M4. The Twist

“Today’s the day you reclaim your humanity. Do you remember how to make the mind-linking cable like I taught you?”

“Oh! Oh, yes!” A red tentacle popped from the ground beside her. Its tip split into two, and each of those tips split into two, and so on, until the tentacle ended with a fibrous cable. “Like this, right?”

M3. The Escape Plan

Another hundred artificial days had passed. She could not remember how many times she had counted a hundred artificial days, but the artificial day differed from a precise 24-hour duration, so tracking time was impractical anyway. If she had to guess, she would guess she crashed on the Hurricane twelve years ago.

M2 Commentary: Mind-Melds

On one hand, mind-melding the pilots of giant robots is a natural extension of having multiple robot-pilots in the first place. It just makes sense. Have you ever played QWOP? Voltron, a robot with a separate pilot for its left and right legs, should hardly be able to walk! It’s better to say, “no, no, all the pilots are blended together so they can coordinate perfectly.”

On the other hand, I feel like there’s more to it.

M1. The Fall

Professor Akayama could not quantify the duration of her fall after the Hurricane ripped her spaceship in half. Each half of the Zephyr’s head spun into space in opposite directions, while she seemed to spin in place until she lost consciousness. Each time she woke and opened her eyes, she saw the red Hurricane Planet approaching beneath her. She lost consciousness like this seven times, and each time she prayed she could hit the ground and die before she woke once more and had to see the Hurricane again.

She wasn’t so lucky. She splashed face-down in a deep ocean of warm, pearly, pulpy liquid.

She had no strength to swim, but she floated to the surface and rolled face-up. Her lab coat kept her afloat as she languished in half-awareness for, it felt like, nine days. She had to guess at the duration because she saw only red Hurricane Planets speckling the black sky; she would die without the familiar sight of the earth and sun from her moon base. She was too distant to see even the Milky Way.