Proxathlon

Agent Nasani felt the impact on her chest. The freefall suit could withstand a beating, but the human catapult formed by Team Artemis smashed Nasani so hard her weightless body was sent back to the periphery. Thirty seconds. The crowds standing on the arena’s inner surface went into a frenzy. The Proxima supporters counted down … Continue reading Proxathlon

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The Sargasso Void

To his chagrin, I volunteered straight away. Emmetrius wanted nothing else but to lay low and wait this out. Stranded fifty megaparsecs away from civilisation, I couldn’t understand his logic. I guess he didn’t trust me one bit, believing I would make some pointless attempt to escape his custody. “It’s your fault,” I told him. … Continue reading The Sargasso Void

Ice Hangar

This short story won 1st prize on TheNextBigWriter → Locked Door Contest The ephemeris data seemed healthy enough. The storm, on the other hand, ripping across space from the comet’s horizon, appeared hazardous. Transiting through the comet’s coma the shuttle vibrated slightly. Carl Reagle knew the outgassing from the bright-side lacked enough violence to cause … Continue reading Ice Hangar

Mars! One Way

It's really hard not to facepalm when confronted by headlines stating that 100,000 have signed up for a one-way trip to Mars. A Dutch, non-profit (yes, that's right, non-profit) company called Mars One is collecting human specimens, and raising six billion dollars, to send these people some 225 million kilometres, one way, to the planet … Continue reading Mars! One Way