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n/a Posted - 06/01/2007 : 00:42:34
I enjoy science fiction of all kind, but I especially enjoy the kind of science fiction that lined pulp fiction magazines. I have started a short story serial entitled Map Makers about a scraggly crew of interstellar cartographers and a team of bumbling space pirates in the vein of the old pulps with a dash of comedy. Each "episode" will be posted online for free at http://StellarGraveyard.com.

I'd love to know what you think. Criticism is always welcome. Here's the first few paragraphs:

Map Makers - 1x01 - "The Pluto Incident"

Science fiction novels from the twenty-first century depict the twenty-fourth century as an exciting place with star ships zooming all over space. In some novels, great battles occur. In others, explorers meet strange alien races. The truth is that the twenty-fourth century is not all that different from the twenty-first century. The great beast space was tamed by large corporations. Gigantic video billboards orbit every planet in the solar system. Hotels, casinos, and amusement parks are frequent destinations of space travelers.

There is one group of people who are left out of science fiction novels: interstellar cartographers or, in the vernacular, map makers. Map makers venture into unexplored space paving the way to commercialization.

Rusty Wallace slapped the hull of his ship. The ship responded with a rattling sound. "I wouldn't feel comfortable being hurled through space faster than light if my ship was not Reliable," drawled Rusty. Most people did not know that Rusty was not Wilbur Wallace's real name. A name like Wilbur is a moniker you shed quickly in elementary school.

If you enjoyed it and would like to read the entire story, zoom on over to http://StellarGraveyard.com.

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