The Science Fiction Convention, a massive event featuring hundreds of creators and thousands of fans is going on now. Take a look at their blog for info (link).
A new trend in products is developing, and the latest is a submersible heliport (link). The rising trend in products that can be hidden, submerged, or generated has been noticed by the WBA, which offered this comment.
“Ever since the alien tech of the Sai Rezzer (Quandry Industries), products have been coming out that let people get the most of their limited space. It is a great trend, and we’re excited about all these products!”
Black Bishop Industries has released a new spacecraft according to SOCL, and it is the largest to date. According to the manufacturer:
“The Epsilon is a long range Science/Vessel explorer, with extra large warp core for high speed distance travel and antimatter fuel storage for up to 18 month missions before refueling
mostly lacking defensive capabilities they are typically escorted by Calliope Class Runabouts (about the only shuttle that can keep up with them) in hostile territory, but can also use its superior sensors to detect and avoid threats at extreme ranges and even cloaked vessel signatures in the vicinity.
with a large multi purpose shuttlebay that can service up to one Calliope at a time, or carry a large amount of cargo with smaller shuttlecraft”
It is available at their showroom (link) for purchase and viewing.
More info after the jump:
SOCL has learned that Stellar Systems (link), the primary outfitter for space travel and space support systems is preparing for a major advancement in industry and a more sustainable life cycle.
“They are working on an industrial and container system that will allow users to mine materials and make fuels, ammo, and other resources vital to survival in space,” explained the SOCL representative. “We received the call direct from Amun Ra himself, and learned about the first product to hit the market, a mining kit for the Shiva (link), which will allow pilots to choose weapons or asteroid mining packages for their craft. An interactive refinery and Deuterium reactor will follow soon after, letting users process ore into critical resources. It’s a revolution in what is possible.”
The Shiva, seen here in the picture, is one of several advancements that Stellar Systems is developing, and will integrate with other products, including QI – Quandry Industries stations.
“We’re looking at a whole new way of living,” said a Waterbank University professor who studies SAGA. “The current system in use takes materials from everything and creates products with incredible waste. What Stellar is doing is nothing short of recreating the space frontier and making it sustainable.”
SOCL has said that several of the products are already in Beta and soon to be released.
SOCL reports that Insilico, the massive space metropolis has adopted RPA, the life and work solution offered by Quandry Industries and Stellar.
The system, which comes complete with life support systems, gravity environments, and soon to be released mineral management, is considered to the most stable and comprehensive systems in space.
SOCL, which has taken over the Waterbank space missions uses the system almost exclusively, including its integrated defense systems.
Readers, I’m sure my editors are delighting in my tales of loss, but there it is. I got wet again.
Not my fault.
OK, a lot my fault.
Transporting an animal for testing to Quandry, I was in too much of a hurry and didn’t get a reading on my landing zone. In my defense the animal, which is something like a cow meets a slug is called a Mgglew – but I call it an intergalactic fart weasel. The thing was flatulent for 90% of the two week trip and not the nice kind either. Anyhow, ditching that Gremlin was something of luck.
So there I was, flying as fast as I could down to the address on the package, the QI secret labs on planetside of Creative Commons. When I got there though – the place was covered with water and my landing zone was nowhere to be seen.
I crashed into the water and didn’t have time to shield the engine, so… there were some pretty bad sounds. I released the Mgglew, popped the cockpit, and swam up. The Mgglew didn’t seem to know how to swim, but there was nothing I could do – it was three tons when on a planet. I was treading water and feeling sad when it broke the surface, and released a tremendous amount of gas. I stopped worrying about its buoyancy.
We swam to the nearest island and climbed a rock for a view. Instead of the dusty QI labs there was water everywhere, and a semitropical landing platform.
Making it to the platform, there was no one there, just one of BBI’s (Black Bishop Industries) finest shuttles (you should come to the showroom to see the latest). No Bash, no Amun, just an open shuttle. Never being one to refuse a gift, I made myself at home. When someone shows up I’ll get a signature for the fart weasel, and get a shiny new Gremlin.
‘We’ve been looking at a number of vendors who are known to have excellent and hardy products,” said the spokesperson.
Among the vehicles considered for the expedition is the new Moose LSV, a new heavy transport from Moo Spyker that is modifiable and full of features (link). “Spyker products are known to have a range of defensive and operational features that make them adaptable for this kind of expedition,” the spokesperson said.
Also under consideration as a potential launch vehicle is the Succora space freighter from Greeble (link), which also is modifiable, and comes with Frit’s mark of quality.
“There are a lot of decisions to make with an expedition of this size,” the spokesperson explained, “and Spyker, Greeble, and Quandry Industries are key to our success.”
Readers, I’m back from an extended resupply run to the outer edge of Draco Tao, and let me tell ya, there’s no place like Al Raqis. My last job had me fetching hard to obtain minerals for Bash Quandry’s new project, which could be a story in of itself. Let’s just say getting sprayed with Cysti pheromones is a bad place to be.
Once I could walk and finish my run I took some R&R at Al Raqis, where even the dancing girls (or nearest sentient equivalent) can identify all the races and nationalities. It’s an international place – “a crossroads intersected by hundreds,” as my favorite Raqissi (local) street vendor likes to say.
While there I decided to go into Raqqis Mannah Market, a place I had passed many times before but never gone into. It’s a market for food, and once inside I was shocked to see delicacies and foods from every corner of the empire. There were breaded meats from Vigilim, candied fern eggs from Didymus (they must have imported the fern eggs for the product), reactor fish from Mesa 5, and one of the meats I eat on the the street, Yeshteeek. The sign under Yeshteeek said:
Named after the sound when cooked. Gamey but tenderized composite meat from Scientific Station A8912.
Prepare with seasoning and cook well.
Readers, I nearly fell over. Scientific Station A8912 has been in the news a bit lately when it was discovered to have been a casualty of space madness, that mental illness that comes from fluctuating magnetic fields and poorly insulated space stations. It’s one of the reasons that everyone buys Quandry made products – insulation is vital. So Scientific Station A8912 was out in an asteroid belt, its staff slowly going insane, and there was a problem with the food. Maybe contaminated, maybe sabotage, nobody really knows. So after the first week, they turned on the lab assistants, and ate well. Next they went after the research assistants, then the least published. In keeping with scientific principles, only when all scientists without three degrees had been eaten, did they turn on the lab animals.
That was when they were discovered, and that same day one of the scientists announced a new protein source developed in the lab. Given how they had been eating, the timing seemed strange.
They were discovered by a 8 Star Company delivery, and as someone who worked with the man that made the delivery, I can tell you that when one of the scientists tried the lab meat, he said “It tastes just like Bob.”
Readers, the buzz about QI – that’s Quandry Industries – is absolutely deafening. Every tavern, pub, bar, drink shack, shot bar, club, night spot, booze vendor, package store, and watering hole I stagger into is full of people talking about what’s coming, and it’s all about QI.
Quandry Industries already has the market on space needs – heck they even make the food you can eat, but the rumors are flying now about large scale projects, including colony systems, large vessels, and even urban centers. Now most of the time people say it’s just talk, but the drunken stories from people (and some other lifeforms) that say that they’ve seen these things makes people very excited. For many years there has been an open call for the manufacturers of larger systems to improve – deliver scalable, low LI systems that can accommodate the needs of various users, but it hasn’t happened yet.
Even Jgack – who I had a very awkward moment with in a Didymus hallway where he raised a splinted appendage and shook it angrily at me – was busy talking about it. “Candela – or Candelabra they call it,” he was telling someone when I tried to sneak by, “and it’s bigger than the Isis class!”
Obviously, I had to leave before Jgack brought his remaining appendages to bear and so did not hear how he knew the name. I’m on the go again, and will send you news as I get it,
SL SCIFI Festival is gathering large crowds today (links below), with record numbers of exhibits and fans. On these several sims are the best science fiction builders and sim creators, including alternate universes, steampunk, and advanced tech environments you would expect to see. Stunning architecture and thought has gone into this convention, which is a “must see” for any scifi fan.
Quandry Industries and Stellar Systems are celebrating the event with a 25% discount sale (ONLY at the main vendor in Creative Commons – link right – You will see the discounted price as you pay).
Try the SAGA booth as your entry point into the convention: SAGA booth link