Waist of Space, part one of the Unlikelihood series, 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? And what of my borrowing of the basic concept from Douglas Adams’ seminal Hitchhiker’s Guide series? 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?

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

Part three follows the preparation and development of the Gap Travel Initiative (code named GTI) and the developing relationships among and between species, races, ranks and genders. Will humankind achieve the nirvana of limitless travel and if so, at what cost? Or will the rigidness of the military culture of the Royal Space Regiment conspire to frustrate the will of the participants in this great venture? Stick with Tarquin and Meredith as they navigate their route through the choppy waters of an uncertain future.

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