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“Technically” Sentient: Chapter 16

This entry is part 16 of 20 in the series "Technically" Sentient

A distinction had always existed in the mind of Machinator, from the day he was initialized and began his very first boot-up process to this very processor cycle. There were organic intelligences, and there were synthetic intelligences. He’d found the distinction to be a little demeaning at first, all things considered. Synthetic carried a cultural…
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They are Smol: The Invasion of Earth – Chapter 10

This entry is part 10 of 15 in the series They are Smol: Invasion of Earth

High and Low Earth Orbit, Contact +0 Minutes “|We are riding HARD and FAST. SCR’s ignored, time to planetcrest 30 seconds-|” “|Torpedoes in launch tubes, blasting covers in 10-|” “|Check gimbals before atmosphere-|” “|Rough-shocking to binary planet, codename GRAVESTONE-|” “|Micromissiles launched; non-friendly IFF debris clearing-|” “|Interplanetary signalling outpost detected, kinetic docking in 15 seconds-|” High…
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“Technically” Sentient: Chapter 15

This entry is part 15 of 20 in the series "Technically" Sentient

“FAMILY MEETING! CARGO HOLD! RIGHT NOW!” Darren pounded the metal tray against the walls as he trudged from the supply closet up towards the bridge, making damned certain that everyone could hear him. “Darren? What’s going on?” Cas mumbled groggily, shuffling along behind him. “Why do I feel like someone dumped a recording of cosmic…
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They are Smol: The Invasion of Earth – Chapter 9

This entry is part 9 of 15 in the series They are Smol: Invasion of Earth

“|-he would absolutely kick Lord N’iirie’s ass. No doubt about it-|” Ki’ittri, designated APOSTLE, rolled his eyes at the squad chatter over the comms. It was borderline distracting as he focused on doing his best to do one final final final check of his equipment in the pod as well as the pod itself. He…
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They are Smol: The Invasion of Earth – Chapter 8

This entry is part 8 of 15 in the series They are Smol: Invasion of Earth

The dropship rocked back and forth as it was cradled for the first time in a long time by true atmosphere; the high-altitude winds began to buffet the smaller craft as it began drifting down to GATEBELL, performing obvious, wide arcs to their target. There was no conversation. By now, every soul aboard The Three…
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“Technically” Sentient: Chapter 14

This entry is part 14 of 20 in the series "Technically" Sentient

Machinator watched in stunned silence as what used to be his commander aggressively slurped down a mixture of nutrient paste, emergency ration, blood transfusion, and vitamin supplement from a pot the size of his head. The foul smelling, gory mix was disgusting enough on its own, but the raw aggression with which he was sucking…
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They are Smol: The Invasion of Earth – Chapter 7

This entry is part 7 of 15 in the series They are Smol: Invasion of Earth

“…with 11 Alive, reporting live with an emergency broadcast from the parking deck at Tech Square. This is the closest that the military will let us get, and even here if we’re asked to evacuate we will have to move. Military and Police officials are urging people to stay indoors – if you’re within the…
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They are Smol: The Invasion of Earth – Chapter 6

This entry is part 6 of 15 in the series They are Smol: Invasion of Earth

Time stood still. The crew of The Three Stones were watching multiple camera angles, so it was only by the sudden shocked silence of a few operators that the rest of the bridge even knew something had gone terribly, terribly wrong. Security Chief Ri’tiki was under the second dropship, happily and completely unaware of any…
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“Technically” Sentient: Chapter 13

This entry is part 13 of 20 in the series "Technically" Sentient

Faster-Than-Light travel was a bit of a misnomer, even if it was the term used for most means of interplanetary travel. While it was a commonly accepted name, it was also a commonly accepted fact that traveling faster than light was technically impossible. Accelerating any appreciable mass to the speed of light took so much…
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“Technically” Sentient: Chapter 12

This entry is part 12 of 20 in the series "Technically" Sentient

The path to the Indomitable Explorer was empty of . . . anyone, really. It would be relieving if Darren weren’t so damned heavy. She, Zarniac, and Tillantrius were all working together to guide the staggering oaf of a giant towards their ship. It wasn’t going well. He kept falling down, and when he fell…
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