Rocket Science: Chapter 8 – Man of perfect proportions

Dan Wild

Previous Chapter When Gaston Dimble stumbled into Marley’s condo, he immediately began tucking into the leftover popcorn chicken. Marley had ordered a bowl of all varieties to entice the historian. He could never work out what Dimble loved more, food or books. Gaston’s first degree was in very ancient history. But if one was to …

Rocket Science: Chapter 7 – No sleeping in the library

Dan Wild

Previous Chapter He climbed the stairs, two at a time and hovered within the lobby. From here he could see the backs of people on the endless steps. Others stood with hand above head, blocking out the artificial sunlight. The Great Library claimed to house the biggest collection of databases in the Orion Arm. Marley …

Rocket Science: Chapter 6 – A short history of the Orion Arm

Dan Wild

Previous Chapter He preferred to think he’d consulted a prophet, not a psychiatrist. That’s what he told Elysia in Server Assembly. She had been quite surprised how quickly he wired cords to their correct patch panels. He asked her about the final message from his psychological readout. “It means what it says. There is no …

Rocket Science: Chapter 5 – A candle and the shadow

Dan Wild

Previous Chapter A rising hum passed through his entire range of hearing, like the proposed Ravel-Class Dreamliner lulling passengers to sleep. He had a sudden vision that maybe he should have done Flight Attendancy. Bags flashed through his mind: leather bags, suitcases, knapsacks, pouches, rucksacks, backpacks, bumbags, plastic bags, swags, beanbags, handbags. He saw every …

Rocket Science: Chapter 4 – Update the PriMate

Dan Wild

Previous Chapter The PriMate tried its best analysing Chuck Marley, but he hadn’t installed the recent updates. In fact he hadn’t updated it in quite some time. His room was stuffy, and dietary feedback had been deactivated. Marley’s attempt at biophysical independence had backfired. His shower sprayed him with a bodywash that was perfect for …

Rocket Science: Chapter 3 – Procrastinating at the bar

Dan Wild

Previous chapter Marley lifted his head from the desk and looked around the library. It was mid-evening and buzzing with students. He collected his laser stylus and fold-up tablet, or flablet, and headed to the Quasar Bar to spend money and time. Marley didn’t drink unless there was someone to drink with him. At the …

Rocket Science: Chapter 2 – A haircut, red dust and Octomaids

Dan Wild

Previous Chapter Marley had not taken Interspecies Liaison seriously. Presentation was important, so the first requirement – have a haircut. He recalled his visit to the Shabbylands. The hairdresser had asked, “Do you want to look like him?” He pointed to a picture of Frisky Benjamin, the famous C-grade actor. And the haircut was good. …

Rocket Science: Tales from the Orion Arm

Dan Wild

Chapter 1 – The Omniverse The Multiverse was in a particularly bad mood when it first noticed Chuck Marley. It had just snacked on Y77, a small test universe on the fringes of imagination. Y77 was a failed universe and the Multiverse decided to eat it and start again. However, the ingestion of Y77 left …

Percy the Pianist: Canto 2, stanzas 1-

Dan Wild

1The phoenix got out of the bath, fresh theRose scent lingered, free of parabens. ThankGod there were organic soaps (allergy,Allergy, all is allergy). A spank,Some pats, a few more spanks. Yank, yank, yank, yankAnd he was dry. He donned the three-piece suit,A tailored Simpson-Sin from Kowloon bank,He’d followed in the footsteps of Bourdain — mootPoint: …

HMRC pour the Cup of Pain

Dan Wild

It must have been a cold day, greyer than usual for the London bureaucrats who are trying to chase down an alleged tax debt I accrued before I left Olde Blighty. As if Centrelink didn’t provide enough angst for me last year. You’ll recall from a previous post that Centrelink (UK readers, this is Aust. …