By Iain M. Banks
Sharrow was the chief of a personality-attuned wrestle group in a single of the sporadic little advertisement wars within the civilization established round the planet Golter. Now she is hunted by means of the Huhsz, a spiritual cult which believes that she is the final difficulty prior to the faith's apotheosis, and her purely wish of get away is to discover the final of the apocalyptically strong Lazy weapons sooner than the Huhsz locate her.
Her trip in the course of the unique Golterian process is a damaging and savage odyssey into her previous, and that of her kin and of the process itself.
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Even during crisis situations, when action levels are highest, a single tactical officer will respond in the least ambiguous manner, with a minimum number of significant order confirmations and command interrogatives. the event the senior officer is called to Away Team duty or is otherwise indisposed. 1, presents the Security Officer with information readouts dealing with the internal protection of the Enterprise and its crew. The first tier of coverage involves a benign, low-level approach, watching over basic crew safety.
The other two seating positions in the command area include somewhat larger information display terminal screens, which permit these officers to access and manipulate data as part of their duties. Cruise Mode operating rules require a shift Commanding Officer to be on duty at all times, although the presence of other command personnel is optional, depending on specific mission requirements. Yellow and Red Alert operating rules generally require the presence of at least two command personnel, in addition to Conn and Ops.
Against a Dark Background by Iain M. Banks