Stories tagged “exploration”

  • Ginger: Tunnel to Nowhere

    The tunnel was dark and damp, carved out of the wet compacted black soil twenty yards underground. About a yard and a half from floor to ceiling. As best I could approximate, it ran in a straight line northeast and continued beyond the range of the lig...

    • Author: uselessness
    • Posted over 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 over 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • In Which Yetis Eat My Face: The Stone Rockwell Prequel

    “Stone Rockwell, you’ve done it again!” thought Stone Rockwell, ace explorer. He had discovered the ancient burial ground for the mythical Yeti, which he had proven to exist mere hours ago. “Damn I’m good.” he mutter...

  • Brick Works

    The workshop was a large area outside a small Italian town, situated atop a hill. It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon, and the orange brick roofs were waiting patiently under the warm evening sun. Like skeletal structures, welcoming us to enter them,...

    • Author: lordyo
    • Posted almost 10 years ago.
  • Land of the Northern Flame

    They told me not to go, but I had to make certain that what I saw was not just an illusion. While keeping watch two nights ago on the shores of the Sea of Okhotsk, I could swear that I saw plumes of fire rising up in the far distance. I whispered about...

    • Author: Tesseract
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Fuck the Moon

    Fresh off the shuttle, Steve bounded across the Moon in his bulky EVA suit. He whooped loudly and almost crashed into another group of suited people. “Hey, welcome to the Moon!” one man said, “What a trip, huh? Glad you could make it....

    • Author: Nauctshea
    • Posted almost 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Ficly is Where the Heart Is

    Snack-sized discoveries, explorations and challenges of wit, wonder, and emotion, this is more than my study- this is my HOME!

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Mana

    July the Twentieth The Year of Our Lord 1533 It is done. After months of tribulations and slow victories, we have finally drawn out the secret of the Incan emperor Atahualpa. Soon he will be executed, and the arduous journey we have taken for Spain and...

    • Author: Stovohobo
    • Posted almost 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Third World

    They were in utter disarray when we arrived. They were a primitive, fragmented people, bickering between themselves over land or some other resource, sometimes even fighting over differing abstract ideologies. Their technologies were primitive as well....

    • Author: BARomero
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
  • Gypsy Road

    “Living in the city,” Bo said, “can be a cold and lonely place to be.” He raised his massive woolly head and horns up past the windshield of the Cadillac convertible. The Alberta prairie air rushed into his flared nostrils as he drove west down...

  • Cowhide

    “So, where to?” Hirc asked as he reclined the passenger seat of the Cadillac. He got comfortable and folded his hands behind his head. His unbuttoned denim shirt flapped in the wind. “You got a plan?” “Medicine Hat is the next stop,” Bo rep...

  • This couldn't possibly be a bad idea

    Suspended tenderly as a raindrop on the end of thread, swaying side to side in the inky blue and crushing emptiness around it. A tender collaboration of steel, brass and a pupil of glass out of which glances a serious entity hinting at childish glee. A...

    • Author: Brahe
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
  • Empty Nest Syndrome

    We started building colony ships in the 2050s. They weren’t exactly visually impressive: the main bulk was the industrial nanofab, resembling a dull grey quonset hut. Also on-board: some rad-shielding, some primitive AI navigation and replication...

    • Author: kyle90
    • Posted over 6 years ago.
  • A Prince's Tale #2

    It was subtle but significant to anyone with undulled eyes. I’d come back to a land that had changed in my absence. Similar types of faces and places, familiar and foreign all at the same time. I didn’t realize how much I missed this place....

  • Waking Up

    Growing old is a bitch. It’s the waking up. You wake up in parts, never jumping out of bed with all systems go. It’s more like a pull-start motor, including the noxious fumes. Yes, going to bed is also known as “retiring”, not a...

    • Author: 32 ^2
    • Posted over 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • To Be Tugged

    Massive and hollow, Kraken tugged the ship, beckoning it down with lonely gravity. Albatross X remained diffidently aloft, soaring on graviton waves. Kraken yearned to be inhabited, stretched forth tract after track of land to be occupied. A crew weary...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted over 6 years ago.
  • Pollywogs and Whales

    Captain Ferris scratched is ass with one hand and drank his coffee with the other. He’d just implemented his first order. Code, Man In Motion. With his crew in a state of healthy anxiety, they watched as their scientists ejected from the rib cage...

    • Author: 32 ^2
    • Posted over 6 years ago.
  • Search Party: The Smugglers

    All right, gang, thanks for coming at this early hour, especially at such short notice. You know why we’re here. For all our sakes, we’ve gotta find every last one of these things before it’s too late. The shipment is due tonight in ...

  • Finding a Lightswitch

    The first thing Rachel noticed when she stepped through the pod bay doors was a few dust motes dancing in the thin beam of her flashlight. The dust should not have been dancing—a hulk of this size, floating for this long, would normally have vent...