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June plot summary for the USS Garuda

The crew of the Garuda, including the surprise return of a younger Aron Kells, were busy working to save the population of the city of Bocasa. This city, the largest settlement of the Eth race on the planet Pleethion, was about to be engulfed by an unstable, volcanic mud dome.

One away team, under XO Commander Ross, was assigned to monitor the mud dome and investigate methods to stop its eruption. What no one could expect was that Commander Ross would turn rogue, kidnap Captain Reynolds, and abandon the rest of the team next to the dome. To compound his treachery, he had laid explosives aboard the USS Garuda to hinder their pursuit of him in a stolen shuttlecraft. Fortunately, Lieutenant Delano’s force shields prevented a lot of the damage to the ship.

Meanwhile, another team, led by 2O Lt. Cmdr. Calderan, was tasked with helping with the evacuation of Bocasa. However, they were surrounded and captured by Eth zealots who resented their presence on the planet. They were being taken to be sacrificed to the deity Sirilis, but they were rescued at the last minute as the Garuda restored its sabotaged transporter systems and beamed them back safely. The mud dome away team were likewise rescued, but not before LtCmdr. Alleran Tan got a limpet mine painfully embedded into his leg.

With the crew reassembled, the engineers and scientists on the Garuda worked to develop a plan to dehydrate the Mud Dome and save Bocasa, before beginning their pursuit of the wayward Harrison Ross and his captive, Capt. Quinn Reynolds.

Alleran Tan: Winner of the July Writing Challenge

Congratulations once again to the writer behind Alleran Tan, who has won the July Writing Challenge with his story “Ethical Considerations”! This is his fourth win, an accomplishment unprecedented in the history of the Writing Challenges! The special monthlong July Challenge required the participants to craft a first-person narrative as part of the site Ongoing Worlds’ “First-Person Fortnight” competition. The Ongoing Worlds contest has also ended but the winners of that contest have not yet been announced.

Alleran Tan: March & April’s Writing Challenge Winner!

Congratulations to Alleran Tan, whose short story “The Tempest” has won the second Writing Challenge of 2012!  This is the writer’s third win, following victories in March/April 2011 and November/December 2010. The March/April Challenge was built around the concept of “the storm,” as chosen by Velana, the previous round’s winner; this Challenge saw quite a number of fine entries, making the judging quite difficult for the panel. The May/June 2012 Challenge, with its topic of “A Broken Clock” chosen by Mr. Tan, has already begun, so get your entry in today — and certainly before the Challenge’s June 22nd deadline!

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