Author: kfgoodnight

Independence

May 12-22, 2184 “We’ve gone to a popular vote to endorse each step, right back to the Continental Referendum two years ago.” Safreth paced his office, too agitated to settle down behind his desk. “I don’t want to break that…

May 10, 2184

Historians recognize Monday, May 10, 2184 as the beginning of the Independence War between the Offworld Colonies and the Terran Federation. It came at the end of a week of tension and uncertainty following the expiration of President Monroe’s second…

Thoughts

From the private journal of Warren Armstrong, March 10, 2184 “Authorized and required to use any force necessary.” In military orders, that phrase has no ambiguity. A civilian might think it leaves it to my judgment to decide what sort…

On The Brink

January-March, 2184 The early months of 2184 saw a period of suspenseful uncertainty. The issue of evacuating the offworld colonies hovered at an impasse, and no one had any idea how it would break— or if it would. Commander Warren…

First Meeting

December 16, 2183 (continued) “Hello Warren,” Safreth said. “Welcome home. If I’m not mistaken, you haven’t been back since you graduated from high school.” He straightened, stepping away from the tree. “I gather we need to talk.” Armstrong came to…

Dialog Unlikely To Be Used, volume 3

The entirely dramatic and very serious History of the United Colonies will return next week; meanwhile, here is another in the occasional series archiving my daily Twitter posts of dialog you will probably (though not certainly) never hear in any…

Arrival

December 16, 2183 Armstrong rubbed his eyes in a futile attempt to get rid of the sandpaper feeling. He pulled a tube of caffeine pills out of his belt pouch and popped one. His seat swiveled on its gimbals as…

Briefing

December 15, 2183— continued Armstrong felt his weight evaporate as the transport settled into orbit. Maneuvering to the first round of Colonies, dropping off the various companies of his soon-to-be-dispersed Force, would take several hours. Then, the transport would boost…

Launch

December 15, 2183 The motion of the waves ceased the moment the transport lifted off from the surface. Warren Armstrong leaned back in his chair and closed his eyes briefly. Six weeks of planning were finally at an end. His…

Crossing the Pecos

Source: “Charles Goodnight: Cowman and Plainsman” by J. Evetts Haley One hundred and fifty years ago today, Charles Goodnight made history. He was thirty years old at the time and just getting started in the cattle business. He didn’t know…