Stories tagged “something went wrong”

  • An Ark, perforce

    It’s dark now, here in back, but I like it that way. You can see the entire Galaxy sprawled across the sky, now that they’ve shut the engines off. We’re traveling so fast now, a hairsbreadth below c, and there’s still no redshif...

    • Author: Pat J
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Hobson's Shoes

    Captain’s Log, Day 8191 Ship operations were as normal as could be expected today. It feels weird writing that. I have this nagging feeling inside me, that I can’t live up to Hobson’s standards, but everybody else seems to have faith ...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Happy New Year

    Captain’s Log, Day 8191 For what it’s worth, Happy New Year. 34 L.E. Thirty-four years since the Earth blew itself to hell. How far we’ve come…almost a tenth of our journey, behind us… I for one am glad that Donald and the...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Psychiatric Case File #34LE0002

    Subject: Louchard, Sebring M. III Code: PS-IV Admitting: A. Durecovic Witnesses: C. Badpring, R. Arrobach Date: 8199 (01-09-34) Time: 0032 hrs Desription: Mr. Louchard, engineer, age 29, reported for work at 2000 night prior. Said work involved doing a...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Missive

    Transcript of Voicecom recorded for Captain, intercepted 0919 Hrs 01-15-34 LE (Ship’s Day 8205) From: Pastor B. Norton @ Ship’s North, Quad 5 Captain…I have to speak with you. Have found out something most— Uh… I need to s...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Mors

    CERTIFICATE OF DEATH Decedent: PASTOR BANQUO THOMAS NORTON Date: 8206 (01-16-34 LE) Time: 2014 hours Date of death: 8206 (01-16-34 LE) Time of death: 0431 hours Report: Decedent found unresponsive on floor of corridor K-17. Piping unit suffered a sever...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • A Voice of Dissent

    Excerpt, “Backyard” Bob Benson’s personal diary: Pastor Norton’s death was no accident. I’ve been doing this, fixing crap, for far too long for me to be misled by someone dealing in foul play. I jury-rigged a ZX7 before th...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • A Crack in the Wall

    Captain’s Log, Day 8211 Four in the morning. Four this accursed morning. I hear someone banging on my door and screaming “CAPTAIN! CAPTAIN!” at the top of his lungs. It was almost like a scene out of one of those old movies. Nobody ma...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Answer Lies Inside Me

    Captain— I don’t know if you’ll get this, or understand what I mean. But know this: You are right. Some within the Church are not what they appear to be. From the day you set forth, even before you scooped me up in a death orbit aroun...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Father's Son

    Day Six (01-22-34 LE) It’s been six days since Dad died. I don’t even bother using Ship’s Day anymore. I feel like I’m a walking ghost, like this can’t be real. Is everyone so detached when they suffer such a deep loss? Da...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
  • Through a Mirror, Darkly

    Day Seven (01-23-34 LE) I can’t get back to sleep. I woke up from a nightmare and now I can’t sleep. Maybe writing it will do a memory dump and get me some rest. I am in this corridor. It is dark and covered in pipes and grating. There is a...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Truth Will Out

    Captain’s Log, Day 8213 Everything went to hell today. Fleance figured it out. “The answer lies inside me.” Bob actually physically implanted a note inside his body. How Fleance managed to keep his lunch down while he rooted around in...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
  • The Wages of Sin

    Excerpts of Minutes of the 24th Session of the Special Judicial Council 0802 Hrs 02-16-34 LE (Ship’s day 8246) Attending: Capt. Kettering, presiding Bishops Young, Mallard; Messrs. Johnston, Avalero, Tuqi; Ms. Charo, Taronado, Ng Absent: None The...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
  • The Matador

    Excerpt, Bishop Young’s prayer journal: O Lord, You told us that we are to take great joy in times of trouble, because only through the testing of our faith can we improve ourselves and grow closer to You. I, a mere mortal, can only wonder as to ...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
  • Ex Cathedra

    Excerpt, Bishop Mallard’s prayer diary: Lord…I am in ruins. Justice has been done; penance made. But…penance. What is it, when taken into consideration? This whole religious structure was constructed for the express purpose of blindin...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
  • Tin Can

    Captain’s Log, Ship’s Day 8247 Earlier I said everything went to hell. I was wrong. Everything went to hell today. The verdict was announced and a truly massive riot broke out outside the rec hall, where deliberations were taking place. Jus...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Father Returns

    Captain’s Log, Ship’s Day 8249 Can this get any worse? I was reviewing the recycling logs for two days ago when I noticed the numbers didn’t add up. This was a substantial error, too—not just one kilogram, or two kilograms…...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted about 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Preparations

    Captain’s Log, Ship’s Day 8250 Well, this is it. Tertius and some loyal followers have holed themselves up in the mess hall and are weaponizing everything they can find. We’re going to have to go in there and take him out. I just hope...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted over 4 years ago.
  • Receipt

    Marcell grabbed the thin ribbon of paper, scanning over the return message that had been detected. OUR THANKS BUT UNABLE TO COMPLY. FUEL CONSTRAINTS FORCE CURRENT COURSE TO A CENT GATHERING INTERSTELLAR HYDROGEN FOR TURNAROUND, NOT ENOUGH TO FORCE COUR...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted over 3 years ago.
  • Mail

    Coded transmission towards relative heading: RA 14 h 39 m 36.4951 s / Dec -60° 50′ 02.308″ Begin transmission: 2114 Hrs 03-31-34 LE Transmission series: SLLL S LS L SS LLL LS SLSLSL / SSS LSLS SL L L S SLS S LSS / LSLS LLL SLSS LLL LS SS S SSS / L...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted over 3 years ago.
  • Thirty Years of History in Sixty Seconds

    The Lunar United Colony Youth had banked on Mars becoming the next cradle for mankind after the Earth had spontaneously become an asteroid belt. Stealing as many supplies as they could get away with, they had chartered a wealthy aristocrat’s spac...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted over 3 years ago.
  • Progress

    “So what’s the story?” Bethony Sommern asked. “Huh?” “About Jupiter.” “Oh.” Haskell shifted in his seat. “The Lán Tàiyáng is meeting with apparent success. The Fāxiàn Gǒu and the Tiěqu

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted over 3 years ago.
  • Killing the Spider

    Captain’s Log, Ship’s Day 8251 We did it. We finally did it. We killed Tertius. We busted into the cafeteria at about 0300 hours, using various pieces of pipes and paneling as makeshift shields and weapons. Tertius was a fair bit surprised,...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted over 3 years ago.
  • Reaction

    Excerpt, Bishop Mallard’s prayer diary: O Lord, please let the bloodshed be ended. There are so very few of us, and we are so very far from home. Please, cover us under the wings of Your grace. Do not let our little light, an emissary amongst the...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted over 3 years ago.
  • Regards & Regrets

    Captain’s Log, Ship’s Day 8452 We’ve received another missive from our friends back home. They’ve packed as much information into it as they could have, but it was still a very terse transmission. Apparently, there are stillR...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted over 3 years ago.