Stories tagged “scifi”

  • From Spaceman to Plantsman

    The first time the spaceman saw my garden, I thought he was going to strangle me. All that water and the thousands of milligrams of nutrients, an embarrassment of riches strewn across my backyard. He demanded to see my resource plan, to inspect my sens...

    • Author: Les Orchard
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Commissioning

    Six years to reach this point. The Phantom was part of a new class of ship, Gagarin class. The largest built to date, it was also the slowest to build. This past week they had begun pressurizing the hull section by section. It was unnerving to be on bo...

  • Sky is Over

    In the burning red of a rising sun, the barren landscape looked like the surface of a dead planet. A man stood alone on a hilltop, watching the sun slowly pour into the sky, filling it with light and fire. A reminiscence hit him, a picture of the same...

    • Author: Sir Marcel
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • A new enemy or companion? Pt1

    There it was, a fraction of a second, barely visible to the human brain, but leaving afterimages on the ship’s multifunction monitor. The captain ordered a still image. Clearly, a ship of unknown origin appeared. Back to the live feed. The ship w...

  • Warden

    Twenty-six feet and four inches above the head of the last dragon in line, behind eleven-inch fireproof, bulletproof glass, Felix Cel’Ruschk stood, arms cryptically folded over his expansive chest, his face betraying nothing as he watched the bar...

    • Author: RicoLaser
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • A Seam in Space?

    “Sir, I can’t follow the course, something is strange here.” “What do you mean?”, the captain replied obviously annoyed. “The course of this ‘thing’ doesn’t make sense. I can’t find any anal...

  • A Seam in Space? Pt. 2

    “Computer, make a complete scan of the trajectory of the ship to see if it leaves some trail behind” “Counselor, can you sense some presence?” “Sir, I can sense something, but I can’t say what exactly it is.”, ...

  • The City Is Mostly Bones

    He’s hacking through the jungle with something that he thinks was used, once, to cut paper. He’s stepping over the kind of flat, black-soil patch amidst the cracked asphalt that makes him think of mass graves. The vines reach out from lampp...

    • Author: wordwill
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Out There

    “What do you mean that’s all I can see?”, Margaret demanded. “That’s it. Well, not entirely, but yes, that is all you can see.”, replied Dave. “But how? It’s space. How big could it be?” “Very...

    • Author: Dockboy
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
  • Your Destination Has Not Yet Arrived

    “Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. I’m happy to report most of the turbulence seems to be behind us, and we’re back at a cruising altitude now. The rest of your flight looks like it should be fairly smooth. “U...

    • Author: wordwill
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Pandora's End

    The fourth launch was always a subdued affair. No one ever took a first launch seriously, and the second could always be discounted as a fluke. When a third launch goes off as easy as scratching your neck, though, folk start to sit up. Folk start to no...

  • Pressgang

    “Tana-” Some part of her recognized her name, but she didn’t turn around until the small figures coffled behind her were safely handed over to the foreman. “Slumming today, Khal?” she said, shoving her precious tally chit ...

  • The Mouse That Roared

    For just a nanosec, she felt her forefinger twitch in protest. As if it had ethics of it’s own. Flex, blink, click. It was done. Done. A bead of sweat rolled down her sunken right cheek and in it’s wake, a flash of brilliant blackness so in...

  • Sunny Daze

    He retreated towards the underground bunker, now called home, his protective suit coughing out a slow trail of smoke behind him. Along the way, he fantasized briefly, disturbingly, about removing the confining suit and sprinting back into the blisterin...

  • Space pocket

    For one terrifying fraction of a second, just long enough to register in my brain, I found myself surrounded by sky, staring at the outside skin of the aircraft. Then, just as rapidly, everything snapped back to normal. Holding my breath, I glanced ner...

    • Author: Phil Plait
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Deep

    The flash was barely noticeable, seen askance. Ancient reflexes acted; I whipped my arms to turn myself. Maybe I did. I couldn’t perceive it. The light was gone before I could react, and all was black once again. I sighed in mind if not in practi...

    • Author: Phil Plait
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Problem With Time Travel

    Alright…I’ve only got a few minutes before the next, um, event, so I’m going make this quick. You’re listening to this, I’m assuming, because you’re interested in my work. That’s good. In fact, there is soon to...

    • Author: beatnik307
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Splinter, 1: Adrift

    “What the…? Vic, come here. Take a look, what the hell’s this?” Victor took three graceful leaps and ended up right behind Jake’s console. Quite a feat considering the ship’s close quarters. He pointed to an blip tha...

    • Author: Dave Oei
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Aftershocks

    “We interrupt our regularly-scheduled television program to bring you a Channel 7 News special report.” “In an event described by our analysts as ‘holy shit, what is going on,’ it seems that the surface of the entire plane...

    • Author: ftarp
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • White Christmas

    Look at it this way, men. True, we may be stuck on a godforsaken ball of ice half a million light-years from home, where we’ve spent the last three months fighting an enemy that only gets stronger as our guys fall, and now our promised extraction...

  • Splinter 2: Awake

    The phone buzzed. The captain didn’t pick up. It was dark in her cabin and the clock read 0210. It must be a mistake. It wasn’t. It buzzed again, this time angrier. “What is it?” “Captain, sorry to bother you.” ̶...

    • Author: Dave Oei
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Stars spill out (Mature)

    Within hours of her last transmission, she went to sleep. Surely, there’d be a signal in the morning. But what is morning in Space? What is dawn for a forgotten Shuttle running on its emergency power supply? The faint beep warning of low oxygen l...

    • Author: TSlothrop
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Alone in the Deep

    It had been alone for so long. Nobody and nothing else around for interaction. For amusement, It would track comets and asteroids, calculate trajectories, then apply the least amount of forces for a cascade of effects. Eventually, It grew bored of even...

  • Them

    nonoNoNoNONO! This is not happening! He punches the panel. Lights flicker on briefly before winking out again. With nothing to slow his momentum, the ship continues to fly along unguided. The silence is eerie. Jonn especially misses the hum of the meth...

  • Phizhik (Mature)

    Gregory walked down the barren cracked city street. His long black overcoat, dark gloves, and slick shoes completed an aura of mystery about him. The armband with three red strikes upon his long sleeves indicated him as a Phizhik doctor. His cigar crea...

    • Author: Dream
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5