Author Archives: Kenneth Richard Hardman

About Kenneth Richard Hardman

AncestorClips are very short stories about very real people. Each clip nurtures awareness of a time, a place, and the character of a man or woman who cultivated a path for our life. The reader feels the good, the obstacles, the happiness, the sadness, and the overcoming. They cheer us, make us resilient when challenged, give us purpose, and connect us to our multi-generational family. Each story is followed by reflections from the author and readers sharing how the story strengthened or inspired them. Ken Hardman is a son, a brother, a grandson, a great-grandson… He is also a husband, father and grand-father. Ken is a professional engineer, engineering mentor, technical writer, and associate technical fellow at a major aerospace company. He is a writer of engineering and family history stories. Please join Ken in reading, reflecting upon, or writing #AncestorClips

Polaris Station – Novelette Part 8


(Continued from Part 7) “Houston to Captain Parker, Emergency. I repeat, Houston to Polaris Station, we have an emergency.” Kendall looked up at A4 who stopped the recording. “We copy, Flight. Give us the scoop.” “M-479 has been compromised. I … Continue reading

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Polaris Station – Novelette Part 7


(Continued from Part 6) Kendall and A4 discontinued their inspections and looked up at the momentum stream. “Go ahead, Flight.” “It occurs at approximately 12 hour intervals over the equator. The last several events were initiated roughly along 120 degrees … Continue reading

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Polaris Station – Novelette Part 6 with Illustration


(Continued from Part 5) (Figure – This is a collage of several vantage points in the story. In the background is the Earth at night with lights of North America showing. In the lower right is the Earth with two … Continue reading

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Polaris Station – Novelette Part 5


(Continued from Part 4) Kendall finished his breakfast in the control room while checking status monitors for the 4.3 meter Hubble-7 telescope as well as the primary solar and the Arctic earth scanners. All nominal and ready for Earth and … Continue reading

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Polaris Station – Reference Figure 1


Earth Night with Sun

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Polaris Station – Novelette Part 4


(Continued from Part 3) Kendall discovered the message by accident when the station vibrated. Next to channel seven on the inertial display, the decryption read, “The gauntlet is thrown.” “Who’s on my private frequency?” Kendall spoke to an empty control … Continue reading

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Polaris Station – Novelette Part 3


(Continued from Part 2) Another person stood and commanded attention by his full gray suit and well groomed hair. “I have a question,” he said in a respectful tone. “Yes, sir,” Kendall and Katya said in unison. “Katya, I understand … Continue reading

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Polaris Station – Novelette Part 2


(Continued from Part 1) Katya’s eyes narrowed, her head tilted down. “As stated in the presentation, it would be a fraction of the cost of what we would lose in productivity due to a day’s loss of the internet.” Kendall … Continue reading

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Polaris Station – Novelette Part 1


Kendall Parker retreated from the podium, conceding the remainder of the speech to his colleague at the 2027 International Space Environments Conference. He sat down, silent, probing each face in the audience, desperate to know their reaction, anxious for Katya … Continue reading

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A Continuous Ring of 175,955 Satellites


Just after sunset, Kendall and Katya took a walk up their favorite canyon, their last opportunity for two years. “Can you believe we’ve come this far,” Kendall thought back to their graduate days. “To think that the research of two … Continue reading

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