Curveball

Superheroes are real. Someone wants to kill them all.

Liberty, America's first and most famous superhero, has been murdered. As most of the nation mourns, a few wonder if there's more to the story than people are being told. Heroes and villains come together to learn the truth behind the crime, and uncover a conspiracy much larger -- and more deadly -- than they expected.

What is Project Recall?

Start from the beginning

A Rake by Starlight

Politics is dirty. Piracy is just a little smudged.

Grif Vindh, Captain of the Fool's Errand, has a problem: he just stumbled across the single most dangerous thing in his part of the galaxy. It isn't a thing he would have looked for, if he'd known about it, but since he has it he figures he might as well try to sell it.

The problem is, it's not the kind of thing you can sell without taking a side... and taking sides makes you a walking target for all the other sides you didn't take.

Start from the beginning.

Pay Me, Bug!

Never bet against your Captain.

Grif Vindh, Captain of the Fool's Errand, just pulled off the job of a lifetime... but with great success comes unwanted attention. The government he stole from wants to find out how, and they've sent one of their best to track him down. A second government wants him to do it again, and they're willing to blackmail him to do it.

Start from the beginning.

Pay Me, Bug! - Chapter 38

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WHEREIN the Woods, Learning Something is Amiss, Endeavor to Pursue

Commodore Mavis sat in his office and waited for word from the planet below.

Someone was making a play for something on the station. If the Viceroy was right, and Mavis suspected he was, then it was for the mysterious artifact sitting on level 5 in Ur Voys. Only now, the artifact was not in fact sitting on level 5 in Ur Voys, it was being moved to another location. One that wasn't compromised.

Someone had compromised the security at Ur Voys.

Pay Me, Bug! - Chapter 37

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WHEREIN Our Hero Saunters Casually to the Exit

Ur Voys had a definite rhythm to the way it was run. People who worked there long enough developed a feel for when the cargo shipments came in, when the doctors and scientists arrived, when the shifts changed over... a general sense of who was supposed to be doing what, and where, and at what time.

Hallek Andros had been the overseer at Ur Voys for thirteen years. He knew how everything fit together, and he knew most--though not all--of the secrets within the complex.

He'd been placed in charge of Ur Voys because he served his Emperor with distinction. This stewardship had been validated when, after a common smuggler had stolen a large shipment of anagathics, the Viceroy poured God's wrath upon him, and his soul had been found blameless, and he was deemed worthy of his position.

Pay Me, Bug! - Chapter 36

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WHEREIN a Potential Problem is Unexpectedly Resolved

They spent the next week familiarizing themselves with the robots under their control and learning the ins and outs of their programming. Grif practiced controlling them remotely while Bennet studied their code, in hopes of using that knowledge to infect other robots as well. Velis was often on hand, though not directly involved with work, in order to stay informed of the latest developments.

The four robots with the receptors turned out to be very well chosen. One was a security robot, and while it had a very limited area in which it was permitted to patrol, every night it linked to the central security system and loaded what it recorded that day into a data repository. Bennet thought it might be possible to use this link to get into the security computer itself, and was working feverishly to do so.

Pay Me, Bug! - Chapter 35

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WHEREIN Plans Previously Put in Motion Suddenly Bear Fruit

Grif opened his eyes. He wasn't in his cabin any more.

"I'm in the medibay, aren't I?" Grif turned his head and saw that he was, in fact, in medibay--and hooked up to a diagnostic monitor. Amys peered down at him, frowning.

"Hi Amys." Grif's face was numb and his stomach was on fire.

"How do you feel?" Amys asked.

Grif noticed that Cyrus, Hari, Cutter and Vod were also in the room.

"Like you tried to gut me with a vibroknife," Grif said, trying to grin.

Amys looked away.

"No, hey wait, I was only--wait a minute. You did try to gut me with a vibroknife..."

Amys nodded.

"Dammit, Ebur..."

"You know," Cyrus said, peering over the top of the diagnostic monitor to stare down at Grif, "we really should stop coming up with complicated plans that require the use of a psychotic telepath."

Pay Me, Bug! - Chapter 34

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WHEREIN the Importance of Sewage Cannot be Over-Emphasized

Bennet tried not to think about what he was wading through as he and his men worked their way up through miles of slough tunneling, gradually nearing the hazmat treatment center.

"This is disgusting." Agent Nond, one of the four Bennet had chosen to go with him, was taking the forward position of the group. "There's a mass of... something, I don't know what it is exactly, just kind of sticking to the ground. It's not solid, it's just... goopy."

"Thank you, Nond," Bennet said. "That's more than I wanted to know."

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