Evolved Publishing presents a short mind-bending sci-fi story in "Paradox" by Lane Diamond. At about 2,700 words, this fun story is the perfect short diversion from your daily grind.
…When I’m able to set aside the terror and the realization of what a horrible predicament I face, I have so many questions. Why didn’t Space Command abort the trip and stop the ship remotely? Couldn’t they see that something was wrong? They must have, as telemetry for remote control was one of their precious safeguards. Did that fail too? We have ourselves a regular comedy of errors, it seems, though I find it not even remotely funny. It could be worse, I suppose; I could be dead….
…”Think about it, Ted.” I might as well talk to myself since there’s nothing else to do. “What do you think is going to happen now?”….
Ted volunteered for the mission because, after all, it was just a routine trip to Mars. What could possibly go wrong?
In the deepest, darkest reaches of space, one must fill the vacuum, the void, the emptiness. Yet do we humans have the “psychological stuff” for deep space travel? If not, we may end up like Ted.
|Publisher:||Evolved Publishing LLC|
|File size:||682 KB|
About the Author
Lane Diamond is the pen name for David Lane. He grew up in Algonquin, Illinois, where he graduated from Harry D. Jacobs High School in 1978. After a short college stint, he served in the U.S. Air Force at Ramstein AB, Germany, 1980-1982, and at Lowry AFB, Denver, CO, 1982-1983. For more, please visit his website and blog at www.LaneDiamond.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Great storyline. Well written. Not sure whether I liked the ending or not .... it's good but I want more.
A Sci-Fi that freaked me out. 4.5 *Book source ~ Many thanks to the author for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review. Ted is in a space capsule heading on a routine mission to Mars. He’s put into stasis and when he wakes up he’s 30 years past his arrival date. What? How did this happen? He doesn’t have enough oxygen, water or food to last him even if he could travel back to Mars or Earth. What is he going to do? Ok, this story freaked me out. While I love Star Trek and Star Wars, I have no desire to be away from the plentiful if slightly polluted oxygen available to me here on good old Earth. Ted’s situation gave me the heebie jeebies. And the ending? Holy crap! I had to read it twice just to make sure I had it right.
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