Stories tagged “starship”

  • Shadow Warp

    Shadow Warp. Casual viewers dubbed it because of the way the starship dims and then blackens, turning so black it’s silhouette is visible against the black, starry space. Then it just fades away. It is the diametric opposite of the previous Faste...

    • Author: Nauctshea
    • Posted almost 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Catapult Drive

    Now, Catapult Drive is different all together. There’s no complicated multi-dimensional physics involved. In fact, most children have a good grasp on the principles. Catapult Drive is the mainstay of inter-planetary travel within a star system. T...

    • Author: Nauctshea
    • Posted almost 10 years ago.
  • 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 9 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 9 years ago.
  • 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 years ago.
  • 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 9 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 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • 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 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Something is Wrong

    The lights of the medical deck scrolled down my field of vision as I blinked and tried to recover some of my mental function. “He’s awake!” “I just hit him with the general anaesthetic!” “Hit him again!” I shoo...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted almost 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Next Moves

    The lights on the command deck were off, with just our stations providing illumination. It was all we had power for. Vec broke the silence. “So. What now?” Valid question. Once the code had stopped generating, it had begun a cascading compr...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted almost 9 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 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Streamlined

    Our blocky little ship spun around and pointed nose-first into the jump zero, ignoring the precious radiation shield plate at the back of the ship. There was no radiation spike as our delicate prow entered the zero, however, and the external sensors no...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted almost 9 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 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Altered Heading

    Like a subterranean sea creature, we edged towards the light. The properties of this jumpspace appeared to be similar to our own existential plane, but there was no point in risking repercussions from using high-radiation, high-intensity thrust. The li...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted almost 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Outbound

    There were a series of dull thuds and reverberations as the docking arms pulled back from the hull of the Pontificus. A slight vibration and the chemical engines moved the ship away from the dock, and then a low rumble heard through the engine’s ...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted almost 9 years ago.
  • Making the Trail

    The trio of sleek black ships at the end of the pier look far too futuristic to be docked to the large industrial arms. If you stare hard enough, you could just about see the huge engines protected by inches of entropy shielding, with the smaller conve...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted almost 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Symbols

    We sat in near-silence for a long moment, staring and trying to make sense of the symbols. “They look… familiar somehow,” was my first thought. “Like I’ve seen them before, but I’m sure I haven’t.” Harrig...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted almost 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Trial and Error

    Immediately the flow and ebb of the computer system, familiar to me as a life-long friend, pulled me into its embrace. I wrote a core shell, extended it to transmission preparation, added flange modules and self-regulating failure-coherence blocks. But...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted almost 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Final Frontier

    The restraints were tight against my chest almost to the point of restricting my breathing, but they were necessary. I flicked my way through banks of switches, checking the giant rocket over and over again. No-one had ever done this before; everything...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted almost 9 years ago.
    • 4 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 almost 9 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5