Tagged Sci Fi

Restricted Zone

The fencing had gone up overnight a whole building surrounded by the high steel  that surrounds construction sites. It annoyed me only because it barred my usual path to work. I was late and making a detour around the perimeter was going to make me late. I enjoyed working at the university on a weekend. The campus was often quieter than normal and I could catch up on all the things I hadn’t done through the week. It looked like  they were relaying the lawns and pavement outside the physics laboratories. The  building was big lump of  cement. Seven storeys high made of…

A Leap of Faith

As Cecilia Vanderbank passed from this life, a small team of medics moved into action. She had no family, was fabulously wealthy and about to die. She believed in nothing except money, business and science. Despite her fame and fortune her destiny was to be the same as everyone else’s on the planet. In recent years’ great advances had been made with anti-aging drugs, treatments and cryogenics. The old lady had considered them all and tried quite a few to try to her retain youth. In the end she had put all of her hopes and most of her money with the company that a young student, Molly Bradford had just…

The Fourth Tribanzian War

The art had started appearing throughout the entire country. Towns and cities up and down the land, images and words. First in obvious places, then in more obscure ones. Little by little the art spread around the world. Produced by those on the margins of society, in the shadows. Street art, urban art, graffiti call it what you will. It told a story in a language no one understood. Images of people, monsters, robots, cyborgs. In the end it was in every town and city around the world. If we had taken more notice. Understood the warnings and messages. Things…

Another Day Closer To Gliesse 667

One thousand ships with one thousand people on board each vessel, soaring through space to one thousand different destinations. The human races last chance for survival since scientists had recently declared that previous calculations for the life of our sun had been very badly miscalculated. They had got it so wrong, instead of expiring in a few million years it now seemed likely our sun would expire within a few thousand and the earth without its life-giving golden orb would wither and die along with its entire population. The twenty-third century had seen great advances in technology and most of the planets in the solar…

Moonlight Sky

It was three o’clock in the morning and Francis bedroom was a dark, comfortable and silent place. The moon had all night been moving imperceptibly across the sky. Gradually slivers of brilliant white light appeared slipping through the gaps in the bedroom blinds. Francis was woken by the light. She was normally a good sleeper, not tonight. She was transfixed by the sparkling shafts of light streaming through her window, the young woman knew she must resist looking outside at all costs. Many people believed the full moon with its perfect crystal white light could do no harm. Some however…

That’s Absurd

Each night I catch the bus home, same number, same route, same time. It’s just that, well weird stuff happens. Most nights I don’t even remember being on it. When I do, oh boy! There was the time an entire faceless wedding party got on, we had to make a fifty-mile detour to Sheffield. Turned out they were all people I knew. Another time we were chased by a rhinoceros and an elephant. It turned out OK, they both managed to get on and sat right in front of me for the whole way. We’ve been abroad, in space, under the sea. The bus once…

Pete’s Portal

Pete stood by the portal, unsure what to do next. He had read about them and seen them in movies. He never thought though that they existed, surely they were science fiction. A shimmering rift. A fracture in space and time between this world and well, who knows what. His day had started well, just like any other. Pete was up early walking his dogs walk, then work. He had been doing the afternoon shift at the petrol station for years now. It was OK he liked things the way they were. He had plenty of time for his dogs…

I Blame Alfred Hitchcock

I remember as a child watching ‘The Birds’ by Alfred Hitchcock on television. It was one of the scariest movies I had seen in my life up to that point. Times were different back then, a small black and white television in the living room with all the family huddled around it. Watching  a movie even at home was a big event, a family event. Happy days all this reminiscing is no good, I have to sleep things have been so hectic and I’m up early. I need to clear my mind, relax forget all about old American movies. The noise is the…