202. Drone 682 to spaceport twelve

“Drone 682 to spaceport twelve.”

In the giant hangar the drone came to life. It had been slumbering in a forgotten corner for years, hidden between bigger robots, never being called upon to do the task it was purpose-built for. But with those five words its boosters charged, the red lights that dotted its spherical body lit up and with a mighty buzz it lifted itself from the floor.

The path to spaceport twelve was not something that was hard-wired into the drone’s circuits. It had to rely on the digital pings that were being beamed through cyberspace once every second. Ping, turn left. Ping, straight ahead. Ping.

In the enormous hallways, the drone passed several robots – cleaning machines, sometimes repair-drones – but no humans. Had the drone been capable of artificial intelligence, it would have found this puzzling. Andromeda-7 was an exoworld after all, constructed to house the billions who excavated the precious ores in the nebula.

The pings came faster now, so drone 682 could safely navigate its way past the scattered debris of the exploded spaceport eighty-one. Its destination was  now directly in front of it: spaceport twelve, one of the oldest of the lot, but still brimming with ships waiting to travel to Earth through the wormhole at its centre.

Ships, not man-made, but alien.

Drone 682 positioned itself in the middle of the port and though it was attacked immediately by the alien vessels, it did not budge and – as planned – opened its belly, releasing the fission bomb into the wormhole.

The surviving alien ships, their envious eyes still bent towards Earth, turned towards the next wormhole.

Through the speakers in the hangar, a message echoed.

“Drone 683 to spaceport 541.”

The drone came to life.

 

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11 thoughts on “202. Drone 682 to spaceport twelve

  1. A.D. Everard says:

    Neat! Short and sweet, nice action – I loved the drone.

  2. WOW – so much packed into so few words – niicceee!

  3. hanafe says:

    I love the way your stories are so different everyday. That must take some doing.

    • You have no idea how much blood, sweat and tears that takes 😉 But the appreciation of people like you definitely makes it worthwhile.

      • ldesimone says:

        I have to agree. The subject change and quality of the pieces is seriously impressive. Great work. I’ve read about 20 so far and will read them all. Very hard to tell a story in such a short space and you do!! 😉 Everyday. Thanks for sharing.

  4. William says:

    Another wondrous piece. I’ve found scifi pieces to be the hardest to write. It’s so difficult to balance the necessities of characterization and plot with all the fun, future-y ideas bouncing around my head. I’m going to have to bookmark this one for future study.

  5. mckkenzie says:

    Really liked this one!

  6. W. K. Tucker says:

    I have read many of your stories, have enjoyed them all. This rates right up there in the top ten. Marvelous!

  7. What a wonderful project you have here Dieter!
    Congratulations and thank you for it.
    Cheers from Portugal

  8. moonminded says:

    These stories are the perfect amount of information to compel the imagination to expand around them, but they’re still contained, which is what I’ve been enjoying about them.

  9. […] best stories I’ve written. Do you prefer the adventures of drone 682? Or are you partial to the dedicated clown and his floppy shoes? Let me know in the poll […]

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