Stories tagged “technology”

  • 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 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Return to Waking

    I awoke to bright lights in my eyes and found myself in the infirmary, IVs extending from my arms and a bandage on my forehead. Apparently I’d cracked my head when I passed out. One of the med techs noticed my return to consciousness and came ove...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Repairs

    As I made my way through the familiar route up to the bridge, I noticed that the crew had been very busy doing repair works. Everywhere shining new metal plating covered hull breaches and bundles of heavy-duty cables tripped me up. The pressure seals h...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Fulcrum

    I turned to face Harrigan. “What’s up, Cap?” I said. He rubbed a hand across his face. I wondered just how long it’d been since he’d slept. He’d probably been popping stims like candy lately. Ultimately, he was going...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Leverage

    The central hall was packed. The officers were in attendance, but judging from the uniforms present in the audience, it looked as though most of the crew had also somehow made their way here as well. I coughed, eager to satisfy the crew’s curiosi...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Multi-Dimensional Species

    Harrigan spoke up. “I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around this, carto. How does a species develop the ability to communicate three-dimensionally?” I nodded. “That, sir, is exactly the crux of the issue.” I pulled ...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Building Blocks

    “What we have here, I believe, is a first-contact scenario,” I said. “An entirely new species, heretofore unknown to us or to any other race in the galaxy, occupying a space utterly alien and incomprehensible to our three-dimensional ...

  • Chosen

    It was Furlough who posed the next question. “Why now, carto? Why us? There are plenty of other species in the galaxy, several more advanced than we are. Why choose our race and, more specifically, our crew?” This was one question I didn...

  • Cartographer (Challenge Repost)

    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 then pa...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
  • Action, Reaction

    “In any case, it’s not very relevant. We’re here, we’ve got a working ship – damaged, but working,” I added at the complaints from the assembled crew, “so the question is, what do we do now? It’s crunch t...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted about 7 years ago.
    • 3 out of 5
  • Choice

    Later, on the bridge, we sat in silence, only the light of our individual displays providing illumination. We went about our work, waiting for the crew’s votes to roll in. A question niggled at my brain. I swung my chair around, presenting it to ...

  • Consequences

    “So it’s all about the choice.” I said hesitantly. During the time I had been on board the Glimpse of Shadow, I could only recall the captain polling the officers a handful of times on major issues such as specific amendments to shipb...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted about 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Trust - and Faith

    As it turned out, there was no contest in the results. The crew had voted unanimously to follow this to the end. We’d been through hell and back over the last few weeks, and we were more tightly bonded than any crew had ever been. The vote demons...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted about 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Stress Control (Mature)

    The sensors officer was on the edge of his seat. “Enemy ships have opened fire! Tracking three rounds on intercept vectors.” The helmsman fired the port thrusters. “Evasive maneuvers, aye,” was all he said. “Firing lock re...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted about 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Horizon's Edge

    Harrigan took in all the activity in silence. His thumb remained on the comm, and I knew that the crew was still across the entire ship, poised as they anticipated the captain’s words. He waited until the overseer flashed the final prompt onto my...

    • Author: Jim Stitzel
    • Posted about 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • A mile in her shoes (Mature)

    She pulled her coat closer around her neck and breathed out a puff of steam as the snow crunched beneath her shoes. Her socks were already soaked and she felt the keys in her pocket like ice against her fingers as she dug them out and shakily punched o...

  • Data Ghost

    Hello. Both technically and legally, I am no longer eligible to even introduce myself of Aaron Elliots, but I shall do so all the same out of habit. My physical self lived, breathed and died some 47 years ago. At the time, his will empowered his relati...

    • Author: HSAR
    • Posted about 7 years ago.
  • Code Monks

    Dear brothers and sisters in faith, I am writing to share a recent discovery that may bring reconciliation. Remember that our orders are still very close as we both strive to improve the life of our fellow man through code. It is only on the matter of ...

    • Author: boxofun
    • Posted almost 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Goat to go

    China’s a pretty good place, turns out. It’s exactly as his implanted memories describe it. Except the smell – somehow manufactured memories can’t get smell quite right. That leaves him feeling permanently a bit out of place. Th...

    • Author: boxofun
    • Posted almost 7 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • The hassle of legality

    Hi, my name’s Dee. Don’t be offended if I zone out occasionally – it’s not that my programming’s insufficient, it’s just that I have to zap those watcher programs. Here’s one – gone now. I have some good ...

    • Author: boxofun
    • Posted almost 7 years ago.
  • Get Off My Lawn!

    There’s two dumb punks reeling in pain on my floor, blood soaking through their clothing. They’ll live. Another one is running away with a baseball bat, which now has a dent in it. My door’s broken; they kicked it in. My ears are ring...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted almost 7 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Deep Science, part 1

    Somewhere in northern Michigan, there is rampant chaos. Men are fighting. “What are they?!” one yells, as electricity shoots overhead. “I have no idea! They just keep coming out of that mine!” yells another. A scream is heard of...

  • Deep Science, part 2

    “We’re being overrun!” yells the Colonel, “Fall back!” The lab man is already running, calling to the men, “Follow me!” They see him approach a … hole in the woods, and he runs in. Inside, there is a whit...

  • Love Is an Electronic Battlefield

    Desperation finally overrides cowardice, and I pour my feelings into an instant message. Neurons and muscles translate emotions into movement; a keyboard turns movement into a time-varying voltage; kilometres of gadgetry transmute this signal through r...

    • Author: kyle90
    • Posted about 6 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5