#SciFi 16/221

She looked silently at her father as he told of the battle. He seemed to look far beyond the sun, where the Strangers were building their base.

He told of the battle and the feeling of victory when they thought they’d won and saved the home galaxy. He told of his friends and his crew, how they fought and how some of them had died. He remembered how they’d made plans for the future without the Strangers. But that future never came.

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Part 16/221 of End of an Era, my science fiction novelette, set in the Strangers’ Universe.

Stories from the Strangers’ Universe are:

  • End of an Era, Long ago, the Hwzeenn Empire, the oldest civilization in the Milky Way, is going into battle against an enemy known as the Strangers. They expect an easy victory, but the Hwzeenn do not know the enemy. And those who do know better have decided not to warn the Hwzeenn; a decision that will have grave consequences for the Hwzeenn Empire.
  • Truths, Half-Truths and Lies, In early 1947, a long-awaited message finally comes and the meeting between Commander Johnson and aliens, the Greys, is scheduled in Roswell, New Mexico. The meeting, and the deal made there, are the first steps on a journey that takes the Commander through the great conspiracy, over a thousand years to unified Earth, to distant worlds and through the first portents of a great war.
  • Dawn to Dawn, ‘Good morning! Today is Tuesday, May 27th, 2927.’ Nick, a mineworker in the mining station KCap16 in the Kuiper Belt, has another day ahead of him. He’s going to work on the asteroid field during the day and then spend his evening in the pub – like he does every day. He couldn’t know it, but his life would change forever before the next dawn.
  • Just Another Scout, It is five years after the Revelation. A lone scout ship with a crew of five is on a routine mission to explore habitable planets for colonization. The routine is about to end when the ship enters a seemingly normal system and discovers an unidentified radio signal from one of the planets.

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