Soylent Green, 2022It’s the year 2022.Soylent Green, 20221 year ago in Settings More Like This
World population exceeds ten billion. It would be more, save for the massive famines and plagues striking malnutrition-weakened populations. Overall, however, population continues to grow, if more slowly than before.
Global warming is advanced. Agriculture production has dwindled in many areas ravaged by drought, and in others (such as the interior of East Africa) devastated by floods. And then there are the industrial chemicals, the radioactivity, the acid rain, the ozone hole, the mutated insects…
Two major cultural trends of OTL were not duplicated. Environmentalism never really gained momentum until too late: the oil embargo never took place, and in an environment in which it was assumed “continued growth” was the solution to all ills, what was a bit more pollution or a bit more CO2 in the air? Feminism also failed to get much traction in a world where there was less need for a second income bringer and the pill and other forms of birth
Transformers: TTTBTransformers Prime: The Ties That Bind- Part OneTransformers: TTTB5 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
The energy blast, a searing, roiling stream of super-heated gas and plasma, tore a deep furrow in the road ahead as Arcee, currently in her mobile form, slipped sides-way, undercutting the shot in a maneuver which would have been deemed impossible by even the most skilled driver on the planet. Tires spinning, the Autobot's second in command peeled forward, doubling her land speed in an attempt to not only outpace the three Eradicons hot on her cybernetic heels but to better safeguard the young human presently straddling the rider's seat.
"I told you we shouldn't have made that pit stop. We weren't that far from HQ!" Arcee shouted over the com-channel built into the rider's helmet. "You humans and your needs." She finished as though speaking through gritted teeth.
"Oh save it," Jack responded in kind. "Look, humans can't exactly not go to the bathroom. Trust me, the alternative isn't ve
Halo Reach: Death of KatHalo ReachHalo Reach: Death of Kat4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Death of Kat
I leaned back against the wall.
My mind throbbed over these past hours.
These missions are starting to take a massive toll on me.
I breathed in and out...
I looked around the room that the rest of Noble Team have been holding out in.
I can see Carter, Noble's leader, staring out at the almost-completely ruins of New Alexandria...
I can see Kat, Noble's co-leader and intelligence specialist, working her way on fixing with a comm unit...
I can see Jun, Noble's best sniper, watching for movement with a pair of binoculars within the ruins...
I can see Emile, Noble's assault specialist, sharpening his kukri against his shoulder armor at the other side of us...
There is one more Noble that should have been here.
And that's Jorge, Noble's heavy weapon specialist...
Ever since Operation: UPPERCUT, my heart was hurting me.
Ever since his loss, I just wanted revenge to those who sent us on that suicide mission!
But a mission is a mission... and we must carry them o
Cookie Dough“And what is that?”Cookie Dough3 years ago in Romance More Like This
Chell glanced down at the foil rectangle in her hand. “It’s a valentine.” She held it up so GLaDOS could see. “It came with a lollipop attached, but I know you can’t eat, so I took it out.”
“And proceeded to eat it yourself, no doubt,” the AI sniffed. “I know what it is. I just fail to see why you have brought it here. My databases indicate that valentines such as these are typically exchanged by human children. Now, I realize you are not a child, but if you have received this…thing…from a human male of your species and are attempting to show it off, then let me assure you that I am not impressed.”
Chell sighed. “No, GLaDOS. I brought it for – never mind.” She shoved it back into her pocket. “It was a stupid idea anyway.”
“I hope you weren’t about to say that you brought it for
Teens and bikesTeens and bikesTeens and bikes3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Author's note: This one-shot contains two tiny fanfics. One of TFA, the other for the TFP. It shows the loving relationship of two teenagers with their partners autobots.
The first is the almost canonical and adored pair Jack x Arcee . The second is with the pair not much appreciated, but praiseworthy (because of the beautiful friendship between them) Sari x Prowl.
I hope you enjoy!
Jack x Arcee and Sari x Prowl forever!
Couple : Jack x Arcee
Warnings: Pair femme x boy, spoilers
'The best of the week is able to go out with my girl. It always takes me and brings me to school and work. She is responsible, smart, beautiful, despite being a bit bitter. Okay, she had two boyfriends murdered. Who would not be sad?
But now she has me. Her junior partner, or rather her boyfriend alien. I'm 1.70 m tall and my girl is 3, 10 m. Despite the differences, we ar
Last Sacrifice1504 HOURS, OCTOBER 20, 2552 (MILITARY CALENDER)\ABOARD UNSC ABSOLUTION (CG-301), EARTH ORBIT, SOL SYSTEMLast Sacrifice3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Her head was slammed hard into the weapons console as the maelstrom of heat and pressure washed over her.
Kathrin Grunwald gingerly lifted herself from the computer panel. Her head span and her ears rang, trapping her in confusion. Even as she recognised this as shock she struggled to remember the cause.
Had they been hit?
She regained her senses slowly- noting the sharp ache of her skull, the ringing in her ears and the acrid stench of plasma and coolant.
Her Navy experience quickly kicked in- there was still air. That was a good sign. There was still gravity- the ship must be at least mostly in one piece.
Grunwald scanned around the bridge, searching for the source of the blast, but thick smoke obscured her vision. As sounds returned to her, muffled and distant, she began to make out the fires sprouting from consoles, licking the low ceiling before being smothered b
Two Kinds the Same - Chapter I.Two Kinds the Same - Chapter I.1 year ago in Romance More Like This
Author’s note: This story takes place in the Mass Effect universe, featuring a series of canon and original characters, while focusing on the curious relationship of a human man and a turian woman during the time when the whole galaxy was marching unseen into its sinister fate... just like every 50 000 years.
A bit of romance, humour, action and some insights behind the events, which you thought you already knew everything about from Mass Effect.
Thank you to Xeno-Sapian for his fantastic and inspirational work 'A Matter of Race and Character', and his generous support in writing Two Kinds the Same. While Two Kinds the Same is an original story, which follows the Mass Effect canon, it also precedes and intertwines with 'A Matter of Race and Character'.
Original Characters from 'A Matter of Race and Character' are intellectual property of Xeno-Sapian
Mass Effect is an intellectual property of BioWare, a division of EA Games.
Two Kinds the Same
SpoilersReach: BondsSix didn't see the shot, only heard it. He turned his gaze from the members of Noble who stood in the shelter's doorway. He was instantly aware that she was falling and he reacted. His arms slipped around her to catch the Lieutenant Commander. Her body was limp in his arms.SpoilersReach: Bonds4 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
He knelt down looking down at her visor. It took only a fraction of a second for him to realize what had happened.
Anger spread through his veins at the realization. Without a second thought he grabbed the pistol from her hip, the one she always used. He turned the gun skyward to the hovering phantom. Six spotted the sniper perched on its side. In his fury he couldn't identify species or rank, only that it carried a needler rifle.
Six fired, slightly aware of the battle rifle fire from the rest of the team. The phantom rose and started to turn away. The figure slipped back into the protection of the ship. Six's pistol clicked empty and he cursed.
The shouts of the civilians for them to hurry filled his ears. Did non
Bionicle Meets Earth Ch. 1Chapter 1Bionicle Meets Earth Ch. 15 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The toa were tracking a squad of rahi through the jungle of Le-Wahi one day. They had been terrorizing Le-Koro, and Turaga Matau had asked them to keep them under control.
"Did we huntfind them yet?" asked Lewa. He was tired. He wasn't used to walking. "Why must we groundwalk, when I can windfly?"
"Because," Tahu interrupted, "We don't want you running into the rahkshi alone." As normal, he had a short fuse.
"But it will be much hurryfaster," Lewa answered.
"Calm brother," replied Gali. "Tahu is right. Isn't he Kopaka?" The Toa of Ice merely gave her a cold glare.
"You know," Pohatu interjected, "You could answer your sister once in a while Kopaka. It helps us know that you're still alive in there." He and Onua pounded fists at his joke. Kopaka flicked his wrist, causing a patch of ground to ice over, which led to Pohatu falling face-first into a pile of mud.
Kopaka started chuckling. "Now, that is funny," he said in his icy tone. Takanuva started snickering too.
Operation CHRISTMAS pt. 4Chapter 4: Converting the CommanderOperation CHRISTMAS pt. 45 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"We're ba-a-ack!" Emile sang, after kicking in the door. He marched in, with Jun following, still wiping his red eyes and muttering about a newly developed fear of shopping malls. Jorge, of course, was stuck carrying all the trappings, which consisted of many boxes, bags and random packages.
"What the "
The place was clean. Sparkling. Scary clean. It even smelled like Pine Sol, which was odd, because Pine Sol had ceased production in the 23rd century. At any rate, it was slightly eerie, also because no one was bumming around like usual. The place had been wiped clean and squared away
and decked with holly?
"Ooh! It's like that old song! Deck the halls with boughs ofOW!" Jun screeched as Emile twisted his ear. "Don't interrupt my festive song! And let go of my ear!"
"Ah, you're back," Kat said, stepping out to greet them. Emile's jaw nearly detached itself from his face and fell to the ground. She was wearing a red velvet turtl
Halo:Lost Forerunners - 001Halo:Lost Forerunners - 0015 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
The six year old girl stared in fearful awe through the window of the steadily sinking suburban. Blood from ther cut on her forehead stained her blonde curls and dripped into her watery aqua eyes.
Moments before, her parents and baby brother were on their way to meet her uncle Frances, who was returining home from a military release. The next thing she knew, the vehicle was thrown off the bridge and into the river by a loud and bright explosion.
Her parents remained in thier seats covered in blood, but they were dead. Her baby brother, also presumed dead, was no where to be seen.
Brilliant blue and pink lights continued to dance above the surface of the water as they sank. She screamed as more vehicles and torn up bodies entered the river that was becoming red with blood.
StH - Chaos Rising - Chapter 4They finished the journey to the top of the shaft in silence, temporarily blinded by the light. The guard that they had bribed was nowhere around where he said he'd meet them, much to Apophis' chagrin. Then both prisoners noticed something that almost didn't register simply because of how unheard of it was: there were no guards outside at all.StH - Chaos Rising - Chapter 43 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"I've got a bad feeling about this..." Chimney shrank back.
"It is... unsettling." Apophis admitted, looking around.
A group of guards came from around the side of a mountain in a mad frenzy, only half of them properly armed. Apophis and Chimney ducked behind their mining cart but were completely disregarded by the preoccupied guards who were hollering orders to retreat. Apophis saw a series of bullets rake the dirt and strike one of the fleeing guards to the ground. He tried to look away, but there was something to a dead body that filled him with a siezing dread. However the guar
Every Drop Every DropEvery Drop4 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
A Transformers Prime FanFiction
Jack gripped the game controller tightly in his hands and stared unseeing at the TV screen. There was a screech from the speakers and he was aware of Miko shouting gleefully as his car dove off the side of the track and exploded. The girl contained herself long enough to finish the last lap before going into her victory dance.
"Woohoot! Who rocks? I rock! Eat that Jacko!" she shouted as her lithe form bounced around him.
"You rock Miko," the young man said absently, trying desperately not to look over where Ratchet was closely monitoring the consol. "Best three out of five?"
The girl stopped for a moment and stood there arms akimbo, glaring at him.
"Like, NO way!" she enunciated clearly with a mischievous smirk dancing around
Further Soulward Chapter 1Chapter 1: AwakeningFurther Soulward Chapter 14 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I opened my eyes to pitch black darkness. 'What is this? Where am I?' In the near
yet far distance a small ball of white light began to grow. 'What is that?' Hello. 'Who are you?!' I am Dr. Halsey. 'Okay then Dr. Halsey, who am I?' You You are SPARTAN B312, you are Noble Six. Suddenly the little light grew fast, so fast it was a just a flash of bright white light. Then that's when I saw it.
I saw all of it, everything that had ever happened before this moment now. My
wonderful parents dying in a fantastic crash, heading to some unknown place in what the men in camouflage called a "pelican", standing in front of man probably no older than his thirties, jumping out of one of those pelicans while wearing a parachute, floating down towards the ground watching the magnificent beauty of all the other parachutes floating through the sunset like graceful giant birds, going through rigorous training that felt like hard and rough beating, sitting in a large building at
M.I.A. Ch 5M.I.A. Ch 54 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
M.I.A. Ch 5
*Over 17,000 years ago*
“Hey, you’re on time for once,” scoffed the Toa of fire.
Xipher gave him a dirty look.
“Ease off,” snapped Naromia. “At least he’s here.”
The Toa assembled in a secluded place not to far from their village. Evidence of their past training exercises lay in the piles of crushed rock, split and fallen trees, and the occasional scorch marks that littered the area.
“You ready, rock head?” the Toa of water smirked.
Xipher took his stance on the other side and cracked a smile. “Yep.” A hand of stone suddenly erupted from the ground.
She jumped out of the way before it could grab her. “Too slow,” she mocked, and then drew out her water swords. They glowed and shot a powerful jet of water. A slab of stone came out of the ground and blocked the attack. He was p
Pride Comes Before the Fall“As a Thalmor Commander, it is your duty to set an example for your troops in a time of need,” The Grand Justiciar had told his student as the two made their way into a lavish temple, “Despite what you may believe, this principle surpasses all other aspects of your position.”Pride Comes Before the Fall2 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
“I don’t understand,” The new Commander turned his head to look up at the towering mer, “As a Justiciar, it was my duty, it always had been my duty, to track down those who commit heresy. I had never needed an example - you just need to get your information, and make your kill. Why is it that I must set an example now? It seems rather unnecessary, sir.”
The taller elf extended a hand, gesturing for the younger man to follow him down the corridor. Their footsteps echoed on the marble floor, and their forms cast shadows upon the sun-kissed stone. Attendants of the temple stepped out of their path as they passed, respectfully bowing their heads. As they approached
Fun and Games - Part 1“I hope you realize how unlikely it is that you are going to complete this challenge.”Fun and Games - Part 13 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
Startled by the sound of GLaDOS’s voice, Chell jerked her head up and looked around. She was in a small one-room apartment, all she could afford with her piddling waitress salary, sitting at a rotting wooden desk in a thankfully not rotting wooden chair. A threadbare bed sat in the far corner. But there was no one there, least of all GLaDOS.
She’d heard the AI’s voice before. Ever since she’d been released from Aperture, it had been there, chiming in irritating comments in all her moments of self-doubt and depreciation. But lately, it seemed like she was hearing it more and more.
“Stop it,” she muttered, aware she was talking to herself. “You’re not even here.”
“Of course I am,” GLaDOS replied. Rather than emanate from one specific location, her voice seemed to come from everywhere, a
StH - Chaos Rising - Chapter 3"Apophis!" a scream sounded. The twin-tailed Mobian opened his eyes and was momentarily pleased that he wasn't deafened or blinded by the blasts, though his vision was swimming with the after-image burned through his eyelids and his ears rang.StH - Chaos Rising - Chapter 33 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Apophis!" his name was repeated and he turned towards the source. He gasped in pain at the sight of his beloved Elune stumbling blindly on the hilltop, her eyes wide open but blank of expression or guidance. She had not closed her eyes in time.
"Elune, my darling!" Apophis shouted, quickly standing at her side to support her. The squirrel patted his face and mane and smiled at its familiarity.
"What happened?" she asked, "All I saw was a bright light and then I was on my back and everything went pitch black." Apophis' eyes began to water as he looked towards the city. It was not pitch black; what was left of the city burned with fire and the rubble glowed red hot. It wa
Huger Games Gale's POVGot it! A smile of pride crawls onto my lips as I see the deer I have just shot with my bow and arrow. A buck this big should be able to feed my family for a good week or maybe even more if it's kept fresh properly. I also caught a few rabbits for Katniss's family as I promised I wouldn't let Prim go hungry.Huger Games Gale's POV5 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Hunting without Katniss is weird though. For as long as I can remember, we've hunted together at the same time every Sunday, bringing tea to sip on when it's cold and picking berries to suck the juice out of when it's hot. It's always a routine that never got boring for us, but with Katniss in the games, it's turned into more of a chore. As I reach the fence, I notice the sun is setting and that I better hurry. The recap of the games is about to start in the square and I still need to get these rabbits and my buck home. I will give the meat I got for Prim tomorrow when I walk her to school.
After I get myself and the game under the fence, I take the back way home, so I w
District 9 and AfterOk: hope this isn't too boring. Tried to make some sense of the District 9 setting...District 9 and After2 years ago in Settings More Like This
The ship’s computer did its best, really. The sub-space storm that badly damaged a number of essentially systems had also destroyed the control interface, making communications with the overseers impossible. In a relatively sensible maneuver, it proceeded to the nearest habitable planet and parked itself in an area where climatic conditions were most suitable for the Well-Ordered People. Unfortunately, it was too damaged for any sophisticated analysis, and basal programming did not cover what to do in case of contact with a previously unknown and potentially dangerous alien civilization.
1982. Access to the alien ship which had parked itself roughly 200 meters above the outskirts of Johannesburg was of course demanded by all major world governments. It was not like the South African government could conceal the fact, with almost every foreign pr
Bird Kids in the NEST ch. 2Bird Kids in the NEST ch. 24 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Okay, Max. Inhale, exhale. Analyze the situation calmly
We have been attacked by an F-22 with funky tattoos that's not really an F-22 with funky tattoos, it's omigosh freaking ALIVE and folds out like giant evil metal origami monster.
Said giant evil origami monster is a robot with glaring red eyes. And it's holding Angel like it's gonna crush her into little squishy bits. Need I say more?
"EVASIVE ACTION!" I yelled, tucking my wings in and dropping straight down like a feathery dead weight. The Flock scattered. I barely avoided colliding with the thing's giant metal leg or maybe it was an arm. I was kind of too preoccupied with its blazing red eyes to notice. They locked onto me and never left.
"Hold still!" the monster hissed. Its voice was a metallic, gravelly, deep sound that made my neck hair stand on end. It swiped at us, trying to snag us with its free clawlike metal hand. We swooped around frantically, trying to avoid capture.
"AWESOME!" the Gasman crowed. I rolled
Wash Me Wash MeWash Me4 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
A Transformers Prime Fanfic
A plasma shot ripped through the peaceful, temperate rainforest night, catching a Douglas Fir full in its bore. The pure white light seared a hole into the half-millennia old tree. Steam billowed up from the injury, the water of the sap preventing the wood from igniting. The tree would live. It had survived lightening strikes, fires, and floods. The hole bored by the weapon was of little long term consequence and would one day house a nest of owls.
Not that the warrior who had fired the shot was really thinking about all that. Arcee ran through the dark woods never taking her eyes off of her quarry. The cold fury that drove her after the fleeing Decpticon rarely left any room for much compassion. Keeping other sentients alive was the best she could manage. The plants would have to fend for themselves.
Operation CHRISTMAS pt. 8Chapter Eight: Angst and an SOSOperation CHRISTMAS pt. 85 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Dude, we should so totally annoy Dare into letting us do this next year," Romeo whispered loudly, elbowing Mickey, who had his eyes shut and was breathing deeply. It would have looked like an ordinary calming exercise to any passerby, but Mickey's squadmates knew exactly what he was doing: inhaling the smell of food that hadn't been freeze-dried at some point in time.
"I heard that, Lance Corporal. And it's Captain Dare," the woman in question sneered, pushing past the grinning ODST. She was taking everything in with a look that was part disbelief, part amusement.
"I thought Spartans and ODSTs have a relationship that's, well er, touchy, if I may say so," Six said quietly, standing by Kat, who was watching as Dare's squad made themselves at home.
"That's true, but there is an old saying that says 'the way to a man's heart is through his stomach.' I think that applies to ODSTs as well," Kat replied, and Six smiled slightly.
The Rookie stood