Stories tagged “science fiction”

  • Star of Bethlehem

    He looked confident, but the way he clung to her hand told her otherwise. Their entwined fingers, green and pink, made a strange contrast. They stood before a tree that was also a person and also a cradle for the galaxy. Ten thousand years hung heavily...

    • Author: Acantha
    • Posted almost 8 years ago.
  • Troubled State

    When she felt, more than heard, the vibrations on the roof, she knew it was too late. Camile grabbed the last weapon she had, a simple pulse rifle, and fired off two shots, shattering the largest window in the room. An hour before, she’d been gaz...

    • Author: moleboy
    • Posted almost 8 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Precision

    My hair began to move in response to the particle emissions, dancing the electric dance I’d lived for my whole life. Children screaming with dogs that guided them through mazes of poison chocolate while telling stories of the wolves they used to ...

    • Author: moleboy
    • Posted almost 8 years ago.
  • Hand

    I hefted my axe for a minute, its weight sure and confident. The chrome-concrete barrier would not hold against the horde. My job was slowly killing me. Hooked into the distributed processing system with four dozen others, my mental resources collected...

    • Author: moleboy
    • Posted almost 8 years ago.
  • Quarantine

    The shambling line halted abruptly for a few minutes. It had done this several times already, but now the inhabitants of the line began to become impatient and bitter. Screeches and snarls could be heard, and short bursts of flames flared up. A loud cr...

  • Tempis Fuggit

    By his twenty-fifth birthday, Jim knew exactly how he was going to die. Twenty-three years from now, he would be bludgeoned to death with a frying pan after drinking the last beer of his already extremely annoyed erstwhile room-mate. “Wow, just a...

    • Author: jr conlin
    • Posted almost 8 years ago.
  • Coming of Age: Ritual of Light

    Eton could sense the feelings of awe, respect, and reminiscence resonating throughout the Mind. The other Persenian consciousnesses were gathering, wrapping around him like a warm blanket. His excitement shifted to nervousness as the thoughts of the El...

  • Dinosaurs at the Gate

    Bollywood wasn’t known for special effects. Rance knew this even while staring at the swirling kaleidescope of color erupting over the Hindu temple fifteen miles north of Pune. Nearly in Rajgurunagar, the producer had chosen it because of its sea...

  • That Creative Spark

    Today, Janice was released from the beige. The Cognisceitti Mental Facility looked like nothing quite so much as the computers of her youth: a monotone, conformist box. A book of poetry had landed her here a decade ago and, when the first therapies had...

    • Author: David_J_Rust
    • Posted almost 8 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Business As Usual

    The megacorporations control everything – industry, the media, even murder for hire. But there’s a living to be made in freelance work, if you don’t mind getting shot at too much. Plenty of dying to go around. I’m in abandoned f...

    • Author: bluefish
    • Posted almost 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • 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 8 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 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • OF FIRES, SWORDS, AND CROSSES: Prologue

    There was something in the simplistic nature of hunter verses prey that delighted the shadows; their uniform goal to devour the light was evident in their hurried movements. Figures of indiscernible shape and unconstrained by the conventions of size ma...

    • Author: Allen Sale
    • Posted almost 8 years ago.
    • 1 out of 5
  • OF FIRES, SWORDS, AND CROSSES: Prologue Continued

    I continued to watch the moon’s light as it danced upon the water while my mind made a note of every detail; this is what I wanted to remember. I sighed heavily and slowly rose onto my hands and knees; my armor reminding me that it wasn’t m...

    • Author: Allen Sale
    • Posted almost 8 years ago.
    • 2 out of 5
  • Molecule Perfect

    “With new Molecule Perfect Steel” The salesman said. “So what does that entail?” I asked him. “Well, we assemble the knives, molecule by molecule, ensuring strength of the blade.” “Okay, that sounds fun, but no...

  • With the Stars

    Damien gazed up at the night sky, then down upon the vessel they had constructed. “Do you think this is going to work, sir?” The Master paused in his final launch preparations to consider the question. “Every wizard, mage, and acolyte...

    • Author: Reiko516
    • Posted almost 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Dig (edited and re-posted for Challenge)

    Attempting to unearth her latest find—a pre-historic dragon, much larger than present-day fire breathers—the Doctor felt a twinge in her back. Despite her youth, the excavation was taking its toll on her body. She shaded her eyes against th...

    • Author: Reiko516
    • Posted almost 8 years ago.
  • Parade

    I sat in the bushes watching the parade go on in front of me. I looked at the crowds and took in so much of the atmosphere that I barely noticed that right on time the motorcade came around the corner. In it the man of the hour waved to the people, smi...

    • Author: Tristan
    • Posted almost 8 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • First Contact

    The world gasped as the alien spacecraft opened, and the entire planet got its first glimpse at an alien species. It covered itself in slivers of protein, walked on two fleshy tendrils, and breathed a highly corrosive gas. He seemed to manipulate a mac...

    • Author: Tristan
    • Posted almost 8 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 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Hybrid Rifle

    Another piece caught my eye. “What’s this?” I asked the salesman while picking up the rather long rifle. “Oh you will love this piece. Ever used a magnetic firearm?” “Yeah. They have their places. And? This one magne...

  • Are you aluminum or steel?

    SCIENTISTS DISCOVER INCREDIBLE MAN MADE OF METAL In a remote village in Bangladesh, a metal man baffles scientists It took us 12 hours from Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, to reach the tiny, isolated village of Habari. When we arrived, world-renowned...

    • Author: Creep
    • Posted almost 8 years ago.
    • 3 out of 5
  • Red

    Too many fractures; the air couldn’t help but slowly seep from my suit. Granddad always told me my temper would get the best of me just before getting down the old, leather belt. The fire in his eyes terrified me more than the fury of God, Himsel...

  • Orange

    Brother Neimus bowed his shaved head to Brother Paulus as he passed him on the way from evening prayers. The scent of citrus blossoms wafted through the stone arch windows. He paused and glanced out at the acres of neatly-tilled fields. Curious, he saw...

  • Green

    Sun and weather had faded the green handle of the garden spade from a pine emerald to the hue of late summer grass. Wiping sweat from his brow, Jessup dug in the clay-rich soil, knocking aside a layer of dust that the winds had deposited overnight. ...