Homeworld (Odyssey One)

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The characters and events portrayed in this book are fictitious. Any similarity to real persons, living or dead, is coincidental and not intended by the author.

Text copyright © 2013 Evan Currie
All rights reserved.

No part of this book may be reproduced, or stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without express written permission of the publisher.

Published by 47North
P.O. Box 400818
Las Vegas, NV 89140

ISBN-13: 9781477808832
ISBN-10: 1477808833
Library of Congress Control Number: 2013940226

To Wynn Currie, my mother, who never doubted that I would eventually succeed in my writing endeavors. Without her support, I would never have made it as far as I have.
Thanks, Wynn.

CONTENTS

PROLOGUE

CHAPTER ONE

CHAPTER TWO

IN THE BLACK BETWEEN STARS

PLANET RANQUIL, PRIMINAE CONTROLLED SPACE

CHAPTER THREE

CENTRAL COMMAND, MONS SYSTEMA, RANQUIL

PRIMINAE WARSHIP
POSDAN
, NEAR SIMANTH COLONY

CHAPTER FOUR

DEEP SPACE, THREE LIGHT-YEARS FROM GLIESE 581

PLANET RANQUIL

NEAR PREVIOUSLY UNCHARTED DYSON OBJECT

CHAPTER FIVE

RANQUIL

CHAPTER SIX

P.L.A.S.F.
WEIFANG
, INTERSTELLAR SPACE

P.L.A.S.F.
WEIFANG
, INTERSTELLAR SPACE

IMPERIAL WARSHIP
DEMIGOD

PRIMINAE WARSHIP
POSDAN

P.L.A.S.F.
WEIFANG

CHAPTER SEVEN

PRIMINAE WARSHIP
POSDAN

N.A.C.S.
ODYSSEY

CHAPTER EIGHT

IMPERIAL DESTROYER
DEMIGOD

PRIMINAE WARSHIP
POSDAN

N.A.C.S.
ODYSSEY

PRIMINAE WARSHIP
POSDAN

P.L.A.S.F.
WEIFANG

CHAPTER NINE

IMPERIAL DESTROYER
DEMIGOD

N.A.C.S.
ODYSSEY

IMPERIAL DESTROYER
DEMIGOD

CHAPTER TEN

N.A.C.S.
ODYSSEY

CHAPTER ELEVEN

IMPERIAL DESTROYER
DEMIGOD

N.A.C.S.
ODYSSEY
, SOL SYSTEM

STATION LIBERTY, EARTH ORBIT

CHAPTER TWELVE

IMPERIAL DESTROYER
DEMIGOD

N.A.C.S.
ENTERPRISE

IMPERIAL DESTROYER
DEMIGOD

IMPERIAL DESTROYER
DEMIGOD

CHAPTER THIRTEEN

IMPERIAL DESTROYER
DEMIGOD

N.A.C.S.
ODYSSEY

CHAPTER FOURTEEN

N.A.C.S.
ODYSSEY

PRIMINAE WARSHIP
POSDAN

N.A.C.S.
ODYSSEY

CHAPTER FIFTEEN

P.L.A.S.F.
WEIFANG
, EARTH ORBIT

N.A.C.S.
ODYSSEY

STATION LIBERTY

N.A.C.S.
ODYSSEY

PRIMINAE WARSHIP
POSDAN

IMPERIAL WARSHIP
DEMIGOD

N.A.C.S.
ODYSSEY

CHAPTER SIXTEEN

STATION LIBERTY

N.A.C.S.
ODYSSEY

IMPERIAL DESTROYER
DEMIGOD

PRIMINAE WARSHIP
POSDAN

N.A.C.S.
ODYSSEY
, ON STATION INSIDE SATURN’S ORBIT

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN

IMPERIAL DESTROYER
DEMIGOD
, APPROACHING HIVE

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN

THE HIVE

CENTRAL COMMAND BUNKER, MONS SYSTEMA, RANQUIL

IMPERIAL DESTROYER
DEMIGOD
, PRIMARY MAINTENANCE SLIP, THE HIVE

CHAPTER NINETEEN

CHAPTER TWENTY

STATION LIBERTY

PRIMINAE WARSHIP
POSDAN

LIBERTY STATION

N.A.C.S.
ODYSSEY

CHAPTER TWENTY-ONE

DEEP SPACE, APPROACHING SOL

COMMAND BUNKER, MONS SYSTEMA, RANQUIL

THE HIVE

CHAPTER TWENTY-TWO

N.A.C.S.
ODYSSEY

CHAPTER TWENTY-THREE

PRIMINAE WARSHIP
POSDAN

N.A.C.S.
ODYSSEY

P.L.A.S.F.
WEIFANG

N.A.C.S.
ENTERPRISE

N.A.C.S.
ODYSSEY

STATION LIBERTY, EARTH ORBIT

N.A.C.S.
ODYSSEY

CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR

N.A.C.S.
ODYSSEY

N.A.C.S.
ENTERPRISE

PRIMINAE WARSHIP
POSDAN

CHAPTER TWENTY-FIVE

STATION LIBERTY

N.A.C.S.
ODYSSEY

PLANETARY SPACE, APPROACHING MARS

N.A.C.S.
ODYSSEY

N.A.C.S.
ODYSSEY

CHAPTER TWENTY-SIX

N.A.C.S.
ODYSSEY

CHAPTER TWENTY-SEVEN

PRIMINAE WARSHIP
POSDAN

P.L.A.S.F.
WEIFANG

IMPERIAL DESTROYER
DEMIGOD
, DEEP SPACE NEAR SOL

CHAPTER TWENTY-EIGHT

N.A.C.S.
ENTERPRISE

PLANETARY SPACE NEAR
ODYSSEY

CHAPTER TWENTY-NINE

N.A.C.S.
ODYSSEY

APPROACHING LIBERTY CONTROL

STATION LIBERTY

N.A.C.S.
ODYSSEY

N.A.C.S.
ODYSSEY

CHAPTER THIRTY

EPILOGUE

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

PROLOGUE

Star Gliese 581

THE STARSHIP BARRELED into the system, rapidly losing speed and attempting to catch the gravity of the red dwarf star in an additional breaking maneuver. The retro-rockets erupting from nearly every forward surface of the ship strained against the inertia it had built on its voyage. With the help of the localized CM or countermass fields, they slowly succeeded in bleeding away the rest of the relativistic velocities until the ship was under positive control.

The People’s Liberation Army Space Force vessel
Weifang
was one of only a half dozen
Mao Tse
class ships that had been reconfigured with fourth-generation counter-mass generators in order to permit faster-than-light travel. Since the success of the North American Confederacy with their much vaunted
Odyssey
, the pressure was on the Eastern Block to show the flag in this new space race, and the
Weifang
was the ship selected to do just that.

Captain Sun Ang Wen unstrapped himself from the acceleration bolster and drifted slightly as he pushed himself out of the chair.

Thanks to the effects of CM, they weren’t being crushed by the massive deceleration forces the ship was technically experiencing. But the system wasn’t perfect, so some of the impulse of negative gravity was still felt.

“Chart plotted, Captain,” the navigator said, turning his head but not clearing his own restraints. “We’re precisely on course.”

“Excellent. Locate Gliese 581 D,” Sun ordered. “That is our primary goal.”

“Yes, Captain.”

The Eastern Block Alliance had chosen Gliese 581 specifically because it was the home of one of the closest Earth-type worlds ever to be located. Why the Confederation had chosen to fly off in an entirely different direction with their first test, Sun didn’t know. It was possible that their transition system used principals different enough from the more conventional designs the Block used that their choice of destinations would somehow make sense.

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