13 July 2012

SFFS: Another Snippet from "Genesis"

Welcome to another installment of Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday on the blog. Thanks for all the feedback you give on my snippets, but be sure to go visit all of the other writers through the SFFS link above as well.

As mentioned last week, I'm slowly bringing out snippets from "Genesis," a story that I'd written long ago. So, if you didn't catch the previous snippets, here are a few links to get you back up to speed.

Snippet 1 from Genesis

And then, head on in for today's snippet:
I shook my head and interlaced my fingers above the table. Duff would definitely think of his stomach at a time like this. Myself, I was worried about the fact we had no way to pay for more fuel for our ship, which currently sat idle at the local spacedock. We wouldn’t have enough to get ourselves anywhere unless we found a way out of this predicament.

I turned and looked out into the darkness, through a nearby window half-covered with snow. The spacedock could be seen off in the distance, a mess of steady and flashing lights, as ships came and went at random. Rief, the city in the foreground, was dimly lit in comparison, its citizens mostly asleep, warm and comfortable in their beds. Duff and I had made our way here through the blizzard just to have a place to sit around for daybreak, since running the heat in our ship would have lasted only half the night, before the fuel ran out.

Duff rested his dark-skinned forehead on the table, while his blonde hair remained plastered to his head. “What are we going to do?”

Be sure to come back next week for yet another installment. Again, I always enjoy your comments!


  1. Two guys, no money, one ship... I think this might be a recipe for trouble. Me thinks someone's bound to make them an offer they can't refuse!

  2. No food, no heat, nowhere to go, and it's the middle of winter?! Sounds like it's time for desperate measures, or maybe luck will be on their side?

  3. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Exactly how many of their core values are they going to have to compromise for the job that will come their way?

    I really do like this. You did a great job of drawing me into their dire straits. I want to have my domestibot make them a sammich!

  4. This is why I said I'd never say never, when it came to posting an entire story through 10-sentence snippets. Seems to be working quite well for this one... ;-)

    Thanks for stopping by, everyone!

  5. This made me think about one of my favorite animes. It's called Outlaw Star and it fits Cary's description: two guys, no money, one ship. Clearly, it's time for a space race. :) Your description of the city is killer. And the space dock. I love this: "a mess of steady and flashing lights"

  6. I'm trying to recall, but I think that a friend and fan of mine said that anime was really similar to my Aston West series as well...

    Glad you enjoyed the descriptions. Sometimes I get it right, after all... :-)

  7. I want to see what they do to get out of this mess!

  8. Good things come to those wait... ;-)

  9. As an Alaskan, I really feel that no heat.

  10. The one thing about no heat is that you can always add more layers. When it's 100+ out, you can't keep removing layers...though that might make for an interesting story as well.

  11. hungry, cold and skint?!
    They don't sound nasty-types, so i'm thinking a little busking, a bit of message-carrying or off-world pizza delivery space cowboys!? Close? It's worked for me in the past!
    Great descriptions Monsieur TM!

  12. Thanks! Might be a little of everything...one never knows.


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