Far future technology allows scope for a tactical ship to VR-merge with its pilot. A routine mission goes awry in space and a pilot discovers an unexpected menace far worse than any nightmare.



AUDRA


Chris Turner



Copyright 2011 Chris Turner

Cover Design: Chris Turner

Published by Innersky Books at Smashwords


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This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in these stories are either fictitious or are used fictitiously.



Audra


I


Miko peered to starboard. The viewport showed interstellar dust, faraway clouds of glowing gas. The colours were magical. For a moment he was lost in its beauty when a sharp flash swarmed across his horizon: the sun Veela’s luminescence blazed some fifty million miles out from port. It slipped beneath the planet Numa’s slightly oval moon like liquid glass. Still very close, too close, the pilot thought dubiously. The mission was suicide at best at this distance. Scores of planets needed to be surveyed by next holo-check and he was as likely as any, the next guinea pig to get the job done.

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