By Paul J. Joseph
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There’s trouble on CMC-6 and it’s been brewing for a long time. The golden age of space travel and asteroid mining has ended almost before it began and the bean counters have taken over. Sally Buds’ patients are all suffering from low-gravity syndrome because the Canadian Mining Consortium won’t spring for gravity generators and the miners won’t exercise. On top of this the station might be facing hard times. An expensive mining robot disappeared while surveying a region of space known and KEL-30 or “Kelthy.” The problem was not in replacing the robot, but rather in the fact that the machine reappeared after the replacement had been ordered. How could the station personnel have been so incompetent? But Sally has another question. Where did the probe go when it was out of contact? Where did the strange rock samples come from and why did the images it saw not correspond with known star charts? Her new friend Ian Merryfield, an RAF shuttle pilot, wants to know, too. But the station commander does not. What is in the Kelthy region and why do things disappear there? Is it a hoax intended to scare away claim jumpers or is it the greatest discovery of the twenty-first century? Ian and Sally intend to find out even if it means risking their careers or even their lives. Not knowing would be worse.
||CleanEpisode 1 The Feather-Weight Zone and the Margin of Profit||In this first episode we first meet Sally Buds, a doctor who refuses to stay in the infirmary. Gravity is low on CMC-6 and the administration refuses to care. The result is a heated argument between Buds and the station commander, LaValley, who argues pro||11 3 2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2 Lost and Missplaced Items||In this the second chapter we meet Jackie, Sally's partner and confidant. Through VR, Sally projects herself home to New Mexico where Jackie has her studio. Here Sally explains the problem with the station and its missing mining equipment. Jackie asks whe||11 3 2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3 Old Salt||In this chapter, Sally has a revealing conversation with Emry Viaud, one of the oldest miners on the station. She discovers that the region of space where the mining probe was lost has a history of unusual phenomena. She can't help but to be curious.||11 3 2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4 Geology||In this chapter, Sally first meets Ian Merryfield a shuttle pilot commanding the ship delivering their supplies. Ian learns of the mystery, and this is not the first time he has heard of problems in the Kelthy region of space. He also notices something od||11 3 2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5 The Stone that Marks the Way/Spectrum||In this episode, Sally learns of the nature of the Kelthy region. Jackie paints a picture of a rock that looks surprisingly like the last asteroid the mining robot saw and Ian discovers that the image the prospector recorded depicts a planet that can not||11 3 2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTeam Players/Pivotal Moment||In this installment even Sally is surprised at LaValley's negative reaction the their discovery. Ian's crew is sequestered and Sally is locked in the infirmary. But Ian is more resourceful than LaValley thinks. Now they must decide whether or not to risk||11 3 2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Mountain and the Guide/The Straining of Friendship||Sally and Ian plan their mission to the Kelthy region while first trying to explain it to Ian's wife Angela. Jackie continues to support the mission with her art, promising them an unseen guide. The final party to be notified is Anderson, Ian's boss, who||11 3 2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSecond Thoughts/The Other Door||Sally and Ian have been approaching the kelthy region for days and are seeing nothing new. Both Sally and Ian are now expecting to face charges for a fool's errand. But then Sally gets a mysterious visit from Viaud uttering a strange and incomplete warni||11 3 2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIcing on the Cake/Nine Planets/Emergency Procedures||Sally and Ian found what they are looking for, but now they are unsure they can get back. Their computer is ailing while trying to determine where they are, but to make matters worse, a booby trap cripples them and forces them to abandon ship.||11 3 2009||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYellow Light/Rendezvous/Stepping Stone/Home Fires||In a make-shift life raft, Sally and Ian must find their way home. When they do, their fortunes change for the better. Now Sally must decide whether or not to take an even greater challenge.||11 3 2009||Free||View in iTunes|