Art of the Deal
|Art of the Deal|
|Author||Loren L. Coleman|
|Interior artwork||Matt Plog|
|First published||11 August 2004|
|Era||Civil War era|
|Timeline||7 April 3065|
It is one of the stories that can be downloaded for free from the BattleCorps site to advertise it, and was included in the BattleCorps Fiction Sampler.
|“||Nikolai Kwiatkowski searches for a way to advance in Ceres Metals.||”|
Evolved from a throw-away line in Technical Readout: Project Phoenix that is quoted in the preface, the story narrates a "raid" by General Motors on 7 April 3065 at a life-fire test range of their competitor, Ceres Metals, on Warlock. It demonstrates the superiority of the upgraded GM Phoenix Hawk over the Ceres Metals BJ2-O Blackjack Omni undergoing retrials. The unusual demonstration, combined with a message from Giovanni Estrella de la Sangre, prompts Overseer pro-tem Nikolai Kwiatkowski to consider his options with General Motors, especially given that the destruction of the Blackjack that he directed to engage the Phoenix Hawk does not bode well for his career otherwise.