MissionSRX: Before Space Recon

by Matthew D. White

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An unwitting sacrifice. A spark to ignite the galaxy.

Ten years before Commander Grant and his SR-X experimental fighter left the ground, the U.S.C. Defiance became the flashpoint for humanity’s First Contact War. While unprepared for the devastating assault from an alien race that was by all previous accounts peaceful, the crew will need to band together if any are to have any hope of survival. Forging within them a steadfast determination, they must go beyond their capabilities and stand united not as mere technicians, but as soldiers of humanity.

With the only hope of a rescue light-years away, will they hold on long enough to warn the fleet of the war that is to come?

A short story and introduction to the Mission:SRX universe.
11,100 words.

Praise for Before Space Recon:

5 Stars! Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite
White's hard military science fiction novella is an original and exciting first contact thriller that pits a heroic captain and his crew against an implacable alien enemy. While this story is relatively short, White fully develops the three story lines that comprise its plot. The reader gets to see the perspectives of not only Lieutenant Commander Hughes and Lieutenant Kael of one of the outposts waiting for supplies from The Defiance, but also that of the Aquillians, who are convinced they are acting for their very survival against an invading empire. The battle scenes are well-enacted and authentic and the action takes place at breathtaking speed. MissionSRX: Before Space Recon is highly recommended.