Metal Fever

“We can never use him, son,” the old man said. Hunter looked down at the hangar. It was enormous, large enough to fit the Jaeger. “But he’s ready to go, Mr. Thomson. He’s just sitting there.” “Metal Fever has cost us far too many Jaeger pilots already, son. Good men Read more…

Hot Jupiter

“Why, oh why, did I volunteer for this?” Dytis cried out moments before the jump. He looked down at the swirling clouds of the gas giant. The shapes and swirls were mesmerising, like an endless cup of latte and him being the sugar cube ready to dip inside. Hope he Read more…

The Last Stargunner

“This plan sucks,” the yellow alien said. “No, can’t you see? It’s brilliant!” the green alien said, throwing his arms in the air. “Brilliant!” “Okay, whatever. We’re doomed anyway, might as well try this crazy scheme of yours,” the yellow alien said, waving the issue away with his antennas. He Read more…

Simming Problem, My Ass

“Once you’d created your population of realistically reacting and – in a necessary sense – cogitating individuals, you had – also in a sense – created life. The particular parts of whatever computational substrate you’d devoted to the problem now held beings; virtual beings capable of reacting so much like Read more…

Technosphere

“Okay, but where’s the fault,” the AI asked. “Somewhere in there,” his supervisor said, waving at the titanic ball of crap currently in orbit. The AI turned a few drones upwards to see it better. It was impossible to even put the damn thing into frame. “That thing weighs approximately Read more…

Whoopsie Daisy

“Whoops,” the man said and pulled his hands away from the keyboard. She placed her coke on the table. “Whoops? This is not the time for whoopsies, John.” “Um… I may have fried someone’s brain,” the man said panicking. “You what?” She yelped and sat on her workstation across him. Read more…