Belters: A Space Oddity
Author: Greg Alldredge
Publication Date: 02 June 2020
Genre: Adult Fiction – Science Fiction
While humanity races toward the stars…
…They never expected to find company.
The Earth is dying, fractured by conflict, pollution, and disease. Old divisions make the jump to space. Can they survive?
Life spreads, as the Moon, Mars, and Ceres all become hubs for human expansion. Earth provides an ever-ready source of bodies willing to risk all for space.
For the wheelchair-bound Jacob, a chance to leave proves a no brainer…
… Freedom waits for him. Zero gravity becomes his great equalizer.
All is not bliss. Secretive corporations call the shots. Humankind struggles to find a place in the dark, free of Earth’s influence.
An unexplained gamma-ray burst threatens the delicate balance. Weapon, alien, or terrestrial, the cause must be discovered.
Three unlikely ships join together in an extraordinary interplanetary adventure. All to seek the truth and discover what lies beyond.
Follow humanity as they make a leap to the stars, long before discovering Far Reach Station.
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Two-liter paint cans were lobbed at the front of the car, covering the front windshield and blocking Lea’s view of the gate into the CBD.
Without help, she would be lucky to reach the safety behind the wall. If the sensors on the car were disabled, she would be screwed. No matter how thick the armor, a determined attack would eventually find a way inside.
A series of pops and white plumes of smoke was the only indication help was on the way. Despite the heavy filtration system of the vehicle, she tasted the sting of pepper spray. Guards on the wall covered her approach.
Never to let passengers stress out over the environment, the car increased the oxygen level in the cabin while turning up the volume of the insipid relaxation music. “Remain calm, the situation is under control.” The inane mechanical voice spoke softly to her.
Today wasn’t the day she’d be pulled from the safety of her ride to be murdered in the streets by club-wielding thugs. Though she expected that might be the way she one day would meet her end.
Lea relaxed slightly. The way to the CBD cleared under the rain of teargas canisters. The defenders of the gate moved to suppress the crowd. A line of plexiglass shields and truncheons marched toward the transport.
On the wall, mounted water cannons poised to strike the mob with high-pressure jets of saltwater.
Lea’s celebration proved to be short-lived. An explosion rocked the car. The storefront next to the gate erupted in a flash, shredding protesters and defenders alike before her eyes. Lea could no longer hear the hum of the drive wheels. The ringing in her ears covered all other sounds. The steady ring of automatic fire pummeled the walls of her chariot.
Greg Alldredge grew up reading all the excellent Science Fiction and Fantasy of the past decades. He hopes to add his voice, in a small way, to the giants of the genres. He wants to write stories he himself would want to read and hopes to be successful as a storyteller first.
He is currently living out of a suitcase, with his wife Connie and no pets. They travel too much. Please enjoy the journey.
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