17-Valkyrie’s View: A Year Among the Stars

January 17th, 2552 Repeat Performance Jr. Wrench Monkey in Training, Kat ‘237’, Reporting Today, I learned about welding. Spot welding; Arc Welding, Mig Welding, Tig-Welding, and everybody’s favorite when you’re not in space Gas Welding, we covered the gambit. Then there was cutting and I think I’ve pretty much mastered ‘toting’. Then there was the […]

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16-Valkyrie’s View: A Year Among the Stars

January 16th, 2552 Next Verse Jr. Wrench Monkey in Training, Kat ‘237’, Reporting Next verse, same as the first. All Day. The only break we got from inspection duty was time spent cleaning up the commissary. On the bright side, I believe every ship’s engineer, grease monkey, and backyard mechanic in the fleet has been […]

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15-Valkyrie’s View: A Year Among the Stars

January 15th, 2552 Patiently Waiting Jr. Wrench Monkey in Training, Kat ‘237’, Reporting Well, my, we’ve been busy. I have to remind myself that we are not being slow and inefficient, we’re being careful and thorough. I had to remind myself of that again when I was assigned to schlep equipment for another team of […]

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14-Valkyrie’s View: A Year Among the Stars

January 14th, 2552 Backfire Pilot 237, Reporting Remember how I mentioned that there were different castes, and they don’t talk to each other? It’s more that they tend to issue orders to each other and no one is listening. Case in point, the Military was running the investigation into the explosion and at about 02:00 […]

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13-Valkyrie’s View: A Year Among the Stars

January 13th, 2552 The stick Convict 237 Well, two months after launch and any progress we’d made as individuals has been forfeit. We’re all back to washing dishes, doing laundry, and cleaning areas no one else wants to clean. Worse, the guards are being particularly focused on keeping us away from anything that could be […]

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12-Valkyrie’s View: A Year Among the Stars

January 12th, 2552 Crew Review Convict 237 reporting for duty I’m learning a lot more about the interplay between the Deep Space Exploration Agency, the Confed Military and the Justice department conscription committee, or more to the point, the lack thereof. It turns out that the majority of the crew was handpicked by the mission […]

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11-Valkyrie’s View: A Year Among the Stars

January 11th, 2552 Evac Drill A Bunny suited Katherine ‘Kat’ James reporting There’s nothing like an emergency drill after the fact. The ‘Twilight of the Gods’ hull ruptured. The emergency call rippled through the fleet. Before the klaxons fell silent, half the crew was gone. There was a tense silence as the recovery teams were […]

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10-Valkyrie’s View: A Year Among the Stars

January 10th, 2552 Ship Shape isn’t all that shapely Pilot Katherine ‘Kat’ James reporting Now that we are officially in unknown territory we’re working our way through systems checks. I’m learning a lot about swearing, detecting areas of radioactive saturation and stress, what Cookie calls ‘an RS and S’ check. My part of the check […]

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09-Valkyrie’s View: A Year Among the Stars

January 9th, 2552 9th Day Pilot Katherine ‘Kat’ James reporting Today is our 9th rotation, an official fleet day off, which is to say everyone only works as much as necessary to keep things running smoothly. We get a few extra hours for leisure, and this, our first 9th day, was also the day we […]

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08-Valkyrie’s View: A Year Among the Stars

January 8th, 2552 Exhaustion has its benefits When you’re too tired to rise to the bait one of two things happen – you either end up being the victim or they leave you alone because your lack of reaction kinda takes the fun out of picking on you. It also helps if they know that […]

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