Story

Honor Among Thieves

A spaceship flies over a moon near Jupiter
Kesha Cherian swore as alarms blared. A blip inched toward her ship on the sensor display. Another ship, running without transponders, was on a collision course with just the right amount of momentum for boarding. Pirates.

“No you don’t,” Kesha muttered. Her hands flew over the controls. Maneuvering thrusters rotated her ship 180 degrees. She fired her fusion drive, and gravity pushed her down into the pilot’s chair. Her ship, the Opposite Reaction, fought its own inertia. Not enough. She’d been on an unpowered ballistic course too long, invisible to the eyes of any authority, and the pirate was right in her path. No way they were there by accident. Someone in the Organization had set her up. Read more »

Analysis

Five Underpowered Antagonists

Loki on the ground after being beaten up by the Hulk.

While not all antagonists are full villains, they all provide opposition to the protagonists. It’s their job to drive the story’s conflict, and to do that job well, it must feel like they can defeat the heroes. One reason we remember the likes of Darth Vader and … read more »

Roleplaying

Star Trek Adventures Is Clunky and Uninspired

Star Trek is a difficult setting to roleplay in. The canon is labyrinthine and confusing, with material drawn from hundreds of episodes, many of which contradict each other. The aesthetics vary widely depending on the time period and the series, making it hard to imagine they exist in the same universe. … read more »

Story

The Dreaming Tree

The eyes of a person with a tree overlaid on their forehead.

Lithunsa was dying. The tree’s fabled voice, which once carried as many tones as the temple’s choir, had dimmed to soft cries. Through the long years, Lithunsa’s song had given Pao refuge from hurtful taunts, buoyed him when he felt worthless, and rejoiced with him on sunlit days. The tree was the only one who understood him, or cared to. Now he stood helpless as the leaves crumpled and fell. Read more »