Gravity Poisoning is a short story by Loren L. Coleman, published via BattleCorps on 30 July 2004. It was also published in print in the second BattleCorps print anthology, First Strike, in 2010.
|| When the civil war comes home to New Avalon, the first wave of attacks take place high above the planet and in the cold, dark reaches of space. Against this backdrop, an aerospace pilot struggles for hope. Story by Loren L. Coleman.
Launching from the Excalibur-class DropShip Blue Corona, Stingray pilot Eric Domingo and his wingman Patyr fight a delaying action against the forces of Victor Steiner-Davion to cover the retreating loyalist DropShips. Over the course of the intense dogfighting, Patyr's fighter is destroyed and Eric ends up dropping through New Avalon's atmosphere in a badly damaged craft, with a light enemy fighter in pursuit. He manages to destroy the enemy fighter but cannot save his own craft from the pull of gravity. Regretting the choices he made that lead up to this point, Eric decides he perhaps needs to talk to the other pilot who ejected safely, and prepares to crashland his own doomed spacecraft nearby.
- Subaltern Eric Domingo