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results thread on its way!!

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Hello all! I'm ba-ack!

Apologies for, um, forgetting to set this up before I went off on my hols. Thanks to eamon1961 for getting the voting going.

In terms of a closing date: this voting thread will live until 23:59 on Saturday 5 October, and I'll try my darnedest to get the results out to you on Sunday :-)

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REDD 3 (Not yet in the cinema, but one day....)

Saw a Judge on the way back from Holo-golf. Lounging on his bike, eating a munce-burger. Stopped myself from disciplining him. I'm not Judge Dredd any more. Just Dredd.

Home. Trouble hits me like a hi-ex round. Three of them: I take two out with an electric cable and one with a hoover attachment. Amateurs.

Got to get away from here. Got to get to her.

Anderson.

Not a judge any more. Just a sweet lady listening to the voices in her head.

She opens the door before I can knock. "They're coming for me," she says. "We need to get out of here."

We're driving and she tells me the phone's about to ring. Malkovich. These goons came for him too. Got out by the liver-spotted skin of his messed-up head.

We meet. Justice Department looms over us. Place looks like a scuffed up shoe.

Anderson, Malkovich and me. The old team. We're missing Mirren and Freeman. Good rookies, killed before they could get old.

We worked one assignment together. Brought a Judge back from the Cursed Earth. Found him curled up in a cave, weeping like a baby. The Long Walk did that to a man. Now it's all retirement plans. Lunar cruises. Yoga.

Who remembers the Judge brought back from the dead? Who knows that we brought him in? An inside job, for sure.

Breaking through security is easy. Malkovich can distract a room just by talking. Once he's got them hooked, we reel them in. Soon we're past the lobby, a hill of bodies left behind.

Aim for the top. We're not looking for some back-room boy. 89th floor. Chief Justice level. Law and order embodied in one man and I don't trust him one bit.

Out of the lift on 89. All quiet.

I walk to the window. I want to see the city, stretched out like a blanket over the earth. A blanket riddled with tics and fleas, no sort of bed I'd ever want to sleep in.

Anderson says: "Time to take a closer look, Joe."

She opens glass doors onto a balcony. The stench comes: oil, munce, sweat, death.

For once I know what she's thinking. "A closer look? You mean?"

"Yes, Joe."

She grabs one arm, Malkovich the other. A younger Dredd would have waved them away like bugs.

"Who was he?" I say. "The old judge on the Long Walk?"

"No idea," Anderson says.

"Then why?"

"For Mirren. And Freeman. And all the other rookies that didn't make Judge because you let them die."

"If they weren't up to the job...."

"It was your duty to protect them. We trusted you. We followed you. And half of us didn't make our second year."

"You've waited all this time?"

"Look at me," she says, tiny like a sparrow. Malkovich, skinny as paper. They could never have done this before. Now I've got aching knees, a stiff back, shooting pains in my wrists. Suddenly Anderson and Malkovich are strong enough.

Strong enough to push.

Time to take a closer look, Joe.

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Good God, she's going to do it... she's actually going to enter the Story Comp....

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General / Win a hardcover copy of Trifecta!
« on: 12 August, 2013, 12:13:17 AM »
How?

By entering the brand new, all-star Story Comp:

http://forums.2000adonline.com/index.php/topic,39011.0.html

Closing date: 8 September. Winner gets the book. That is all.

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Wilkommen, bienvenue, welcome to the 32nd DVD in the ever-growing boxset that is the 2000AD Forum Story Comp.

Thanks to our last winner, the marvellous Alski, we have a new theme. It's time for a 2000AD MOVIE MASH-UP.

Give us Monty Pythons Life Of Halo Jones, Dreddy Potter, Die Hard in Downlode... Twothy characters meet Hollywood, Bollywood, Pinewood or Ed Wood.

No more than 500 words, please, and we'll go for a closing date of Sunday 8 September, so that everyone can take a holiday :-)

Oh, and the prize: winner takes all - one hardcover copy of Trifecta to the winner of the popular vote. Oh yes, oh yes indeed!

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General / Re: RESULTS THREAD - Progs in Space! The 31st Forum Story Comp
« on: 05 August, 2013, 12:26:26 PM »
Congrats to Alski!

PM me with thoughts for the next comp :-)

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General / Re: RESULTS THREAD - Progs in Space! The 31st Forum Story Comp
« on: 05 August, 2013, 12:25:54 PM »
ALSKI!!

Here's the winning story:

DREDD SPACE


“Dredd to control - we’ve got another cape.”

Dredd frowned, because it seemed like he was speaking those words far too much recently. “Capes” was the obvious nickname given to certain individuals who had been experimented on by Dr Julius Hathaway, a man who claimed he wanted to improve the human race, but in Dredd’s eyes was just another lawbreaking creep.

Giving normal citizens super powers was only asking for trouble, especially when most of them couldn’t be trusted to cross the road without breaking the law.

At least Hathaway had, before he was arrested and cubed, aimed his experiments at what could be considered upstanding cits, ones who genuinely wanted to help. The problem was that they hadn’t been trained by the Academy Of Law, hadn’t memorized the many, twisted laws of the city, hadn’t had a copy of “Dredd’s Comportment” under their pillow at nights, hoping the wisdom of Ol’ Stoney Face would somehow seep through. Laser vision was fine unless you were someone who had trouble using a laz knife to cut butter.

All this ran through Dredd’s mind as he sized up the situation. There was certainly plenty of fire, cause no doubt by said laser vision. There was also a few charred mobster corpses and melted weapons, plus a man in a cape (natch) kneeling on the floor with lasers shooting from his eyes and burrowing through the floor. Dredd noticed that both the man’s hands were charred stumps, as if he had unsuccessfully tried to stop the beams himself. At least the wounds were immediately cauterized, thought Dredd.

“It won’t stop!” screamed the man, who Dredd knew was Bobbert Bobinson of the respectable Sandy Bullock block on the East side.

“Close your eyes, citizen Bobinson!” shouted Dredd.

“I tried,” sobbed Bobinson. “ I tried, but the laser just burned through my eyelids. Please, Judge, I only wanted to help.”

Dredd came up behind him, laying a gloved hand on one shoulder, gently so as not to startle him.

“You know what has to happen, don’t you citizen?” he asked.

“Yes… just do it, Judge, before I drill through the drokking planet.”

A second and a bullet later it was over. Another malfunctioning super power , another dead cit, another few years on Hathaway’s sentence. Dredd had no doubt that Justice Department would be pouring over his records, salivating at the prospect of super powered Judges at some point in the future. Personally, Dredd hoped he wasn’t around to see it, traditionalist that he was.

He reached into Bobinson’s pocket, and as expected found his membership card. Pretty sad, but it had made the cits feel like they were somehow official, excusing their actions. He held it up, and confirmed that Citizen Bobbert Boninson was indeed a member of Super Powers Against Criminal Enterprizes.

“S.P.A.C.E,” muttered Dredd, a familiar sneer creeping across his face. He dropped the card on the body and walked away. “Dead space now…”

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General / RESULTS THREAD - Progs in Space! The 31st Forum Story Comp
« on: 05 August, 2013, 12:25:29 PM »
Well, the hot weather took its toll on our most recent Story Comp. Thanks to all those who battled the sunshine and entered. The theme this time was SPACE, and we had a one earthlet, one vote system for picking our winner.

So without further ado, I can announce that the winner of Story Comp #31 is:

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All you folks who are popping by to view the Story Comp - give someone a vote! It won't take long!

We'll be coming up smiling in the next Story Comp. I reckon the writers will all be back in action now it's started raining again....

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That's your lot - happy reading and happy voting!

(And extra thanks to eamon for killing off Judge Festina... still, I guess that means we can have a prequel!!)

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The Deep Space Job
By eamon1961


"Good morning, Mr Alpha. We've been expecting you. Do struggle against your bonds. It will do you no good but I would find it entertaining."

Ernst Redfield regarded the bounty hunter with scarred eyes.

"You have been sent here to bring me to trial on Zoladex 4. Yet I wonder how they intend to convict me when key witnesses have recently suffered a change of heart, quite literally in a couple of cases. "

Johnny Alpha's mutated eyes blazed at the crime lord. "What have you done with Wulf?"

"Relax, Mr Alpha. The imposing Mr Sternhammer is sleeping peacefully and soon this vessel will rendezvous with a slaver ship from Khund. I imagine he will make quite a price at the auction.
As you will see you I have all your clever devices. Sternhammer's Happystick, your blasters, the electroknux, and this elaborate helmet of yours. All safe and sound and ready to add to my collection after we push your body out of the airlock. You should know, Mr Alpha, that I always do my research. I know who has been sent after me. I know their strengths and their particular weaknesses. Fascinating stuff, research. But I can't spend all morning chatting with you Mr Alpha. Things to do, people to kill."

"How did you do it, Redfield? How did you make Judge Festina disappear just when she was building the case against you?"

"Well now, that would be telling but I suppose as you're not going to be with us for much longer. It's all down to research again. When we found that the Judge was not susceptible to our monetary approaches we discovered that she spent one morning a week volunteering in an orphanage. How very charming.
From there it was a fairly easy task to infiltrate the youngest member of my team into the orphans home. Young Adam. Such a prodigious talent for 9 years old. Once done we got creative with plascrete. You know that asteroid belt above Proteolos Minor? Let's just say Judge Festina sleeps with the stars tonight.
Now I really must dash. Take a deep breath Mr Alpha. You will need it. "

"We did our research too, Redfield. That's why we're here."

"What can you possibly mean?"

"My helmet. It's been recording everything. Sub-etheric transmission to the Hall of Justice. They have it all by now. Wulf!"

There was a brief scuffle with a security guard and then the giant Viking strode into the room. A couple of taps with his retrieved happy stick and Alpha stood free besides him.

"Ah, Johnny. This dummkopf did not know ve have the nose filters. No sleeping for us, ja"

"Whatever they are paying you, Alpha, I'll double it."

"Research letting you down again, Redfield. Festina was a friend of ours. This isn't business, this is personal."

"Ja. Ve do you for free."

"No use struggling or planning any wild escape attempts, Redfield. After all, in space no one can hear you scheme."

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DREDD SPACE
By Alski


“Dredd to control - we’ve got another cape.”

Dredd frowned, because it seemed like he was speaking those words far too much recently. “Capes” was the obvious nickname given to certain individuals who had been experimented on by Dr Julius Hathaway, a man who claimed he wanted to improve the human race, but in Dredd’s eyes was just another lawbreaking creep.

Giving normal citizens super powers was only asking for trouble, especially when most of them couldn’t be trusted to cross the road without breaking the law.

At least Hathaway had, before he was arrested and cubed, aimed his experiments at what could be considered upstanding cits, ones who genuinely wanted to help. The problem was that they hadn’t been trained by the Academy Of Law, hadn’t memorized the many, twisted laws of the city, hadn’t had a copy of “Dredd’s Comportment” under their pillow at nights, hoping the wisdom of Ol’ Stoney Face would somehow seep through. Laser vision was fine unless you were someone who had trouble using a laz knife to cut butter.

All this ran through Dredd’s mind as he sized up the situation. There was certainly plenty of fire, cause no doubt by said laser vision. There was also a few charred mobster corpses and melted weapons, plus a man in a cape (natch) kneeling on the floor with lasers shooting from his eyes and burrowing through the floor. Dredd noticed that both the man’s hands were charred stumps, as if he had unsuccessfully tried to stop the beams himself. At least the wounds were immediately cauterized, thought Dredd.

“It won’t stop!” screamed the man, who Dredd knew was Bobbert Bobinson of the respectable Sandy Bullock block on the East side.

“Close your eyes, citizen Bobinson!” shouted Dredd.

“I tried,” sobbed Bobinson. “ I tried, but the laser just burned through my eyelids. Please, Judge, I only wanted to help.”

Dredd came up behind him, laying a gloved hand on one shoulder, gently so as not to startle him.

“You know what has to happen, don’t you citizen?” he asked.

“Yes… just do it, Judge, before I drill through the drokking planet.”

A second and a bullet later it was over. Another malfunctioning super power , another dead cit, another few years on Hathaway’s sentence. Dredd had no doubt that Justice Department would be pouring over his records, salivating at the prospect of super powered Judges at some point in the future. Personally, Dredd hoped he wasn’t around to see it, traditionalist that he was.

He reached into Bobinson’s pocket, and as expected found his membership card. Pretty sad, but it had made the cits feel like they were somehow official, excusing their actions. He held it up, and confirmed that Citizen Bobbert Boninson was indeed a member of Super Powers Against Criminal Enterprizes.

“S.P.A.C.E,” muttered Dredd, a familiar sneer creeping across his face. He dropped the card on the body and walked away. “Dead space now…”

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2000AD: A Space Oddity
By eamon1961


It started when we discovered the Monolith. That’s what we called him. That giant figure just standing there, so tall, so massive, so still. A lot of people cried hoax but we know what it really was. Something extra-terrestrial, not of this world, alien. He had those weird letters on his chest, they meant something but we didn't know what. And then we picked up the signal and knew that something was coming. Somewhere out beyond Pluto was an alien spacecraft and it was heading our way.

Rather than just sit back and wait the International Space Agency decided to send up one of the new Shuttles to intercept and try and establish contact. Which is how I came to be on board the ISA Belardinelli heading out of Earth orbit. I was trying to decipher their radio signals and communicate. We had to find out if they were a threat, but the language was impossibly garbled and beyond all of my translating software.

We hadn't even got as far as the Mars orbital plane when we realised that we now had multiple incoming signals. The first craft was the largest and was approaching fast but there were two smaller vessels that appeared to be chasing it. And that’s when the radio crackled to life with something we could understand: “Terran craft, this is Officer Zagger. We are in pursuit of a rogue trader. Do not interfere”.

We were heading into some galactic conflict that we knew nothing about. Our mission parameters said nothing about this but we pressed on. And that’s when things got weird. The first craft sped up and started to move past us, while the pursuers discharged some form of energy weapons at its tail. The radio continued to spout incomprehensible garbage which meant nothing to us but somehow it infected our computers. We lost navigation, telecommunications, and propulsion. All over the shuttle speakers started to echo with verses from old songs. The ghost was in our machine.

Our computer screens showed a kaleidoscope of weird coloured lights. The Captain started ranting about seeing himself in bed. Engineer Poole was shouting about some doors he wanted to open on eBay. At least I think that was what he was saying. And Hadfield produced a guitar and started singing. Where did he get a guitar from on a space shuttle? It was as if our whole ship was experiencing a psychedelic trip. I’m sure it all meant something but even now, 45 years later, I still haven’t figured out what.

And just like that it was over. All our systems rebooted and screens flickered back into life. The two smaller vessels had disappeared and the larger craft had moved past Earth and was heading out into deep space again. Then the translation software finally managed to produce something recognisable and we heard their final message “Thanks for looking after him, good buddies. And a big ten-ten till we do it again. Garp out!”

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SPACED OUT ZOMBO
By SimeonB


The zombie stared at the chaos around him, unaware of the flames, or the smoke, or the loud klaxon blaring overhead. He noticed a large, green-skinned creature wearing speedos bearing down on him, then noticed nothing more as his head was removed from his torso with a single punch. Without breaking stride, Zombo moved quickly into the next corridor of the wrecked spaceship and increased his pace. The klaxon suddenly stopped and was replaced with a female voice:

"Whilst there is no cause for alarm, your Government does recommend you abandon ship. Trust your Government."

The wailing klaxon began again.

A large bulkhead door loomed through the shadows of the thick smoke, forcing Zombo to stop suddenly. He adjusted his speedos, and looked around him for another way out. From his left, two more zombies lurched into view. Zombo leapt towards them and swing his fists down on top of their heads, squishing their squelchy brains into their squelchy necks. He was about to set off up the corridor they had come from when he noticed a half eaten arm that one of them had been carrying. Zombo didn't recall when he had last eaten and was about to pick it up and have a bite when the klaxon stopped again.

"The hull of this ship has been breached," said the female voice "which invariably means certain death for all. This should be mostly painless. Your Government thanks you for your attention. Trust your Government.”

Snack time was over before it had begun. He had to find a way out NOW! As the klaxon blared out again, the smoke partially cleared up ahead and he saw a sign saying “Lifepod Ahead”. Zombo fist-pumped the air and ran forwards, skidding slightly on one of the dead zombie’s squelchy bits. The corridor ended in a door with a green control panel next to it. The sign above read:

“LIFEPOD ACTIVATED”

Relieved the thing was working, Zombo moved towards the control panel and pressed it. Nothing happened. Frustration washed over him and he smashed his fist into the panel. The colour changed from green to red and the sign now read:

“DO YOU WANT TO OPEN THIS DOOR?”

The smoke was getting thicker again and Zombo could hear an ominous creaking sound below him. Seeing as punching the panel seemed to be working he hit it again. The sign changed:

“ARE YOU REALLY SURE?”

Zombo growled and punched.

“OK – IF YOU’RE SURE…”

The door opened and Zombo was ejected into the cold darkness of space...

* * * *

Zombo awoke to find himself on the hard floor of a Government spaceship. A severe, bespectacled woman was looking down on him:

“You are SUCH an idiot!” she yelled “I said DISABLE the ship, not blow it up! We should have left you out there to rot!”

“Um, sorry Missus Lawyer” he said getting to his feet. A tall, thin man was standing at her side and Zombo smiled.

“Hullo Mister Lofty. Can I eat you, please?”

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