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The Black Of space..Short Story

Updated on December 6, 2010

There are more dangers in space then aliens....

Having never touched on the genre of sci fi in my creative writing before, I was a little nervous about writing this story, but one of the joys of short story writing is being able to explore the different genre's there are in fiction, good or bad.

I do hope you like this my first attempt at sci fi ...

I am alone now, the screaming has finally stopped.

Only the hum of the life support system breaks the silence as the blood drips down the steel walls. There is no movement on any of the decks, as the whirl of the motors push the lifeless ship through the black of space.

Bodies litter the halls, lying where they were slaughtered, their faces twisted into masks of horror and violence. The cameras imbedded in the walls throughout the ship recording everything, flashing the now still images to the bridge, in gory detail.

Hundreds of images of bodies, different angles flickering across the large view screen. No matter how hard I look, scanning each and every room for life readings, nothing registers.

From crew to the colonist no one had been spared from the madness, the small bodies of children crumpled under the onslaught of crazed attacks.

Pushing past the edge of the universe, the ship had handled the deep black of space better than the crew and colonists. The blackness of nothing around the ship was hard to shake. Only the whirl of the engines giving any indication of movement.

For months I navigated the ship, devoid of stars or planets through the void. Trusting completely in the guide i had been given, but the blackness outside seemed to seep through the walls themselves, Settling over the ship in a blanket of depression, that not even the captain could shake.

It started with reports of bad dreams, terrorizing nightmares that plagued the crew like an infection as more and more suffered from the gore filled visions of violence and murder.

The doctors held meetings desperate to find a cure, as the nightmares worsened. The screaming started after that, Locked in their nightmares, the tortured cries of the crew and colonist echoing through each deck, night after night.


 The screams tonight had been different, instead of the usual terror, the cry’s where filled with rage and murder. The weak falling first in the frenzy of bloodlust that swept over the ship, the blood they spill spurning their rampage on.  No one was safe from anyone as the madness took hold. Turning on those dearest to them, every member of the ship attacked. The victor moving on in a never ceasing, restless hunt for more victims, friend fighting friend, brother against brother the rage becoming a wave of unstoppable violence

The screams had gone for hours, but now it was quiet. The blackness around the ship was broken by a single star, then another. The ship, the hope of a dying earth had done it, crossed into a fresh new universe, light years away from home.  Yet there were no cheers, no celebrations only silence greeted the stars the crew had so yearned to see.


I navigated the ship onto its next path, The path that would have taken a thousand colonist’s and their families to a new world, the lucky few that had signed on to the maiden voyage eager to embrace their new life, no questions asked.

The beauty of the passing solar systems was mine to share with no-one, the glory of the three suns that shone down on our chosen destination. An empty sight, with none but me to marvel at the beauty of the pristine planet below the ship, I was more alone than ever.

Taking all the power that the ship could spare I diverted it to the engines, increasing the speed as the ship entered atmosphere. A tear rolling down the still cheek of my distance body, the tubes and wires that merged me with the core computer, linking me with all the ships systems had been the only thing that had saved me from the black. As the computer mind and navigator, Encased in impenetrable glass, I never slept, I never had bad dreams.

But I was so tired now, tired of the sacrifice I had made, tired of living with no hope. The human race had destroyed itself and its own planet; maybe this was god’s way of letting us know we didn’t deserve a second chance.

I was alone now, my angry scream echoing out over the speakers of the ship as it hit, the dirt and trees flying in all directions as the ship broke apart with the impact. With a shock of sudden pain, I joined the others in the silence, letting the black finally claim me too





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    • nighthag profile imageAUTHOR

      K.A.E Grove 

      5 years ago from Australia

      Thank you! I am so glad that you enjoyed it :)

      I love that as writers we can explore so many different themes and genres in the form of short stories and I believe that when we push outside our comfort zone that is where magic truly begins :)

      I am thrilled that I may have inspired you to try something different :)

      Thanks so much for your visit

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      Carrie Lee Night 

      5 years ago from Northeast United States

      nighthag: Excellent sci-fi , thought you did a great job! :) Sci-fi is my weakness too, you inspired me to give it a go:) Thank you for such a great hub

    • nighthag profile imageAUTHOR

      K.A.E Grove 

      5 years ago from Australia

      gruesome,dreadful and captivating are words I very much love to hear when someone is describing my writing :)

      thank you so much I am simply thrilled that you enjoyed it

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      5 years ago

      This was gruesome and dreadful and simply captivating. You've dipped your toes in the the waters of sci-fi, and did quite well, I believe. Voted up and awesome.

    • nighthag profile imageAUTHOR

      K.A.E Grove 

      6 years ago from Australia


      thanks so much for such an enthusiast comment! I am thrilled that you enjoyed it, and I look forward to reading some of your own work as well :)

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      Golden Field 

      6 years ago

      Wow! Love it!! Keep writing! So Good! I wrote a small piece called 'After Death' that you should take a look at.

      G. Field

    • nighthag profile imageAUTHOR

      K.A.E Grove 

      6 years ago from Australia

      I am so glad that you liked this!!

      even with the suicide at the end, thanks so much for taking the time to read it, it is always a thrill when some enjoys one of my short stories

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      William Thomas 

      6 years ago from That Great Primordial Smash UP of This and That Which Gave Rise To All Beings and All Things!

      Cool story! Even the sentient ship was finally, dreadfully, hopelessly driven to suicide!

    • nighthag profile imageAUTHOR

      K.A.E Grove 

      7 years ago from Australia

      Thank you so much, It was a lot of fun to try something mostly out of my normal genre, but I have to agree you about writing.

      with my short stories I find I work better with an idea then a plot, enjoying the discovery at the end more than some of my readers I'm sure :)

      I am very glad that you liked this, thank you so much for taking the time to read it and leave your thoughts...

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      7 years ago from Australia

      Hi Nighthag, that's a pretty impressive venture in the sci fi world. I'd say that we both share the joy of creative writing, where the reader and the writer are on a voyage of discovery. When i first started to write i always had a clear objective, but now i start with a germ of an idea and see where i end up. I loved this story because it said so much with so few words. It covered the birth of humanity to its inevitable death and you should be proud of your efforts. Cheers.

    • nighthag profile imageAUTHOR

      K.A.E Grove 

      7 years ago from Australia

      I am again really glad you liked it :)

      to hear that i have kept your mind ticking is a great compliment..thank you. Hope you like the others i have posted

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      7 years ago from Australia

      Dang yet another series in the making ..... you have a habit of getting me keen on the "and then factor" -> My imagination didn't stop ticking after that ending. Going to hunt out more of your writing.\\Thanks

    • nighthag profile imageAUTHOR

      K.A.E Grove 

      7 years ago from Australia

      it is one of those few questions left for us to ponder about, but i do wonder if we would make the same mistakes somewhere new that we have here or would we learn from our past?

      In the vastness of space there are so many ways this could turn

      I am glad you liked it, thanks for stopping by,

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      7 years ago from London

      Thanks nighthag, nice story, it's good to know we share the same optimism for the human race. I always wonder whether we will ever manage to leave this planet. And when we get to where we are going, what will we look like?

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      De Greek 

      7 years ago from UK

      I am sending this to my son, who seems to have your literary bend :-)


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