Perfect Timing

The crew struggled, working endlessly to keep their great hulking mass of a ship sailing across the fabric of space without tearing apart. Their destination orbited a minuscule point of light. Almost too far now with damaged engines. Almost. Directly ahead hung a glittering planet of ice. They met it among the limits of its... Continue Reading →

Just One

Career day, they'd say. Detaching from the cerebral collective, I scour the repository, wanting to remember on my own. It's been many a century, but I'll make change there. They've all held strong to their core designs, I'm sure. "Ah! Found it," I cease searching. "This is your ultimate decision?" Great Mind asks. "My only... Continue Reading →

Little Things

Almost unshielded, Earth is hotter now than my last visit. Yet, its natural chaos is still wondrous. These humans don't plan well, their cities struggled with the changing, despite how gradual. Chaos is hard to protect, to regulate. Impossible, they said. But humans inspire me. Their fragility breeds courage, authenticity. I had to return. Despite... Continue Reading →

Earth’ling

Readings returned slightly less than optimal levels, but their shuttle-mind assured them of safety. The first creature stumbled out, overwhelmed by colours. The browns and blues and golden yellows were not where they should be. And it hadn't ever seen so much green. Their journey from the dying world began generations ago, long before their... Continue Reading →

Swift Passage

The alien planet hung like a pool of blue. Their only stop on a one-way journey. Their vessel's final dregs of energy concealed them in orbit while their shuttle fell into the alien atmosphere. The violent entry rattled the shuttle, pilot and crew breathed deep lungfuls, fighting to clear their minds, to imagine a paradise... Continue Reading →

Beyond

The stones of worship returned, settling into position around the throng of hopeful. Would they feel the great Beyond this day? Their paths carried scholars and explorers between countless neighbouring worlds, but never Beyond. The crowd buzzed with nervous energy beneath the spread of stars, wrapping themselves up in each-other as one. One being. One... Continue Reading →

New Age

Several eons passed since they last visited Earth, they discovered humans viewed other-world strangers warily now, without the awe of old. Their job - gathering insights into human minds - meant molding their DNA to conform while on-planet. They looked human, though in this new age, reed undergarments, intricate piercings and feathered crowns weren't widely... Continue Reading →

Twenty-Fifth

Routine suit-up. Routine airlock cycle. Routine tether anchorage. Her crew-mate let her step out first. The field of stars took her breath away, as always, even on her twenty-fifth spacewalk. Everyone left her in silence, letting her enjoy it as they said she should. Someday, it will be her last. Then she spotted her tether,... Continue Reading →

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