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DoItForScience

Joined July 2009 and calls Ficly home.

54 stories, 5 challenges, 689 comments, and 15 friends

I write some things, I bullshit others. My age is a secret. Second class gramma ninja extraordinaire, international spy for the League of Awesomeness. Shhhhhh….

Thanks to Phil Plait of Bad Astronomy for leading me to this site.

Stories

  1. Peleponnese Playing

    Imagine being able to live in the past, whenever and where ever you wanted, and yet to have the conveniences and life-saving medicine of the present. Such is the hubris of Man that we thought we could live that dream without being changed by it. The st...

  2. Machines and Machinations

    The sound of automatic rifle fire burst through the trees and the four survivors dove to the dirt. No bullets splashed near them, so they kept low and crept toward the edge of the forest. Ahead of them was a lone, solid, brick building: The Seabrook Ar...

  3. Lost Transmission

    Coded Transmission received from relative heading (179.98, 179.99) 0102 Hrs 1-1-34 LE Transmission is a series of long and short pulses of the following pattern [L denotes long pulse, S denotes short pulse, / indicates break in pulses]: LLS S LS S SLS ...

  4. Blood curdling

    Well, most of them froze. Vlad took two more steps before he noticed that the others had stopped. “What is it?” he asked. “Didn’t you hear that scream?” asked Beth, incredulous. “Yes. It came from ahead of us.”...

  5. Vlad Confronts the Teens

    “My name is Vladimir Petraczynski. Call me Vlad.” Vlad stepped out of the shadows under the eaves of the wood. He wore a hunting jacket and camo suit. He had a large knife easily accessible and very, very visible. A pair of binoculars hung ...

  6. Cyanide

    Andolfo had been a gravedigger for a decade, digging holes in this hallowed ground since he had to bury his young wife in this cemetery. Tonight he dug in the raging storm, but not to bury. The rain slid off the head of the stone angel on the graveston...

  7. Tracking the most dangerous prey

    The teenagers were still strong and alert. Centuries of experience and lost accomplices had taught Vlad to be more conservative than a Texas Republican. A smashed wooden shed means a sharp wooden stake at hand, pretty much anywhere you put your hand do...

  8. Shadows and Dust

    Captain’s Log Day 8130 The mission may be salvageable. Scanners have detected an interstellar cloud passing in front of Rigel 36-F. To reach the cloud, we have to divert by 0.09 degrees, which is a lot of delta-v. Calculations show we should have...

  9. Messiah

    6/6/33 L.E. had an interest’g dinner convo with Dammsun yest’day. He commended my work building new theistic religion post-Disaster. Humanity’s need for moral authority. Told him Noah was my inspiration. Stockpiling cont’s. Cont...

  10. The Fall of Man, Part II

    April 20th, 1 L.E. I have decided to begin dating my diary entries with “L.E.” Lunar Era. The Earth exploded today. 4, 21, 1 L.E. Screams over the radios. Thousands, tens of thousands of people dying in orbit. I can’t believe they sur...

  11. Pathetic distractions (Mature)

  12. Diaries of The Disaster (Mature)

  13. Lucy Leaves Luna

    Everybody on the surface died. About 100,000 died in orbit when the explosion occured. About 20,000 people survived the detonation of Earth aboard spaceships and orbiting colonies and hotels; about half of them died before making their way to any place...

  14. Red satin clouds (Mature)

  15. You chose the Crystal Cavern!

    You have arrived at the entrance to the Crystal Cavern. The village you stayed at the night before is 2 kilometers east. You have battery operated flashlights, hand-cranked flashlights, waterproof gear and backpack, helmet, heavy boots, 500 feet of str...

  16. Gravity of the Situation

    The concept was simple to express in words. The mechanism was complicated. The glories of their forthcoming success had been tossed around the group for days, in little private parties. The consequences hadn’t been fully thought through. Warp dri...

  17. Triage

    She didn’t think she was evil. She spent a lot of time thinking about how she was not evil. She variously thought of herself as an economist, helping to decide where limited resources should go; a defender of God’s people, it’s better...

  18. Enspired

    I wondered at the time how the King could make the phrase “Guards! Inspire him!” drip with so much malice, with that evil glint in his eyes. I was expecting that I would have to dance around the thrusts of their spears while I juggled and r...

  19. Vlad, Zombie Killer

    He hated zombies. They were competition, of a sort. At least, when they got what they wanted, it screwed any chance of him getting what he wanted. So he hacked and ripped away at the horde of zombies, only a few of which actually noticed that he was th...

  20. Red is the color of

    I’m a sucker for redheads. The first girl I was ever interested in was a redhead, in 5th grade. I’d never seen a girl with red hair before. Later, my first girlfriend was a redhead. Then time passed, and I started becoming who I am, which i...

  21. Winter Generation Revolution

    I don’t know who started it, and I’ve never heard of it happening before, but this Winter the Revolution was born. This is truly our planet, the people who live here, not those who only visit our home briefly, mere blips in their extended l...

  22. The Conscience of God

    Eternal existence, and a lot of unanswered questions. I have complete knowledge of everything in my Universe after I made my deal. But here I seem to be the Universe. Familiar categories exist: galaxies, stars, nebulae, planets, life. But why are the p...

  23. Light?

    I did it! I did it! Yes, I’m immortal and unchanging, but I’ve never heard of anybody else who traversed a singularity… and here I am, the first non-degenerate matter in the Universe. But I can’t see anything. Oh, how I miss lig...

  24. Pleasant Imprisonment

    “Hi, Koo! How are you? Here’s your gruel for today. Hope you enjoy it!” It’s like this always, each day and every night, slow mental torture. Does he hate my name? Thin as a piece of parchment, infuriating, I hate his one joke. ...