[Flash Fiction] Point Defence

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[Flash Fiction] Point Defence

Post by DervMan » Thu Jul 21, 2011 9:31 pm

Some of you might remember the Hamilton trilogy that I wrote, hmm, two to three years ago or so? I wrote this on the train this afternoon, I've just cleaned up a few typos, but it hasn't been edited and is very raw. It's set in the same "modified" SotS universe of the Hamilton stories, so the same design and class names, weapons, that sort of thing. It's just under 900 words.

Feedback welcome, as always.

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Point Defence

To the uneducated observer, the whirling maelstrom of vivid reds, yellows and blue contained no order, just a mix of colours flowing into one another at random.

Captain Mikhail Kasyanov stood on the bridge to study the SolForce fleet engaging the Hiver battlegroup through the viewfinder. Each colour, each flicker of light had a meaning or identity, more than the enhanced reality display projected over the scene could hope to portray. He paced across the bridge.

The Hivers still outnumbered the SolForce fleet, but without their command ship and in the face of heavy tactical jamming, individual bug ships were acting alone or at the most in small, barely organised groups. They were no match for the cohesive and structured attacks from SolForce.

“Sir, Newark 174 and 188 report they are out of Jackknife.” The Tactical Officer said. The two Newark class Cruisers were at the extreme edge of the SolForce task force and their mission had been to bombard the Giver warships with SolForce’s primary long range missile system, the Jackknife.

“Very good. Signal my gratitude for their efforts and have them withdraw.” Another Hiver contact turned green on the tactical display, showing that the warship was disabled. “Tactical, what is the status of the two forward assault groups?”

“Sir. Alpha group reporting minimal damage and armaments down to thirty percent. Beta group reports that Stirling 022 is almost out of mass driver rounds. They are currently pursuing two stragglers through the asteroids in subsector three.”

“Very good. Once complete, have them form up.”

A shrill warning sounded behind the Captain.

“Sir! Proximity warning!” There was a pause before the ensign continued. “TacCom reports three unknown contacts, bearing zero zero two, forty clicks to the nose. No sir, make that five. Seven. That’s nine sir!”

“On screen!” Captain Kasyanov bellowed. The viewfinder switched to the tactical screen, showing numerous small erratic contacts approaching the SFS Colchester 014 and the two escort destroyers. “What the d’yavol are they!” He exclaimed, dropping into Russian.

“Unknown sir. They’re small and fast. I have more showing on sensors.”

“Communications, hail them.” The Captain ordered. “Tactical, give me what you have.”

“Yes sir.” The Tactical Officer spoke almost immediately. “They’re following an erratic course. Scanning sir. Each target is approximately three metres long, unusual structure consisting mostly of a power plant, drive mechanism and what appears to be a small sensor and communications module.” A low pitched buzzing started from his console. “They’re armed, sir. I’m reading some kind of command guidance system. Heading right towards us.”

“Form up with Ipswich 007 and Lincoln 314, present our broadside.” The Captain ordered. “Aim on the lead, but do not fire.” The crew confirmed their orders and the Colchester Cruiser manoeuvred to present as many possible guns to the potential threat.

“Bogeys have changed course, now heading towards the Lincoln, sir.” Tactical said. Captain Kasyanov looked down upon his console, how brow furrowed. The Lincoln was one of the older generation warships of the task force, using the mass driver as the primary weapon. The large, sluggish ballistic weapon would be much too slow to intercept the unknown contacts.

“Helm, bring us about, set course for the Lincoln. Plot an interception course, best velocity.” The Captain ordered and after a moment the ensign confirmed. “Tactical, get the Ipswich there as soon as possible.”

“Aye aye, sir.” The Tactical Officer confirmed. “Sir, I am reconfiguring the goalkeeper network. Lead bogey entering range in one minute.”

Captain Kasyanov watched the synthetic tactical display as the drama unfolded. The small, agile bogeys approached the Lincoln following their erratic course, ignoring all communication requests from the SolForce warship. The contacts entered the engagement range of the Lincoln’s primary weapon, still approaching. They entered range of the Lincoln’s laser turrets, then without warning, several of the lead targets launched several spheres of plasma.

“Two strikes, sir, both on the Lincoln’s Node Ring.” Tactical reported. “Lincoln requesting permission to engage.”

“Engage. Time to intercept?”

“Twenty seconds until extreme range of our weapons. Jackknife cannot lock onto the target, sir.” The Tactical Officer’s face was illuminated by the reds and blues of his console. “Sir, I think you should have a look at this. They’re eating the Lincoln.”

“Eating? On screen.”

The viewfinder changed to show the enhanced camera view of the Lincoln engaged with a large number of the strange contacts. The main group were swirling past the ship, occasionally firing the green plasma weapon. But several targets had broken off from the main group and had attached themselves to the Lincoln’s hull. As the Captain watched, part of the Node Ring exploded in a bright flash. Debris poured from the open wound on the SolForce Destroyer for a moment before the Node Ring structure collapsed.

The Tactical Officer confirmed that the targets were now in range and the Colchester’s point defence turrets began firing on the alien targets.

A moment later, the bridge of the Lincoln erupted in a silent explosion, then the hull broke apart.

“She’s lost, sir.” Tactical said quietly. “Ipswich is fourteen seconds from engagement.”

As the bridge crew watched in silence, the enemy contacts started regrouping. Several laser bolts struck the lead targets as they accelerated towards the Colchester.

“Let’s us hope the Goalkeeper point defence system works as advertised.” The Captain thought aloud.
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Re: [Flash Fiction] Point Defence

Post by marshb » Fri Jul 22, 2011 2:02 am

Very nice Derv. I didn't know about the Hamilton stories, was more familiar with your TARs', will definitely check them out! Also it is good to see you back on a regular basis again. :thumbsup: Hope all is well with you and yours.
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Re: [Flash Fiction] Point Defence

Post by balti knights » Wed Jul 27, 2011 6:26 pm

Yeh..good to see you back Derv. and writing to..As marshb said thou' I've not seen the Hamilton Triolgy but would love to. Hope to see more of you soon.
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Re: [Flash Fiction] Point Defence

Post by DervMan » Wed Jul 27, 2011 6:41 pm

Thanks guys!

SFS Exeter 774, Hiverspace and Resolution are in the fiction forum.

Hulk and *needs-a-title* are unfinished. ;) I will finish these, but some of my other genre material has paid a couple of bills so I have concentrated on this. :)
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Re: [Flash Fiction] Point Defence

Post by marshb » Thu Jul 28, 2011 2:28 am

DervMan wrote:Thanks guys!

SFS Exeter 774, Hiverspace and Resolution are in the fiction forum.

Hulk and *needs-a-title* are unfinished. ;) I will finish these, but some of my other genre material has paid a couple of bills so I have concentrated on this. :)

Man, that is so cool! :thumbsup:
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Re: [Flash Fiction] Point Defence

Post by DervMan » Thu Jul 28, 2011 5:20 am

...if selfish, too... but thank you!
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Re: [Flash Fiction] Point Defence

Post by The_Unificator » Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:22 pm

a great history :D , ¿are you planning more chapters? i will love see how our guys in solforce manage those aliens
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Re: [Flash Fiction] Point Defence

Post by DervMan » Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:32 pm

Possibly... ;)

Did you read the other pieces? Point Defence needs a bit of cleaning up but hopefully the other work is better edited.
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Re: [Flash Fiction] Point Defence

Post by The_Unificator » Fri Aug 10, 2012 2:23 pm

DervMan wrote:Possibly... ;)

Did you read the other pieces? Point Defence needs a bit of cleaning up but hopefully the other work is better edited.


i have read Exeter and Hiverspace, and right now i am reading Resolution, i really like those pieces, and i am anxious for more :D :lol:
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Re: [Flash Fiction] Point Defence

Post by DervMan » Fri Aug 10, 2012 3:47 pm

Thank you! ;)
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