Stories tagged “science fiction”

  • In Between Minds: Unity and Dissolution

    Grandmother’s agitation faded into a distant buzz; a single bee in a hive of activity. She still existed but now she was merely one part of a whole; one part of me. Memories overwhelmed me, memories that could not possibly be my own. They filled ...

  • Message In A Vacuum Bottle

    “So it’s all completely consistent, then?” the visiting researcher asked. She and the tour guide stood at a bank of monitors arrayed on folding tables. One end of the room was given over to a forest of duct-work and wires that fed int...

    • Author: kyle90
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Homecoming

    Andre made the long trek down the thin strip of red carpet that lead to the only piece of furniture in the room- an oversized throne. Up close, he could see the dials and complicated looking machinery that covered it. Six feet tall and four feet wide, ...

  • Ashes to Ashes: On Patrol

    Most people hated patrol duty but Lance didn’t. Even after five years, he still enjoyed the gentle bobbing motion of the giant machine around him. He always felt so powerful. It was easy to do when encased in seventy-five tons of machine guns, fl...

  • In Between Minds: A Moment of Emotional Mastery

    Fear, hate, and mistrust, flocked around me like giant shrieking ravens and my mind struggled to recoil from them like a wild animal. In the instinct of fight or flight, my mind needed to flee from Koslov but there was nowhere to go. The shrieking grew...

  • Waylaid

    Ku-Rivalle stank like only a town populated by Mounts could. Thankfully there was no law against covering your face. Even though we were stained with sweat, all three of us kept our hoods up and mouthguards closed. I tried not to gawk but I had never s...

  • The XCOM Diaries: The Ambush Part One

    Major Perret ran out of the rear hatch of the Skyranger as it set down, his squad on his heels. They fanned out into cover as their transport rocketed back into the sky, all five soldiers checking in over their radios to report clear status. Abduction ...

  • Traversal: Ghost

    Seven minutes from the jump point, Harking spoke again. “Operations, any noise on radar?” he asked. So far the traversal had been uneventful, which was the way he liked it. “Nothing, sir,” came the reply. “Passive is quiet...

  • Traversal: Knock Knock

    Harking looked at the RO, who shook his head. No additional radar contact. He cycled through his displays for a moment longer, assimilating the data they contained and attempting to assess their current situation. His concern was that a blockade waited...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Traversal: Hail

    “There are only two other factions with the technology to plant an array this far out.” Harking mused. “Who do you think, sir? The Detached or the Incorporated?” Relative speed carried them towards the objects at an astonishing ...

  • Traversal: Ingress

    “Interlink ready, Sir” announced Comm, just as the tiny green speck of light on Harking’s console blinked on. “Hyperprotocol 773 Alpha” a barely audible beep followed. “Caution! JP gamma 3 T occupied by Abattoir. Pro...

  • Traversal: Evasion

    “Evasive maneuvers!” Harking ordered. “Vent the plasma collectors and get me some distance from that fleshpot.” “Aye, sir.” Eidolon systems flared to life. Slots on the dorsal and ventral surfaces of the ship slid op...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Traversal: This One

    Thirty minutes later, Eidolon lay dark, 330000 klicks from the Abattoir ship. Harking sat in his command chair, the holographic projection of the ship’s tactical AI displayed before him. The bridge, like the rest of the ship, was dark, all functi...

  • Traversal: Analysis

    Harking explained the situation to the AI, describing the array they’d encountered, the message it had relayed, the subsequent choice to find a new jump point, and the unexpected run-in with the Abattoir. “And the array,” the AI said,...

  • Traversal: Detached and Incorporated

    The Detached and the Incorporated were actually two off-shoots of the same race. The Technics were a bio-mechanical species that used fabricated implants to augment many physical and psychological functions. A few hundred years ago, their technology ha...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Traversal: Another Option

    “Allow This One to summarize,” the AI said. “By all means,” Harking replied. He folded his arms across his chest and watched as glyphs spiraled around This One’s body. The AI wavered and flickered. The captain knew it was ...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Three Word Prompt Challenge: Cerulean, December, and Saccharine

    “Recorder Lessons” You stare up, rapt in wonder, at the clear cerulean sky, Forgetting that I’m waiting for your crystalline reply You’re wide-eyed, blinking, marveling: a deep thought just broke through You’re testing implications in how tha...

  • Quick! Before anyone notices the extra...

    Richard, fire in his belly, stood tall and beheld what he had done. With a simple command, he had instantly duplicated an entire galaxy. “Computer. Is there no one in the universe to hold me to account? Is there anything that can restrain me?R...

    • Author: Antivard
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
  • Damion's Dream State

    His dreams became thicker, fuller and more substantial. The gentle rocking of the car transitioned smoothly into a wide, confident gait across a semi-crowded square. The clouds billowed quickly overhead, casting absolutely no shadows as he made his way...

  • 3-Word Prompt: president, vampire, "black hole" (Jason LIT1) 1/2

    Ship Out of Water by The Way i Captain Janet Orp leaned back in the command chair, aghast. On the com, President Kurmaph’s voice droned on, but the crew paid no attention; the horror on the screen held their gaze. It might have been a bathtub ful...

  • 3-Word Prompt: president, vampire, "black hole" (Jason LIT1) 2/2

    ii “Calm down, Mate,” Orp grated. “Panicking won’t help anything. Science Officer, any suggestions?” Sairus Pilch nodded sagely. “Yes, Captain. By deplicting the tufted flongerino, we—” But there was no ...

  • (Day 34) Operator Woes

    It watched another panel fall. It marked it’s trajectory and noted that it would collide with the mountainous region, specifically in the zone of the lake. Its speed was consistent with free fall, and would make contact with the wetlands in one m...

  • Meet, Greet, GTFO (Day 61)

    “Next!” Boomed the man at the front of the line. With his white uniform, beardless face, and soft hands he seemed more administrator than soldier. Bryan shuffled forward as best he could with shackles around his legs. Barely glancing up fro...

  • The Apocalypt's Front Door

    The man who destroyed the world lives in a crooked clap-board house at the top of West Hill. Sometimes the neighborhood kids screw up enough courage to run up his front lawn and pitch rocks at his front door.

  • New Beginnings

    By the time she’d reached Frankie’s (the only bar in Totaris so dingy the police leave it to itself), Camile’s combat state had almost warn off, and fear was well and truly circulating amidst the adrenaline in her veins. These days it...

    • Author: Serena June
    • Posted over 4 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5