Archive for the 'Short Fiction' Category

Storm before the Calm

1 day Ago Commander Shelly Combs sat at the long brown table, a pile of paper slips in front of her, 25 adults sitting and watching as she counted each slip, slowly. “Remember,” she cautioned them, “the 11 who get the most votes will be the governing council. The 1 among those 11 with the […]

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Escape Hatch

Escape Hatch “I think they’re expecting you to say something, Captain.” Archibald continued to stare out the window of the Fore Cabin at the red dot of Mars growing all too slowly against the infinite black vacuum, “Like what, ‘Have a good vote, we all die tomorrow’?” Shelly bit her lip, rocked up on her […]

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Children of Mars

Star Gazing Kara lay back on the red-green hillside just a kilometer outside the camp staring up at the Martian night sky, “I love watching the moon crossing.” Marcel nodded his angular head, “Yes, every planet has its own unique features. The counter-revolutions of Phoebus and Deimos is certainly a rarity among habitable planets. The […]

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Shuttle Craft

Shuttle Craft “Elias! Quite staring off into space and get over here and help your Mother.” Elias Davis sighed. Taking one more look through the porthole into the endless nothing of the universe, and wondered again why he was here. “Yes, Dad.” He mumbled and turned back to help clean their “quarters”, an extravagant description […]

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Volunteer Day

Volunteer Day “Look at that crowd. And you thought we were going to have trouble getting volunteers, there must be 10,000 people out there already, just here in New York alone. They’re gathering like this all over the world.” Elizabeth Davis, Director of the UFN Space Agency stood looking out the 30th story window at […]

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The Kentauran

The Kentauran “Hello, my name is Gerald Montgomery and tonight the Montgomery Report brings you a special, history making, on location edition. We are live, on board the Kentauran ship, 35 Thousand Kilometers above the Earth’s surface. In geosynchronous orbit with the city of Chicago, to be specific. With me is the Captain of the […]

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Gene Haldry, PhD

The Montgomery Report Director Gene Haldry, PhD. Black. A spotlight appears on a theatrical stage framed by red velvet drapes. Stage center sits a round oak table with two chairs. Also made of oak, the chairs’ tall backs appear to made of a single piece, warped by craft into a smooth, comfortable curve. The entire […]

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Mars Station

Jan 29, 2025 Mars Station “Kara! KARA!” “Stop yelling! I’m right here.” Kara stepped into the living room from the kitchen. Crimson and grey hair loosely hanging about her round face to the shoulders, the olive uniform of the science department unmarked but for her name on the right jacket pocket, and the red circle […]

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Hallelujah

They rode in silence for a few minutes, the geriatric car slowly climbing the dark mountain road. Headlights illuminating ochre rock spires to their right. In the distance to their left could be seen the lights emanating from Claire Creek; traffic lights blinking, kitchen lights winking on for late night snacks, cars swiftly maneuvering about […]

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Volunteers Needed

Jan. 28, 2025 Text of Public Statement The United Federation of Nations Office of the President President Avram Volunteers Needed Citizens of Earth, I come to you today to speak on an issue of tremendous importance to us all. It is with great deliberation and contemplation that the decision to bring this information to you today […]

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Gerald

Gerald Montgomery The Montgomery Report The theater seats sit empty and dark. Backstage, hands move about checking and double checking lights and camera angles, network feeds and uplinks, and secondary back ups. Amidst the chaos, the calm figure of Gerald Montgomery is perched upon a backless metal stool while a woman named Donna finishes his […]

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Project Mars

The President of Earth announces that volunteers are needed to settle Mars with the assistance of  aliens who have recently made first contact with us, and every idiot and his brother decides they are the Lewis and Clark of space. Project Mars, Earth 2025

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