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Announcement: Perfect Timing, by Various

Perfect TimingThere’s a new anthology out, compiled by Michelle Rae, with some of our favorite authors – thanks to QSFer LV Llyod for bringing this to our attention:

Perfect Timing is the third anthology published by Moral Fortitude. The theme for Perfect Timing was Eras. Each story is written in or has made use of an era. Nine authors contributed stories for this anthology and all have provided quality stories that are enjoyable to read. Authors are : LV Lloyd, Daniel Breham, T.S. Matiano, Fay Summers, EJ Kellan, Dezdemona, Abigail B. Field, David Love and Tess McKenzie.

Excerpt from Lost, by LV Lloyd

I came out of stasis and blinked a couple of times to clear my eyes. Thankfully the ship’s interior light was set low for the comfort of the newly awakened. Carefully I stretched the muscles in each limb, relieved that all appeared to be in working order. It had been a long journey, the longest I had ever taken, but so far, so good.

I looked around for the others.

I saw Prime, black as night, already seated at the control panel, the silver helmet on his head connecting him to the ship’s operating system. As leader of the expedition, Prime would have been in and out of stasis a few times during the voyage. It would have been his decision to judge whether the ship was close enough to our destination to justify rousing the rest of us.

Ora, the medic, was standing to my right, waving her diagnostic scanner over Mohktar who was groaning faintly. It appeared I was the fourth to waken, the other three were still in their stasis units. I took a sip of water from the tube in front of me and swirled it around my mouth, waiting for the shot of nutrients Ora had given me to take effect.

Prime was both the leader of our expedition and the controller of the ship – pilot, navigator and engineer combined. Secca was his backup, able to take over if needed. It would be her responsibility to take us home. The rest of us were scientists, myself and Holtar biologists, Jamila a chemist and Mohktar was a physicist. Ora was not only our medic but a specialist in micro-biology.

I wondered if everyone else was as excited as I was. A new world to explore, a world which all available evidence indicated was inhabited, and not just by micro organisms. Our scanning systems revealed the presence of multiple large life forms, both stationary and mobile. Although that was exciting enough, I couldn’t help daring to hope for more. Would we be the first to discover alien intelligence?

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