15 Mar 2018 – Abasca’s Rest

Scott Summers365 Stories, Science Fiction

It was a sixteen-hour hike from the ship to Abasca’s Rest, and Kwamie hated every single step of it.  She wasn’t the only one who detested the jungle at the end of the trip, but she was the only one who truly understood what they were getting into. She’d ignored the jokes and the jabs at the amount of food she was carrying or the extra supplies she’d thought to bring.  Everyone thought this was going to be a walk in the park — but Kwamie knew better. The reality of it hit them three hours in.  They were wading … Read More

13 Mar 2018 – Persona

Scott Summers365 Stories, Science Fiction

> To Create Your Online Profile: Blink Twice The white text sat in the center of a black screen, the cursor at the end blinking patiently as it waited for an input.  Shannon glanced around the screen.  She moved her head left, then right.  The text followed, always centered precisely in the center of the screen relative to her position.  The camera behind the glass display had already scanned her retina, and the AI was smart enough to adjust for the parallax shift.  Shannon knew enough to know what was going on. But still.  It was odd, new, cutting edge.  … Read More

3 Mar 2018 – Reset

Scott Summers365 Stories, Science Fiction

Her room is a quiet place — bare and empty, like the depths of her soul.  If you know her, you understand that is not an insult.  It is simply the way things are. She pours those things out at the end of the day, those things that linger in the rest of us.  Memories, emotions, thought.  She dumps all of it into the empty air in her pursuit of solace, of peace. I have watched her do this a thousand days and pleaded with her a thousand times more.  She hears my argument, acknowledges my pain with a knowing … Read More

28 Feb 2018 – The Clouds of Orion

Scott Summers365 Stories, Science Fiction

Sprig was dreaming of wildflowers when the system woke him.  He stepped out of the stasis chamber, yawned, and started his patrol around the ship.  Protocol was to dress first, but there was nobody awake to see him.  The crew was still asleep and would be for years. At the main console, Sprig checked the date.  Thirty-three years, it read.  He’d been asleep for a fourth of the average lifetime. “Talk about sleeping your life away,” he muttered. Sprig yawned again.  No use fighting it.  The stasis gas wouldn’t be out of his system before he climbed back into his … Read More

26 Jan 2018 – The High Places

Scott Summers365 Stories, Science Fiction

We touched down in the high places, where the clouds drifted beneath us as they wrapped the fields and valleys far below in a cloak of mist.  At that point in my career, I’d seen vestiges of ruined civilizations from similar vantage points on almost every world I’d visited.  When searching for alien life, it makes sense to start at a high altitude, where the equipment can get a good scan of the surface, before moving on.  You leave a minimal trace that way, and it’s best not to disturb the locals — if there are any locals to disturb … Read More