Stories tagged “science fiction”

  • Slow

    Tick. The world was treacle. Derek sat up in his bed and watched as the covers inched their way through the air in the direction he’d thrown them, as if held by water. Every ripple and flow in the fabric was evident, played out explicitly like on...

  • Spheres

    He climbed atop his Quantum Glider, pushed the key into the ignition, and turned it. The sound could be heard for miles, echoing, distorting the landscape around it. And then, with a twist of the throttle, he was away, bound for new worlds full of new ...

    • Author: Ben Paddon
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Vanquish

    It needed to die. There. I hear you, slug. First Lieutenant Mason Witriet thumbed his safety off for the tenth time since leaving his grounded cruiser. The slug that had brought his ship down was in this clearing. Underbrush shook almost imperceptibly ...

    • Author: DeGuerre
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Out of time

    Tom watched, aghast, as the faces surged around him. “Not my legs,” he screamed, but the menacing audience roared. His feet, once firmly attached to his shins, were no more; eyes and tongues mocked and stabbed. His knees went the same way, and his ...

    • Author: ozalba
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
  • The Doppelganger Effect

    It is the year 2035. The sun is blotted geometrically from the high-intensity solar stations placed directly on the surface. It would be easy to be in high spirits if all of Cydonia wasn’t covered in shadow 80% of the day. My name is Don. Donatel...

    • Author: Broseidon
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Doppelganger Effect SEC2

    I can’t find my damn key. Where is it? He could be out there at any moment. F*@? it. My apartment won’t do me any good- he may be in there already. Waiting for me. I’ll just move along quickly. It’s 5:30 PM, Cydonia-time. Now, i...

    • Author: Broseidon
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Hard Radiation

    Solar flares are an astronaut’s worst nightmare. I mean, there’s other stuff to worry about, as you hurtle through space in the tin can you’re calling home. Running out of air, because the scrubbing system’s failed, or, perhaps,...

    • Author: dkscully
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Fishers of Men

    It wasn’t our fault. I kept telling myself that. We were the ones who’d been oppressed. We weren’t the wastrels. But the lady’s picture stayed with me, telling me otherwise. In my mind I could see her eyes looking down at me wit...

  • Planetary Repossession

    Hendrik’s image appeared, projected onto the clouds of steam and smoke the cannon fire had created. How could you leave me? he thundered. Everything you ever wanted, I gave you. I draped you in silk and jewelry. I heaped upon you the wealth of pl...

  • They're Not Real

    “C’mon. It was just a movie.” Mike tried to hide his smile. “What if a nuclear catastrophe waits around the corner?” “Then the bugs will be a hundred times bigger than they are now. Possibly even carnivorous.” ...

  • Staff Room

    “If you ask me,” said Voln, “you could try teaching them with a sim. Kids love educational simulations. Mostly ‘cos of the skive factor.” “I didn’t ask,” Cerrekk said pointedly, crumpling up his lesson plan. “You’re a janitor.

    • Author: Edcrab
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Preparing in the Staff Room

    “Don’t be that guy.” Cruest’s confident, happy, ever-so-slightly smug expression began to sag. “What do you mean?” “Your glass. Don’t do that during your toast. Don’t be that guy.” The boy stopped fiddling with his collar and looked...

    • Author: Edcrab
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Inside the Iceberg

    Outside, Webster and Oswald couldn’t see the size of the base, but the PDA attested to the size. Webster felt like he was inside an iceberg. It was cold and wet everywhere; giant once below. “So are we going to check the problems with the p...

  • Accidents in the Workplace (Mature)

    Turner knew as soon as the word slipped out of his mouth that this wouldn’t end well. “Bollocks” was a generally accepted indication that things were going to get really bad really, really quickly. Another good indicator was the Engin...

    • Author: Ben Paddon
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • A Monster

    A tall, masculine looking woman approached the podium before the amassed biologists and geneticists. There were murmurs in the crowd they had expected Hans Kölch, not this woman… who could be his twin sister. She spoke, “Ladies and gentlem...

  • George in Space

    George pushed the ship’s button. George was always pushing buttons. This was much more fun than he expected or normally found though. Each time George pushed the button he found his attire immediately transformed. First, he was dressed in a gaudy pur...

    • Author: Lyra
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 3 out of 5
  • Aliens in the Outfield (OoYG challenge)

    My son had a baseball game. I kissed my wife goodbye, saying I would meet her there—she had a meeting. I took my cup of coffee and we got on the road. I should have known it would be a bad day. The ride over was fine except for one thing: I spill...

    • Author: K-Jellybean
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • A Midnight Stroll

    It was always midnight here. Like an old silent film, no colors and no sounds. Of course, it was still brighter here than on the Shadowside. The guys were always joking that if Jim didn’t behave, they’d make him do the maintenance there ins...

  • The Pillar - Not So Empty Space

    “It’s all so…artificial.” Captain Lang breathed heavily. “Thirty years, I’ve been wandering the rim on these hulks, defending Earth from whatever isn’t even out there.” Commander Tom Relk sat in his chair, listening to his Captain’s l...

  • Nester - Anticipation

    Tara lay prone on the hull, peering through the magscope mounted on her rifle. The dots had grown larger in the last hour and she knew battle was minutes away. The readout on her helmet visor read 980 kilometers. 979. 978. 977. Tara took a moment to gl...

  • Zeus, so03-379-104-2

    “There’s nothing here, sir.” “What do you mean ‘nothing’?” Captain Mercur was angry. After six months of waiting they finally got a message from Vanir, and it was a false lead? “Give me the camera feed.&#...

    • Author: Alotar
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
  • The Pillar - Gorged Predator

    It hung motionless in the void, its jagged outline drawing an obsene line against the majesty of the sky. Twinkles of light-windows-littered its alien hull. It had the look of a predator, gorged on a kill. Resting, but still alert. Next to it was its p...

  • Nester - Hailstorm

    An invisible hailstorm ripped through space from the hull of The Volta. The deadly energy bolts quickly converged on the flanking hoard of enemy boarders. Roughly 2,000 body-armored soldiers were approaching The Volta from port as the main assault rage...

  • The Pillar - Disappointed Rescue

    Commander Stine touched a button on his console. “Captain to C.I.C.” he spoke, and released, never taking his eyes off the viewscreen. A hundred years we’ve been out here, Stine thought. A hundred years and not a damn thing. So what the hell happ...