Stories tagged “science fiction”

  • The Impartial Governor

    A supernova murdered a star several million years before the event was seen from Earth. As it happened, Homo habilis gazed at the host above but saw nothing different. A particle at the center of the late star had been morphed and stretched, its interi...

    • Author: Stovohobo
    • Posted almost 7 years ago.
  • Disappointment

    I awoke from the cryogenic sleep just a few hours ago and I feel dizzy. 12.3 years of travel, and yet it feels like I left the Earth just yesterday. The computer is reporting that everything is OK, except the total amount of fuel used is less than exp...

  • At The Zoo

    “Look at the birds! Oh, look at the birds!” The old woman, grasping a little boy’s hand tight as death stared, raptured, as the tiny balls of scale and fluff flung themselves into the air of the cage with the abandon of those that can...

  • Dead Pixels

    It was a beautiful, clear night as he walked his dog through the dark outskirts of his town. An inveterate stargazer, his attention strayed ever upwards to the sky, appreciating the beauty he found there, the sheer artistry involved. And then, as his l...

  • Meh.

    Ralph was 13. Ralph was bored. The two states are not incompatible. He had wandered downslope from school across the fields, the light falling on his head as it always did, teased a few of the farm animals, insulted his little sister and annoyed his pa...

  • From the Congressional Record, 11/30/11

    “Dr. O’Reilly, let me get this clear: you want this committee to give you $10 billion to prove the existence of other universes?” “That’s correct, Senator Lopez. Several of the best theories suggest their existence.”...

  • Glass Heart

    At first, there is nothing but the sound of machinery pumping energy through the glass cage. I can’t tell if its just the effects of the gas, or if I’m only having another nightmare. I force my eyes open, and immediately gasp for air. My lu...

  • Glass Room

    I fought, sobbed, thrashed, and bit till I tasted blood; but none of my efforts were enough to hold back my restraints. My heart was pounding, I could feel the sweat dripping down my neck, hear the sounds of the machines humming somewhere out there on ...

  • Intentions and Consequences

    India once had the second highest population and the highest population density of any country. Our largest natural resource was pure human potential. If only the world knew how many of the United State’s PhD’s used to be awarded to a proud...

  • In Between Minds: A Dangerous Place

    “That wasn’t a test, was it?” I asked. “Not part of the training?” Grandmother cleared her throat but answered with her mind instead. Yes and no. That memory came from inside you. It is yours. The exercises helped uncover ...

  • In Between Minds: A More Direct Lesson

    Natalya was nothing like the Grandmother I had grown to know and like over the last few months. There was a kind of feral-ness to her. Eyes that had often appraised me, or been the cap of a smile, now darted back and forth as if there was something hid...

  • Only Human

    He walked in the rain down a dark street that had no street lamps. Drops pinged off his body in the moonlight. He scanned the area before turning down an empty alleyway. Past a dumpster, his feet thumping over the pavement, he saw a neon light which ha...

    • Author: Ben Adams
    • Posted over 6 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Nothing to Report, Unless... (Temp Title)

    Sweeping around the second time, Franz carefully piloted his Wasp through the floating debris of what had used to be a freighter. Whatever had caught the caught the transport had made a damned mess. The only thing to salvage here was the steel, and gen...

  • June 4, 25014

    “Kanir, are you sure you won’t come to Gwint’s party?” “I’m sure. Mother’s dropping by any moment.” But he was gone, having probably not even heard much of her response. Of her current partners, he was th...

    • Author: August 2nd
    • Posted about 6 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Time-Thief

    He sits across the room, watching her, arm folded across his chest. She can’t see him, of course. His technology prevents interaction. He watches her write in her journal, pen scratching across paper, ink stretching out in long, black ribbons beh...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted about 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Check Brain

    Just before taking a bite of his burger made with whatever mystery meat the cooks were growing in the vats this week, Nainick sat up straight and stated, “That’s rather disturbing.” His friend Bally swallowed a mouthful of burger to ask, “What?...

  • Cataclysm's Eve

    “Well, that is settled. Seeing as there are only two minutes left for this meeting, and not enough time to address any other concerns, I suggest we-” “What about your youngest daughter?” I stood stiffly from my seat, interruptin...

    • Author: Jae
    • Posted about 6 years ago.
  • How do you know if reality is reality?

    … And then I woke up. I woke up? But I wasn’t dreaming. No bed. No … gravity? The misty surroundings chocked me. The shock of being in this … well it’s not ghastly enough to be hell, and heaven – well this isn’...

    • Author: Emily
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
  • Scriptorium, Pt. 1

    “You still drink Godfathers, Valentine?” “When I get the chance.” Addison Valentine took a seat on the plush, leather couch. He smoothed the wrinkles out of his tuxedo pants, watching as she stirred the Scotch and amaretto, th...

  • Scriptorium, Pt. 2

    Valentine’s silver eyebrows rose slightly. That was the trouble with Diana. She always knew too much. “No, I can’t say I have.” “It’s okay, dear. You can talk to me. I have Level Eight clearance, too.” “I...

  • Scriptorium, Pt. 3

    Diana eyed Valentine as he flipped through the folder. “One of our search teams sent out an encrypted message saying they might have found something. And that was the last we heard from them.” “You don’t think they…”...

  • Scriptorium, Pt 4

    Valentine collapsed against the trunk of a mammoth tree and guzzled the last few mouthfuls of his canteen. Bark exploded in his face as bullets peppered the tree. He couldn’t breathe. Briggs emptied his clip, then dashed to Valentine’s side...

  • Scriptorium, Pt. 5

    They continued to pick their way through the jungle, gradually moving farther and farther away from the blistering gunfire. Valentine stopped, motioned for Briggs to continue around to the Chinese’s rear. Briggs nodded and disappeared. Valentine ...

  • Scriptorium, Pt. 6

    Valentine sliced through the last bit of vegetation and stepped forward into the clearing. He froze. The machete slipped from his hands. Beside him, Wellington dropped to his knees and crossed himself. Everett swore. “This is the team’s las...