Book 1 of The Other Universes
By Ubiquitous Bubba
Copyright 2012 Ubiquitous Bubba
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Xorian leaned back and turned off his translator. That was easier than beating the four ton, scaly, four-armed lump of a Krazhdj into silence. Of course, anything would be easier than that. The brown heap didn't even notice. It kept waving Its arms and rumbling what the Krazhdj referred to as "Poetry". As far as Xorian knew, no one had ever understood a Krazhdji poem. With a sigh, he shut his eyes and tried to forget that he was riding a thin ribbon of energy several kilometers above solid ground.
RJQ-74963 was an ugly little chunk of a planet. Every day, a little more of its ugliness was chipped off and shipped away for use by other, more deserving worlds. A network of high-altitude transfer points, ports, and communication centers were connected by high speed energy beams used to transport materials and the occasional lunatic.