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Posted by dunkelza , 17 February 2015 · 1,326 views

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Description: The long-awaited autobiography of three-time Sky Cup champion Lars Baak, Phantom Wings explores the tragic crash that nearly ended his mineral sports career and the years of trial and healing that turned him into a legendary {READ MORE}

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Fafnir Library Score: ✭✭✭✭✩ (4.3)

Excerpt:
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INTRODUCTION

They said that we wouldn’t feel it when the iris closed. A split-second before they shut, an implant at the base of our skull would to render us unconscious. That way, we wouldn’t feel the razor-sharp seal severing our damaged body parts. We would be safely unconscious, consuming less oxygen while we awaited rescue. A few months later, we’d wake up at L4 with a brand new arm, leg, whatever. We’d still have a lot of rehab to go through, but nothing like the trauma of regrowth.

I heard that Andropov was little more than a head when they pulled him out of my cockpit. He got a whole new body, more importantly, a new liver. Of course, when he finished his mineral sports career a few years later, he managed to drink his way through that body too. I miss him. He was a rat and a lout, but man… he knew how to enjoy life.

They said that we wouldn’t feel it when the iris closed. I did.

Officially, my implant failed because the interference from Andropov’s cockpit was blocking the signals. Maybe his didn’t work either. If so, he never talked about it. This was back in 2267, for those of you too young to remember. You probably learned that the “Gentlemen’s Agreement” ended human piloting in 2260. Well, like a lot of history- it wasn’t that simple. The change to drones was an iterative process.

The first stage was a greater emphasis on safety equipment. Back in the Fifties, when I started, us pilots were about two rocks and a pointy stick from sucking vacuum. We had armored cabs, old-school spacesuits, and not much else. All that the first Agreement did in 2260 was formalize a minimum amount of money that corps would spend on safety and collaborative research into lifesaving tech. The only real enforcement was knowing that the rest of us would gang up on your pilots if your corp didn’t follow through. After all, if your corp got away with cheaping out on your safety, our corps might’ve started cheaping out on ours.

The 2265-series “Haldeman” suits were an outgrowth of that shared research I mentioned. Our suits became armored rescue pods, complete with razor-sharp “bulkhead doors” that would iris shut to separate irreparably-damaged body parts from a (hopefully) salvageable head and torso. That’s what happened to me. Andropov’s cockpit came right through mine, crushing my right arm and leg, rupturing my suit seals in the process.

Some kid in Korea, a fan of mine, managed to snag the whole crash and toss it up on Ulibijeon. I’ve seen it, and a lot of the derivative mashups. Three minutes of my left side flailing in pain set to everything from Euroclassical to Afro-Peruvian Fogata.

A lot of people say that the crash changed me. It did. My new arm and leg weren’t real to me for a long time. I could still feel the old ones- the regrowths felt glued-on like those plastic prosthetics they used to use way back in the day. I was like a bird learning to fly with both real wings and phantom wings.

So yeah, it changed me. Hell, I even got charged with being a Red at one point, just because I told some reporters that I didn’t see how combat prospecting could ever be totally safe with human pilots in the cockpit. Look at the records, even with drones there are occasional deaths- accidents, suicides, mass murders. That doesn’t mean I think we shouldn’t do it.

I went back to it, if you recall. Three Sky Cups in total, still a record. I won two of those AFTER my crash. I love it. Even after all of the pain and loss, I still love it.

Heavens bless Gail. She’s learned to sleep through my nightmares. Some part of her subconscious knows to wake her up if I’m still shivering in my own sweat after an hour or so. She’s the one responsible for my strength, the strength that kept me in the games for years after other pilots had retired, cracked up, or taken a long walk down a short corridor to the airlock. I owe those championships to her.

That’s what my story is about. It’s about a broken-down pilot with phantom wings and the amazing woman who glued him back together. Ours is a story of triumph, with perhaps more than our fair share of tragedy. I’ll be honest- there were some years that I didn’t deserve her love. Years when I didn’t love myself… I’m both humbled and honored that you want to share that experience with us.
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Reviews: 4,152

Keller Mang (Riyadh Arco, Saudi EOZ) July 15, 2305- ☺︎231 ☹148
I was really impressed by how humble Lars is in this book. For a guy with three championships and a wife who still looks like a billion zilch, I don’t know- I guess I was expecting more “I’m so awesome”. If anything, he sounds like everyone around him did all the cool stuff and he just happened to be nearby. I loved the story, but afterwards I felt a bit disappointed. I mean, if everyone else did all the work, why am I reading a book about him? {READ MORE}

Alamea Wright (Green Ring, Virgo Station) July 23, 2305- ☺︎215 ☹191
Lars is nothing more that a self-aggrandizing lecher with a sob story to peddle. I haven’t been this disgusted with the hype around a story since Boyd Ulbrick tried to convince everyone he was a genuine rags-to-riches kid. Lars Baak sold out his team and his corporation when he started preaching that pro-gov nonsense about safety regulations and “fair pay”. I just hope that when everyone finished reading this pile of garbage, they will see Baak for the cowardly quisling he really is!

Keandre Baumbach (Sydney Arco, New South Wales EOZ) July 18, 2305- ☺︎207 ☹105
I’m really happy this story finally got told. Baak had a very long career in mineral sports and got to live through a lot of changes. In many ways, the book is less about his personal changes and more about him morphing to fit into a changing world. I recommend getting the estory over the ebook, but don’t bother with the ensense. Tim Sosa is just not believable in the role, but the performances on the eStory are fantastically spot on. Carlos Gilani’s voice is a dead ringer for Baak’s and… {READ MORE}

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Feb 17 2015 03:25 AM

Very solid. This gives us a look at the megacorporations' attention to the bottom line, and just how bad things got before the switch to drone tech occurred. Also, little queues such as "Green Ring, Virgo Station" give us nods to where humanity's living in the future. Earth isn't the only place in need of resources, and I'm sure that ice sells well to a station that has no natural water supply of its own.

 

Really good work, Dunkelza. Pieces like this build the universe for the game. Folks will appreciate if the game's lore is held to a high standard, just like the game's mechanics!

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I agree GH  very well done with plenty of information ...   Be cool to get the Sky Cup back in play :)

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So when does the whole book become available? :)

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2305. :D

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Wow, such detail and accuracy, from the prices to the reviews! Man, this is the kind of writing you hope to see in a game!

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