Stories tagged “space”

  • Aquila Blue Label

    It wasn’t unusual to locate production in deep space. Faster than light travel was already very common and huge swathes of natural resources could be found in nebulae, comets and the like. It was, however, unusual for Ms Linhart to make such a la...

    • Author: jimmytee
    • Posted about 2 years ago.
  • 2500

    In the corner stands a thin pane of clear plastic with images of last night’s ball drop on it. When this year’s ball of trash hit the sun it was large enough to cause the largest explosion ever recorded for a new years celebration, so it was big ne...

    • Author: KingPoiuy
    • Posted about 2 years ago.
  • Moonrise. Sunset.

    Sometimes, I wish the roof would tear off and a black hole would suck me into space. I hear it’s quite peaceful up there, or it can be, anyways, with the right equipment. I could just float through the vastness, watching the sun rise and fall...

    • Author: Ariah Oak
    • Posted almost 2 years ago.
  • Last Man Standing

    August 19, 2089 18:00 “It’s your call.” CapCom buzzed over the radio. August 19, 2089 09:00 A small window was the only view Criss had. For 15 hours the window showed nothing but black with stars sprinkled around. The next 9 hours w...

    • Author: Osiris
    • Posted almost 2 years ago.
  • Room with a View

    This morning, she woke to blue skies streaked with clouds still slightly pink from the rapidly retreating dawn. A vast panorama of trees showed red, orange and yellow, with the occasional almost startling green. As usual, she spent the last few minutes...

    • Author: dkscully
    • Posted almost 2 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Who Said You Could Start Terraforming?

    You can imagine the excitement over the discovery: Microorganisms found in the soil near Columbia Base, Gusev crater, Mars. They sat just below the surface, waiting for the sun to warm up the thin layer of nightly frost to its sublimation point, at whi...

    • Author: kyle90
    • Posted almost 2 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Stars

    Quietly shift amongst the stars, brittle enamel creaking soundlessly. Hundreds of little metal eyes quest for sights in their brass sockets, gazing out at eternity. Long antennae listen for the hum of the stars carried for years upon the electromagneti...

    • Author: K25fF
    • Posted over 1 year ago.
  • I'm Determined to Solve the Fermi Paradox

    You might call us energy-based life forms — at least, if you’ve seen too much sci-fi. More accurately, you could say that we are complex interference patterns between lepton fields and pentaquark condensates, based on the electroweak force. You...

    • Author: kyle90
    • Posted over 1 year ago.
  • Space

    I often find the word space humorous, because after all, we are all in space. There is a space between this chair here and that door. There is space for more beings to fill this dome. There is nothing but space. Yet in my world, I find myself crawling ...

  • Quick! Before anyone notices the extra...

    Richard, fire in his belly, stood tall and beheld what he had done. With a simple command, he had instantly duplicated an entire galaxy. “Computer. Is there no one in the universe to hold me to account? Is there anything that can restrain me?R...

    • Author: Antivard
    • Posted over 1 year ago.
  • Perfect Timing

    A lone bead of sweat wound its way down the side of Jon’s cheek, but that was the only sign of discomfort. His face betrayed no emotion. The entirety of his life was spent in training simulations which culminated in the simplest of tasks – ...

    • Author: Kespan
    • Posted over 1 year ago.
  • Audio Log of the Ra's Embrace #131

    Brief high pitched noises. “All stations, status update.” “Engines at 85% capacity, my lord.” “Control is stable and still within acceptable trajectory, but corrections will require some time.” “Weapons ready i...

    • Author: Thoth
    • Posted over 1 year ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • (Day 12) What you SHOULD be worried about...

    tick-tick-tick whirrrrmmm tick-tick-tick-tick BANG! I sit up, drenched in sweat, the same way I’ve been doing for a week now. Maybe it’s the ambient sounds of the cabin. Maybe it’s my paranoia finally settling into the deeper recesses...

  • (Day 14) ...is your own damn self.

    (From the log of Col. Terrence Green) Day 8 No sign of what ever in the hell caused that banging. All I know it was solid. I felt in my bones whenever it hit. I checked all the diagnostics and they came back clean. There’s one thing I can for the...

  • Shoving Off

    >> INCOMING TRANSMISSION >> TIME_T 3884008184909A SRC STAT 1561 TM 14300 SYS ACK EOL >> INIT LR SENSORS >> BEGIN CD SEQ 20A >> DIAG FUEL SYS >> RUNNING DIAGNOSTIC… >> 1504 2400 1509 2607 0881 EOL >> BEG...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted over 1 year ago.
  • Waiting for the Big Bang

    Suspended, it floats. Time stops. The egg, just out of reach, slips almost imperceptibly towards its demise. “Oh great, you let another one go!” the first man says. He shuts the airtight lunch box with a clang. “We are on a limited fo...

  • The Joyride

    “We are gonna get so grounded!” “Not if you don’t tell,” Xie said pointedly. Ker looked at her little brother, sitting on a copy of the ship’s user manual so he could see through the windshield. She’d never ad...

    • Author: J.S. Hope
    • Posted over 1 year ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Bextris and The Captain

    “On a ride… To nowheeeeeeeeerrrre-” “Cut that out, Bex! You sing that stupid line one more time and I’ll happily toss you out the hatch!” “Just trying to pass the time, Cap, until you think of somewhere to go. ...

  • Jumpsuit 101

    I look in the mirror to see myself clad in an orange jumpsuit, the number ‘101’ is embedded into the chest, and by now, probably my mind too. The clattering of footsteps breaks me from my reverie as a large procession of similar clothed men marches...

    • Author: Henjo
    • Posted over 1 year ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Now Here's An Alt-History I Can Get Behind

    I clawed my way out of undreaming sleep, back to the here and now. Where was here? Opened my eyes: instrument panel; switches, dials, segmented red LEDs. And a floating grease pencil. Right. I did a self-test for aches or pain. Not too bad. The muscle ...

    • Author: kyle90
    • Posted over 1 year ago.
  • (6) Confined Sunshine

    Who goes in the shadows? You there. Are you there? where black hole’s freeze the rolling waves and warm breeze of time’s coastline? Tied-tight-n-outta-sight in no time. That’s why I’m unconfined—— so is your mind. We’re not bein...

  • Weapons Training Guide

    I am the daughter of a society on Mars. We live in isolation, fighting our way out of this dark hole, void of Earth’s poetic technology, such as firepower based on philosophy and metaphysics. Starships sail near. When we see them in space, we sen...

    • Author: 32 ^2
    • Posted about 1 year ago.
  • Jungle Jane Junior

    I got the call on my radio at 6AM. I dressed with speed, praying the Jeep would run. Working in isolation from society was nice most days, but not when I was the only civilized one, a daughter of Jane Goodall. There is no room for fear when approaching...

  • Empty Nest Syndrome

    We started building colony ships in the 2050s. They weren’t exactly visually impressive: the main bulk was the industrial nanofab, resembling a dull grey quonset hut. Also on-board: some rad-shielding, some primitive AI navigation and replication...

    • Author: kyle90
    • Posted about 1 year ago.
  • He's Been Watching Too Much Stargate

    “Reverse-engineer it?” I asked. “I… look, we don’t even have the physics to describe this thing. Much less make a new one.” The alien artifact, a small smooth pink slab, sat on the conference table between us. The ge...

    • Author: kyle90
    • Posted about 1 year ago.