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Review: Alien: River of Pain

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Watching Aliens, the one question that comes to mind more than any other is what happened to the colonists on LV-426. Most of them ended up as face-hugger fodder, but how did things go from life as normal to unimaginable horror? The new book from Titan Books Alien: River of Pain tells readers exactly what happened, in all of its terrifying detail. Continue reading

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In the Service of Absolution, Epilogue

“You know it took you nearly fourteen hours to get here?” Captain Lawrence asked, taking in a mouthful of whiskey. The glass he was drinking from was cracked and the Admiral’s quarters had been in better shape the last time he was in them. In fact, the Actium as a whole had looked much better the last time he was aboard.

“Well, even with your intel it was an ugly fight. We’re still only at seventy percent engine capacity. We were able to limp here, but we’re going to need some serious time in dock to get ourselves back up to fighting strength.” Pierce poured himself a share of the whiskey into a coffee mug with a significant chip missing near the handle. Continue reading

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In The Service of Absolution, Part 8

The journey was anything but smooth. The entire crew was on edge and with good reason. It was very likely their plan was not going to work. Even if it did, it was possible that none of them would live long enough to see the results.

When presented with the choice and the potential consequences, good and bad, the entire crew volunteered, much to Lawrence’s surprise and relief. Ramirez quickly decided that Doc and the wounded should be transferred to the freighter, and Lawrence assigned two of his own crew to accompany them back with a copy of the intelligence, in case the mission went badly. The next six hours were filled with a flurry of activity. The entire crew focused their energies on completing the repairs that were need to get the ship underway and to its destination. Continue reading

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In the Service of Absolution, Part 7

Despite the considerable repairs that were currently underway, James Lawrence had barely left his cabin since the last raid. The stock of bourbon he kept in the bottom of his desk had been getting progressively lower as well.

Michaels’ initial damage assessment had been optimistic. The port plasma reactor had suffered a near overload and would need a major overhaul before they could even think of starting it back up. There were more than two dozen power conduits that needed to be replaced as well as the transfer junctions. Thankfully, life support had tripped due to the reactor shutdowns and was easily restored. Primary gravity, on the other hand, was going to take far more work to bring back. Cargo Bay 8 was nearly a complete loss, but they couldn’t even attempt repairs until the ship was somewhere more civilized. Continue reading

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