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The End Is Near

A Mastodon writing prompt story. These are science fiction short stories (usually 480 characters or less), based on an image generated by Wyatt H Knott using DreamAI.

The stories are originally posted on Mastodon via my personal account.

Originally published June 9, 2023.

Our orbit is decaying fast, and they send two tugs to help correct it? Just two?

“Um, Control, Cargo 27.”

“Go ahead 27.”

“You know we’re projected to hit the capital, right?”


“Then you might want to send a few more tugs.”

“Negative. That’s all we have. We’re not saving the ship. We’re buying time to abandon it. We can redirect to The Trench, safest place to deploy it now.”


I sigh, and hit the big red button. Alarms began to echo, the crew began to stir….