This story is in my book "The Honeycomb Comet" which is now available at Author House -- Amazon -- Barnes and Noble and other fine book sellers, search for "Roger Bourke White Jr."

Pressure Point

by Roger Bourke White Jr., started Feb 2007


What happens when space explorers find something incredibly new, and incredibly valueable to mankind? Not valuable in some namby-pamby, "Oh this will help humanity so much!"-way, but valuable in the, "I'm willing to pay a King's Ransom for that!"-way.

Read on and find out about Rubyzin....
Characters Useful facts for this story
  • Frank Manly -- pilot, narrator
  • John Korliss -- propulsion engineer
  • Jack Cracker -- navigator/"weather" expert
  • Ned Hansley -- science officer
  • Jason Fillhorn -- the team member who stayed on Titan
  • Dr. Langhorn and Jabe Kalanov -- Investors on Titan
  • 8 AU is about 1 light-hour
  • Saturn's orbit (Titan) 10AU
  • Neptune's orbit 30AU
  • at the time of this story there are human colonies of a hundred thousand or more on Moon, Mars, Mercury and Titan
  • mankind travels through space using constant acceleration propulsion, and does not have FTL capability
  • about a hundred years ealier, a large remnant of an alien civilization (The HX) was discovered in the solar system: The Honeycomb Comet