09 October 2015

SFFS: Snippet #13 From Inoculation (a DIRTY DOZEN story)

Welcome back, everyone, to another week of Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday.

As mentioned in prior weeks, my new Aston short story collection Dirty Dozen is available over at Amazon, I figured I'd continue on with my snippets from the last several weeks.

First, the blurb:

Join space pirate Aston West in the second collection of short stories from his universe, featuring classic space opera tales by T. M. Hunter. Building on Aston's first collection (Dead or Alive), these stories feature even more wild adventures, unforgettable characters, and exciting plot twists to satisfy your space opera appetite.



So, here's the next snippet, from my short story "Inoculation":
“What seems to be the trouble?” The one on the left asked.

“I’m not entirely sure,” I told him between deep cleansing breaths. “It started off as minor glitches in my viewscreen, and then progressively grew worse. My ship’s computer, as strange as it sounds, started acting like she lost her mind.”

The other maintenance technician piped up in an identical voice to the first. Maybe they were twins. “Yeah, we’ve been seeing that a lot lately along this route.”

“How’s that?”

“We think that someone loaded up a piece of malicious code at one of the stations somewhere along the way. When computers link up, they’re pulling it in and it begins replicating until it finally takes over your entire system. Not everyone has been as lucky as you and shutting down your power in time.”

The first technician continued, “Plus you had the sense to get your pressure suit on. That hasn’t been pretty for the cleanup crews to work.”

Hope you enjoyed it! If so, pick up a copy from the link above.