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Void Dogs

Void Dogs

Fantasy Space Opera


Read From The Beginning

September 6, 2010

109: Truancy and Consequences

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August 23, 2010

108: Wearing Thin

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August 17, 2010

107: Public Trading

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August 5, 2010

106: All Points Bulletin

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August 3, 2010

105: Formal Dining Options

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July 30, 2010

104: Another Fine Mess

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The one area where life had inarguably improved on board the Rebellion was in the communal mess. In the freighter’s original configuration, the mess area had been larger, but it had also been meant to accommodate far more people. Under Daniel Shays, the Rebellion had always made do with far less redundancy than most ships of its size. Most of space travel consisted of waiting around, he reasoned, so why pay three separate shifts of people to do so at the same time?
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July 22, 2010

103: Brand New Day

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Three weeks had gone by since the crew of Shays Rebellion, using luck and skill and desperate stratagems, had narrowly escaped from the chaos aboard the Fickle Finger—now utterly bankrupt and under major quarantine for reasons that were only partly their fault—and if those eighteen days had been somewhat less than pleasant for anyone, they had been a major source of pain for Lilliana.
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August 3, 2009

102: Pointing Fingers

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July 28, 2009

101: Controlled Detonations

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July 27, 2009

100: Word Bombs

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“Hold on,” Dick said. “Adams… tell the twins to drop the bombs.”

“Bombs?” Lilliana repeated.

“I determined it would be easier fighting in than out, so I undertook to arrange for the powers that be to have other things to worry about on our way out,” Dick said.

“Aren’t you worried you’ll have a hard time getting out?” Lilliana asked Nick.

“No, don’t worry,” Nick said. “These are slow-burning fuses… we’re taking a page from your playbook.”


“Thank you for visiting Mount Charles,” the cashier told Nick Bradley as she transferred the meager balance of his credits. “Can I interest you in a discount suite?”

“No, thank you,” he said. “Honestly, I’d love to stay a few more hours, but I kind of just want to get out while I still can.”

The cashier laughed a mischievous, unofficially sanctioned laugh. “Probably a good call,” she said. “Mount Charles encourages you to gamble responsibly. Would you like to talk to an associate about setting up a regular pre-set daily limit for the remainder of your stay? We can arrange to put the credits into an account now.”

“Oh, no, it’s not… it’s just, I heard that the waterpark was put under medical quarantine,” Nick said. “I kind of want to get out before it spreads here.”

“Dihydrogen Monexcitement World has its own self-contained biosphere with its own water and air filtration systems,” the cashier said, reciting words from a scrawl across her eye lenses. “The situation in there, while inconvenient for our guests, is not in danger of inconveniencing anyone within the Mount Charles Casino or any of our other fine entertainment and shopping establishments.”

“Yeah, I’ve heard that,” Nick said. “I’ve also heard that The Meadows is locked down and armed guards are turning people away from it.” He picked up his credit transfer slip. “Well, thanks all the same.”

He turned and headed for the exit, leaving the cashier looking worried and puzzled beneath her standard-issue smile. She had just opened her mouth for her greeting when the next man in line said, “What was he saying about The Meadows being quarantined, too?”


In a busy clothing boutique a short ways away from one of the exits of the mall, Nick Bradley lingered near a rack of expensive leather jackets made from the duplicated hides of several celebrities of the past few centuries. He caught a sales associate’s eye and shuffled towards her a little nervously as he approached.

“Yes, can I help you find something?” the associate asked.

“Yeah, um… I’m supposed to be meeting my co-clone here so I can see how these new jackets would look,” he said. “But I’m not sure how quick I can get here… do you have any idea how much longer you’ll be open?”

“Oh, certainly, sir… we’re open twenty-eight hours a day, six days a week. And if you’re a cloner, you’ll be interested to know that the entire Celebrity Skin line is buy one, get one half off. We know how popular that brand is with…”

“Well, yeah, I know you don’t normally close,” Nick said. “But they’ve already closed the waterpark and the Meadows, and I’ve heard that Mount Charles or Atlanticity might be next. I really wanted to get some jackets, but I don’t want to risk exposure… have they announced an emergency closing schedule for the shops, or are they just going to keep the mall open until the first signs show up here?”

“Signs?” the associate repeated.

“You know, I don’t need jackets that badly,” Nick said. “Thanks for your time, and you know, good luck.”


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July 22, 2009

99: Leaving A Door Open

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July 20, 2009

98: Exit Lines

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July 7, 2009

97: Tipping Point

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July 2, 2009

96: Splitting Hair Trigger

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June 30, 2009

95: Letting Go

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June 29, 2009

94: Warrior Bard

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June 26, 2009

93: Playing Defense

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June 25, 2009

92: Planning For Unpredictability

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June 23, 2009

91: Reverse Engineering

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June 22, 2009

90: Split Seconds

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June 19, 2009

89: Locked In

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June 18, 2009

88: Worlds Apart

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June 17, 2009

87: Exploding Into Action

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June 16, 2009

86: Blipped

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June 15, 2009

85: Insertion

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June 13, 2009

84: Swordbearers

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June 9, 2009

83: Smite Happens

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June 2, 2009

82: Final Option

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May 26, 2009

81: Mass Defect

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May 25, 2009

80: When A Plan Comes Together

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May 12, 2009

79: Commissioning Crimes

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May 11, 2009

78: Honoring Agreements

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May 7, 2009

77: The Worst Laid Plans

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May 6, 2009

76: Alternate Plans

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May 4, 2009

75: Rear Admiral

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April 21, 2009

74: Lip Service

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April 18, 2009

73: Deafening Silence

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April 17, 2009

72: Regan Tyrannus

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April 16, 2009

71: Story Time

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April 14, 2009

70: Room With A View

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April 13, 2009

69: Emission Control

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April 6, 2009

68: Men Of Honor

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March 26, 2009

67: Bar None

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March 24, 2009

66: Into The Sweet Surrender

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February 23, 2009

65: Salamanders And Commanders

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