Stories tagged “space”

  • Return to Waking

    I awoke to bright lights in my eyes and found myself in the infirmary, IVs extending from my arms and a bandage on my forehead. Apparently I’d cracked my head when I passed out. One of the med techs noticed my return to consciousness and came ove...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted about 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Repairs

    As I made my way through the familiar route up to the bridge, I noticed that the crew had been very busy doing repair works. Everywhere shining new metal plating covered hull breaches and bundles of heavy-duty cables tripped me up. The pressure seals h...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted about 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Fulcrum

    I turned to face Harrigan. “What’s up, Cap?” I said. He rubbed a hand across his face. I wondered just how long it’d been since he’d slept. He’d probably been popping stims like candy lately. Ultimately, he was going...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted about 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Leverage

    The central hall was packed. The officers were in attendance, but judging from the uniforms present in the audience, it looked as though most of the crew had also somehow made their way here as well. I coughed, eager to satisfy the crew’s curiosi...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted about 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Multi-Dimensional Species

    Harrigan spoke up. “I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around this, carto. How does a species develop the ability to communicate three-dimensionally?” I nodded. “That, sir, is exactly the crux of the issue.” I pulled ...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted about 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Building Blocks

    “What we have here, I believe, is a first-contact scenario,” I said. “An entirely new species, heretofore unknown to us or to any other race in the galaxy, occupying a space utterly alien and incomprehensible to our three-dimensional ...

  • Chosen

    It was Furlough who posed the next question. “Why now, carto? Why us? There are plenty of other species in the galaxy, several more advanced than we are. Why choose our race and, more specifically, our crew?” This was one question I didn...

  • Cartographer (Challenge Repost)

    Our little ship coasted on the rough turbulence around Yvonne’s Delight. We were five days out from the Hydras, running a shipload of tetrahydride to Phis Minor. The pilots up front yelled incomprehensible vectors at each other, every now and then pa...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted about 7 years ago.
  • 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Deep Space Bureaucracy

    Jaw set and eyes lit, the captain barked, “Confirm ident and get me ROE.” “Aye sir,” shot the sensors officer, “Gelwiern, TC Bravo, fire if fired upon.” The comms officer rolled his eyes, “In the butt crack of ...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted about 7 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Research Ship 311

    “What the hell?” Shel sat up and hit her head on the console. She let loose a string of curses and stood up slowly. “Why in the bloody hell are we on full alert!” she said. “Enemy frigates, moving in fast,” Riggs rep...

  • 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 years ago.
    • 3 out of 5
  • Oh Ye Of Little Faith

    “And why did you doubt?” I beamed. Having written a few basic core modules, the overseer quickly painted in details to the rough sketch of jump code on screen, quickly editing in additions to the broad strokes of driver software and interfa...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted about 7 years ago.
    • 4 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 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Old One

    Deep in space she drifted, the light of distant stars guiding her. She had been out there for eons forgotten by time, aimlessly floating until the fates aligned and she had the luck to crash land on a planet or moon once again. It happened now and agai...

    • Author: BadMojo
    • Posted about 7 years ago.
  • High orbit, Planet Lerange IV

    Cla-clack The sharp noise of the magazine sliding home echoed of the bullet pocked metal walls. Captain Dennis P Walters sat behind a storage crate in corridor 1A, which lead from Engineering to the Command deck. He was bleeding out from the leg. ̶...

    • Author: Welsh Mullet
    • Posted almost 7 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • End of the Line

    Not even if you were the last man on Earth. She said that three years ago. At the time I was speechless, and just stood there with a dumb look on my face. How I wish I could respond to her now. Well, we’re not on Earth anymore, but I am the last ...

  • 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 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5