Starting Points Archive

Starting Point: The Long Commute

Olaf pealed the sticky electrodes from his forehead, detached the tubes from his abdomen, and yanked

Starting Point: Forerunner Trash

I'm Doctor Jane Harlowe, I'm a Xenoarcheologist. I dig up Forerunner trash. Most of it is.

Starting Point: Out of Options

Captain Kwon clenched his fist and brought it down hard against the padded armrest of his

Starting Point: Cold Star

Experts are baffled. Everything we had ever known about physics, astronomy, and cosmology are unraveled by

Starting Point: The Oracle

"You are truly blessed. Sagan is one of the greatest and wisest prophets."

Starting Point: The Drifter

Luca stared at the unconscious figure lying next to him. The man wore a purple desert

Starting Point: Ape-pience

Able Spacechimp Lancelot Muggs was working the problem. 'Always work the problem,' he thought as he

Starting Point: Auld Lang Syne

As he drunkenly swayed in the general vicinity of the urinal, Mark heard the DJ say

Starting Point: Tantalus

What had gone wrong? How had the Cerberus found me? Had Samuel betrayed me? I couldn't

Starting Point: Goat Night

The god Pan was once again being worshipped, thousands of light years from Earth.

Starting Point: The Hydrocarbon Boom

Winston moved along the pumping platform's superstructure, made more difficult by his environsuit. "Damn hose!" he

Starting Point: Artemis

I've spent the entire of my adult life aboard the Actaeon. I was twenty years old

Starting Point: The Haunebu Encounter

What he had seen must be reported. He knew his life was unimportant in relation to

Starting Point: A Taste of Paradise

"What is it?" Miranda asked with childlike curiosity...

Starting Point: Give Blood

"Blood?!" Jim recoiled. "Why in the 'verse do you want my blood?"

Starting Point: The Third Generation Problem

It's known as the "Third Generation Rule": The degree of social discipline needed for a space

Starting Point: It’s just a jump to the left…

I've created a time machine. Yes, I know, it's impossible, requires infinite energy, blah, blah, blah.

Starting Point: He Came Back Wrong

There stood Illius. But as they stared at him, Adam and Thale realized the horrible truth...

Starting Point: Distress Call

The Volkosian raised a gloved hand and knocked hard against the glass. "I make call," he

Starting Point: Bovipocalypse

All them city slickers and so-called experts in Washington were scratching their heads like idiots. Even with all