RELEASED: 2109: Black Sun Rising, the prequel logs, episode 6

I actually don’t appear in this one, but I co-wrote it so I’m damn well going to link it. Besides, Joe Stofko has performed brilliantly as Fleet Admiral Veers, and you don’t want to miss this performance either.

SIDE NOTE: I had the pleasure of appearing with Joe in another BrokenSea/Bill Hollweg production – The Strange Fate Of Matthew Hornblower – that you’re going to want to check out if you missed it the first time I posted about it. Me with a New England accent is worth a chuckle any day of the week.

2109: Black Sun Rising

2109: Black Sun Rising, the prequel logs

Episode 6 : The Coldness of Space

The Azimov 1 has returned to earth. All investigations have concluded. Tough decisions need to be made. Admiral Veers is a tough man.

These are all very short episodes, ranging from 8-15 minutes, so there’s no reason not to give it a try. It’s a little pulp sci-fi, a little space opera, and written by two guys who have appeared in Star Trek universe fan fic audio dramas and have a deep love for that original series.

“The Coldness of Space”
Episode 6/6

ADMIRAL VEERS: These are the court notes of Fleet Admiral Veers, Commander United States Solar Forces, regarding the inquest and debriefing of Captain Dyllan Pike and his involvement in the failure and subsequent events surrounding the Azimov-1 mission to probe the Alpha Centauri region of the galaxy.

I will not make an attempt to rehash the events themselves. Captain Pike’s testimony is a matter of military court record and can be reviewed directly as necessary. I will say, however, that the bravery, leadership and responsibility shown by the Captain in the face of such amazingly challenging circumstances is the stuff of legend. The fact that he was able to return with 70% of his crew still breathing would be completely unbelievable if the facts had not been stated in a court of law.

Be that as it may, the captain’s current mental status makes him unfit for duty. To be sure, without his recorded logs some of the events he related during the inquest would have remained a complete mystery as we had to abandon some questions that induced either a catatonia or manic behavior in him, depending on the topic. I am told that this is not unusual for someone who spent every waking hour worrying about the people serving under him or contemplating his own hair or fingernails as a viable food source, and every sleeping moment in the grips of nightmares about the waking ones. I am also advised that his current proclivity for alcohol — also unique since his return — is not to be taken as unusual. Regardless, any decision to return Pike to active duty will have to be put off for the present time, pending the resolution of both his mental state and alcoholism.

Computer, end court log.

COMPUTER: Yes Commander.


COMPUTER: Yes, Commander?

ADMIRAL VEERS: Please create supplementary personal log for today.

COMPUTER: Yes Commander.

ADMIRAL VEERS: I have been advised that when the time comes to report the story to the media we will be painting this situation in a somewhat rosier light. All dead crew members will be said to have died in the accident that killed the FTL. Captain Pike will be given commendations for heroic actions to save the remaining crew with all cameras recording the events kept at a safe distance. Press will not be allowed to interview Pike. Pike will then be immediately re-stationed to the Pluto base where he can retire when he wants but never be allowed to return to Earth. To do otherwise would risk negative public opinion and thereby our funding. Not an option. Computer, end supplemental Log.

COMPUTER: Yes Commander. Log ended…


2 comments so far

  1. Bill Hollweg on

    Just have to say you ROCK Mat!!!

  2. […] RELEASED: 2109: Black Sun Rising, the prequel logs, episode 6 ( […]

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