Stories tagged “space”

  • As the Stars Twinkle in Essieterra (part 13)

    I led Cornelia out of the forest, and we walked along the main road that brought us to Essieterra Town Square. Though her sense of direction was impaired, Cornelia was a keen individual who could hear even the inaudible flapping of fairy wings. We foun...

  • As the Stars Twinkle in Essieterra (part 14)

    Finally, the time came when I had to leave the land that had become a part of my essence. I bid farewell to the mystical creatures who would never be mythical to me. Before I left, Cornelius said to me, his eyes gleaming with a newly passionate spark, ...

  • As the Stars Twinkle in Essieterra (part 15)

    My life in the mapped world continued right where it had left off. I faced trials and tribulations in my life, but also had triumphs and accomplishments. I did all I could to help people, and tried to learn from their strengths and weaknesses. Time pas...

  • As the Stars Twinkle in Essieterra (part 16)

    He was an undoubtedly handsome and strong young man, though he had several scars on his body from when he was attacked by a dog years ago. But despite his marred appearance, I could still see a look of pure endearment and adventure in his eyes, and a b...

  • As the Stars Twinkle in Essieterra (part 17)

    When I gave birth to Essie in the land that bore her name, my husband and I learned that she could never leave Essieterra, for she was needed there the most. Unwilling to forsake our daughter, we decided to make Essieterra our permanent home. By doing ...

  • Seven

    ‘I got a job for us if your interested,’ said Brenner, tossing a bag on the table as he pulled up a chair. ‘How much?’ asks Jimmy, pruning a nail with his switchblade. Dexter and O’Reilly look at the bag and nod. ‘Th...

  • Witnessing Creation

    The R. Tanassis drifted through the black, its captain looking anxiously upon the control panels, trying to discern the ship’s speed. But, as he would soon find, speed is meaningless if you’re the only object in existence. A mistake, somewh...

  • Kuiper Cowboy: Enter Dr. T

    Dr. Tiberius slammed his fist down on the console. Those fools on Titan, they have no idea who they are dealing with! Dr. Tiberius had just been dismissed from the colony board of directors and asked to leave the planet. While his passion was science a...

    • Author: Wilson A.
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • And No Hope

    “Great shot, kid! That was one in a million!” Aside from the mystery voice on my helmet’s speakers, my cockpit filled with the blaring of alarms, tinny and raucous to the point that my ears began to pain me. The void of space was blas...

  • Neverend-Game

    Idiot idiot idiot. There, another word all used up. I had been saving that one. For the trillionth time, I’m reminded of a play I once saw about a blind old man and his faithful servant. Infinite emptiness will be all around you, he said, and the...

  • A Being in Nothingness

    A thought occurs to me again. It has occured to me a least once every 10^6 seconds for the last hundred trillion years. “I may be an idiot. But what if I’m not the only idiot?” Its possible. After all, what happened once could happen ...

  • The Man in the Stairwell

    Julian lives in a stairwell. He is unsure where the stairwell is, but he is certain that it is near where he was born, before they replaced the city with a building. His wife is coming to visit today. He has kept track of the date very carefully, paint...

    • Author: ctopherrun
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • 20:17 UTC 20 July 1969

    Dimitri looked across the plain. He was twenty kilometers southwest of Sabine D. According to the reports it would be just northeast of a 400 meter crater named West. The positioning satellites chirped their songs and told him that he was almost there....

  • Myth

    Sea and Moon were lovers once. They were one, moving through the nether, each completing the other, made for each other. Both knew they would be together forever, but it was not so. Moon and Sea soon found themselves near a new world neither of them ha...

  • Winter Generation

    Longyear orbits within the Habitable Zone of the blue giant Atlantica once every 80 years. It has only one large landmass, at about 18 degrees north latitude. The planet’s axial tilt is very small, and Longyear’s weather is bearable without...

    • Author: suncrush
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Tipping Point

    The collision couldn’t have occurred with greater accuracy. Three hours before, a dead spy satellite was struck by a meteor. It was not destroyed but its tracked path shifted slightly. This event went undetected. The supply ship Kosma was heading...

    • Author: Petros
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
  • The End?

    Idiot! Darkness surrounds me. Senses search for something, anything……. nothing. Why, oh why did I wish for this. 10^100 years gone and now I am alone. IDIOT! Time compresses. Eons become seconds. A billion epochs go by as if in a blink, still I am ...

    • Author: TPHTWPE
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
  • Memory and Futility

    It’s been a long, long time since I had any new thought, but I remember every old thought I’ve ever had. I’ve pondered the things I’ve seen that ought to be impossible, and wondered what else that ought to be impossible is true....

    • Author: Zerrakhi
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
  • Captured

    The volley came unexpectedly, as the convoy exited the jump point on the edge of the system. The relief force was a transit behind, at least four days out. No hope for help there. Of the eight ships, there were only three lightly armed cruisers, the re...

    • Author: LTerminus
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • First Contact

    The commander stood on the bridge gazing out at the inky blackness ahead, his destination nothing more than a speck. Perhaps it’s just a mote of dust in the camera he thought whimsically. Not likely, this mission had been carefully planned and wa...

  • Alone

    Hello, my name is Colonel James. Of course, it probably doesn’t matter, since I doubt anyone will ever read this. But I still feel the need to write it. Odd how the mind works, isn’t it? We started with the best of intentions, and a noble g...

    • Author: DredZed
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • We Went There

    “40th anniversary of the Moon landing today,” said Walter, glancing at the night sky. “Meh,” replied Tyler, as his thumbs pecked away at his phone’s tiny keypad. “What do you mean, meh?” said Walter, fighting t...

  • Collection

    I place the plaque into my satchel and followed my partner back onto the ship. I never got used to that feeling, holding something long forgotten. To behold something that belonged to a long dead society, one older than even the world I was born on. &#...

    • Author: Ronnie
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Remnants

    Bob stared, his mouth gaping at the unnatural naturalness of it all. “But… but where did you come from?” The dust shimmered slightly, as though it were laughing. Isn’t it obvious? These particles, every atom of them, are all tha...

  • Seeking Life

    She stepped out of the compression chamber into the medic bay. Her head was pounding but it was nothing compared to the dread that filled her stomach with acid. They all gathered around the door as she expected. They all want to know what happened. Her...

    • Author: luckymere
    • Posted about 5 years ago.