Stories tagged “science fiction”

  • Action, Reaction

    “In any case, it’s not very relevant. We’re here, we’ve got a working ship – damaged, but working,” I added at the complaints from the assembled crew, “so the question is, what do we do now? It’s crunch t...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted about 8 years ago.
    • 3 out of 5
  • Choice

    Later, on the bridge, we sat in silence, only the light of our individual displays providing illumination. We went about our work, waiting for the crew’s votes to roll in. A question niggled at my brain. I swung my chair around, presenting it to ...

  • Consequences

    “So it’s all about the choice.” I said hesitantly. During the time I had been on board the Glimpse of Shadow, I could only recall the captain polling the officers a handful of times on major issues such as specific amendments to shipb...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted about 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Stop and Drop

    The whole ship came alive at once. The main drive came online and took over from the ghost drives, sending power levels into the green. Simultaneously, the stealth panels were retracted in favour of the standard titanium-alloy armour plate underneath. ...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted about 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Trust - and Faith

    As it turned out, there was no contest in the results. The crew had voted unanimously to follow this to the end. We’d been through hell and back over the last few weeks, and we were more tightly bonded than any crew had ever been. The vote demons...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted about 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • To Wade the Cocytus

    Two lights flicked on. Ahead was another empty hall, aside from the constant sound of dripping. The pair moved forward, coming to a stop at a set of stairs. The way was flooded with water, about waist-high. Webster just stared ahead, shivering somewhat...

    • Author: Anthelion
    • Posted about 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Stress Control (Mature)

    The sensors officer was on the edge of his seat. “Enemy ships have opened fire! Tracking three rounds on intercept vectors.” The helmsman fired the port thrusters. “Evasive maneuvers, aye,” was all he said. “Firing lock re...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted about 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Last Day of Richard

    Our ancestors would be disgusted. Klaxons and flashing lights engulfed Richard, but he was completely oblivious. Had been for a few days now. Long ago he had accepted his fate, likely the fate of his entire species. It was doubtful any of the other two...

    • Author: Empty J
    • Posted about 8 years ago.
  • Water Shed

    When the Water Shed ran out of water we didn’t know what to do. It was a leftover from the old days, one of the things that we no longer remembered how to fix. We were told by the Old Timers that its name had once been a joke, but the meaning of ...

    • Author: Guvnorium
    • Posted about 8 years ago.
    • 3 out of 5
  • Horizon's Edge

    Harrigan took in all the activity in silence. His thumb remained on the comm, and I knew that the crew was still across the entire ship, poised as they anticipated the captain’s words. He waited until the overseer flashed the final prompt onto my...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted about 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Day 47

    Day 47 Still no sign of our target. I’m beginning to believe that the Admiral sent us on a wild goose chase, whatever that means. Mercenaries like us don’t get much respect. Probably because we’re all the same to civilians; they think...

  • Fuck the Moon

    Fresh off the shuttle, Steve bounded across the Moon in his bulky EVA suit. He whooped loudly and almost crashed into another group of suited people. “Hey, welcome to the Moon!” one man said, “What a trip, huh? Glad you could make it....

    • Author: Nauctshea
    • Posted almost 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Data Ghost

    Hello. Both technically and legally, I am no longer eligible to even introduce myself of Aaron Elliots, but I shall do so all the same out of habit. My physical self lived, breathed and died some 47 years ago. At the time, his will empowered his relati...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted almost 8 years ago.
  • Colony of the Dark

    Jason Volkov didn’t like cats. Cats didn’t like him. And while this mutual dislike was a recent development, it had served him well nonetheless. After all, it had kept him alive on a planet that was supposed to have been uninhabited, instea...

    • Author: Asuterisuku
    • Posted almost 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Escape

    “Okay, we’re on! Close the damn door!” Even in his current form, Jason was ever so quick to comply, as the rest of the survivors took their positions. Without a word, Mark and John went to engineering to get the sub-light engines onli...

    • Author: Asuterisuku
    • Posted almost 8 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Time for Nothing

    “You’re back!” Martin’s assistant claimed excitedly, as though he had made the discovery. “Not exactly. I don’t think I went anywhere.” Martin wasn’t truthful, but how can one be truthful, when the trut...

    • Author: Greg VA
    • Posted almost 8 years ago.
  • The End of the Beginning

    Well, that was that. It was over. You prepare yourself for these things –like the first astronauts shot to Mars, ready to spend 3 months in each one confined space with no breaks– but its never quite as easy as you’d think. I unlatched the s...

  • To the Other Ship

    Corporals Parker and Geddiman utilized their manned maneuvering units to cross to where the Bioids’ ship was. Privates Sully and Vassily followed behind, wielding axes and magnetic-accelerator guns. “So what do we do when we open ’er ...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted almost 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Protein Drink

    Sam nibbled coffee as he scanned the morning paper, savoring the pulpy feel of newsprint between his fingers. The technocrats kept insisting that newspapers were out-fashioned and wasteful, but Jason preferred to stay off-line for breakfast, putting of...

    • Author: Cally Beck
    • Posted almost 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Memoculture

    “Cozy, wasn’t it?” smirked my host. “Warm with a hint of heartache, yet just a thimble of what you’ll find in our nostalgia catalog.” He must have seen the look of panic in my eyes and placed an unwelcome hand on my ...

    • Author: Tim Brown
    • Posted almost 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Enemy Within

    We slipped our bonds and escaped across the dunes. The distant sound of crashing waves drew us westward. We ran for everything we were worth, fear and desperation driving us on. We never saw our captors. We never knew where — or what — they...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Tomorrow's Weapons, Today

    Welcome to the labs, ladies and gentlemen. Here our development teams are always working to deliver tomorrow’s weapons, today – and this project is just one of the ways we’re trying to do that. Our research teams have designed a fully...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • In Between Minds: Reverberations

    Walking was far from my favorite activity, it left me too much time to think about myself. At the time boredom was my greatest enemy. While I mechanically paralleled the tracks hoping that the next train would come soon, I poked, prodded and did tests ...

  • Curtain Call

    The waiting attendants hovered near the opening of the hangar, waiting for the scheduled arrival. Inside the bay there was air, breathable atmosphere; outside of it, the cold, hard vacuum of space. The hangar doors were open, a blue glow surrounding th...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • The Infinity Series No. 1

    For an upgrade you may elect to purchase a planet. Yes, you heard me right! In addition to the unlimited range miniature wormhole embedded inside the Infinity Series No. 1, the package includes a planetwide ammo storehouse. A tungsten alloy rail circle...

    • Author: zxvasdf
    • Posted over 7 years ago.