FLATUS

Waist of Space, part one of the Unlikelihood series (posted in 32 weekly parts on this blog between August 2015 and April 2016), followed Commanders Tarquin Stuart-Lane and Meredith Winstanley; hapless heroes of the Royal Space Regiment; who were sent on a mission to the Moon from which they were not expected to return. There they met with a group of aliens, descendants from the occupants of one of a number of ships sent from the planet Borbor many generations earlier, who had forged a living of sorts under the surface of the moon. These aliens, Borborygmi, were matchstick thin and stood in excess of three metres in height.

It became apparent, not only that the Borborygmi remaining on their home planet were testing a new kind of spacegoing vessel: one that, incredibly, had the ability to be in many places at the same time, but also that the group on our moon had received a full backup of the plans on their computer when the vessel passed close-by during its maiden test-flight.

Part two, FLATUS, follows our dynamic duo as they help the Borbor diaspora to build their own multi-locatable craft (and the Royal Space Regiment to build one, too).

Will the ships be built and if so, will the drives work? If the Borborygmi’s pinching of their forebears’ plans amounts to plagiarism, what term can be used to describe the RSR’s pinching of the pinched plans? What are the possible effects of having potentially three such vessels in finite space at one time? Will the apparent ineptitude of key personnel inadvertently result in disaster, or will it unwittingly avert it?

Confused? I am!

FLATUS — Fantastically Large Assembly for Travel at Unbelievable Speeds
The most unlikely spacecraft never built?


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Chapter Scene Description
1 1 In which the Borborygmi arrive at the design and construction centre.
2 In which Tarquin is introduced to Meredith’s new office.
3 In which Tarquin, Meredith, Joan and Patsy make plans to travel to Swindon.
4 In which Tarquin, Meredith, Joan and Patsy become stranded just outside Swindon.
5 In which much was said, but very little happened.
2 1 In which the Borborygmi start to set up and Tarquin is ejected.
2 In which the opening ceremony is followed by Meredith reprimanding the Admiral.
3 In which design discussions start and all humans eat sardines.
4 In which Meredith asserts her authority and Patsy acquires a new skill.
3 1 In which Meredith tells Reggie about the translating device and Patsy has a new skill.
2 In which the project starts and Patsy makes her power felt.
3 In which Patsy makes a friend and things start to go strange.
4 In which Andy gets a new job and things get stranger.
5 In which a working group is posited to deal with the increasing strangeness.
6 In which the working group meets with Tarquin in the chair but Andy in control.
4 1 In which two young men encounter an alien.
2 In which the alien asks to meet Meredith.
3 In which the alien pitches to Meredith.
4 In which the alien establishes its credentials.
5 In which the alien asks Meredith to scrap the FLATUS/Ubiquitron project.
5 1 In which Meredith passes on the alien’s message.
2 In which the alien’s data arrives and Meredith explains things to Patsy.
3 In which Meredith explains the dangers to human and borborygmi staffs.
6 1 In which the Borborygmi and the Royal Space Regiment meet Jinnis Keet.
2 In which Jinnis Keet offers a technology exchange.
7 1 In which Meredith tries to sell the alien’s offer to Reggie.
2 In which Andy reveals a secret.
3 In which Tarquin is confused.