Title: Surfing on Mars
tonym5 - February 3, 2010 02:56 AM (GMT)
Kim Masters rode the elevator down to the bridge. Stepping onto the bridge after the doors slid silently behind his back, Kim was startled when he saw the crew frozen like statues. All heads staring at the viewport. The viewport was empty and dark. Hesitantly, Kim sat down into his chair. Pressing his code into the small control panel, he brought up all the vital information. Everything seemed normal. Stumped, Kim stood up and walked over to Evelyn Beers' desk where he looked into the eyes of his EO and noted her eyes were purplish. Slowly he walked around the bridge looking into the eyes of everyone and noted that all of them had the same coloring. He had taken each of their pulse and they were definitely alive but immobillized. Striding back to his seat, Kim sat back down and typed a message to Earth headquarters. The viewport came alive and a face appeared. the face of an Alien being. Similar Human appearances were obvious. the Eyes and what looked like a nose. No mouth. "Cmdr. Masters, I am Zyrkon of Mystrekonaquar. Your crew are under my control as you have noticed and will be following my directions for them to reach my planet in the CVP-459KX Constellation. It will take approximately 40 of your human hours to reach my home. Once you have reached my planet I want to meet you immediately and discuss a very important matter. Thank you and and I am waiting to receive you and your crew" After the Alien face disappeared from the viewport Cmdr. Masters typed another message to Earth. Suddenly the spaceship, TsunaMori, moved through space faster than the speed of light, the spaceship disappeared from the Solar System in less than three seconds and flew out of the Milky Way in less than 10 minutes. Just several hours earlier, Cmdr. Masters had been enjoying a skiing excursion on the planet Mars. Now he was traveling through the Universe and at such a high speed that his mind could not comprehend let alone notice anything of the Universe itself.
tonym5 - February 3, 2010 03:13 AM (GMT)
December 2080 AD. Back on Earth at NASA HQ, Director Otis Benning was reached on his wristphone and informed of the events that had occurred on the TsunaMori while in orbit around Mars. Otis, a portly and bespectacled bureaucrat did not like his situation of having to contact Washington, D.C. Finally he mustered up the strength and pecked out the number on his wristphone. "Yes, Mr Benning? What is so important that you have to contact me for?" "Sir, the TsunaMori has been commandeered remotely and is now flying into deep space towards the planet Mystrekonaquar in the CVP-459KX Constellation and Cmdr, Masters has informed us that he is to meet an Alien race on that planet for an important meeting. Is there anyway we can locate that location and fly someone out there?" "Are you nuts?!" replied President Lyman Pitt.
tonym5 - February 3, 2010 03:30 AM (GMT)
Less than a month away from leaving the White House, President Lyman Pitt sat staring at the walls of the Oval Office at the dumbfounding news of a spaceship having been commandeered remotely by an Alien race. The new President to be inaugurated on January 20, 2081 AD will have to deal with this, thank god, because I am out of here, President Pitt thought. The computer on the desk flashed an incoming message. Looking down at the screen President Pitt typed in the commands to answer the message. The message window opened and a message from his father, Dirk Pitt the Third appeared. "Have you decided yet to join me and your mother this weekend on the Eastern shore, son?" President Pitt typed "Yes, I will join you and so will the family. Thank you for the invitation, father" It was going to be an idyllic life, resting, writing and recreation for the soon to be retired President. Having been defeated in his bid for a second term, Lyman Pitt was looking forward and not dwelling on his defeat. It had been a tiring experience running the nation and her space colonies.
tonym5 - February 3, 2010 04:00 AM (GMT)
Later at Dinnertime, President Pitt and his wife, son Alexander and daughter-in-law Alysson were enjoying their meal when a Secret Service man quietly slipped a message into the Presidents hand. "President DeMars wishes to talk with you, sir' was the simple message on the piece of paper. "Excuse me for a few minutes" as he stood up and walked out. President Nathanael DeMars, the new President stood just outside the Cabinet room in the west wing as President Pitt approached. "Welcome to the west wing Mr. President" President Pitt said. "Shall we go in and discuss the TsunaMori incident, please" said President Pitt. Sitting at the long table where the cabinet meetings occur they eyed each other warily. "I have been informed, sir, and find this appalling and yet an opportunity to follow up on a yet little noticed project NASA has been working on for years. I am sure you are aware of the project, Mr. President. As you may have surmised my brother Forrest, your NSA Advisor informed me about the project. It is not a breech of security that I should be informed of this before my inauguration. Are we going to use this technology to approach that planet and take back our people and learn a few things that may help us in the long run as far as technology is concerned?" "Mr. President, I think it would behoove us to go so far as to use a technology that is still in development and approach that planet without setting off a war with an alien race that may be further along than we are" "But Mr. President, we could step up that program and accelerate it to the point that would send our men and technology into deep space and advance our agenda, sir" "President DeMars, as far as I am concerned my time is running out and it would be to your advantage to wait until after your inauguration, sir" "Very well, Mr. President, I will see you soon at my inauguration, sir"
tonym5 - February 8, 2010 05:38 AM (GMT)
1886 AD. "Gerneral Miles is a respectable man, Mr. Davis, and I am well acquainted with him. Just because I am riding here in the back of the troop with you and the others does not diminish my importance as a medical officer and am only riding here as a sign of respect towards the General" "I am sorry, Leonard but as a writer on this journey it is my job to know certain things and just because my friend, Walker Shelburne, Lieutenant Gatewood and Captain Lawton are riding up front with the General I did not mean to diminish your participation, sir" "Mr. Davis, as an Army Contract Physician, it is my job to be on hand in cases of emergency" Riding next to Leonard Wood and Britton Davis as they conversed Sergeant Linwood Masters took it all in and smiled inwardly at the thought of being involved in the pursuit of the great Geronimo, the last wild Indian. Later that night in camp Sergeant Masters wondered if he should make the Army his career or find something else that would matter more. Turning over on his side his hand brushed against a rock and he pushed it aside without a thought. Later on, Linwood awoke from a dream and looked to his side and looked at the rock. Slowly he reached out and caressed the rock. The rock was smooth and he jumped. Again he reached out and this time picked it up. Despite the darkness of the night sky he thought it looked greenish in his hand.
tonym5 - February 16, 2010 12:41 AM (GMT)
"This morning early, I sent a couple of men to complete the covering of the cache, which could not be done well last night in the dark. They soon accomplished their work and returned. Late last night Drouilliard returned with a fawn he had killed, and a considerable quantity of Indian plunder. Among the plunder was a strange greenish, smooth rock" Journal Entry by Captain Meriweather Lewis, 22 August 1805
tonym5 - February 16, 2010 12:59 AM (GMT)
August 17, 1774 AD. "I beseech you, Benjamin, to not dismiss me so lightly as it would be egregious to dismiss me from the great halls of our Masonic lodge. George? Would you be so kind to disagree with Benjamin? Thomas? Are you in agreement or disinclined to dismiss me from our shared oaths of allegiance to this most hallowed of institutions?" Vlad Traxel looked at the three men with tears in his eyes and slowly looked at the four others sitting at the same table. "Are all of you in agreement that I am no longer in favor of your respect and my devoted loyalty that I have sworn my life to the same goals as you?" "Hand over the stone, Vlad and walk out with what dignity you still have" said Thomas Jefferson. "Fine, I will leave but the stone will never leave my posession" growled Vlad. Walking at a brisk pace before anyone could jump up and stop him, Vlad disappeared out the door.
tonym5 - February 16, 2010 01:04 AM (GMT)
Ward Masters left the table and ran out the door but did not see which direction Vlad had taken, Striding back into the meeting room, Ward fumed. "Gentlemen, Vlad is a dangerous man and can not be trusted. God only knows what he will use the stone for but it will not be good that I can assure you. I have to ride now to see to the upcoming birth of Mr. Lewis' son, who is due any day now"
tonym5 - February 16, 2010 01:10 AM (GMT)
On October 10, 1809 Meriweather Lewis stopped at an inn on the Natchez Trace called Grinder's Stand, about 70 miles from Nashville, Tennessee. Lewis requested a glass of whiskey almost as soon as he climbed down from his horse. After he excused himself from dinner, he went to his bedroom. In the predawn hours of October 11, the innkeeper heard gunshots. Servants found Lewis badly injured from multiple gunshot wounds. He died shortly after sunrise.
tonym5 - February 16, 2010 01:18 AM (GMT)
Sid's bloodied face and bruised body was witness to Meriweather's fight for survival. Barnaby fared better but was just as bruised. Vlad looked at the two with grim satisfaction. Having found one of the green stones in Meriweather's pouch only confirmed to Vlad of a deposit out in the mountains of the far western parts of the Louisiana purchase. Having intercepted Meriweather on his travel back to the capital city of Washington, Vlad had sweet revenge because he had taken the life of Meriweather Lewis, a beloved friend of the President.
tonym5 - June 29, 2010 02:46 AM (GMT)
January 20, 2081 AD. "And in conclusion, I will be more active in our space program and our colonies here in the solar system and beyond. It would behoove my nature not to be lax in these affairs. Therefore, I will be an active President compared to my predecessor. It would do us all a great disservice not to keep our affairs in order but to be on guard for any and all potential problems here on Earth and beyond" President Nathanael DeMars looked at the crowd and then turned around and took in all the eyes of those who were sitting behind him. There was fire in President DeMars look as if he were defying any and all those who would stand up to him. Turning back to the crowd on this sunny but cool day and the new President felt he was alive with a burning fire to achieve greatness.
tonym5 - June 29, 2010 02:58 AM (GMT)
Despite the large suite he was staying in, Kim Masters knew he was a prisoner of these alien humanoids that he and his crew were prisoners of. Having held several meetings now with the leaders of the Planetary Council of Ministers, Kim was disheartened at the lack of progress on his part. Most frustrating of all was that he and his crew were kept apart. The entrance door swooshed open and ExAgrenMiou stepped towards him. "I have come to take you on a tour of our submarine city Atembui. There are many things we are proud of and hope you can enjoy this trip. Come.
tonym5 - August 19, 2010 04:13 PM (GMT)
"We know of your Cusslerite technology, Commander Masters, but we have achieved a faster way to travel through Space that is far superior than your capabilities. We were once allies of the people of Oram a long time ago and that frayed apart just before you and your Earthlings got involved in a long war with them. The reason for our commandeering your spaceship is the fact that they are beginning to recover now and are seeking revenge against your planet. The problem is that they are testing some technological advances in warfare against us and we thought it would be to our advantage to help you become a strong ally of ours in the following war to come".
tonym5 - July 9, 2011 03:56 AM (GMT)
2049AD "Deep Sea Diver, come in?" "Go ahead, Zachary, I read you" "Kenny, read off your depth" "I am at 10,055 feet and still descending" "Roger that, Zachary" Kenny Latimer turned around and looked at Jonathan Ross "Are we ready yet with the hardware and foodstuff for Sealab, Mr. Ross?" "Just about, Kenny" "Good, because carrying this much gear for Sealab is making me nervous, Mr. Ross" "As the new Oceanographic Administrator for the first Sealab, I am anticipating no problems with our program for a successful underwater scientific community here in the Marianas Trench, we are well protected from any disaster with our Cusslerite Steel made laboratory"
tonym5 - July 9, 2011 04:05 AM (GMT)
2051AD. The first of many underwater launches of Spacecraft from Sealab 2049 have begun. With the technology that was developed from the depths of the Marianas Trench scientific community of Sealab 2049 Deep Space travel was now a weekly event. Other Sealabs were to follow around the planet.
tonym5 - July 9, 2011 04:33 AM (GMT)
2081AD. Spaceships from Mystrekonaquar began arriving on Earth and the Humanoids were allowed to help develop the spacecraft needed for the upcoming war with Oram. Soon the spaceships were rolling out one every three weeks. By 2085 there was a fleet of 68 Spacecraft that were capable of awesome firepower that had never been seen on Earth before. The Oram Space fleet was hovering near Alpha Centauri watching with anticipation. "Why have they not attacked us before now" President DeMars queried the Mystrekonaquar humanoid named Kelniquar that stood in front of the President. "Because it would not have been as much fun if they could just squash you like ants. Now you and I are ready to take them on in a war. Our fleet is out near your sub-planet Pluto and we will take the brunt because we are larger in fleet and have more weaponry than you have. If we are unable to stop them you will be able to destroy them with the Spaceships we helped build for you". p:
tonym5 - July 9, 2011 04:51 AM (GMT)
"Captain Avalon! We are nearing the Asteroid belt! Where do you want us to hove to?" "Lieutenant Derek Widmer, hove to in the middle of the Asteroid belt!" "Yes, sir!" "U.S.S. Argonaut is moving per your instructions, Captain!"
tonym5 - July 9, 2011 04:57 AM (GMT)
"Captain Nathanson! Where do you want us to hove to, sir?!" cries Lieutenant Wilhelm. "Hove to near Europa, Lieutenant Wilhelm!" Directs Captain Nathanson of the U.S.S. Enterprise IV. Europa, one of Jupiter's Moons is centrally located for battle position for the U.S. Space fleet.
tonym5 - July 9, 2011 05:03 AM (GMT)
"Captain Hedison, where do you want us to hove to, sir?" "Lieutenant Fernald, hove to near Uranus' Ice belt!" demands Captain Hedison of the U.S.S. Intrepid II.
tonym5 - July 9, 2011 05:07 AM (GMT)
"Captain Harriman, where do you want us to hove to, sir?" asks Lieutenant Sanders. "Hove to near the Moon, Lieutenant!" demands the Captain of the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan II.
tonym5 - July 26, 2011 04:55 PM (GMT)
The Oram Fleet attacked the Mystrekonaquar fleet near Pluto fast and hard decimating one third of the Mstrekonaquar's space battle ships. Smaller space craft numbering in the thousands exited the Oram ships and began attacking the rest of the Mystrek ships with deadly accuracy. 45 Mystrek ships began a retreat towards Pluto. One of the Oram space battle ships separated from its fleet and positioned itself and fired at the retreating Mystrek space battle ships with its Wave Motion Gun destroying 6 of the Mystrek space battle ships and because the Mystrek ships were close to Nix, one of Pluto's moons was destroyed too. The remaining 35 Mystrek space battle ships that did not retreat fought on with their shock cannons and smaller space craft. They would be destroyed by the Oram fleet.
tonym5 - July 27, 2011 04:36 AM (GMT)
The retreating Mystrek Space Battle ships fought with their smaller space fighters valiantly and succeeding in holding off the advancing Oram fleet with punitive damage.
tonym5 - July 27, 2011 04:42 AM (GMT)
"Captain Hedison!! The Mystrekonaquar fleet is heading our way with the Oram fleet in pursuit, sir!!" "Ready the shock cannons and the subspace torpedoes, Lieutenant Fernald!!"
tonym5 - July 27, 2011 04:55 AM (GMT)
The Oram fleet was advancing towards the Earth Defense Force fleet at Uranus with the retreating Mystrekonaquar space battle ships in between. "Lieutenant Fernald, ask the Mstrekonaquar fleet to disperse and fire upon the Oram fleet now!" "Yes, sir!!" The Mystrekonaquar fleet space battle ships flew off in different directions and as they did the U.S.S. Intrepid II and her Uranus fleet fired upon the Oram fleet with deadly force, destroying many Oram space battle ships. The Mystrekonaquar space battle ships fired on the rest of the Oram fleet causing major damage. "Ready the Wave Motion Gun, Lieutenant Fernald and order the other major EDF Battle ships and the Mystrekonaquar Battle ships to fire their Wave Motion guns too!"
tonym5 - July 27, 2011 05:06 AM (GMT)
With 24 Wave Motion Guns firing simultaneously on the Oram fleet one fiery ball of energy that glowed liked one major star enveloped a major portion of space. 39 Mystrekonaquar Space Battle ships and 16 Earth Defense Force Battle ships watched simultaneouly as the ball of fire dissipated to nothing. The blackness of space returned and everyone strained to see if there was anything left.
tonym5 - July 27, 2011 05:15 AM (GMT)
Indeed there was several Oram Space Battle ships that had managed to evade the onslaught. They immediately returned fire with shock cannons, subspace torpedoes and one Wave Motion Gun. Three Mystrekonaquar space battle ships disappeared in a fiery blaze. EDF Battleships ordered their space fighters to attack the remaing Oram fleet.
tonym5 - July 27, 2011 05:19 AM (GMT)
"Lieutenant Fernald, concentrate subspace torpedoes on the remaining Oram ship with the Wave Motion Gun!" ordered Captain Hedison. "Yes, sir!"
tonym5 - July 27, 2011 05:22 AM (GMT)
Once the Oram ship with the Wave Motion Gun was destroyed Captain Hedison surveyed the Oram Battle ships that were left and not discerning any activity ordered all EDF and Mystrekonaquar Battle ships to retreat to Europa, Jupiter's moon.
tonym5 - July 27, 2011 05:28 AM (GMT)
As the retreating EDF and Mystrekonaquar Battle ships left the Uranus quadrant for Europa, the remaining Oram ships sent a message for the secondary fleet to adance quickly from their position at Barnard's Star.
tonym5 - August 26, 2011 05:05 AM (GMT)
The Oram Secondary Fleet raced from Barnard's Star towards Earth while the Earth Defense Force and the Mystrekonaquar fleet battled the Oram Fleet near Jupiter's Europa moon. "Lieutenant Fernald, fire both subspace torpedoes and pulse cannons at the Oram fleet and have everyone else follow suit too" Captain Hedison barked. The Oram fleet took major damage in this assault. "Liieutenant Fernald, I do believe that they are turning tail and slowly retreating, I do believe it is time to use the space fighters to finish them off"
tonym5 - August 26, 2011 05:15 AM (GMT)
With many dead and dying Oram left on the handful of spaceships the Earth Defense Space fighters returned to their EDF Space Battleships. "Lieutenant Fernald, use the Wave Motion Gun to put them out of their misery. Let'a all head towards the Asteroid belt and hove to for their Secondary Fleet to arrive. Our newer Space Cruiser Ships should be waiting for us there"
tonym5 - August 26, 2011 05:27 AM (GMT)
National Space Defense Advisor Burton Elwood Shoemaker stood before the President waiting for the six foot man who was just beginning to show some gray hairs and whose face was beginning to show the severe hardness that all Presidents get in their first few months as the new Chief Executive of the Nation. "Thank you, Mr. Shoemaker" as the President slowly reached for the nearest chair in the Oval Office and sitting down with a heavy resignation to the consequences of what was about to be unleashed. "That is all, Mr. Shoemaker, you may leave now" President DeMars began to think of the power that he had just been given. A Weapon that would be unparalleled in warfare, one that is even more powerful than the Wave Motion Gun. Just thinking about this new and unnamed spaceshhip and the weapon it posessed floored him.
tonym5 - August 28, 2011 05:18 AM (GMT)
All of the Earth Defense Spaceships gathered by the Asteroid Belt along with the remaining Mystrekonaquar spaceships. "Captain Hedison, an encrypted message for you, sir" "Thank you, Sparks" Walking over to the Captain's post on the Bridge Captain Hedison sat down in his chair and tapped out his password on the Message panel. "Capatin Hedison I am sending a new Spaceship to help in defeating the Oram Battle fleet. This spaceship will not show up on Radar and has no name. Neither you nor the Oram will know it's location. It's main weapon has far more firepower than the Wave Motion Gun. Space your fleet accordingly to the coordinates I am sending you".
tonym5 - August 31, 2011 04:13 AM (GMT)
The Oram Space Fleet came racing into the Solar System and began to slow down as it passed Jupiter. The Earth Defense Fleet was positioned near the Asteroid Belt on the Mars side. As the Oram fleet began to pass through the Asteroid Belt the Earth Defense Fleet opened fire with 10 meter Asteroid Boosters. The Boosters attached themselves to several hundred Asteroids and launched each Asteroid at the Oram Spaceships. The Orams were stunned when they were being bombarded by the Asteroids and with no room to escape began taking heavy damage to their ships. More and More Asteroinds bombarded the Oram spaceships. Soon the Orams began firing their weapons at any asteroid. Finally, the Oram spaceships escaped the Asteroid Belt but each ship had taken a severe beating. Seeing the Earth Defense Fleet before them in an odd array formation and moved towards them with increasing speed. Without any warning a massive Sun like energy grew larger and larger enveloping the entire Oram Fleet. Every single Oram ship disappeared in the biggest mass of Energy ever produced. Every Man and Woman Soldier in the Earth Defense Fleet were shocked by the Brightest Light ever seen in space and winced, closing their eyes in reaction. When the Light disappeared and the normal darkness of Space returned, everyone opened their eyes slowly. No evidence of the Oram Space fleet could be detected. "What in the world was that, Captain?" echoed in each Spaceship. "I do not know" echoed all but one Captain.
tonym5 - August 31, 2011 04:40 AM (GMT)
"Oram Space fleet destroyed by a Nova like burst of energy" Captain Hedison tapped out on his message pad back to the President. "Captain, may we ask where that burst of energy came from, sir?" Taking a slow and deep breath Captain Hedison replied, "Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a new weapon that has an amazing firepower that surpasses even the Wave Motion Guns" "What is it called, Captain?" "I do not know but there was a spaceship amongst our fleet that is basically invisible to the naked eye" Walking over to the main view port Sparks looked closely and then took out a special set of glasses he had made some time back and looked intently. "Captain, come here and take a look, sir" Captain Hedison walked over to the main view port and put on the special glasses. Indeed there was a black colored spaceship that was so massive and vaguely looked like an old remote control he had when he was a young boy. "Sparks, I want you to write on a piece of paper how you made those glasses and hand it over to me and then I want you to destroy those glasses, do you understand me, soldier?" "Yes, sir!" Walking over to the communication station Sparks wrote down the specifications of the glasses and then destroyed the glasses by breaking it into as small pieces as he could and then took the pieces over to the trash chute where it was broken down further as it was sucked away to the trash compactors. Handing the piece of paper over to Captain Hedison who then tapped a message to the President and dropping the piece of paper into his trash chute. In his mind, Captain Hedison conceived his own name of the mystery spaceship, Deep Black. The remaining Mystrekonaquar spaceships had already left. "Let's return to Earth" said Captain Hedison. THE END