Stories tagged “technology”

  • Upgraded (Mature)

    I was rolling code – lots of it – and faster than I ever had before. Whole paragraphs of algorithms sprang fully formed across my vision. I was composing symphonies of solutions and feeding them into the system at a blistering pace. But som...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted almost 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Not Quite Right (Mature)

    The captain wanted answers that I couldn’t provide. “They told me you cartos were weird, that you had to be inherently unstable to do your job, but this… this is fucking off-the-charts weird. Tell me what the hell is going on, carto, ...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted almost 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Theories

    Harrigan had me checked over again. Visual inspection this time, given the incident with the nanosurgeon. Whatever else it had done, the nanosurgeon had fully optimized the implants. It wasn’t a weld; it was better. They released me with a provis...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted almost 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Binary and Ternary

    The code kept coming, line after line after line, numbering in the millions, then the billions, and kept on coming, a never-ending flow of programmatic creation the purpose of which was still unclear. Sometime in the past, several million lines ago, th...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted almost 7 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 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Into the Unknown

    Humanity had been using the jump logic for almost seven decades, but since the initial, incredible discovery of the code that could bend spacetime, there had been no other notable progress. Cartographers now learned the same rules as they did sixty-odd...

    • Author: HSAR
    • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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 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...

  • 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’...

  • 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 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Deadline

    “The last backup battery just died.” The flight director finally laid his head on his desk. “So, that’s it, then? The world’s done for, and we have no way to bring our probe back.” If only everyone could know just ho...

  • 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 7 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 7 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 7 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
  • Cartocommunication

    That sense of being investigated pressed in on us again, and this time it was invasive. The intensity of the probing made my head swim, and for a few brief minutes I lost all sense of time and location. The moment passed, and I shook my head to clear m...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • 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
  • 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
  • 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