Transhuman RevolutionWake up to see through different eyesTranshuman Revolution5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
A faster world under a wider sky
A stronger body, a sharper mind
Would you be afraid to change?
Humans crawl and humans die
Seeking forms that let them fly
To shed old genes like butterflies
What should we lose? What can we gain?
First Battle of Eden: Part 1The First Battle of EdenFirst Battle of Eden: Part 15 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
By Josheua Samuelson
A Chronicles of Man Short Story
The chime pierced the silence of the flag officer's quarters aboard the Alliance battleship Kilimanjaro, and Vice Admiral Harriet Spencer's azul eyes opened begrudgingly before the chime called again. Sighing, the five foot nine woman rolled to her side and glanced up at the communication panel at her bedside, tapping the glowing accept key and designating voice only. After all, it wasn't right for an admiral to talk to her subordinates while half naked.
"Spencer, go ahead." She said and noted the grogginess of her own voice as she checked the time. Zero two hundred. No wonder she felt like she had just fallen off a sunderhorse.
"Admiral, I don't mean to wake you but we have a situation." Spencer quirked an eyebrow at the voice on the other end. It was Captain Kuritz, Kilimanjaro's CO who, like Spencer,
The Revolutionary DirectiveThe Revolutionary Directive is the overriding mission of the entire United Galactic Federation, particularly the Federation Star Fleet. The Revolutionary Directive can be summed up in one sentence: the realization of the Federation's "Enlightened Revolution" throughout the entire known universe. Federal political culture revolves around the idea of the Federation being a vanguard state, the one society in the galaxy that can recreate the prosperity of the Second Empire without succumbing to its flaws. Indeed, the Federation has a moral duty to unite all of mankind. To abandon this crusade would be immoral, as that would be abandoning the rest of the galaxy to darkness.The Revolutionary Directive4 months ago in Settings More Like This
The Revolutionary Directive takes its form mostly through the practice of "Enlightened Colonization." The Star Fleet's primary charge, superseding even its role as the military wing of the Federal government, is to seek out strange new worlds, to seek out new life and civilizations, and to ensure that they are given the
To Build A HumanTo Build A Human4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
I wonder if I died last night.
I once wondered if I had died the night before. And that's not even the strangest thought I had that fateful day. But perhaps I should start from the beginning
I had been thinking about the troubling philosophical issue regarding the hypothetical teleportation device that uses quantum entanglement to instantaneously transfer data, then uses that data to exactly replicate the individual in the new place and simultaneously destroy the original. The new copy is like a twin with all the same memories of the original, right up to the event of the teleportation, creating a perfect illusion of transportation to everyone, including the replicant, who would have first person memory of the lifetime of the original and therefore believe himself to be the original. The only party for whom this fax machine from hell fails is the original, who is stifled by nonexistence.
So how can one be certain of this tragic flaw without experiencing it fi
An Angel Born of ManHe perches upon the churchesAn Angel Born of Man8 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
of a forgotten God.
His grey eyes and gray wings
would be miraculous things,
if they could serve his Lord.
No halo illuminates
this angel born of Man,
which reveals his lamentable ban:
He is outside the savior's grace,
yet Heavenward he still turns his face.
The ancient, crumbled houses of God
join the dry, dusty surface of sod.
The metal crosses are covered by rust,
so remember Man that thou art dust.
Sonic Freedom Fighters:HistorySonic Freedom Fighters:History6 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Sonic: Freedom Fighters
Based on the television show Sonic the Hedgehog
And the Archie Comic
As well as the proposed show by Matthew Sullivan
Adaptation by Dan Oles
The events of Sonic Freedom Fighters truly begins in the deep past of future Earth. These occurrences in the show would be learned through flashbacks and historical recounts.
The Great Schism
Earth in the far future.
Mankind has reached a cultural peak and even animal life has evolved to a greater intelligence. Their crowing achievement was the rediscovery of an ancient civilization predating known humanity. This collection of green power stones seemed capable of harnessing and controlling elemental energies. Human society sought to contain and control these energies, but their erratic nature led to the power stones being nick named The Chaos Emeralds.
Then the alien Xorda arrived. Apparently the original civilization which discovered the chaos emeralds before man had used them for evil
Consortium InfantryCombat DroneConsortium Infantry5 months ago in Settings More Like This
The term "combat drone" actually encompasses a wide variety of war machines, but it normally refers to the Mark II Drone first built by the Taaltsyan Corporation, one of the first backers of the Consortium Revolution. While Taaltsyan manufactures a majority of Mark IIs and their later variants, the design's ubiquity and lapsed patent means it is manufactured by licensed and unlicensed manufacturers throughout the galaxy.
The basic Combat Drone squad is composed of six units armed with arm-mounted C28 Pulse Rifles, which means that Combat Drones cannot pick up or man dropped weapons. It is possible to upgrade the squad with C30 Rail Rifles, increasing their damage and range, but only three units will be upgraded with this weapon.
The squad can be upgraded to be assisted by a Mark IV Drone, a more heavily-armored drone with various systems designed to support its fellow drones. The Mark IV's Fire Control Optics allows the squad to do more damage at longer ranges. The Mark IV
UNSC Roanoke Halo ShipRoanoke-Class WarshipUNSC Roanoke Halo Ship2 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
• Length: 4,800m
• Width: 1,000m
• Height/Depth: 900m
XR2 Borlin Fields: S81/X-DFR
Slipspace Drive: Mark X Macedon/Z-78721HDS
Shielding: Advance Shielding
Hull: 420cm Titanium-A3 armor plating
• Naval- 7,675
• Marine- 5,161
• Intelligence- 1,456
• Civilian- 409
• SPARTAN-IV Supersoldiers
• Orbital Dock Shock Troopers
• UNSC Marine Corps
• UNSC Army
• UNSC Air Force
Other System(s): AI River
• 1x Series 8 MAC (bow mounted)
• 2x Modified MACs (Similar to the Pillar of Autumn's, Both bow mounted)
• 3x Small Special MACs (specially design to go from firing MAC rounds to firing energy projector like beams, all bow mounted)
• 312x M42 Archer Missile Pods
• 210x M75 Rapier Missile Pods
Hedgehog-class interstellar tactical gunship specsSpecifications: McDaniels Shipwrights Hedgehog-class interstellar tactical gunshipHedgehog-class interstellar tactical gunship specs11 months ago in Settings More Like This
Crew: 10: pilot, co-pilot, navigator/sensor operator, tactical officer, 5 weapon systems specialists (WSS), electronic warfare officer (EWO)
Length: 224 ft 9 in
Wingspan: 194 ft 8 in
Height: 42 ft 2 in
Wing area: 324 ft2
Empty weight: 755,000 lb (342,770 kg)
Loaded weight: 978,224 lb (444,114 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 1,321,075 lb (599,768 kg)
Powerplant: 6 x Commonwealth Spatial Drive Works Mark VII thermonuclear fusion pulse engines w/trans-atmospheric boosters + McDaniels Astrophysical Warp Dynamics Type 200 time/space warp drive
-Dry thrust: 65,250 lbf for Mark VII (290.36 kN for Mark VII) each
-Thrust with afterburner: 124,225 lbf for Mark VII (552.80 kN for Mark VII) each
-Thrust from trans-atmospheric booster: 262,875 for Mark VII (1169.79 kN for Mark VII) each
FTL Performance: 10 Light Years per day
Fuel capacity: 342,850 lb (155,654 kg) internal
Space Cadet Tech Comparison: Galactic Empire- Materials Science. Imperial durasteel, a tungsten-titanium mesh with a cylindrical nanostructure, is the standard for military construction. While extremely strong, durasteel's strength decreases when it is curved. Thus, most Imperial constructions are designed to be sharp and angular.Space Cadet Tech Comparison: Galactic Empire4 months ago in Settings More Like This
- Power. Imperial hypermass reactors utilize hypermass, a form of highly energetic non-baryonic matter found in hyperspace. The Empire possesses the largest amount of hypermass collectors in the galaxy, and given the tremendous fuel requirements for a hypermass reactor, this gives the Empire a virtual monopoly on hypermass reactors. The hypermass reactor of a standard Imperial battlestar can provide power equivalent to that of a main-sequence star. However, a side effect of the hypermass reactor is that it produces tremendous amounts of waste heat. This waste heat must be redirected from the reactor as soon as possible, otherwise there is a risk of a meltdown. This makes dumping waste heat a priority f
10 YouTube Channels that Will Improve Your Writing10 YouTube Channels that Will Improve Your Writing – With Links10 YouTube Channels that Will Improve Your Writing2 months ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
There are a plethora of resources for the beginning writer: from books on writing, to amazing stories, to published writers who regularly blog. Today, I want to share my compilation of important YouTube channels for developing your writing skills, and share why each is important—organized by what purpose they serve. Watch them when bored, listen to them as you clean or when you feel uninspired, and be sure to subscribe to their channels.
Writing Tips and Tricks:
Ellen Brock is a freelance editor who professionally edits novels and does writing seminars. Her videos are very concise, brief; and they show, from an editor's perspective, what makes a good book.
Big Think is actually a compilation of brief seminars on a variety of topics. And they have many videos on the subject of writ
6 Steps to Writing a First Turning Point6 Steps to Writing a First Turning Point (Call to Action)6 Steps to Writing a First Turning Point1 week ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Anybody Can Write a Novel
Chapter 4 “Plot Points” – Section 3 “The First Turning Point”
With Links to Supplementary Material
We have finally arrived to the last part of Act I in your story, when your Protagonist-driven story will really take off. The First Turning point, also called the “Call to Action” or the “Minor Inciting Incident,” can be thought of as a tremor event after the earthquake, (Inciting Incident) that disrupted the balance that was your protagonist's life. Only this time, it will drive your protagonist to specific action.
Step 1: Connect some dots between your planned
6 Steps to Compiling a Three-Act Story Outline6 Steps to Compiling Your Novel's Three-Act Outline6 Steps to Compiling a Three-Act Story Outline1 month ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Anybody Can Write a Novel
Chapter 2 “Creating a Plot” – Section 2 “Compiling a Three-Act Outline”
With Links to Supplementary Material
Part 1 of 2 (Link to Part 2)
Now that you have a Plot Premise, I'm sure that you have all kinds of ideas for the things you want to happen in your story—which you probably have written down in your Writing Journal. Well, today we are going to begin to organize those thoughts into groups and begin our Plot Outline by establishing a Three-Act Structure.
Step 1: Open a new word document entitled “Story Outline”
Now that we have so many pieces of your Outline ready to go, it is finally time (if
The OrphansIn the small town of Devonsville, lived a group of orphans. The age range between the orphans varied. The youngest was four while the oldest was twelve. The tragic thing was that they were all very young kids. Many of which never even knew their parents' faces. Each orphan had a different story to tell. Many came from different walks of life but eventually, ended up together. SOme orphans lost their parents in an accident. Some were given up. Some were even abandoned, like the leader of the orphans, Jack.The Orphans7 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
Jack was twelve years old. And because he was the oldest, he was their unoffical leader. He was in charge of all the other orphans and was to make sure they were taken care of and treated properly by the others.
A kind of code among the orphans was that when one of them leaves, the oldest after the previous leader shall take over and protect and take care of the others. In this case, it was Jack who was to be named the next leader. Ironically, the previous leader was actually the one
5 Tips for Choosing Your Story's POV Character5 Tips for Choosing Your Story's POV Character5 Tips for Choosing Your Story's POV Character2 weeks ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
Anybody Can Write a Novel
Chapter 3 “Characters” – Section 9 “The POV Character”
With Links to Supplementary Material
Last time, we spoke about every story has a Narrator, and about how to create the narrator that will tell your story. Now, if you have decided to write with a narrator who is not an actual character in the story, you now need one last character—the one through whose eyes your Narrator will tell the story—and to know a few things about how to use this character. That character is the Point-of-View (POV) character.
Tip 1: Know that your POV character can be anyone in the story.
Your POV character is not necessarily going to be the protagoni
7 Tips for Reading Like a Writer7 Tips for Reading Like a Writer7 Tips for Reading Like a Writer2 months ago in Reviews & Guides More Like This
So I've repeated a few times that one of the most important steps to being a writer, is to be a reader. And so, before I continue with my step-by-step process so that anyone can write a publishable novel, I want to give you some tips to make you an active reader. And yes, I'm also stalling with my articles a couple days until I get back to my giant, wonderful computer and stable internet—so sue me haha. But seriously, some important info here.
Tip 1: Get some pencils, colored pens, and some paperbacks that you don't mind marking.
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of pencils and colored pens to being an active writer. First, humans are tactile learners. We learn by touching and doing. Second, the process of marking and writing in the margins encourages us to actually pay close attention to what we are reading, and to read slowly and carefully. But then, what should we mark?
Tip 2: Mark everything you really like, or really dislike.
The Dragon's ChildrenTom(Known as Tommy by his friends) and Ben were two kids who, for their whole lives had grown up in the small town of Pire. Despite being very young, the two friends were quite intrested in many myths that surrounded their small town. One very famous myth being about an old cave where a single dragon was said to reside in mideval times. It was belived that that dragon may still live in that old cave, which had become known as "The Dragon's Den".The Dragon's Children7 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
"Tom, wake up!" Ben shouted at his friend.
Tom brought his head from his desk. He had been sleeping all through class. He wiped away some drool and rubbed his eyes a little.
"Oh, hey, Ben. What time is it?" Tom asked.
"3:30. School ended 10 minutes ago." Ben told his friend.
Tom felt a little embarassed. He was well known for dosing off in class. Because of this, many of his classmates had given him the nickname "Sleepy Tommy".
Tom got up and grabbed his bookbag. He and Tim headed for home.
"Tom?" Ben asked.
"What's up?" Tom replied.
The Procedure“Hmm…date of birth…weight…mother’s maiden name?” Wayne looked up from his clipboard, incredulous. “Hey, is that even relevant?”The Procedure2 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The secretary behind the front desk simply gave him a dismissive nod, and then returned to her crossword puzzle.
“Right…” Sighing, he glanced back at the empty waiting room, surprisingly plain-looking with its whitewashed walls and shiny, checkered floors. Large potted plants and dark grey couches were positioned in neat rows throughout the room, and there was a long table overloaded with various pamphlets and magazines next to the front desk where he stood. Pre-recorded voices greeted him from the ceiling far above: “Welcome to Helena Pharmaceuticals! Your Key to a Better Life!”
The young man grinned at that. He tried not to, but he couldn’t help it. It was just too exciting, especially whenever he stared at the thick metal door on the far side of waiting
The Perfect BodyI shed my vulgar fleshThe Perfect Body8 years ago in Open More Like This
for a pure, mechanized mesh
of self-replicating nanobots.
I leave my horrid form,
as a feast for each small worm
in a cold, damp, and freshly-dug grave.
This is my exodus
from wrath, sorrow, amorous
yearnings, terror, boredom, and envy.
There shall be no more flood
of vile hormones in my blood
because this metallic shell has none.
My consciousness resides
in each "cell" so nothing hides
from my notice or from my control.
Hawaiian Dragon Prologue"Sir, I think we found the one. His genetic profile matches the one we need"Hawaiian Dragon Prologue4 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"You sure? Check again! The last one you though would work died in minutes!"
"Checking yep, it's him alright. He's located somewhere in lemme check East Greenwich, Rhode Island."
"Good. Make sure that he stays put, and doesn't come to any harm. If we screw this up, we'll never be able to do this again. Doctor, is the serum ready?"
"Yep, all ready. It's in this suitcase, designed to be literally indestructible."
"Good, good. Let's go: we don't have that much time."
Today started out as any other day. I woke up to my annoyingly loud alarm clock, and was close to falling out of bed while trying to turn it off. I went into the bathroom to get the water
Hawaiian Dragon Part 6"If you already hadn't guessed, this is no ordinary hotel. The main desk is the base of operations, the bedrooms are testing facilities, and underneath the entire thing is a massive laboratory. We had to get some of our best agents to track you down, and make the deal with your mother. We heard everything in your room through hidden speakers, and saw everything through hidden cameras. We were also able to monitor your vitals through the shirts in your dresser. We had complete control over your stay here."Hawaiian Dragon Part 64 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
It was a lot to take in, but it actually made sense. That's how the police responded so quickly and how the CIA was dispatched so fast to the beach to get me out of the sand. I only have one question "Am I the only one?" I asked. He responded, "Yes. If the drug that caused this is lethal, we want as few casualties as possible. Now, if there are no f
Daydreams - A Dragon Transformation Story Fall had come in full force, a brutal onslaught of wet and cold weather. Derek had been enjoying it, as the cold weather had given him an excuse to stay indoors and play with his new computer. Today was different though. It was one of those late fall days that made him long for summer again, where the sun shone its warmth upon the world and lit it up with brilliant color. The little things added up fast: the bus to school came on time and he got to see the sun rise over the farm fields near his home. There was no wait for the train and he managed to get a seat, and actually get some rest there.Daydreams - A Dragon Transformation Story2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
And he actually got to school with enough time to have breakfast with his friends.
"Hello there Mr. Dragon!"
"Hush, not so loud," he replied, with a glance around the otherwise empty cafeteria.
"Can't deny who you really are." His friend smirked with the knowledge that she was
Stratos' TransformationIt was snowing in Pembrokeshire for the first time in five years, chaos spread throughout the county as schools closed, sending cheering and happy kids away and free to have fun making snowmen, having snowball fights and zooming down the many hills that lay in the county of Wales on top of plastic and wooden sledges. Stewart celebrated at home with his family as the announcement came over the radio that school was closed for them, after finishing his breakfast as quick as he could, he ran outside with his family to play in the snow and begin a massive snowball fight in the garden of their house. After an hour of fun and getting soaking wet from the snowball fight, the family went inside to see the news and how far the snow had spread (although if it snowed in Pembrokeshire it was pretty clear that most of the UK had been hit quite heavily with snow).Stratos' Transformation6 years ago in Fantasy More Like This
As Stewart relaxed a little on the sofa with his family, watching the travel chaos that had spread throughout the country, he decided to
The Mansion's 'Curse'The Mansion's "Curse"The Mansion's 'Curse'2 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Entry for TFtales Halloween 2012 contest
Somehow, my girlfriend Aria had managed to convince me to go check out the decrepit Canach* manor. Ever since the patriarch of the clan, Geasan**, had died 19 years ago, no-one who entered had returned. No-one. Supposedly, the place was haunted, and the ghosts took whoever entered the house and added them to their fold. Now, I’m not the superstitious type, but going into a house where people were known to disappear seemed like a bad idea. Besides, it looked really creepy. But Halloween was just around the corner, and Aria wanted to do something spooky together for once.
Aria opened the front door, and as it *creaked* open I took a few deep breaths, taking a mental inventory of my backpack one last time before we dove i