Stories tagged “space”

  • Unrecognized Life?

    I stepped once more out of the safety of my rocket out on to the alien landscape. To my surprise the crunchy surface from before was now smooth. It wasn’t for a decent walk till I heard the familiar crunchy squeaking sounds under my feet. I bent down...

  • Nester - The Miss (Mature)

    Tara’s eyes went wide with surprise. She’d missed. In six years of war, she’d never missed. Twenty Eight major engagements 1,692 confirmed kills. 0 misses. Until today. She stared across the void through her magscope at the approachin...

  • Engines can be in the Hull, Right?

    Zipping up the suit, I stood tall over the cabin. Prepared to conquer anything in my way. The way the sun gleamed over the planet in front of me seemed to urge me on. Within minutes we were inside Earths atmosphere. This must be what it feels like to r...

  • Escape Velocity: +1

    Crouched on the deck, Jordan made an easy target for the pirate: a twitch of the blaster could cover him in any corner of the airlock. He dropped his hand from his wristpad to his thigh. “Shouldn’t you be boarding an escape pod?” Rami...

    • Author: ZorkFox
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • A Cold Love

    The main engine was in flames. How this happened, who knows. All I know is I’m speeding towards a dead planet with no control over where the fuck I’m going. “Enigma, how much time do I have?” “Collision with ground will ta...

  • Escape Velocity: +2

    Mendoza Ramirez, captain of the pirate ship Conscious Consumer, sometime blackmailer and frequent murderer, was impressed with the speed displayed by his prey as it whirled to escape. But no one is fast enough to dodge bullets, let alone blaster bolts....

    • Author: ZorkFox
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Escape Velocity: +3

    Bellowing in agony, Ramirez jerked instinctively away from the pain in his foot; off balance from kicking Jordan, he stumbled. The blaster discharged wildly, slagging something invisible in the smoke. Jordan kicked expertly at Ramirez’s groin, bu...

    • Author: ZorkFox
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
  • Nester - The Assault

    The uncanny foe jerked itself in all directions with precise thruster blasts. It seemed to wrap around the invisible energy bolts like an unholy vine. It managed to evade every shot as if they were tennis balls playfully lofted by a child. Tara was, be...

  • Trouble on the Io

    The ship shuddered as another explosion rocked through its core. Alarms were blaring and an anxious crew was already in the process of running around, managing their various sectors of the enormous craft. On the bridge, Captain Delany was wringing his ...

  • The Pillar - A Graphite Figure

    It was hard to move fast with the gravity off. The regular rhythm of walking was thrown off by the grav-boots he wore. So, he turned them off. Pushing against the walls, Stine and his men drifted aft down the corridor. “Report, Lieutenant.” “...

  • Galactic 911

    “Mayday, mayday! This is the Passenger Vessel Queen of the Nebula declaring an emergency. Does anyone copy?” Comm Tech 4th class Durrishahwar Jameelah stared at the old fashioned computer screen onto which he’d just typed his SOS. His...

    • Author: Bob Liddil
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • The Wardens of Mars, Part 1

    “Daddy?” Jeff Warden turned to his eight year old daughter and crouched down. “What is it, Ames?” “Mommy needs you inside.” As Jeff began to straighten up, Amy spoke again. “D-Daddy?” Her tone made it sou...

    • Author: Fuddster
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Wardens of Mars, Part 2

    As Amy ran ahead, Jeff thought about her question. His father used to live in a time when questions about being related to Martians would have been the byproduct of an overactive imagination. But then the Wardens came to Mars, giving the question credi...

    • Author: Fuddster
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
  • The Wardens of Mars, Part 3

    Fran had the current news stream tuned in. Several talking heads were perched around a virtual 3D representation of the Red Planet. “Next month marks the 37th anniversary of the occupation of Mars by the aliens popularly called The Wardens,”...

    • Author: Fuddster
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
  • To the Polar Base

    The Captain looked at all the faces, and they too looked at him. He sat back in his chair and said, “Ensign Bridds, since you were the first to stand I select you, now get down to the rover bay and get going.” The ensign ran to the lift and...

  • Hitchhiking

    Time is long, and it moves in a line. If I get a front-row seat for the big bang, I’ll know the line is curved. I can assure you that time doesn’t fold on itself. Jury’s still out on whether it’s a mobius strip, but I promise yo...

  • Idiots

    They tried for time travel. I told them there’s nothing there, but they didn’t listen. Just kept trying, until their planets burned up with the crusts peeling back like the skins from bunch of rotting grapes, like paintballs in boiling wate...

  • True goodbye

    I’ve never been one for goodbyes when a “See you later” would suffice. But when you know it’s a true goodbye….. “Is she there?” Astronaut Ken Watson said in his headset. He was supposed to come home tomorrow af...

  • Icarus: Mission Day 1459, Part II

    The slender six-hundred-meter long ship shuddered and protested as the heavier-set interloper approached and took the offensive. “How’d they come up to us so fast?” Herb asked, bracing himself. Klaxons raised hell about atmospheric co...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted about 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Ascent

    The sun shone through the shades hanging from the window, laying streaks of light on the Captains face. He woke, rubbing the light from his eyes. It wasn’t long before he was shaven and dressed. His wings glistened on the front of his jacket as the s...

  • Back to the Moon

    “The world looks so small from here.” Paul Bishop said standing on the grey surface of the moon. As the first astronaut to set foot since the original Apollo missions in the 1960’s Paul was proud of himself. He had every right to be. ...

  • The Fight

    The binary-pattern hammering of the rear cannon echoed through the cockpit as I wove the nimble little fighter through a veritable swarm of shells, the automatic point defense of the light cruiser sitting a mere seven hundred meters away doing its utmo...

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

    The rock behind me shook as I opened the link to Command. “We need immediate reinforcement, repeat immediate reinforcement. We’re pinned down in grid co-ordinates 9091 by 3415, four klicks north of the sensor post. Negative, we’re und...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted about 7 years ago.
  • Drowning in Nothingness

    The ship floated away in silence, everything muted in the nothingness in space. Crewmembers gathered around the portholes like fish at feeding time, only they weren’t nearly as content. I watched, resigned to my fate, as the damaged craft drifted...

  • Home

    I remember Menoetius. I remember returning from my first visit to the Capital, our ship cruising through the gateway into orbit, and being told that we would have to turn around and go back. I remember the last time I ever saw my father, telling me tha...

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