Tag Archives: SF

The answer to life, the universe and everything

He has access to Deep Thought Version 72.12.5, and the latest supercomputers including the Sunway TaihuLight (93 PFLOPS, since you ask). The boy (and girl) genius techies in China, India and California are listed on his Favourites. For balance he … Continue reading

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Who would have thought it?

It’s the dream of every scientist, the hope of every editor: we’ve detected intelligent life out there. We fix our telescopes on space, we send out rockets and satellites containing messages etched on gold; we beam signals at the milky … Continue reading

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The Good Engineer

Flight Engineer Hallowes studied the specialist tools slotted into the locker in the control room hoping they would present him with the remedy to the capsule’s failing water purification system. “Think back to the orientation sessions,” urged the Commander. “Surely … Continue reading

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Tricking and Treating

Halloween! My birthday! Birthday? Hardly. That’s a paradigm that doesn’t really apply to me, nor to my family nor my community. For us there was no conception, no mammal gestation, no birth as you know it. Nonetheless, we look like … Continue reading

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Just In Case

For Sunday Photo Fiction 200 word challenge Somehow there had been a blind spot in the satellite surveillance system – a freak twist of light and space – and the post box had sat hidden in the shrubbery just outside Maryville … Continue reading

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Some Time Back

This Thursday evening, as they have done for the last one hundred and thirteen years, soon after injecting their prescribed volume of blood, Jeffrey and Elisa will descend the stainless shaft to their basement YouthBlood safes to check that temperatures … Continue reading

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Future Imperfect

For Wednesday Write-in “Which way?” they would ask. “Travel east. Travel east. It is there,” always came the reply, “It is there.” And so towards the east they would travel, across, through, over, under the mighty cities, the mighty metropolises, … Continue reading

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Overheard #9: Wakening Soul

For Wednesday Write-in Dawn. Slow awakening. I rub my face/the face to facilitate the process. I doubt. Pause. The fingers drift over the chin, the cheekbones, the forehead. There is no recognition. Damn! Soul-switch. So soon! Without notice. So who am I this … Continue reading

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Sunshine

Written for Wednesday Write-in #44. The prompt I used is “Sunshine”. Struggled with it and went all SF, a genre I don’t do well. But playing with the language is fun. Here it is then: “Open the iBag.” Larry spat … Continue reading

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One-way Ticket

This for the Wednesday write-in at Cake.shortandsweet “Don’t make any silly moves, old man. You know the score.” He turned slowly to face the speaker, partly because he didn’t want to get hurt and partly because he was tired. And … Continue reading

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