Stories tagged “space”

  • Out of Gas

    “How long until someone finds us?” Katie asked. “Ninety-six hours. Less if they follow my notes.” Kurt replied. “We’re going to end up sucking vacuum! " Her helmet distorted her voice. “We’re going t...

    • Author: Robert Quick
    • Posted almost 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Boarding, Part I

    The Imperial cruiser came up behind the small craft, slowing to match speed. Hailing frequencies were already on, and data transmitted back and forth between the vessels, although no one from either ship had actually spoken to the other. Captain Kino w...

  • We have a problem

    I was in the middle of our morning briefing with Mission Control. They had a new list of experiments they wanted us to setup on the micro gravity crystal lab and I was thinking about how it would screw up the normal schedule. Suddenly the communication...

  • Outbound

    Harold awoke in the same way he had for 23 years in his cell, only he was not in his cell, he was in what seemed to be a rotating tunnel. As his eyes adjusted to the blinding white interior, he noticed a small brown envelope float slowly past him. R...

    • Author: M Francis
    • Posted almost 7 years ago.
  • Nowhere to Go

    Always wanted to have an adventure, didn’t I? It was that damned frontierswoman spirit, festering there on Earth with nowhere to go. Even Antarctica’s got commuter Flights out daily and flush toilets. Apartment buildings. Here, though, seei...

    • Author: Emily
    • Posted over 6 years ago.
  • Keywords

    This campfire society is a call to isolation. Away from technology’s test, no need to duck bullets. Sequestered away from that teeming death hole, One may take pride in life and philosophy, comedy and fears. It is a speed run from darkness to lig...

    • Author: Tesseract
    • Posted almost 7 years ago.
  • Aftermath (Mature)

    Consciousness returned slowly — along with a fierce pounding in my head. “Take it easy, carto.” I opened my eyes to see Captain Harrigan standing over me. I started to sit up, but he put a hand against my chest and pushed me back down...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted almost 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Route to Nowhere

    A request. After the rather hostile takeover of our shipboard systems and my own mind, a request from the overseer for instructions seemed almost laughable. I swiveled my chair and let my fingers do what came most naturally to them. “What’s...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted almost 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Unknown

    We drifted. When your entire frame of reference has been removed, there’s little else you can do. There were no stars, no constellations, no dust clouds, nothing visible anywhere that could give us an idea of where we were. It was dark in every d...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted almost 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Republic: One Mans Fate

    Daryn lay on the alcove, his rifle pointed down towards the crowd. It was possibly the most powerful of its kind in the whole Republic, and just touching it gave him shivers. But what got him most, this cold and windy day, was his mission. It was simpl...

  • One Year, Four Days, Thirteen Hours

    1 year, 4 days, and 13 hours. That’s how long he had left. If in that time the ship’s scanners didn’t find a suitable habitat for the remainder of humanity, he would go back in to cryosleep. He had been standing ever vigilant on the d...

    • Author: Endyo
    • Posted over 6 years ago.
  • Republic: A Captain's View (Mature)

    Supreme Commander Var’Dir Weiken, of the Destroyer class warship, Epoch, sat in his chair on the bridge and swivelled round to the main screen. “Have they replied?” He asked the Specialist to his left. “No, sir.” Var’...

  • Darklight One

    “You’re on final approach, Darklight One. Ten seconds to radio silence.” “Roger that, Control.” Sounds so routine… Like some milk-run to the dark side of Earth’s moon. Nothing like the mindbending stunt we’re attempting. Nature may abho...

    • Author: Tesseract
    • Posted over 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • NavComm

    I peeled myself out of that reality and sat rubbing my temples for a moment. It took that long for me to realize that everyone was looking at me. “Well?” Harrigan demanded. I sighed. “It’s… complicated,” I replied. &...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted over 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Top-Level Logic

    “This must be the logical next step up in terms of cartographical thinking. I can only assume the same race that we reverse-engineered the jump turbine technology and the overseer from made the same discovery. Our computer recognises them because...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted over 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Field Report

    [field report from the datastack of Expedition Leader S’ri-Leun] The dominant language on planet ‘Earth’ is known as English. It is simple enough to master; I have instructed the entire Expedition to learn it. Earthpeople are primitiv...

    • Author: Trillian
    • Posted over 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Jump of Faith

    The regular engines were down behind the thick radiation shielding, but that was fine. The overseer coaxed pseudo-thrust out of our jump drives, pushing jumpspace behind to create the illusion of forward thrust. I slotted the symbols into the code leis...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted over 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Emergence and Violence

    The turbulence on emergence was enormous. “Gravity well!” one of the pilots yelled. As it turned out, we’d emerged from jumpspace near a planet — far too close. The physics of jumpspace is simple — there is no physics. Whe...

  • Force and Knowledge

    “Hull stress is… way above safe limits. We’re looking at an imminent hull rupture and violent depressurisation.” Harrigan’s mouth was a grim slash. “Get everybody on oxygen, lower air pressure by 60%.” Warning ...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted over 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Moment's Silence

    Before anyone could think to turn it off in good taste, a vid screen showed the results of the rupture. The monitoring unit one deck up and nearly 4oo meters forward still managed to capture the scene with disturbing clarity. The faint outline of the r...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted over 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Desperate Measures

    The ship pitched, and for one wild, vertiginous moment we fought to keep our seats as the artificial gravity and the planet’s gravity battled for supremacy. One of the pilots half-turned to call back. Fear and desperation twisted his features, an...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted over 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Something to look forward to.

    I’d just torn the top off my package of freeze dried mash when Tony caught my attention with his eyes. “They never get the sprinkles right.” He said with a nod. “What?” “The rainbow sprinkles on the ice cream. They n...

  • Encounter in the Black

    The exterior floodlamps were out, like most of the other ship’s systems. Under normal circumstances this would have been a problem. Space is a very dark place. Without external illumination we shouldn’t have been able to see much of the hul...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted over 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Ordo ab Chao

    One by one, critical ship systems stuttered to life. On the bridge, more or less half the consoles started themselves – mine was down and out, so I sat back and watched people trying to retrieve the previous order from the new chaos. Furlough too...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted over 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Pinprick of Light in the Dark

    Repairs continued to the ship all around me. Once the key systems were up and limping again, the tentacles had dissolved into their individual photons and disappeared back into the cloud. Apparently the life form was only interested in our survival, no...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted over 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5