Posts Tagged Peer Review

Continuing to be Continued

So I haven’t kept up to date on book stuff, but it is still moving.  My guess is ~25k more words, then I’ll print a couple copies of both and ask for opinions while I go back and edit for clunkiness and whatever strikes me as unfit to print… for a second or third time.

Here’s a tiny snippet.  Forgive the formatting; translating from word to wordpress is always slightly goofy.

Scene: Above Omrirr – fringe world, home to a weapon capable of reshaping humanity–and history.

SecRaID – Security, Research, and Interstellar Defense.  Trying to capture or destroy said weapon at all costs.  Foreshock is one of a pair of frontline battleships.  (along with Pretaliatory)

The Archczar – Wishes he controlled said weapon, forced into an uneasy alliance around it instead.  Owns quite a few Arquebus cruisers.

Faribault – Site of the following discussion:

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“Aren’t we going to help Foreshock?” Shevine asked. “She’s outgunned nearly three to one!”

“And she will still be outgunned if we charge in with her,” Shea said.  “Faribault is an ex-warship, and would fall to an Arquebus on her best day. Everyone on that ship has been trained for an unwinnable fight; now is their chance to make good on that training. Our priorities are elsewhere until one of those cruisers notices us.”

“Captain, I apologize for the lack of optimism, but what’s our plan when Foreshock does fall?”

“We hope by all the power we have that we’ve done our job; prolonged combat is not our strength, and war has always belonged to SecRaID and its ilk.  Pretaliatory and what other ships they could scrape together are still twelve minutes outside the system, and with them our hope against the Archczar.  We have a date with Omrirr, woe and disfiguring pain unto anyone who gets in our way.
“LeTregeant, Herche, relay for me,” Shea growled. “Hold fire on the ten-slugs unless someone tucks in close; we’ll use them for calibration against our first real target.  I’ve seen what happens when you place all your trust in sensors and it’s an excellent way to get your face bloodied. Same story on the half-meters: anyone making a move to interfere is allowed an approach.  Don’t fire until they commit; if they get down on one knee, you roll all sixteen.  Aim for the junctions and follow every shot with three more. We may not have a drawer full of knives, but we can still plunge them all the way in.”

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