Stories tagged “speculative fiction”

  • 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 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Retribution

    Jacob eased back on the controls and killed the engines, settling the Retribution on its decades-long voyage between here and nowhere. They were well out of Earth’s gravity well now and the Retribution had already hit the peak speed mankind had b...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted about 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Traversal

    The tiny craft’s re-emergence into real space was unremarkable in every way. No flash of light to mark the rift it tore in the black, no radio or gravity waves, and even the EM radiation typical to subspace travel was dampened so as to be indisti...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted about 7 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Psychic Assault: Wave

    The woman’s Break builds like a coming storm, and Derrick feels the inevitability of it. A second ticks past and the Break explodes from her mind like a terrible pressure wave, catching Derrick and the woman ahead in its undeniable energy. He scr...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted about 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Story in a Tweet

    Knife dragged. Blood trail. Rolling head, falling limbs, and screaming women and children all that mark the passing of yet another angel.

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted about 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Story In a Tweet: Wealth of Riches

    Wings shorn off, feathers dispersed, and the market is rich for a day. My job here is done, until another angel comes to avenge his brother.

  • Evolution

    The universe died long ago, succumbed to the certain and inevitable heat death that is the fate of all universes. All fuel sources eventually ran out, all stars died, all light and energy and forms of heat eventually swallowed up by the void. The unive...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted about 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Listen to Ava: Unnatural (Mature)

    Beth turned away from the screen. “Turn it off.” The security footage of Ava’s raw power was sickening. “Girl’s not natural,” Thad said. “Nothing that causes such wanton destruction on a global scale can be nat...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted almost 8 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Psychic Assault: Recovery

    Derrick feels the barriers go up and finds himself able to breathe freely for the first time since this ordeal began. He knows without looking that the woman — Morgan, he thinks — is still alive, and so he turns his attention to the other o...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted almost 8 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Weaver

    “How long has he been there?” The general stared dispassionately at the monitor. “Just under six hours, sir.” The technician glanced up and saw the general wince. The man on the screen before them sat center in the blast zone, l...

  • What Man Hath Wrought

    Humans have terrible issues with identity. From the moment of your birth and to the point of death, you desperately pursue some lasting sense of identification via religion, careers, hobbies, or anything else you fancy. Either you seek it by conformi...

    • Author: memento
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • 204,214 + 2

    Sirius told me I should write. “It’ll be a good exercise. Someday this thing could be a veritable bible for the ones who come after us.” That’s what he said. So, here I am, writing in this little blue journal with a pen we stol...

    • Author: memento
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • To Sleep Perchance to Change

    Oscar looked tired. The last time I’d seen him he had been a stout bright eyed chap. Things had changed since then. He was still a large man but clearly defined muscle had replaced much of the fat. My friend yawned and then squinted at me sleepil...

  • Story in a Tweet: Arbitration

    Divine fire, poured from heaven, another village burns. Retribution for one of God’s fallen angels. Penalty. Sacrifice. It is not enough.

  • Time-Thief

    He sits across the room, watching her, arm folded across his chest. She can’t see him, of course. His technology prevents interaction. He watches her write in her journal, pen scratching across paper, ink stretching out in long, black ribbons beh...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted about 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The Lonely God

    He walks slowly, each lumbering stride carrying him a dozen leagues. Entire villages are crushed beneath his feet; whole nations are shaken by his passing. He cares not one whit. He strides through them like they are grass. They are insignificant in hi...

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

    Seven minutes from the jump point, Harking spoke again. “Operations, any noise on radar?” he asked. So far the traversal had been uneventful, which was the way he liked it. “Nothing, sir,” came the reply. “Passive is quiet...

  • Traversal: Knock Knock

    Harking looked at the RO, who shook his head. No additional radar contact. He cycled through his displays for a moment longer, assimilating the data they contained and attempting to assess their current situation. His concern was that a blockade waited...

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

    Smoke wafted past his face, curling upward in lazy tendrils that carried the acrid scent of spent gunpowder. The gun itself was still warm in his hands, but he barely noticed. He held it loosely, on the verge of dropping it, not understanding how it ha...

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

    “How was it?” Marcus asked, as Mara slipped out of the pilot’s seat. “Awesome!” she replied. Her grin was dazzling. “But this overdrive is insane! I actually had to keep my foot on the brake just to keep from losing ...

  • Titan

    Air whooshed in and out of the titan’s lungs like enormous bellows. The sound flowed through the mountainous cavern with a sonorous resonance that would have entranced any mere mortal. Each breath built on and amplified the last, cascading into a...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted over 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Traversal: Message in a Bottle

    The silence afterward was nearly as deafening as the onslaught before it. Harking gave his crew a ten-count to check their stations. He was about to demand an update when all ship functions momentarily died and came back to life. He heard muttered curs...

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

    Message delivered, the nodes detached from Harking’s vessel and drifted back into their former positions. And thank the gods for that, thought Harking. “Navigation, what’s the next closest jump point?” he demanded. There was a m...

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

    “Evasive maneuvers!” Harking ordered. “Vent the plasma collectors and get me some distance from that fleshpot.” “Aye, sir.” Eidolon systems flared to life. Slots on the dorsal and ventral surfaces of the ship slid op...

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

    Thirty minutes later, Eidolon lay dark, 330000 klicks from the Abattoir ship. Harking sat in his command chair, the holographic projection of the ship’s tactical AI displayed before him. The bridge, like the rest of the ship, was dark, all functi...