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Art of the Deal

Art of the Deal
Product information
Type Short story
Author Loren L. Coleman
Pages 9
Interior artwork Matt Plog
Publication information
Publisher BattleCorps
First published 11 August 2004
Era Civil War era
Timeline 7 April 3065

Art of the Deal is a short story by Loren L. Coleman, published via BattleCorps. It was also published in print in the first BattleCorps anthology, The Corps.

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.

Teaser textEdit

Nikolai Kwiatkowski searches for a way to advance in Ceres Metals.

Plot summaryEdit

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.

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