SFFS 22/08/2015

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Hello all! I’m SO excited this week to be able to share the final part of Earth Alpha with you all! It’s been a long wait for you, I know, but here is THE END! Enjoy… maybe…

Embarkation in five minutes. Embarkation in five minutes.

Sabina edged closer to the door. Her window-gazing companion appeared to be similarly concerned, as he followed her toward to the airlock.

Doors will now open for embarkation. Departure in thirty minutes. Have a safe journey.

The airlock cycled open, and a blast of heat hit her. Beyond the metal rims of the airlock, a blazing furnace burned white hot. She retreated, cowering against the searing wave. But retreat wasn’t an option. The human crush was fully in action, and she was pushed through the lock, her eyes wide in horror.

We’ve all been lied to!

And there you have it, folks! Thanks for bearing with me up till now :-) I’m not sure what I’ll be bringing next week, but I’ll think of something.

Don’t forget to head over to the main SFFS blog to see the snippets my fellow authors have posted. Some good stuff lurks there.

SFFS 15/08/2015

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Hello all! This week I bring you the second-last instalment of Earth Alpha. It’s been a journey getting to this point, and now we’re almost done. So here goes…

When they arrived at Gate 17-alpha, Sabina found a spot near the window. Here, thankfully, she could look out into space, unhindered by strange moss-like growths, and see the colony ship just beyond the bulkhead of the space station. Her jaw dropped open; nothing could have prepared her for its size or beauty. Even in the shadow of the space station, one could see the metallic glint reflecting off it, and the parts that were lit by the sun were dazzling, so bright that they hurt her eyes – even through the protection provided by the window.

‘Amazing, isn’t it?’

Sabina glanced sharply to her left toward the speaker. He was tall and well fed; he must have worked at the space port till now. She wondered how she looked to him. She knew her hair for the straight, mousy brown it was, and she knew her body was too thin for lack of decent food. Only recently had she suffered another round of the stomach bug. To say that she was looking forward to ten years in stasis was an understatement. She swallowed her embarrassment.

‘Yes, it is lovely,’ she breathed.

Yes. A beautiful ship indeed.

Well, that’s all folks. You’ll have to come back next week to see how this story ends. In the meantime, please head over to the SFFS blog and catch the snippets my fellow authors have given us to read this week.

SFFS 08/08/2015

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Hi all! Sorry I missed last week, but I’m back now with the next instalment from “Earth Alpha”. Sabina and the rest of the people on the transport are exiting into the space station, Hope.

Shouts of disgust rang out from the front of the craft, but there were hopeful noises too. Sabina decided she would keep her judgement to herself. Eventually the wave of humanity brought her to the airlock, and she stepped through it. She immediately blocked her nose against the stench. The floor of the corridor ran slick with some nameless watery substance; some type of icky-looking fungus was growing on joins in the walls, and the windows were caked with what looked suspiciously like moss. That saddened her; she had hoped to see the hulk of their colony ship in all her glory as she waited for the final remnant of escaping humanity. Revulsed, she stared at a spot in the middle of the back before her eyes.

Final transport from earth, please proceed to Gate 17-alpha. Final….

The announcement repeated itself over and over, drumming into them that they must please proceed to Gate 17-alpha. Sabina didn’t have much choice in the matter anyway. Like the herd they were, she simply followed the person in front of her, looking to neither side.

Getting a whiff of something suspicious yet? Guess you’ll have to wait a bit longer :-D

Do let me know what you think, and then don’t forget to take a look at the snippets shared by the other authors this week on the main SFFS blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

SFFS 25/07/2015

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Hi all. This week I’m sharing again from Earth Alpha, my scifi short. So I’ll let you dive straight in. For reference, a klaxon just went off in the transport from Earth.

Preparing for docking. Please take a seat and fasten your seat belts.

Sabina rolled her eyes. Was it a signal of the decay of humanity that the voice was computer-generated, and unrealistic? All the seats had, from what she’d seen on embarkation, long since been removed from the transport, leaving what was left of humanity to the hazardous mercies of untreated metal.

The craft shook as it coupled noisily with the space station, the clangs reverberating through the hull and their eardrums. Quite a few shouts went up around her as heads collided and body parts were grabbed onto randomly, as people clung to what they could to remain upright.

You have arrived on Hope. Have a safe journey.

Almost as one, the pack of humanity surged forward, only to be caught by the airlock. Only one person could exit at a time. Sabina sighed. She would rather be out in one piece, thank you very much. She prayed to whatever gods there were that people would see sense and take this slowly and orderly. She stood silently, burying her mind in thoughts of better places.

And there you have it.

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SFFS 18/07/2015

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Good day all! This week I’m sharing the next excerpt from Earth Alpha. Just before this snippet begins, Sabina is thinking about the colony ships that have left Earth for Earth Beta, one ship a month for the last ten years. Just to give you a context to the first paragraph below.

She could only attempt to imagine the vast quantities of minerals required, nevermind the manpower needed, to build each one. In her forty years she had never met a single soul who had worked on the colony ships, and yet there must have been thousands, if not millions, over the years.

The planet was dying. It was just as well, she reasoned, that they were all leaving. They, at least would have a chance to survive.

She checked her wrist. The numerals shining through her skin from the embedded patch advised her they had been travelling for two hours now. They should be docking with the space station soon.

No sooner had she formed the thought than a klaxon went off, causing everyone to jump. She stifled a laugh behind a hand.

And there you have it.

Thanks for stopping by! It’s been good to have you visit. Don’t forget to check the SFFS Blog for the snippets the other authors have shared this week.

SFFS 11/07/2015

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Hi all! Great to be back with the SFFS crowd this week. And this week I’m finally sharing the second snippet from Earth Alpha, a short story I wrote a while back. If you recall, it’s about a young lady on the last transport leaving Earth for Earth Beta. As this snippet begins, she recalls that Earth is empty.

Her eyes pricked with unshed tears, and a lump formed in her throat. There wasn’t a single human being down there any longer. She closed her eyes against the crowd and sought memories packed in deep. Memories of blue skies, green grass and clean air. Memories that came from vids. In her lifetime, all there had been was gray and cloud. She had never seen a blade of grass, a plant or a bird.

They had been packed in like cattle being sent for slaughter; no personal effects were permitted. Not that most people had much at any rate. All they each had was a promise. Life would be better on Earth Beta. After they had travelled for ten years to get there, that was. Thankfully those ten years would be in stasis, so none of them would have aged, and none of them would remember it either. The first colony ship had arrived there a month ago, and one had left every month for the last ten years. It puzzled her; where had Earth found the materials to build the colony ships?

So there you have it. Yes, I know a few more questions than answers thus far.

Thanks for stopping by. Please let me know what your thoughts on this snippet are, and then do drop by the SFFS blog to see what our other authors have shared this week.