Stories tagged “science fiction”

  • Networked

    André jammed the button on his phone. Nothing. Everything was all touchscreens now, except for the solitary button necessary to reboot a device if the OS froze up. “Dammit,” André swore. Stupid thing had been giving him fits all day. Disk...

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

    André stepped outside to a world in bedlam. Billboards flashed alternately among binary output, machine code, and actual ads. Vehicles were strewn about the highway like so many child’s toys, their operating systems completely trashed. Most of t...

  • Worldbreaker

    We broke the world, cracked it open from pole to pole. Lit the planet up and burned it with fire from within. We had to. It was the only way to get rid of them. It was a doomsday weapon, of course. A last recourse. God knows we’d tried everything...

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

    It is the barest speck, a mere subatomic particle floating through the darkest reaches of space. And yet, it is the marker of certain and inevitable doom. According to mechanics understood by nothing in this universe, tendrils of energy — so fine...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted almost 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Daily Commute

    Being disembodied energy, I’m still sometimes trapped in my own dreams. My own attachments to meaning, our shared construction of meaning. Our home. When I leave in the morning it is somewhat inconsequential. There’s a cow blocking the gate...

    • Author: indi
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Motor Mouth (Mature)

    And in a flash, I’m eating his scream. I’m attached. My diamonds tear his pink flesh. He fights back, trying to loosen my grip. But my reticulating mandible holds. The pistons in my bones grind down, crushing the bridge of his nose. My masticating ...

    • Author: 32 Squared
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Retribution

    Jacob eased back on the controls and killed the engines, settling the Retribution on its decades-long voyage between here and nowhere. They were well out of Earth’s gravity well now and the Retribution had already hit the peak speed mankind had b...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Pins and Needles

    von Kristov sat on the bridge. The command room was located at the heart of the craft, fortified by the rest of the ship around it. He felt a twinge of longing, much preferring to witness the imminent spectacle with his own eyes as opposed to seeing it...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Promise

    “Take it,” the weary man pleaded, proffering the laser pistol to the youth. He managed to execute a fancy spinning maneuver on the weapon as he did so, a feat even more impressive considering as he was drunk. “No!” the teenage g...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Exodus

    The great battleships of the Home System Coalition’s Fourth Battlegroup smashed their way through what was left of the Colonial Alliance’s defending action, clearing a wide swathe through the line and steaming through at full throttle heade...

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

    The massive grey-green bio-crete walls of the Olympus Corporation’s primary tower bridged heaven and earth. Stark, unadorned, and windowless, it looked more like a prison than a laboratory. The only concession to ascetics were the hideous gargoyl...

  • War Games

    There was a certain splinter of humanity who had come to a consensus during the eons of combat. They looked with disapproval upon the so-called “Home System”, believing it a pretender to the title and a willful, even self-serving, extender ...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Traversal

    The tiny craft’s re-emergence into real space was unremarkable in every way. No flash of light to mark the rift it tore in the black, no radio or gravity waves, and even the EM radiation typical to subspace travel was dampened so as to be indisti...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted over 6 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Psychic Assault: Wave

    The woman’s Break builds like a coming storm, and Derrick feels the inevitability of it. A second ticks past and the Break explodes from her mind like a terrible pressure wave, catching Derrick and the woman ahead in its undeniable energy. He scr...

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

    The universe died long ago, succumbed to the certain and inevitable heat death that is the fate of all universes. All fuel sources eventually ran out, all stars died, all light and energy and forms of heat eventually swallowed up by the void. The unive...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • In Between Minds: A Sliver of Control

    “FOURTEEN! I WAS FOURTEEN!” I screamed. My vision blurred under the onset of tears until the world turned into amorphous blobs that dissolved into explosions of reds and blacks. In the very center was a tiny dot of light, a speck that start...

  • On Patrol: A Captain's Assessment

    I watched as the situation unfolded, ready to step in if necessary. If Firus was a truthful about his crew as he was about his history, Banon was a stout chap who served as first mate because he could handle himself in the worst storms, as well as hold...

  • In Between Minds: Another Piece of the Puzzle

    “How many?” I asked, not sure if I was asking how many lived there, or how many I had hurt. Concern radiated from Sofiya. “Does it matter?” “A little.” “Why?” “I don’t know. It just feels impo...

  • Only one

    David felt different than everyone else, not just a little bit different, a lot different. His mothers told him that it was normal to feel different, but David didn’t think he qualified as normal. “I have this dangly thing between my legs M...

    • Author: David Wees
    • Posted about 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • In Between Minds: Moment to Moment

    After the first bit of instruction I was left alone, presumably at Sofiya’s direction. I wasn’t sure if she was in charge of everything but everyone seemed to do as she asked. I didn’t mind being alone this time. It was different than...

  • Psychic Assault: Recovery

    Derrick feels the barriers go up and finds himself able to breathe freely for the first time since this ordeal began. He knows without looking that the woman — Morgan, he thinks — is still alive, and so he turns his attention to the other o...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted about 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • And Still the Water Rose

    He sat at the end of a pier, his legs dangling over the edge, the sea gently lapping against the soles of his worn out combat boots. He thought about how he had come to be there, how it had all gone so horribly wrong. And still the water rose. He looke...

  • Weaver

    “How long has he been there?” The general stared dispassionately at the monitor. “Just under six hours, sir.” The technician glanced up and saw the general wince. The man on the screen before them sat center in the blast zone, l...

  • The First Study

    The creature existed as a brown, oily biomass. Burrowed in the surface of moist soil, every few hours the creature exhaled, blowing toxic smoke through its glass cage. Caitlyn watched, intent on discovering the source of the fumes. She wanted to see ho...

    • Author: Len Berry
    • Posted almost 7 years ago.