Stories tagged “science fiction”

  • Jump of Faith

    The regular engines were down behind the thick radiation shielding, but that was fine. The overseer coaxed pseudo-thrust out of our jump drives, pushing jumpspace behind to create the illusion of forward thrust. I slotted the symbols into the code leis...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Emergence and Violence

    The turbulence on emergence was enormous. “Gravity well!” one of the pilots yelled. As it turned out, we’d emerged from jumpspace near a planet — far too close. The physics of jumpspace is simple — there is no physics. Whe...

  • Force and Knowledge

    “Hull stress is… way above safe limits. We’re looking at an imminent hull rupture and violent depressurisation.” Harrigan’s mouth was a grim slash. “Get everybody on oxygen, lower air pressure by 60%.” Warning ...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Desperate Measures

    The ship pitched, and for one wild, vertiginous moment we fought to keep our seats as the artificial gravity and the planet’s gravity battled for supremacy. One of the pilots half-turned to call back. Fear and desperation twisted his features, an...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Twenty Five Thousand Feet (repost)

    I mash my foot to the floor, and the hum of the engines grows into a full roar. The atmosphere whistles around the small canopy of my Tesla X800 as I push it to the max. Both turbines are roaring behind me now, leaving twin streaks across the sky. The ...

  • So Long, Jack

    It was a small memorial, only two to witness the laying of the casket into the ground. “So long, Jack. We hardly knew you,” one said. The other quirked up an eyebrow. “That’s it?” he asked. There was a note of amused incre...

  • Encounter in the Black

    The exterior floodlamps were out, like most of the other ship’s systems. Under normal circumstances this would have been a problem. Space is a very dark place. Without external illumination we shouldn’t have been able to see much of the hul...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Cold Steerage

    Cryostasis sucks. Unfortunately, with Earth’s economy the way it’s been ever since the extrasolar colonies started exporting more than they import, the only way to get a decent job is by going through the gateway to those same colonies and ...

    • Author: DredZed
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Lucifer

    Scott McMurtry was almost running across the Comm Room floor. A loose sheet of paper flapped noisily in his hand. Jerome Innis was already standing at his office door when Scott arrived, and he ushered the breathless man into a waiting chair. “Wh...

  • Awakening

    Pain. That was all I knew of this strange world in which I had awoken. Pain and screaming. As the synthetic blood was pumped into my veins my hearing began to return, and the clouds of fog and ice that had been obscuring my higher brain functions began...

  • Ordo ab Chao

    One by one, critical ship systems stuttered to life. On the bridge, more or less half the consoles started themselves – mine was down and out, so I sat back and watched people trying to retrieve the previous order from the new chaos. Furlough too...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Natural Selection

    “Desdemona is a dangerous planet,” the guide called out to the group, “but only if you don’t respect her ways.” James rolled his eyes. He hadn’t wanted to come to Desdemona, but human-friendly habitable planets were ...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Pinprick of Light in the Dark

    Repairs continued to the ship all around me. Once the key systems were up and limping again, the tentacles had dissolved into their individual photons and disappeared back into the cloud. Apparently the life form was only interested in our survival, no...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Return to Waking

    I awoke to bright lights in my eyes and found myself in the infirmary, IVs extending from my arms and a bandage on my forehead. Apparently I’d cracked my head when I passed out. One of the med techs noticed my return to consciousness and came ove...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Repairs

    As I made my way through the familiar route up to the bridge, I noticed that the crew had been very busy doing repair works. Everywhere shining new metal plating covered hull breaches and bundles of heavy-duty cables tripped me up. The pressure seals h...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Fulcrum

    I turned to face Harrigan. “What’s up, Cap?” I said. He rubbed a hand across his face. I wondered just how long it’d been since he’d slept. He’d probably been popping stims like candy lately. Ultimately, he was going...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Leverage

    The central hall was packed. The officers were in attendance, but judging from the uniforms present in the audience, it looked as though most of the crew had also somehow made their way here as well. I coughed, eager to satisfy the crew’s curiosi...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Multi-Dimensional Language

    This is how I began: “Of the various species the human race has encountered throughout the galaxy, all have viewed language as a single, uni-dimensional entity.” As I said this, the overseer displayed a black, horizontal line on a field of ...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Prisoners of a Summer Sun

    With our yachts destroyed, the fishers ignored us. What threat could we ever be to them with rafts lashed of wheat stalks? Those few of us who remained decided to make the island our home. We had land, we had seed, we had summer. Surely, we could survi...

    • Author: suncrush
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
  • Multi-Dimensional Species

    Harrigan spoke up. “I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around this, carto. How does a species develop the ability to communicate three-dimensionally?” I nodded. “That, sir, is exactly the crux of the issue.” I pulled ...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Building Blocks

    “What we have here, I believe, is a first-contact scenario,” I said. “An entirely new species, heretofore unknown to us or to any other race in the galaxy, occupying a space utterly alien and incomprehensible to our three-dimensional ...

  • Chosen

    It was Furlough who posed the next question. “Why now, carto? Why us? There are plenty of other species in the galaxy, several more advanced than we are. Why choose our race and, more specifically, our crew?” This was one question I didn...

  • What Started the Zombie Apocalypse

    Nanocloud. -———————————————————————

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Splashdown

    If you’re hearing this, then someone will have survived The Great Meteor Storm. For that I am grateful; it means that our species has lived on despite the most epic disaster in the history of this planet. The swarm took our scientists by surprise...

    • Author: Bob Liddil
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Cartographer (Challenge Repost)

    Our little ship coasted on the rough turbulence around Yvonne’s Delight. We were five days out from the Hydras, running a shipload of tetrahydride to Phis Minor. The pilots up front yelled incomprehensible vectors at each other, every now and then pa...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted over 7 years ago.