How I Saved the Galaxy (on a Limited Budget)
by Aidan Doyle
This all happened so many years ago that I can finally tell someone the true story of how I stopped an alien invasion. For reasons I won't go into, I was assigned to an outpost in a part of the galaxy frequented only by mining robots. Sometimes you're just in the wrong place at the right time.
Well, all right, if you must know, I didn't make a lot of friends in my previous posting. All I'll say is that if you're ever assigned to a battleship called Invincible 3, asking what happened to the first two Invincibles probably won't endear you to your commanding officer.
And so I found myself on a dead planet with only an AI for company. As far as AIs go, Shin wasn't too bad. It didn't like being stuck on a base with such limited bandwidth either. Most AIs have a real thing about wanting to install the latest security upgrades and our station didn't have the budget for all of the upgrades, so Shin resorted to unofficial patches.
One morning Shin woke me earlier than scheduled. "An alien attack fleet is heading towards us, Hideyoshi. They've ignored my warnings."
I was still half asleep. "Shouldn't there be sirens going off?"
"It's just you and me here, Hideyoshi."
I didn't need to be reminded.
"I've informed you of the urgency of the situation," Shin said. "A siren is not required."
I wasn't going to argue the point. I scrambled out of bed and Shin projected a display for me. I almost had a heart attack.
The alien fleet was huge. What the hell was I going to do? Our base was ostensibly designed to protect nearby mining projects, but I'd always figured any raiders could attack the mining operations without disturbing us.
"They ignored my warning about the spear of god," Shin said.