Stories tagged “spaceflight”

  • The Neurophages IV

    Miles and Lou approached the boiler room. Miles at a dead run, with Lou loping along easily beside him. She had exchanged her welding apron for a cloth one that read “Kiss the cook”, but he still did not seem to get the message. Crunching t...

  • The Neurophages VI

    They were seated on the bunks in his cabin. With Lou to his left, and the angel Alba to his right, Miles felt afraid to move either way in case he touched one or the other and couldn’t let go. Taking a deep breath (and distracting Miles), Alba to...

  • Space Station Alpha Flies Over

    As Jeopardy! begins for three I have but nineteen minutes before I rush to look above, and see what the sky has in it. A star that glides from West to North as my chin reaches higher. She cannot see my house, nor me, but I can see her fire. She wafts o...

  • Hope and a Prayer

    “What’s the story?” “They’re flying in a DSRV from Mare Tranq.” “A DSRV? From cis-Terra to Mars?” “Mm-hmm. They three-staged it by jury-rigging a C-Class to be a kick stage on either end—̶...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted over 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Contingency Plans

    The computational tension had been rising for months as ARI calculated contingency plans for arrival. The A.rtificial R.epair I.ntelligence was in charge of the Asiatic’s Robotics Repair Shop. After several inconclusive suggestions to Halifax to ...

  • Laser Light Show

    Guard Unit DR-26 emitted blinding scanning beams from its neon blue eyes, and waved them to and fro, willy-nilly, illuminating the hallway. ARI had uploaded several repeatable guard routines, and this was none of them. DR-26’s circuits were unpre...

  • Lonely Timeless Flight

    He kicks back, alone at a corner table in low-g. He nurses a high gravity beer for the alcoholic irony. It’s his fourth, and the faces around him are blurred. Funny thing, though: with his glasses on, the faces would have been blurred even if he&...

    • Author: Les Orchard
    • Posted almost 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Moravec's Cats

    Every ship-morning, I woke up covered in a half-dozen cats. Sometime in the ship-night, they’d wander in from the ducts and find spots to curl up around my sleeping body, virtually pinning me under the sheet and all purring from speaker grilles w...

    • Author: Les Orchard
    • Posted almost 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5