I want to thank you all for your patience with Drive while I finished up my film, Stripped. I have missed Drive like you can’t even imagine. I love this story, I love these characters, I love the whole thing. It’s a fantastic sandbox to play in…and I’m so happy to get back to it.
To help us all remember where we were in the storyline, Drive reader PLB kindly wrote up this summary of events. (Did he miss anything you think is worth mentioning? Add it in the comments, below, for your fellow readers!)
Losing a war with the Continuum of Makers, humanity’s only hope lies with a lost race of creatures who can pilot a starship with almost superhuman skill. The Emperor tasks the scout ship Machito to find these creatures, and convince them to use their gravimetric senses to pilot humanity’s ships.
Captain Taneel, Nosh, Skitter, Orla and Cuddow:
In that quest, most of the crew heads to the crime world Slaughter, known for it’s violence…and its trade. Barely having landed on Slaughter, Orla got herself in trouble with one of head of a crime family: The Sett. Against her captain’s order, Orla had grabbed a young Asteen who was running away with a shop-lifted necklace. Unfortunately for her, this tangled her up with the massive crime family headed up by The Sett…who sentences her to fight in the arena.
Back on the Machito, ‘Nando was visited by the Robin Hood-like outlaws, the Tres Primos. They sneak on board, tell ‘Nando to examine what he knows about his father, and fly off again. Their ship, it’s worth noting, is piloted by one of Skitter’s people.
Still bummed out that Tesskil got cracked in half by the Continuum, he must now deal with the rogue Spark of Thought ship being flown erratically across space by the ever-violent Tesskans.
With cool-headed destructive power, The Continuum continues to demand that humanity return the stolen Spirit. But with their massive new ship, the Spark of Thought, now being in Tesskans hands, we can only assume that a counter-attack is being carefully prepared.
While it’s been weeks since the Machito’s crew left Veeta, rumor has it that he is still deleting pages after pages of emails filled with pictures of seals, courtesy of his grandson.