She is a flash of yellow when she drops out of FTL, going .9 c in a sleek ship marred by a tracery of energy-weapon scars. She is a spray of actinic blue when she crashes through the Engsson barrier at the edge of Norbeq system. And she is a steady burn of fusion red as she decelerates at tremendous g to allow Norbeqi fast cruisers to catch up and arrest her.
“Drive Like Lightning …”
Ray Gun Revival; Novo Pulp; Tocsin and Other Stories
About the story: With an introduction inspired by Zelazny’s story “Passion Play” and a theme inspired by his Alien Speedway.