(Zebra, Oil, Supernova)
Jim Rivers was dreaming about swimming. It had started out nice, but the water was cold now, and an octopus had wrapped its tentacles around him. The hateful creature was reaching down his throat, chilled fingers reaching … choking.
He woke with a scream, strangled by tubes running down his nose and throat to his stomach and lungs. Confined in some sort of capsule, he had no room to move his arms and legs – pod. There were tubes going everywhere – they seemed to be attached to him. They went into his nose, down his throat and a couple of other places that his mother taught him never to mention in public. He couldn’t look down, the containment was that complete. Pod. Read the rest of this entry
Antidisestablishmentarianism, hemorrhage, phlebotomy
Bam! Whizzle whizz splat! Keen heard the noises and saw the great machine shake and shudder. Broken pieces came out on the conveyor belt. He scooped them all up and threw them into the recycle bin. Unfinished pieces could be tossed out, but completed works would have to be kept whether they made sense or not. Keen had to do something, tell someone fast! He ran to the telephone to call maintenance. Read the rest of this entry
Starprober, Celestial, Occupation
In the year 2300, planet Earth harnessed cold fusion. By 3001 the world was a different place. There was no more famine and disease was almost nonexistent. The applications that the new fusion process made available to humanity were too numerous to count. The land mass of the entire planet was now available for use; cold fusion engines were so cheap to run that it cost next to nothing to transport goods into and out of previously inaccessible places. It cost nothing to heat and cool your living space, as the cold fusion process was part of the public domain. Anyone could produce it and everyone could use it. It powered lamps so that food could be grown anywhere using hydroponics. Read the rest of this entry