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Fluff – A Christmas UFO Story

First posted in Lightcudder’s World: Dec 2013.) ( I don’t normally do fluff. I hate fluff. So does Straker now.)   ‘Go away Colonel. You can see I’m busy.’ Alec Freeman let the large box rest on the edge of the desk. ‘Just for tonight. I borrowed it from FX for the party at Janice’s and I’m going to Moonbase in a couple of hours. No time to take it home….

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The Virginia Monologues 8

(Set shortly after The Long Sleep)   Her   I’m not surprised he walked away so abruptly. Any normal man would have. After all, it wasn’t a pretty sight was it? Lying in that bed looking haggard. Age can do that to some people if they don’t make an effort, though of course I look after myself properly. No wrinkles for me! A lengthy and strict regime of daily cleansing…

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The Future Is Fantastic

The following is a transcription of the interview held on the afternoon of Sunday Oct 4th 2015 in the  Holiday Inn, Maidenhead. Commander Straker wishes to thank Lightcudder.   Cmdr Straker: Thank you Ltcdr, for agreeing to this interview. I hope you can help show the Herald readers what a great event this has been, and perhaps give us some insight into why Fanderson Conventions are so very popular. (sounds…

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Shepherd 5: Laired. Chapters 1 and 2

Chapter 1 Even underground, the pale coloured  walls were cold.  Condensation trickled down to pool on the floor before disappearing through the  narrow gaps between spongy tiles. A  splash of  sharp scarlet attracted the eye to the suits that hung on racks, their silvered helmets arrayed  in rows above and a low thrumming resonated through the floor and  walls from the machines that worked to keep the room habitable. If…

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December issue

Welcome to the December issue of the Ed Straker Herald. The editors are delighted to bring you a packed issue that should provide you with plenty of reading matter on the run up to Christmas! In our popular ‘Columns’ section we have a review of the Fanderson Convention held in Maidenhead in October this year. There is a review of the lecture by Alan Shubrook at the convention and a…

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An Unexpected Guest – A UFO Christmas Story

(first published Dec 2014) This is set in the era of the original series, and comes some time after the episodes ‘Conflict’ and ‘Court Martial’. Doug Jackson was one of the most enigmatic of the characters in UFO, a man who seemed to have his own agenda at times. There is virtually no backstory for him and in this story I have attempted to give him some ‘past’, some reason…

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Moment of Truth

A UFO Story By Lightcudder ©May 2012 Usual disclaimers apply. Takes place approx three weeks after ‘The Man Who Came Back’ Dedicated to: ‘The London Five’. The green light gave the go-ahead, I punched the button and the carriage door slid open, releasing me onto the platform. Commuters hurried past on their way to work, holding newspapers, briefcases and the ever-present umbrella, even in such mild conditions. I had nothing…

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Caring for your Pestis Buggerit Cuniculus

Pestis Buggerit Cuniculus, or as it is more commonly know, Plot Bunny, is a creature known to inhabit even the most hostile areas of the world. Antarctic Field camps, the deepest abysses of the oceans, the scorching deserts of Africa, wherever mankind goes, PB Cuniculus is there as well. There is no danger of this small, and sometimes timid, creature ever becoming extinct, as it adapts almost instantaneously to any…

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