#8sunday, 16/08/28 Annie’s Song 4

Greetings, Weekend Writing Warriors! 

Just a heads up: I will be absent for the first two weekends in September. I am going with my daughter (and her father) to Dallas, Texas to set her up for the 2017 Academic year at the University there. Exciting and scary, at the same time. I will, however be back on the 18th of September.

This week I continue to share from my WIP with the working title: Annie’s Song which has been written from the point of view of Gravais, the captain of  a faster-than-light scientific starship ship, which is transporting a new Team which has been assigned by the FOSB (Federation of Sentient Beings) to study a newly discovered planet.

Gravais has released the Team from SpaceSleep and they have all been successfully revived. 

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Captain Gravais escorted each of them to their individual quarters, and then headed back to the bridge. He downloaded the data files into the terminals in the ready room and checked on the stability of the orbit they were holding. Satisfied he made his way to the now waiting XenTeam in the ready room.

They were seated round the table that filled the workspace. Dressed in their FOSB jumpsuits they dominated the room with their combined presence. Gravais picked up the holo display remote.

“This,” he said, as the image hovered above the centre of the table, “is IJ5397. We have held our geosynchronous equatorial orbit for 72 standard hours, which, as you are aware, is the rough equivalent of 2 planetary diurnal cycles. We are currently 36 427 klicks above the surface.”

© Kim Magennis

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35 thoughts on “#8sunday, 16/08/28 Annie’s Song 4

  1. Have a great time in Texas, and good luck to your daughter. I hope she has an awesome semester.

    The story feels very real. The little details and how Gravais speaks show much thought you’ve put in. Well done. I’m curious what they’ll find on this planet.

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  2. Great excerpt. Always glad to read sci-fi. Have fun with taking the kid to college. Been there, done that. Twice. I decided what I didn’t know what they did at school was best. LOL

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  3. I’m very curious as to why they’re orbiting this planet. What are they going to do next? Great snippet! Builds interest without a lot of action, which is hard to do.

    All the best in getting your daughter settled at University!

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  4. I’m always SO impressed and envious of SciFi writers–everything sounds so smart and cool! This makes me want to read more. Nice job!

    (Also, I love John Denver’s Annie’s Song. A blast from the past. ;))


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  5. Now we’re getting to the real start of things! I’m interested to find out more about this trip, what their expectations are, if they think there might be any trouble. Hope your trip goes smoothly.


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  6. You’re coming to the States, Kim?! Awesome! Although Texas in the summer….I did that once. It was HOT! Of course, I spent a good part of that weekend painted green….but that’s another story. =)

    I really want them to get down there. I know there’s clearly procedure to be followed, but still…I’m not so patient when I want to learn something….

    Come on, next Sunday – get here already! =D

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