From the Beginning

To Our Friends On Earth

To Our Friends On Earth

The Andromeda Ambassador Fleet completed our Jupiter slingshot. When we departed, we knew ours was a journey into the unknown, and already the journey is stranger than we anticipated.

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The Final Nap Under A Yellow Sun

The Final Nap Under A Yellow Sun

While a lot of the excitement for the Andromeda Ambassador Fleet was focused on what would happen after the Jupiter slingshot, Matteo didn't want to miss out on the wonders of touring through our home system before we left. The exit course didn't go too terribly close to Mars, but it did offer a nice side view through the 'scopes that he cherished as they passed. Many fleet members were content to look at the holo-vis models floating around the lounge, but Matteo always preferred the feel of looking through an actual optical 'scope.

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A Very Long Sound

A Very Long Sound

Lea knew all about the strap-down policies for the Pak Thruster array. She'd helped write them. In particular, she knew all about the acceleration test reports and had seen first-hand what occurred when a test dummy wasn't secured properly. Many crew members will strap-in for the jump while remembering one of her lectures about "scraping human puree off the bulkheads." So when she requisitioned a lab to run an experiment during the first jump, no one really questioned her.

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Highlights from the First Triangulation Council

Highlights from the First Triangulation Council

At this point, I'm sure we've all heard the rumor, but it's only proper to start with the official report. It appears that our first use of the Pak Thruster array has put us significantly farther away than we anticipated. While our calculations were for a 20 lightyear jump, our current triangulations suggest we've gone a bit more than 60. While a full review of all thruster systems is underway, we do not currently have a working explanation for this outcome.

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Lost Already

Lost Already

The only map we had is a photograph Space far away is where we pointed craft

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Blond Breakfast

Blond Breakfast

"Decided on a fresh new look, huh?" Tia asked Mikal. Mikal looked up from his meal with a puzzled expression. "Me?" "Yeah, you!" Tia chuckled, then suddenly, her face sank into worried consideration. "Oh, wait. Maybe I've made a big mistake." "Tia, what are you talking about?"

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Julia's List

Julia's List

A lot has happened since the first jump. While we all know that the jump was mysteriously off course, we are only beginning to discover the true extent of our situation. If you haven't noticed yet, things seem to be behaving strangely around the fleet. I've begun collecting a list of unexplained and unusual situations developing throughout the fleet.

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The Skipping Stone Theory of Intergalactic Travel

The Skipping Stone Theory of Intergalactic Travel

As you know, Engineering has been hard at work on a thorough review of the Pak Thruster Array. Today I can report that, to the best of our ability, the entire Thruster system is working in perfect order. We can't find any evidence of damage or disruption. Furthermore, the recorded energy use, which can be verified by post-jump capacitor measurement, was perfectly in line with our pre-launch calculations. As far as we can tell, the Pak Thrusters accelerated us through 20 LY of interstellar medium. Of course, we wound up 60 LY away, in the wrong direction.

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Talking Fritz

Talking Fritz

"Have you seen any fritz yet?" Sahib asked, with the usual mischievous look in his eyes. "Well, kinda, I guess. I saw the green engine trails in the vir-view" Kira said. "Have you?"

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To Our Friends in Space

To Our Friends in Space

We've received your report, Fritz Fleet. Let me start by saying we are overjoyed to hear that you completed your exit from the solar system safely. Regardless of the navigation trouble, this is still a momentous achievement, and you should be proud. What you do from here will define the foundation of humanity's future in space.

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Interlude - Are You Lost, Jellyfish?

Interlude - Are You Lost, Jellyfish?

The savannah is no place for a jellyfish like you. I've never seen one out here. Actually, I've never seen one before. I'd only heard about you from Shrew.

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A Skitter in the Dark

A Skitter in the Dark

"We see. We see!" Sa- said, barely able to contain his excitement. "A skitter. Small, and far away" said -Karn.

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Concerning Both Earths

Concerning Both Earths

As you are aware, we see Earth in two locations. Most 'scopes, including opticals, CMB-maps, and StarNav, all agree Earth is about 60 LY from our current position. We call this Optical Earth to distinguish it from the other, Commlink Earth. As the name suggests, Commlink Earth is the appearance of Earth according to our communications link. Based on sub-band communication principles, we can calculate the focal point of the link lock, and it clearly places Earth 20 LY away. This is the position we expected Earth to be based on our original plan for the first Pak Thruster jump.

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Fritzscripting

Fritzscripting

"You sure this isn't a cheesy ploy to get me into bed, Tanya?" Suzu asked, looking at the disorganized bunk. The bed was the only clear space to sit. "Afraid not, hot stuff," Tayna said with a touch of sarcasm. "It's just that the code doesn't work anywhere else. At least, not that I've found." She shoved blankets into a pile on the floor and gestured to Suzu to sit. Catching his peculiar gaze, she said "What? Don't tell me you don't code in bed."

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A Few Long Minutes, Quickly

A Few Long Minutes, Quickly

As the announcement repeated with further urgency, people across the fleet panicked and raced to the nearest straps. Fear and confusion boiled up. Why are we jumping? Who initiated this? Why weren't we warned? Questions echoed around the worried minds while they climbed into bunks and tightened buckles. Where are we going? But not for Tobias.

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Two-Thousand Four Hundred and Seventy Four

Two-Thousand Four Hundred and Seventy Four

The human mind is not well equipped to handle large numbers. We rely on abstractions and tools to help us keep track of scale. And while we've accomplished an incredible amount as a species, sometimes that just means we don't really appreciate the large numbers we talk about. 2,474 lightyears is one of those numbers.

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Popping the Bubble

Popping the Bubble

"We can't just disconnect the thrusters. I mean, yes, we can probably stop power to them, if we figure out where to store the drive core output. But it's not just a matter of power. In their non-thrusting state, the Pak Array maintains the transport bubble. We don't want to pop the bubble without thinking it through."

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Once a Fluke, Twice a Pattern

Once a Fluke, Twice a Pattern

"Another Skitter!" Sa- announced. -Karn continued, "It's that same one from before, out in the Jingg Sectors. This time it went a lot farther. And this direction."

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Same Hulls, Same Halls

Same Hulls, Same Halls

Dejana walked the hall from her bunk to the starboard lounge. Officially, there wasn't a day and night cycle aboard the fleet. For convenience, the 24 hour day cycle was maintained, kept in sync by a quantum clock aboard the Thruster Array hub. Social scientists expect the crew to shift their sleep schedules around over time so that a roughly steady number of crew members are awake at any given time.

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Raxxian Cabbagesteak

Raxxian Cabbagesteak

Raxxian Cabbagesteak, by andirkz.

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Intervention of the Sphere

Intervention of the Sphere

We don't know exactly when it showed up. It seems like the sort of thing someone would notice, a meter-wide sphere, floating about ankle-high off the floor.

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