When First Contact Becomes Last Call
Nimi was a nobody.
Then he was the chosen.
Now he’s the sole survivor.
Nimi Korble endured a meteoric rise to fame, one that culminated in a tragic event seldom seen in the universe. Amazingly, he takes it all in stride, as he never sought the notoriety that doomed his species. This short interview explores what happens when a civilization completely botches first contact.
* As a special bonus, this short also includes the first chapter of Roy: The Most Chaotic Midlife Crisis in Cosmic History.
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My name is Zachry Wheeler and I’m a science fiction novelist based on Earth. I was chosen to serve as translator for all terrestrial editions of Puki Horpocket Presents, a literary series beloved throughout the universe.
It’s been a great honor.
It’s also been super stressful.
Decoding an alien tongue is daunting at a baseline, let alone through the prestigious lens of Puki Horpocket. He is renowned for his unique blend of commentary, interviews, and dramatic depictions. My job is to stick the landing for human readers. I sincerely hope that I do his words justice, but admittedly, I sometimes feel like a toddler translating Orwell.
The Durangoni Space Station is home to countless species and cultures, and thus, countless lexicons. Some things are universal, like beer. Other things are regional, like atmo barriers on artificial oceans. Some things are truly horrifying and do not warrant translation, regardless of their pop culture equivalents.
I did my best, but aliens be weird, y’all.
Puki Horpocket tales are chock-full of excitement, debauchery, and blatant disregard for delicate sensibilities. Fair warning: the language is lewd and the characters are crude, so keep your wits inside the vehicle and enjoy the ride.
Puki Horpocket Presents is a loosely connected spin-off series from Max and the Multiverse, in that it takes place on the massive Durangoni Space Station from book two.