Long Range Operator
Adrian M. Neville
One: Alien Son
Impossibly, the whole universe seemed to shake softly as the connection between Gliese 674 and Barnard's Star was established. Through the Gate like a quarter-kilometer-wide, silver-rimmed magnifying glass hanging in space the pale red glow of Barnard's Star shone through, darkened only by the silhouette of its lone planet, Eos. A thick mass of cables protruding from the rim curled inward and through the lens, physically connecting with its mate just over twelve light years away.
Almost immediately after the communications connection was established, an angel appeared on the main viewscreen of the Gnomon.
"Hello, Captain Holbrook. This is Hub City at Barnard's Star. Welcome back," said the angel with a smile.
Adam Holbrook, Operator of Axon's long-range constructor ship Gnomon, returned the traffic cont