Date Published: January 8, 2013
Jess was born a prisoner, grew up a prisoner and at sixteen knew he would die a prisoner. When his turn comes to try to break through the traps protecting a spaceship it seems his day to die has come. The ship, and others like it, have already claimed hundreds of prisoners’ lives.
Instead he manages to avoid the traps and gain access to the ship with two other prisoners, beginning a frantic flight to freedom. Soon Jess finds himself loose in a brutal universe ruled by the Empire and riddled with pirates, slave traders and worse. Can Jess manage to learn the rules of the universe and the capabilities of the ship he has stolen in time to stay alive?
He knew that for Sal the two ships must seem to be racing towards each other, but for him everything was much slower. The corvette fired a volley of high-powered laser blasts. Jess already had the Wanderer weaving as it approached so most missed, but one seemed to scald his back and another clipped his heel. The shields coped with both.
Jess was glad the other ship had fired first. Now there was no guilt, no concern over whether his actions were right. Now it was about survival. Twisting the ship he brought both sets of weapons to bear. The right side set of lasers fired at the corvette’s bridge, almost overwhelming the shields there. He sensed the enemy ship desperately routing power forward to shield the bridge from his next attack, draining power from their other shields.
He ignored the bridge, instead firing the left side’s lasers in a volley at the corvettes engines, punching through the weakened shields to devastating effect. The engines imploded for a second or so, then the collapse was reversed in a massive explosion that ripped the corvette apart. Within seconds all that remained was a rapidly thinning field of debris, few bits bigger than a metre. A scan confirmed there were no survivors.
Simon Goodson is the author of the massively popular and highly rated Wanderer’s Odyssey science fiction series which has been downloaded more than 80,000 times in just two years. Simon has also written the exciting Dark Soul Silenced fantasy books.
His speculative fiction short stories cover science fiction, fantasy and other styles. Several are freely available from www.simongoodson.com, while many more are available in the collection ‘Last Sunrise & Other Stories’.
Simon fits in writing around a full time job as an IT Consultant and a hectic family life looking after his son and two daughters. He squeezes in writing during lunchtimes and while commuting on the train.
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