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No Man's Land (Anthology)
Live Fire in the "No Man's Land" anthology (Book IV of Defending the Future anthology series)
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  • Paperback
  • May.03.2011
  • 9781937051020

Deborah Teramis gives an overview of the book:

No Man's Land is Book IV of the Defending the Future anthology series. This book is a collection of military sf featuring all female protagonists and written by all women authors. It is the first such work of its kind, and has been nominated for the Tiptree Award. Christian's story, "Live Fire", focuses on Amisano Marit, a young Sa'dani weapons officer who controls the weapons systems of her vessel via cybernetic interface.  She's assigned to a special ship on a highly classified mission, and soon her abilities will be tested in ways she had never imagined. 
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No Man's Land is Book IV of the Defending the Future anthology series. This book is a collection of military sf featuring all female protagonists and written by all women authors. It is the first such work of its kind, and has been nominated for the Tiptree Award.

Christian's story, "Live Fire", focuses on Amisano Marit, a young Sa'dani weapons officer who controls the weapons systems of her vessel via cybernetic interface.  She's assigned to a special ship on a highly classified mission, and soon her abilities will be tested in ways she had never imagined. 

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Live Fire

To be synched with your weapons is to fly. It is to hurtle near light-speed down the barrel of an ion cannon, to thrum tight-stretched along the beam of a targeting array, your skin burning with the hail-bite of tachyons probing the deeps of space. Quasar, quasar, burning bright, like a beacon in the night...

I am the beacon in the night, when I am rigged at tac-ops. I am the far-cast energy frequencies of targeting sensors, and the predator's eye that follows their mark. I once was the Fire-rigger, the finger on the trigger for the Talisman. My gun-hand was made of cybercircuits and plasteel, my digits were the five techs of my tactical weapons crew, their subsystems ganged to my control. Together we were the human interface to our ship's armament.

Our role was critical, but we weren't alone in it. Specialized weapons officers and fire-rigger teams are required crew on every imperial patrol ship along the Hashmin Demilitarized Zone.

Yes, you heard right. Hashmin, that buffer zone between us and our long-shunned enemies, the Dalukin Empire. It is a place where our military presence may go from boring routine to brink-of-war hostilities in the blink of an eye.

They say the DMZ keeps the expansionist Dalukin at bay, but I'm pretty certain you've never heard news reports of the brinksmanship that routinely plays out there. Dalukin slip through all the time, to test our security, and probe our borders at will. We are unable to detect their stealthed ships until they are well within deadly striking range. And these things will never be said publicly, lest it panic citizens and make our Navy look worthless.

But such a judgment would be very wrong. They may black out current news, but our triumphs are many, countering everything the Dalukin have tried over the years. So yes, you can sleep safely after all. The men and women who wear the golden starburst are watching over you in the night skies – unless they perish, guarding you in your sleep.

My young career was nearly cut short by an incident on that border. It taught me the cost of vigilance, and the circumstance under which I might just throw my life away, risk vanishing into the cracks of space beyond reach of help or hope.

I've been there.

Part of me is there, still.

 

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I very rarely write short fiction. This is the first piece of mine ever to appear in an anthology. You can read an interview with me regarding this work here: http://www.milscifi.com/files/inter-DTC-NML.htm

About Deborah Teramis

I'm a science fiction/fantasy novelist published by Tor Books. I'm also a sociologist and independent scholar who writes social commentary and non-fiction articles. My background is eclectic: I've taught sexology classes to grad students at the Institute for Advanced Study of...

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