Read Interzeit: A Space Opera Online
Authors: Samuel Eddy
Copyright © 2016 by Samuel Eddy
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Take this! My love! My anger! And all of my sorrow! –
Special thanks to
Fletcher for cover art.
The streets echoed with the
of thousands. In the fading light, the
crowds shifted in a large mass. A
lmost choking with life,
penned in by the tall towers of
and holograms began whir
ring to live. They painted them
selves into existence on the black canvas of the night.
Ads for good times, in the
where they never ended.
Food, drugs, sex, clothes, music, vulgar media and games.
They were endless in the city, free from
constraint, limitations set only by the mind itself
As it grew later, artificial watchmen of light appeared in front of business
d them move through the street. He peered
through them all, phantoms of technology.
On the wall, in the wall, the glassy surface inside it
a light turns
from red to green.
Another job well done.
The system ran through its diagnostics, the lights throughout the large space flickered on and
off in an ordered pattern. D
oors opened and closed, there was a soft hiss as the toilets flushed throughout the house.
cacophony meant success,
no unexpected set backs.
generated a message, “Diagnostic protocol completed”
walked out of the half built room, and hopped down the stairs. Lower and lower down, the building was closer to finished.
It was a
building, domiciles that were self-modulating and controlling. They had become a fad
over the last few years. They
allowed people to live however they wished, and if they could not think of what that was, the machine could decide for them.
He reached the ground level.
“Is the job done
?” one of the three asked,
, the senior system engineer exclaimed.
laughed, excited, nervous.
They gathered their
hit the lights, and then the street.
“You have the tickets, right
revealed them confidently as they flowed into the crowd,
they exchanged smiles
had found them off a
player. They were going out of town, and the nearest
wouldn’t honor an exchange. Of course
hadn’t had an exchange, but
worked out a surreptitious deal of some kind.
What that was, they all knew better than to ask.
and the others were feeling excited
this was the first official planetary event
he was old enough to go to
. It would be broadcast
everywhere of course
ut that didn’t do it justice, you ha
d to be there, really be there, “T
o take in the scale of it all
nd of saying
Eventually they reached the ve
nue, “Enhanced Reality Theater”.
The line filled in quickly, and they were in the dark amphitheater
faster than expected
. The tickets helped them navigate
the seats, and the experience began. As
sat into the chair, the darkness changed, it morphed and grew.
Everything faded. It was
int at first, the lights
oon they were glinting all around him. His sense of balance and orientation fail
. His mind feels the change, he’s in space. Floating around weightless, the stars glint, the moon is in the distance. After much searching he finds the Earth, which is only in the most relative of ways, “below” him.
The music starts faint, and erratic. After a few minutes it
into higher harmonies and complexity.
“I can feel it,
it’s almost here.”
er face bleeds into the vacuum briefly as she speaks,
back into darkness silently
She was right, the music crescendos, then the deep bass crooned.
s the 250
year of the Interstellar era. The world of humanity has reached great heights, and perilous existential lows. Two hundred and fifty years have passed since mankind to
its second great leap forward into the cosmos.
ened, welcoming them
were at last obtained
. Mankind’s bounty ov
erflowed, and all of humanity’s
light, the light of life, spread throughout the solar system.
It was good
for all, until
120 IE. A rogue colony invaded the Earth and Mars simultaneously. The fractional and separate forces were slow to respond, and billions lost their lives.
The Lunar Protectorate, then known as the
Moon Operations Bureau, acted definit
ending the chaos. With the launch of a new type of military craft, the war was ended before the fire burned away all of man’s gains into space.
This new craft, partly piloted by
, partially by machine was like a new life entirely. This cybernetic
” was launched at
colony in desperation.
The fearless pilot, Rise
, destroyed the entire colony along with all of the militants in a single battle.
Peace was returned to the heavens, but at what cost?”
The stars morphed and zoomed past, in the distance a small yellow orb glowed with a growing brilliance. The exp
losion swept through
After the fires died, e
towards a unification of
not without its own problems. Soon groups began banding together, forming larger factions. These factions pooled together their catastrophically large resources, and began building
mechs of their own.
As the decades rolled on, another war seemed all but inevitable.
These new armies were assembled like
gods of death. Tensions tighten
between factions, and humanity was once again
on the brink of an
The newly formed
attacked a fleet of
resource probes as they passed
, violating an economy treaty with
Drone crafts in the nearby
annihilating each other, and a
s the transmissions of conflict grew, more
across the system began to engage each other out of “self defense”.
e cost skyrocketed
through the chaos
pressure by their people to throw
their new armies
to stop the madness.
meeting of delegates came together to end the conflict. Eventually these minds and leaders reached the conclusion that all humanity must be united. There could be no separate factions or states as any major state might eliminate all life.
They recognized that their problems were irreconcilable
The interest of the groups were too different, any compromise might force conflict out of desperation.
and the aggressive actuation of engineering was the only solution.
A middle way was forged, a new structure laid over all other structures, The Planetary Cabinet. This executive administration would work with the governments of the factions to implement
agenda and staff were to be chosen as the result of a
combative competition known as “The Unified
The words materialized ou
t of the
. The inebriated and the emotional cheered, unable to restrain their worship of the institution.
So it began, the last time
had seen it live
he had been a child, but
in truth, he was a shameless
e had seen
all nine of the previous tournaments, many of them several times.
This year, t
had gotten knocked out in the semi-finals by the representative from
The two had fought in
Earth orbit. The Martian unit,
, successfully disabled
main reactor, sending it hurtling towards re-entry. Thankfully
the unit and pilot were recovered before they crashed to the planet.
Mars was set to face the current three decade champions of the games
Autocracy, and its unit,
It was p
iloted by the prince of
world around them lurched onwards. The
oon and Earth were pulled away, the red planet soon replacing it.
They descend through the thin nitrogen buffer of Mars, the sand and dust pick up as they reach the surface. Looking up from the ground,
appears from over a ridge. Covered in matte black plates, and glinting red sensors, it jumps high in the air. It sails in a precise parabola, drifting down into the canyon. The Martians’ had a soft spot for the subterranean.
. The weapons whirrs to li
e as it leaves the sheath, the edges of the blade glows red hot, working up to a
It plants the weapon into the rock with a hissing sizzle, and waits.
Several minutes pass, a faint glow is seen in the sky. It burns like a comet, and explodes. Through the smoke
several plates of metal and debris jettison off the mass. Large
fins and sails
the object slows and then glides towards the arena.
purple, its exterior
foreign to Earthlings. Its loud colors and sharp angles cut through the sky. The sails rip away from
back, and it drifts the rest of the way down on small powerful jets.
A pane materializes broadcasting