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Petros

Joined July 2009 and calls Petros goes on and on a bit home.

18 stories, 0 challenges, 24 comments, and 9 friends

I have a wife, two kids, a cat and a mortgage. I design and maintain websites for a living and have never considered myself a writer. I like board wargaming, drawing and I also attempt to play the trombone. Hopefully, I’m getting better.

Real writers likely to influence my writing style are Kurt Vonnegut, Arthur C. Clarke, Douglas Adams and Robert Sheckley.

Stories

  1. after the missile

    uuuuhh wind – screams – smoke – flames – the shrill of tearing metal – faces of questioning anguish tumbling away – why – why them – why me below – the flaming shredded carcass that had once protect...

  2. Genesis

    Project X was taking shape. Some of the seams were sloppy, some ragged but they were serviceable. He wiped the sweat out of his eyes and continued linking the armature to the left fixing point. Lubricant from the part oozed through the new seam making ...

  3. Never, never put all of your eggs...

    The Dyson Sphere was crumpling. The Sphere, as large as Earth’s orbit, enclosed the Sun, and was built from the raw materials of Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, the Asteroids, the moons of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, plus Eris and Pluto, an...

  4. The last laugh. No, Really!

    The Big Crunch Church of The Final Deliverance (BCCOTFD) was on the final countdown. Long ago, it was thought there was not enough matter in the Universe to slow down the expansion of the Big Bang and draw things back to a final singularity. But then -...

  5. The day the nanobot came Clem had himself a hoot

    Clem was resting on a log the day the nanobot came. It arrived in a spaceship the size of a tiny carrot. The nanobot quickly rearranged the atoms of its ship into another nanobot. “Ain’t you the cutest little fellers!” enthused Clem, ...

  6. ...and a bag of hammers please!

    Peter was securely strapped to the gurney. Unable to move his body, Peter surveyed this new and exciting life experience. To Peter’s left, ten thousand poison tipped arrows, nestled in ten thousand straining, drawn bows, all pointing ominously at...

  7. Number of the Beast

    Captain James Tiberius Kirk of the Federation starship ‘Enterprise’ materialized on the surface of the planet ‘51 Pegasi d’ and was immediately arrested. Somewhat surprised by this, Kirk stammered, “I haven’t done an...

  8. Bitter end

    When galaxies cross paths, stars rarely collide, astronomers say. But we were not warned about the collateral damage. The city street is full of people, women, men, children, wanderers. No one smiles. No child laughs. All are joyless. Without hope. Doo...

  9. Just don't do this, OK?

    Einstein always said that space was curved. Well, all right then. With the help of a little basic quantum physics (is there any other kind?), I built my new house into the fourth spacial dimension. I now stand in the hallway that runs through my house,...

  10. Star

    Major Peter Burns finished his spacewalk, and holding onto a rail, unhooked his tether. It was so unfair – at that moment there was a flash of light as a smiling crew member took his photo through a nearby port. Surprised, Peter jerked up, and hi...

  11. Worth Waiting For

    Mary, the last Christian lay dying. No priest stood beside her to administer the Last Rites. No Charismatic Fundamentalist was there to condemn her to Hell. Sick of waiting for the Rapture, the last of them had committed ritual mass suicide four years ...

  12. A silver lining, oh yes I should think so...

    Any successful execution by firing squad results in just one thing: a healthy corpse. In this regard at least, today’s effort was a stunning success. Those present: myself, a small group of onlookers, three marksmen and a miscreant tied to a pole...

  13. Catastrophe

    With thundering paws I traverse my kingdom in the merest of moments. Front door to back. Back door to front. The humans tremble and chatter at the mighty wind of My passing! The front door is open! The wire-screen stair awaits My conquer! Up, up, UP I ...

  14. In these here parts, a tolerable day.

    Clarice ran. It was catching up. The shambling horror that had pursued her throughout the night was right behind her now. “Help”, she sobbed, through her rasping, gasping breathing. “Help Me!” Her pursuer remained just out of si...

  15. I Have Been Saved.

    Silence. And color. I hear nothing, but I remember sounds. Do I really see the colors, or are they just memories, like the memories of sounds? Is this the afterlife? It seems a memory, rather than a reality. Everything around me is as I remember it, bu...

  16. Cousin Spot, this really is too much!

    The only evidence was in the toaster. Wait. That’s not entirely true. The only evidence was also oozing out of the toaster and seemed to be increasing in quantity. Moments before, Algernon had dropped a fresh crumpet into the toaster and pushed t...

  17. Fred's Day

    And it came to pass that the Reverend Pastor Fred Waldron Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church, died and went unto his heavenly reward. Verily, Fred had prayed and worked hard his whole life. “I’ve done it all, Lord. I’ve cursed and ...

  18. Tipping Point

    The collision couldn’t have occurred with greater accuracy. Three hours before, a dead spy satellite was struck by a meteor. It was not destroyed but its tracked path shifted slightly. This event went undetected. The supply ship Kosma was heading...

Petros' Friends (9)

  • Aurelia
  • ElshaHawk (LoA)
  • BARomero
  • Abby (LoA)
  • Crown Me Tarzan, King of Mars
  • Abstract
  • Krulltar
  • Garsecg
  • J.S. Hope

Petros' Followers (7)

  • ElshaHawk (LoA)
  • Abby (LoA)
  • Crown Me Tarzan, King of Mars
  • BARomero
  • Abstract
  • Krulltar
  • cthulhuburger