Stories tagged “space”

  • Falling Home

    Reentry is a tricky thing at best. The Ph.D.s on the ground tell us that we’re always falling, in a manner of speaking. Way I look at it, orbiting the planet’s got nothing to do with the soul-shaking fall back into the atmosphere. Come in t...

    • Author: Jason Garber
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Empty Space

    The sky is overwhelming sometimes. How big it seems when you look up and realize that… it’s endless up there. Full of nothing. Endless and endless amounts of space. Can you comprehend that? Emptiness… emptiness that never ever ends. I...

    • Author: wytherwings
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Folded Space

    An ant crawls along the surface of a peice of paper. He only knows of the one dimension he is crawling on. Unaware that if he continues on, he will crawl around the edge onto another dimension of the same space. He continues on, and will eventually get...

  • 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...

  • 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.”, ...

  • 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 about 10 years ago.
  • Man On The Moon (Mature)

    “Control, this is Orbital Mission 003. Do you copy?” “We copy that Orbital, you are closing in on the landing site, correct?” “Copy that control, I don’t see the landing site beacons.” “There is no contac...

  • Promotion for the sous?

    “Shut up! No speaking!” Sharp words from the youthful captor as he jabbed the bound and gagged men with the end of his club. The first was wide-eyed and groaning horribly, face to the floor, almost kissing the rubber tiles. The other two we...

  • The Moment Adrian

    Adrian’s oxygen was on empty after her starship was destroyed; rocketing her from the onslaught that had brought death to her home world and her crew. Now the weightless behemoth, twisting around its headless form, began making its way effortlessly t...

  • Who but I to look?

    The craters dictated the route he took. With their upheaved and unweathered edges, as he’d discovered when he was first dispatched here, shortcuts weren’t worth the risk of a depressurizing boot-tear. The guiding beep was loud in his ears, ...

    • Author: Justforfun
    • Posted about 10 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 about 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Breathe deeply, exhale.

    Success is measured in part by the end result, and in part by the progress. There is no better progress in working on a time machine – to go back in time to talk to yourself – than to see a future you come back in time, just as you planned....

  • How to give advice

    I know how to take advice. I even know how to take criticism. But as far as getting things done, I have never, ever backed down. You could be the reason that history is “fixed” – fooling guys like me into not bothering to even try. We...

  • 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 about 10 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 about 10 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 about 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Orion Brief

    The press assembly was noisier than usual for a Friday afternoon briefing. Given the hush-hush deep space probe and curiously silent military security for close to eleven months, Will could not blame the crowd below. His swiped VIP badge allowed a plea...

    • Author: crauscher
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • 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...

  • Temporal Corsality Dupe

    Meanwhile, aboard the Proxima Centaurian spacecraft: “These humans are completely clueless that we are among them still.” The commander tells his second-in-command who nods in appreciation of his logical deduction. “Yes, thanks to our...

    • Author: Jer Ray
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
  • Blank Space [a poem]

    Blank space oh blank space Oh, how I loathe thee. So full of potential And yet you scare me. I’m flailing f’r’ideas, I just want to write! Some help you’re being, I give you my spite. Blank space, oh blank space, Why must you be...

  • Surviving Among The Stars

    With each slow, deliberate breath, all she could think about was the fact that it would be nice to be able to panic. Unfortunately, that was an emotional luxury that escaped her. Her intense training at the space agency had taught her that survival in ...

  • The Final Nova

    Vast darkness all around the one ghastly point of light in the void Countless rogue planetoids caught in the dying star’s ever expanding gravitation, their orbits smashing them into each other at terrible speeds On planets once lush with life, th...

    • Author: IndieWinter
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Nothing but Time

    Darkness. Darkness darker than anything I can describe surrounds me. I have taken countless attempts at my life, but still I float. Alone. I was insane for some time, perhaps a hundred million years or more. Those were nice years, they passed right by ...

    • Author: Ronnie
    • Posted about 10 years ago.