Category Furieux: A Man Apart

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Erikson squinted under the glare of the B-type star designated HD 51502 despite the protection offered by the ship’s viewport light filter. With more than thirty five years experience in space flight, the sheer brilliance of these cosmic furnaces still filled him with an exhilarating mixture of dread and awe. The breathtaking grandeur of these celestial balls of plasma rendered them a tangible reminder of the insignificance of human endeavour on the universal stage and brought home a sobering realisation that the only thing protecting him – and the eight other people on board – from instant combustion was essentially nothing more than a self propelled tin can. At a mere twenty or so light seconds from the enormous star, Erikson brought the ship to a halt and engaged the fuel scoop...