The Federal Intelligence Agency has discovered that a nuclear weapon has been taken from an unregistered outpost.
Senior Agent Rochelle Karim made the following statement:
“Further examination of the outpost discovered last week confirms that it was home to unlicensed nuclear research. Personnel at the site were constructing a portable fusion warhead codenamed the Lucifer Device.”
“One operational prototype was produced, but we have failed to locate it. Our assumption is that whoever invaded the base now possesses a movable bomb with a 300 megaton yield – enough to destroy an entire city.”
“This investigation is a top priority and we are exploring all available leads.”
The Ambrose Foundation has confirmed that Lady Talitha Ambrose is missing, and that all of its assets have been lost.
Baroness Oksana Ambrose, head of the institution, told the media:
“Everything we own has been transferred from our accounts to who knows where. Emergency funds are being used to settle debts and pay staff, but essentially the Ambrose Foundation is ruined.”
“I can only assume that vicious criminals have kidnapped Lady Talitha and tortured her into surrendering her inheritance.”
“I have used the last of our reserves to hire the Wallglass Investigations Agency. I pray that they can locate and rescue my beloved daughter.”
A campaign from the Holloway Bioscience Institute to build a xenological research centre has concluded successfully.
Chief researcher Dr Roy Casimir told the media:
“Thanks to Nahuaru Crimson Bridge Int we now have sufficient materials to build a planetary outpost where our scientists can study lifeforms identified by the galactic community.”
“We are also grateful for the exploration data provided by many pilots, which will help us create a new research catalogue.”
Pilots who took part in the campaign can now collect their rewards from Williams Vision in the Nahuaru system.
The Atlas Research Group has urgently requested military materials to increase security in the Merope system.
Defence Director Jacob Chowdhury said:
“The Thargoid presence throughout the Pleiades Nebula continues to be a major threat. To reassure the public, Atlas is investing in improved defences for the Merope system.”
“Traders are invited to deliver Reactive Armour and Military Grade Fabrics to Reed's Rest. To help protect incoming ships from criminal elements, we have also allocated bounties to all wanted vessels in the system.”
The initiative begins on the 14th of February 3305 and will run for one week. If the final target is met earlier than planned, the campaign will end immediately.
Karen Haber (born 1955) is a science fiction and non-fiction author and editor, as well an art critic and historian. She is the author of nine novels including Star Trek Voyager: Bless the Beasts, and co-author of Science of the X-Men. Other publications include Exploring the Matrix: Visions of the Cyber Present, a collection of essays by leading science fiction writers and artists, and Transitions with Todd Lockwood, a retrospective of the artist's work. In 2001 she edited a Hugo-nominated essay collection celebrating J.R.R. Tolkien, Meditations on Middle Earth. Her short fiction has appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction magazine, the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and many anthologies. She reviews art books for Locus magazine and profiles artists for various publications including Realms of Fantasy. With her husband, Robert Silverberg, she co-edited Best Science Fiction of 2001, 2002, and the Best Fantasy of 2001 and 2002 for ibooks and later, co-edited the continuation with Jonathan Strahan.
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