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Don’t Leave Home Without One (Friday Fictioneers)

February 19, 2015

THE DETAILS:
Friday Fictioneers: 1 picture, 100 words, scores of people from around the world sharing their creativity and vision. Feel welcome to join in; visit Rochelle Wisoff-Fields HERE to find out how.

THE PROMPT:
This week’s photo prompt courtesy of, and copyright by, Marie Gail Stratford who can be found HERE.

crystals

THE STORY:

Don’t Leave Home Without One

The Pictor is a lightweight spaceship capable of speeds to c/3. We’re a research vessel of 350, primarily civilian scientists: botanists, astrophysicists and the like. The rest are engineers to keep the ship moving and military, just in case.

The ship runs on crystal technology. Like everything in the galaxy, crystals run down. You’d’ve thought one of those eggheads would have planned ahead and packed a spare, but no. They leave it to me, 3rd Assistant Engineer Bill Henson, to get it fixed. A word to the wise: the Exxon station has no idea what a crystal-powered warp drive is.

Please visit the other Friday Fictioneers by clicking the little blue frog below. You’ll find just about every type of genre you could imagine and some really creative writers.

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28 Comments leave one →
  1. February 19, 2015 12:08 pm

    Reblogged this on keithgarrettpoetry and commented:
    I remember and loved that show. Puppets and strings.

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    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      February 23, 2015 1:48 pm

      Thank you for reblogging, Keith! I don’t think I’ve ever had a post reblogged before so this is cool!

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  2. February 19, 2015 4:19 pm

    You had me at “Thunderbirds” 🙂

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    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      February 23, 2015 1:48 pm

      They can keep all the wild special effects we get nowadays, I’ll take Thunderbirds any day. They were the coolest!

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  3. February 20, 2015 7:36 am

    I had forgotten about the Thunderbirds – they cannot be beaten! Awesome! Nan 🙂

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  4. February 20, 2015 1:37 pm

    Nicely done and you really should always have a spare.

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    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      February 23, 2015 1:58 pm

      Thanks, Yaral! Yeah, I agree, but too often hindsight is 20/20.

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  5. February 20, 2015 2:18 pm

    Darn, I’ve never seen the Thunderbirds. This story is pretty awesome though! Sci-Fi.

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    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      February 23, 2015 1:58 pm

      Thanks, Joy! You can find a lot of Thunderbird clips on Youtube but it’s better to watch the complete episodes if you can.

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  6. February 20, 2015 2:48 pm

    Who doesn’t pack extras! Nicely done

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    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      February 23, 2015 2:00 pm

      No one on my ship, I can tell you that! Thanks for stopping by and commenting 🙂

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  7. February 20, 2015 4:09 pm

    Ha, brilliant!

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  8. February 21, 2015 8:37 am

    I do hope they make it. Being stranded in space beggars the imagination!

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    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      February 23, 2015 2:01 pm

      And being stranded at an Exxon station in space makes it even worse!

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  9. February 21, 2015 10:00 am

    A nice piece of Thunderbirds-type Sci-Fi. It reads really well and successfully confuses me with all the technical jargon. I remember Thunderbirds, but I confess to siding with the Exxon station in not knowing what a crystal powered wap drive is! (Something from Star Trek would be my guess.) Being stranded in space makes for a great story. 🙂

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    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      February 23, 2015 2:02 pm

      Thank you, Millie! The original Star Trek had a crystal powered drive but only (I think?) for their light speed engines.

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  10. February 21, 2015 12:13 pm

    Love it when a bit of scifi pops up during Friday fictioneers. Great story, though it sounds like they’re in a bit of trouble.

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    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      February 23, 2015 2:03 pm

      Thanks, Rachel and thanks for stopping by to read and comment!

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  11. February 21, 2015 3:12 pm

    Those knuckleheads at Exxon need to do their homework. I enjoyed this fresh, sci-fi take, Michael. I hope the 3rd Assistant Engineer can come to the rescue. Perhaps, this will be his opportunity to shine!

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    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      February 23, 2015 2:04 pm

      I have a feeling that before this is all said and done our 3rd Assistant Engineer might find himself promoted to Major! I’m glad you enjoyed it and happy that you commented!

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  12. February 22, 2015 12:42 pm

    Dear Michael,

    Clever story, brought to “life” by marionation. What fun. BTW, I don’t know anything about crystal warp drives either. 😉

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      February 23, 2015 2:05 pm

      It’s never too late to learn, Rochelle. You never know when that knowledge might come in handy!

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  13. February 22, 2015 1:30 pm

    You did! Amazing! I was going to try to incorporate that “Exxon” sign in the background but once I got writing, it didn’t fit. Love the story! My next hyper drive will have a full size spare crystal (not those rinky dinky donut ones) 🙂

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    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      February 23, 2015 2:05 pm

      Only fly the best, that’s my motto! Thanks for reading and especially for commenting!

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  14. February 23, 2015 10:35 am

    But it’s just a matter of waiting for technology to catch up at exxon.. (or maybe they already have it but refuse to sell it till the oil runs dry)

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    • Michael B. Fishman permalink*
      February 23, 2015 2:06 pm

      The later would be my thinking!

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  15. February 24, 2015 11:38 pm

    Good sci-fi, Michael. I also think Bill Henson will come to the rescue..I love happy endings. 🙂 — Suzanne

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