We are living in unusual times, aren't we? Who knew it would take a worldwide pandemic to draw people and countries together in ways we couldn't imagine. Seems life and death situations cause people and countries to reevaluate priorities in the face of an enemy that can kill indiscriminately.
The Forgotten Worlds series are sci-fi stories set in an equally unusual time. Humanity as we know it on this planet is gone and the last remnants of that world have banded with augmented humans (SUVIs) and aliens to create a new society. Floating through the galaxies, they face many difficulties as they struggle to survive.
Unite is the latest installment in this series. The SUVIs and their companions meet a new people and once again find themselves on the defensive. And as usual, they end up learning as much about themselves as they do this new world, its gods and tribes.
“Approaching planet One, Captain.”
“Thank you, Three.” Morthel’s next sentence was lost in the frightened wail of the baby in her arms. Her eyes snapped back to the child for only a moment. “Dammit. Shields!”
The shields went up just as the first salvo hit the ship. Further fire was erratic and scattered as a shielded ship is nearly impossible to target. “Get us on the ground, find a spot where we can inspect for damage.”
As the agile ship dropped toward the planet her captain turned back to the child in her arms. She was quiet once again. “So, you’re another intuitive like Eighteen and Twenty are you. Good to know.”
Morthel turned to Connie and Thirteen, the baby’s parents. “Twenty-One is SUVI, as we know, and I believe she’s a full intuitive. She was fussing because she sensed danger. I was able to distract her for a while, but her sudden cry of alarm clued me in. She’s quiet now, so I’m guessing the immediate danger is past.” She rose and handed the baby back to its mother.
Sometimes, even the littlest ones in the fleet can steal center stage!
On another note, I've been working on some new stories in the fantasy genre and will be posting more about this in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
And of course stay safe! Follow the guidelines of your local public health officials, practice social distancing, wash your hands often and take good care.
Oh, and read books. Lots, and lots of books. <grin>