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Of all the starships in the elite Terran Space Fleet, the I.S.S. Mercury is probably the unluckiest ship in history. Not once, not twice, but many times over, the same hapless crew – give or take a few dozen casualties – on a supposed voyage of deep space exploration, stumble into the weird, wake the creepy and trip over the downright terrifying and possibly even supernatural…
Christina Engela proudly presents the third volume in a series of horror misadventures in deep space.
Get that finger ready! It’s time to panic!
- Published: 18 Nov 2017
- Words: 27,101.
“Of all the starships in the elite Terran Space Fleet, the I.S.S. Mercury is probably the unluckiest ship in history. Not once, not twice, but many times over, the same hapless crew – give or take a few dozen casualties – on a supposed voyage of deep space exploration, stumble into the weird, wake the creepy and trip over the downright terrifying and possibly even supernatural…
Christina Engela proudly presents the next two episodes in a series of horror misadventures in deep space.
- The Big Rain
Get that finger ready! It’s time to panic!”
“Christina Engela proudly presents the 3rd volume in a series of horror misadventures in deep space with the crew of the I.S.S. Mercury.
Miora: After a few hair-raising assignments – and some even more harsh treatment at the hands of his skeptical superiors, Captain Flane and the crew of the Terran starship Mercury were only too happy to be sent on a truly mind-numbingly boring assignment: to survey and catalogue every planet, moon, asteroid and speck of space-dust in a previously unexplored star system. There, on a long-dead world scarred by an ancient war of self-annhilation, they discover a deserted alien ship on the surface, stranded since the great calamity that ended the burgeoning civilization that once lived there. The fact that Flane’s best friend and executive officer, Commander Vic Chapman, got all aflap about detecting life on board that ship, didn’t make things any easier.
The Big Rain: ‘It’s a funny old ‘verse,’ Stuart Flane – Captain of the Terran starship Mercury, thought. Most people who found out a cursed object was responsible for the untimely messy – and unavoidably mysterious deaths of 13 people, would steer the hell clear of it… but for some weird reason, some people seemed to think that owning it was a smart move – or that it would end well for them! Unfortunately for Flane and his intrepid crew, their latest assignment – being sent to relieve a terraforming plant on Atooin of such a cursed object – things did not go without a hitch – but then, the thing was called ‘the Jug of Death‘, and obviously with good reason…”
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Christina Engela proudly presents the 3rd volume in a series of horror misadventures in deep space with the crew of the I.S.S. Mercury. In “Miora”, Captain Flane, Vic and Dr Killian visit an alien space ship abandoned on the surface of a world destroyed thousands of years before in a cataclysmic war that left the surface barren and dead. Surprisingly, there are animals and plants alive on board the wrecked alien ship, which still has power enough to operate life support systems… but there are nearly 400 corpses in a storage bay, and the mysterious Miora… is she a survivor? Is the story told by the young woman who has lived in isolation most of her life, caring for the plants and animals, true? As Flane and his colleagues investigate, they find that things are not quite as they seem to be…
In “The Big Rain”, the crew of the Mercury are called in to assist a friend of Admiral Tawney in disposing of an alleged cursed item that may have killed 13 people on the planet Atooin… as a personal favor to the Admiral. Flane has to bite down on his tongue quite hard, considering the number of reprimands he had racked up at the hands of the very same Admiral for the paranormal content of his mission reports recently, and he is understandably upset. Of course, the ‘Jug of Death’ turns out to be genuine, and as the saying goes, one thing leads to another – and things on Atooin become very interesting for a while.