Stories tagged “space”

  • Cartographer

    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 the...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted about 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Depth of Space With No Romance

    Depth is what I see in the darkness, an inestimable, interminable depth. In the holovids they always tried to sell the majesty and adventure of space, romantic notions of being a sailor on the new ocean of discovery. I should have known better. My frei...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted about 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Routine Mechanics

    I slowly wound open the other eye at Master Engineer Joe. “You sure, Em-ee? Harrigan?” “Yeah, told me in a roundabout way to get you off your ass and up to the forecastle, so yes I’m pretty sure.” I sighed. “I need t...

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

    I woke my station and checked the damage reports. There were uncontrolled fires raging down on D deck, and evidence of shrapnel damage to the portside engine assembly as well as various… “Carto?” “Yeah?” “We’ve...

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

    “Unidentified Ship, you are entering the system of Alexis Majora, currently under a state of breached emergency quarantine. All civilian spacecraft are advised against entering this system.” The calm, synthesised voice was as familiar as ev...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted about 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Something in the System

    “We got an inside job, hostile influence in the system. Security teams abandon search, go to syssec stations please.” “Carto, security’s on high alert – two men are dead, and they don’t know why. May be our man.̶...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted about 7 years ago.
  • Providence

    As the lid of the cryo pod closes, I reflect on our lost potential. We had been well on our way to improving the human race. Unfortunately, not everyone shared our views on how to best do so. Which is why I’m here now, sealing myself into an icy ...

    • Author: DredZed
    • Posted about 7 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • There and Back Again

    The tension was unbearable. Seconds from now the LSH-13 mission would launch, ending mankind’s 40 year exile on this island Earth. I remember when manned spaceflight was an adventure. We had landed on the moon and had gone back. Then tragedy stru...

    • Author: Fuddster
    • Posted about 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Space Odyssey

    “Capt. Williams to portside command post STAT” The automatic door to command post 5 opened briskly as a tall, well-built man entered the room. “This better be important if you are taking me away from my anniversary dinner.” Capt...

    • Author: flybynight
    • Posted about 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Space Odyssey pt. 2

    “Well done men. Now if you’ll excuse me I will return to my dinner.” Capt. Williams said. With the Falcon destroyed and nothing else on the radar, the crew of USS Starscream relaxed. Having arrived back at his quaters, Capt. Williams ...

  • Unforeseen Consequences

    “The saboteur… my God, I’m so stupid. It was… I was… oh -” Security Chief Furlough grabbed me firmly by the shoulders and shook me. “Snap out of it, carto. Where is he?” “Must’ve hopped aboard...

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

    You are here. A moderate sized rock, mostly covered in water and shrouded in a mix of gasses, orbiting around a typical yellow star. The birthplace of a particularly clever species of primate, who eventually figured out how to pull themselves up and ou...

    • Author: DredZed
    • Posted almost 7 years ago.
  • A Loss of Vision

    “You lost more than just your eye in the war, Captain.” The Ensign, already crossing the line into insubordination, charged forward. “You lost your vision.” The Captain leaned back in her tall chair and turned it to face the vas...

  • Know Thy Enemy

    The corsair descended upon the frigate like a bird of prey. Gravity cannons anchored them to the larger ship and the crew of the Last Man readied a boarding party. There were slaves to be had. Plunder was nice, but slaves were the real prize. On the Ya...

  • The Hole

    “You hitting up Gecko’s after work?” David said over the headset as Peter was hauling his second to last barge of garbage to be put into the space station’s black hole core. The station ran on the gravity from the black hole spi...

    • Author: Steve Saylor
    • Posted almost 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Buttons

    Jen pressed the red button. Marcus said, “See it’s fun, now keep pressing, one of these must stop it.” “Well, I guess there are only the two.” “Ejecting escape pod.” Jen grabbed Marcus and swung him into a smal...

    • Author: Atjagape
    • Posted almost 7 years ago.
  • In Space No One Can Hear You Fix a Station, but They Can See You

    The liquid hydrocarbons were coming down in sheets, but such was the climate on Titan. The dim glow that diffused through the methane fog as if it were possessed by an etherial demon was amplified somewhat by the lights on the outside of the building. ...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted almost 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • A Thorn in Saturn's Side

    Antonio spoke. “Those old tourist stations were powered with fusion engines. Our initial views from the ‘scopes identified it as an old DoubleTree. They had a contract with Pratt & Whitney to build the engines. Those things’ll las...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted almost 7 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Less Than Stellar Working Conditions

    It was getting hot and the humid heat always made me claustrophobic. Sweat drenched my hair and gathered on my forehead, making my face itch. The suit that prevented me from wiping away the sweat was miserable to work in, and a general pain in the ass....

  • The First Sign of Danger

    “I’m in the middle of something, whatchoo need?” I knew I came off gruff. I often did when I was busy or a mistake could cost me my life. “Nice to hear you too, Jailen.” It was Cas. “Seriously, I’m doing some w...

  • Abort Mission

    Horman Cambo sat before the terminal and frantically pressed keys. He turned about. “S-sir, I c-can’t quite f-figure out what the p-problem is, s-sir!” The captain watched Horman with apparent amusement, but said nothing. Horman hoped...

  • Taking Care of Business

    “We’ve got launching orders, boys,” Lieutenant Bonzer shouted. This announcement was met by hurrahs from most of the rest of the 501st. Stationed on Mimas, nestled deep within the massive crater Herschel, their official patch referenc...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted almost 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Ringing the Doorbell

    Bonzer commanded Arnold: “Okay, Arnie, bring us in. Park it and see if we can interface with the onboard systems.” They had made their skew flip about forty-five minutes ago and had arrived at the old hotel. They had decelerated for the maj...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted almost 7 years ago.
  • An All-Too-Fair Assessment.

    “Set us planetward, but keep us in Tertian shadow. I want to find out what is going on before we are to be assigned to new objectives.” Horman Cambo assented and complied. He was dumbfounded, but perhaps so was the captain. Horman would pro...

  • Whatdunnit

    “This simply will not do at all,” the Kyzillian Purser’s Mate moaned. “This is a cruise liner; you cannot kill a human here. It’s murder, I tell you!” Human blood soaked into the fine carpet. A Ssznake, who was being...