Steven Saus injects people with radioactivity as his day job, but only to serve the forces of good. His work has appeared in multiple anthologies and magazines both online and off. He also publishes as Alliteration Ink. You can find him at stevensaus.com and alliterationink.com.
Yes, it’s that time again – another 100 Word story. This one does have audio (so do take the time to listen, won’t you?), and was entered in this week’s Weekly Challenge. You can stop by that website to hear (and read) the other entries and to vote for my story. If for some reason the audio player is borked, there’s a direct download of the audio right here.
As a child I read illustrated books about asteroid starships. I dreamed of living in generation ships – islands of humanity in the void. And now I do.
A cylinder is our artificial sun. Fields of grains feed us and replenish our oxygen. The asteroid’s spin provides gravity. Imagine a multiracial Rockwell painting in space. We’ll make a new world like in the books.
The books left out the undead horde writhing over the planet we left behind. The other ships have already succumbed, signals vanishing after a few transmitted screams.