.

I led several corporations over the years, and at one time I led a high/low sec alliance for a little over a year called Construct Consortium.  We grew to around 450 pilots in a dozen corporations or so, and we fought several wars.  The video was inspired by those events.

My favorite memory was leading fleets against griefers, blowing them into space debris, and locking them inside their stations.  We were not the kind of targets they expected, and there was great fun experienced all around.  I still enjoy the trophies of those victories from time-to-time.  :-)

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EVE Online: Crossfire

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Honorable Mention

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Caldari Space
The Forge region
Etsala Constellation
Kiainti
Planet IX – Moon 8 – Prompt Delivery Storage

“I can’t do this, and I can’t stay here!” Abby said in a desperate tone.

The words from four years ago echoed in Jillian’s memory with a vivid, clear intensity.  She could still see Abby storm out of her quarters with her sun fire colored hair.  Jillian fleetingly thought the stylist did a great job matching the color with Abby’s personality.  The young woman was home visiting after graduation, but she had no interest in being part of the family business.

Jillian was three years older than Abby, and she had decided to reject the numerous offers made to her from some very profitable companies.  Instead she returned home to take over the family transport business because her father decided he wanted to retire.  She did not like being told what to do by anyone, and running her own business was the only solution.

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EVE Online: Gauss

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Caldari Space
The Forge region
Etsala Constellation
Walvalin

Drilnen Asquar let out a vile curse. He threw the helmet of his space suit across the bay. The old helmet spun as it did so, and the audio from its internal speakers echoed off the various dull, metallic walls with each spin. The head unit smashed into some cargo containers, which then caused those to fall to the deck. The resounding crash was satisfying.

The audio in the helmet had shut off, but that was due to the power being depleted rather than what Drilnen had intended. He did not care if the speakers or the electronics were busted or not. She could pay for it out of her cut. The thought was even more satisfying.

The man stripped off the upper portion of his black, space suit and dropped it on the floor where he stood. His black undershirt hugged his muscular chest. Then he pushed the old pants down a bit folding the waist line over, and reached into a utility pocket. Retrieving a small, long package, he tore it open with his teeth. The familiar sweet smell made him feel just a little better.

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