The United States Air Force uses number codes to describe the condition of parts in or from an aircraft. This is called a "How Malfunction" code, or "How Mal" for short. The How Mal code 780 indicates the part is bent, buckled, collapsed, dented, distorted, or twisted.
The twelve stories in How Mal 780 carefully fall into any, or all, of the above designations. Some stories push the boundaries of good taste, and some clearly step over that line, shotgun in hand. From a garage band pursued by Killer Dogs to a pair of Geeks on a zany road trip to Miami, these stories will entertain and/or confuse you. So grab a beer and a bucket and start reading today!
Paul J Belanger was born in Western Massachusetts in 1966. He joined the Air Force at 18 as an aircraft electrician and became interested in aviation. In 1988 he began flying, earned his private pilot certificate in 1992, and moved to Colorado Springs to complete flight school. Paul currently lives in Maine where he is a charter pilot and co-owner of Lost Luggage Studios LLC, with his brother Jamie.
After a botched arrest attempt, Detective Debbie Mason's life begins spiraling out of control, forcing her to question whether fighting crime at all is worth the effort. The only thing holding her together is the support from the other officers who treat her like family.
But even with the entire department looking out for her, nothing could prepare Debbie for the arrival of Garrett Carmichael, a stone-cold killer sent on a mission of mass homicide by his mysterious employer.
While the Bectolothian home world is being torn apart by civil war, their military ignites another conflict with the Terrans. As the Terran war machine builds momentum, a Bect spy betrays Peter McCabe. Terran and Bect forces converge on Vale-4, where Peter is busy building a family with Gaelei. The Terrans want Peter to help them fight the Bect. The Bect want Peter dead. Amidst the turmoil, a surprising third choice appears.
With war on every front, spies on every side, and the lines of friendship so blurry, how can Peter know who to trust?
After a rough skirmish, a strange object is picked up by the United Earth carrier Ticonderoga. Within the object, the ship's scientists find something even stranger: a man, cryogenically frozen and shot into space more than 300 years ago. The fact that he's still technically alive raises questions of Fate's hand in life and war.