Stories tagged “SF”

  • Becoming Robot

    When the Marauders invaded the Aegis base, I ended up all alone in the sealed-off mech lab. I’d missed the evacuation orders—when you work where giant robots are clanking around all the time, you learn to tune out most distractions. Now I might...

  • Juliet

    I should not exist. At least that is what my fathers say. It is imperative that I do exist. That is what the Seers say. If I live, the order of the universe is threatened. That is what the Guardians say. I am, and I will endeavour to be all that I can....

    • Author: Daniel
    • Posted almost 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Panic Stricken Machinist

    “Wait!” she screamed from the doorway into the vaulted stone room. The sound bounced and echoed around the high ceiling and reflected messily from the huge device that dominated the far end of the room. Beautifully crafted from dark wood ac...

    • Author: dkscully
    • Posted almost 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Heir of the gift.

    She had been preparing for this ritual for several weeks before she knew for sure. Boy or girl, the child growing within her was the Heir of her Gift and as such she had to complete the Inheritance before birth. The deepest of magics, the most fundamen...

    • Author: Daniel
    • Posted almost 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • In the Shadow of Olympus Mons

    Even through the heavily tinted portals of the habitation unit, she could almost taste the crimson sky. It was so much worse when they were out there, though. It had taken less than an hour on their first excursion for their shining bright environment ...

    • Author: dkscully
    • Posted almost 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Backup operator wanted...

    God is speaking to a Tech : - What do you mean “Earth crashed and we don’t have backup”? I did a lot of works on those dinosaurs. - You didn’t approve our request for a backup universe so… - I’ve worked hard and for ...

  • Jerry and the Earthtones

    It’s a sweet gig: house band, Wednesday nights, year round. It’s like an airport bar gig, except it’s a spaceport, and half your audience are aliens who’ve never heard human music before. They tend to listen intently. God knows what they’re u...

  • Wish You Were Here

    My folks were rich enough when they retired that they decided to go off world. Two first class ticket on the Polixaci liner pretty much cleaned their savings out, but they’d have two pensions and the house rental piling up for the five years they wer...

  • Render Unto Caesar

    I joined the Deacons right after getting out of the Army. They’re always looking for urban combat vets. Pay ain’t as good, but there’s less risk, short of large-scale rioting. After training I requested a post in my hometown, Harrisburg, and they...

  • Safe As Houses

    The curtains are drawn, always. That doesn’t affect the infrared cameras, but if you block those the Proctors come knocking to see why. Once you’re outside you are weighed and measured, sniffed, and biometrically interpreted at unknown but frequent...

  • one-night stand (part 1 of 3) (Mature)

    Peter opens his yes. White roof. He looks to his left, then to his right and recognizes his nightstand and the closed door that leads to the corridor. The sound of pots banging stoves comes from beyond. He closes his eyes, tries to remember. A club, fu...

    • Author: adapar
    • Posted almost 10 years ago.
  • one-night stand (part 2 of 3) (Mature)

    Peter caresses the white fluff in his head. He opens the cupboard. Pots, pans and a lonely spatula. He grabs two pans and the spatula falls. He glances through the door, towards the room. Silence. He picks up the spatula and lights up two stoves. He op...

    • Author: adapar
    • Posted almost 10 years ago.
  • one-night stand (part 3 of 3) (Mature)

    Peter will sign the contract and pay. He will be guided to a cubicle full of wires, little lights and small clocks. He will ask if there is any risk and the employee will answer that no, everything is perfectly controlled. He will be asked the date and...

    • Author: adapar
    • Posted almost 10 years ago.
  • Little Green Men

    -Sir, just as we taught that the human was the only intelligent specie of the galaxy, our psycho-history revealed the existence of a planet on which lives an intelligent race of little green men. -Did you send an expedition to the planet? -Yes, and her...

  • Little Green Men {2}

    -I beg you pardon Sir, he kneels. So the point is the green men are exploited by the settlers, they live in inhuman condition, they are set apart of the rest of the population and thousands of them died starving in their little cardboard houses, childr...

  • In the loop

    tail in its mouth." “Ourobouros,” I said. “At least I think that’s its name.” “Whatever,” she said. “Anyway, you punch in the numbers here, and then push this button.” It was large, and blue, a...

    • Author: Pat J
    • Posted almost 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • An Ark, perforce

    It’s dark now, here in back, but I like it that way. You can see the entire Galaxy sprawled across the sky, now that they’ve shut the engines off. We’re traveling so fast now, a hairsbreadth below c, and there’s still no redshif...

    • Author: Pat J
    • Posted almost 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Heisinger Geometry

    “…and that causes position and momentum to decouple which increases Planck’s constant locally.” “But what does that do to the Uncertainty Principle?” asked Jo-Beth, gazing at Dr. Rimini with awe and terror mingled. &...

    • Author: Bill Hartzia
    • Posted almost 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Saturn is missing

    “That’s a big ol’ wtf”, she said, pronouncing each letter individually. Me, I say ‘m all together, wift, and yeah I know they’re out of order but that’s how I rock, right? “What is?” I said. “...

    • Author: Pat J
    • Posted almost 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Goo Prospector

    Otis the goo prospector digs his hole in the rubbery gray muck that used to be part of California. He wants to be rich. Just a simple speck, a molecule of potential is all. Stevens found one; he became rich when the goo grew a breeding stereo. Peck got...

  • Hard Radiation

    Solar flares are an astronaut’s worst nightmare. I mean, there’s other stuff to worry about, as you hurtle through space in the tin can you’re calling home. Running out of air, because the scrubbing system’s failed, or, perhaps,...

    • Author: dkscully
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Fishers of Men

    It wasn’t our fault. I kept telling myself that. We were the ones who’d been oppressed. We weren’t the wastrels. But the lady’s picture stayed with me, telling me otherwise. In my mind I could see her eyes looking down at me wit...

  • Staff Room

    “If you ask me,” said Voln, “you could try teaching them with a sim. Kids love educational simulations. Mostly ‘cos of the skive factor.” “I didn’t ask,” Cerrekk said pointedly, crumpling up his lesson plan. “You’re a janitor.

    • Author: Edcrab
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Preparing in the Staff Room

    “Don’t be that guy.” Cruest’s confident, happy, ever-so-slightly smug expression began to sag. “What do you mean?” “Your glass. Don’t do that during your toast. Don’t be that guy.” The boy stopped fiddling with his collar and looked...

    • Author: Edcrab
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5