Stories tagged “Viking”

  • Martian Oops One

    It was late one night at the Jet Propulsion Laboratories in Pasadena California. Two graduate students were sitting at the control panel for the Viking Two Lander. Their job? To sit there and monitor the lander until the day crew came back. One of them...

  • Martian Oops Three

    Computers have really improved since the 1970’s. And one way you can tell that is by the amount of memory available for programs. It seems to be a fact of life that computer programs will expand to fill up all available memory and then some. And a re...

  • Second Chancers - Stefnir's Vigil

    The soft snowflakes came to rest in Stefnir’s beard, littering its brown hues with white splotches, making him appear older than he actually was. The cold penetrated his furs in some places, but it was of no consequence. His was a land of both beauty...

    • Author: Browncoatben
    • Posted almost 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Second Chancers - Black Sail

    The glow was starting to fade on the horizon, losing its blue tint to the grey clouds. Stefnir’s eyes narrowed to a tight squint in an effort to see through the thickening snowfall. Then it was gone. The afternoon sky had returned to its regular,...

    • Author: Browncoatben
    • Posted almost 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Second Chancers - Landfall

    Stefnir cowered on the hilltop behind a loose lava rock. His quickened breath turned to steam in the cold air. The cold of his sword’s hilt numbed his fingers slightly as as he gripped it too tightly. Stefnir was a hardened warrior, but was terri...

    • Author: Browncoatben
    • Posted almost 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Maelstrom - Clothing

    Brought home on that morning’s tide, the reevers haven’t finished hauling the summer’s harvest into Ketir’s feasting hall, but already the curious are nosing through the heaps. Crates of Millenese wine against one wall, blood-da...

  • Valhalla

    There is lightning, far away, and after a long time there is thunder in the cramped cabin of our vessel. This seems normal to us, the way it has always been, but the new man, John, tells us only we hear the thunder. He explains how sound does not carry...

  • (Re)introduction to Sven

    One more time through the year 2010. Unlike some years – 1066 and 1969 spring to mind – 2010 doesn’t get any better with repeated viewings. My name is Sven Thorkinsgalf. I’ve met you before – thrice, actually. But you have...

    • Author: Empty J
    • Posted about 8 years ago.