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This is a story i wrote a few years back. I submitted it to asimovs, but it was rejected. I would appreciate any feedback. Ive not changed it in anyway since i wrote it, though i have been tempted to a few times.



The ship named Seeking Aleph began its deceleration just on the outskirts of the as yet unnamed planetary system. The ship had been running for months now with the only controlling influence being the sentient on-board computer. Now it was time for the crew to wake.


A short, unfinised story. My first attempt at writing, i think my language might be a little too verbose...

Pills Aren't Food

This was written as a result of seeing the call for submissions put out by Subterranean Magazine. (In fact, Mr. John Scalzi was the editor of that particular issue.) The idea was to take a standard science-fiction cliche (or Popular Mechanics' 'In The Future, Man Will... [have flying cars, personal robot butlers, etc.] trope) and make it interesting.

This is what I came up with. I think it's interesting; it certainly was different from what I usually write. I was aiming for a kind of Heinlein's Heyday feel, though I'm not sure if I managed to get _that_ across.

Up From Mars' Centre

Up From Mars' Centre
Adrian Kleinbergen

12,485 words

Tom Ford was nearly finished as a weather observer on the Martian moon Phobos. Retirement awaited and he felt his life had been meaningless. That is, until the ruins of an ancient city were discovered on mars and he was the only one who could rescue the stricken exploration party that had gone to investigate.


History of the Prayer Accelerators, Pt 2

In this installment we'll examine the evolution of in-home Prayer Chambers to full-fledged Prayer Accelerators.

Designate - Short Story

This is a short story I wrote in 2005. Haven't looked at it in a while, thought I'd give this web site a try and see what everyone thinks of it.

By Ross Payton

The plane collapsed in the flame’s embrace. The wind carried particles of burning fat, skin and hair across the field, lighting up like fireflies in the dusk. Five columns of drones, semi-autonomous mounds of grey flesh and hardware marched across, laying down heavy suppressive fire. Explosions, gunfire, and the other roars of machines at war reverberated throughout the battleground but no screams of pain or triumph or hatred.

At the beginning of it all

I have been developing an idea for a story for about a week now. It is still very rough and with many uncertainties.

attack of the clones

Look at that. Oort-cloud rocks so hard even clones are showing up as 'Online Users.'

Well, ok, no. But for now, just pretend you're not seeing those repeated names, and then either you'll convince yourself you actually don't see them, or we'll make the clone names go away. Whichever comes first.

Origins of Shame.

Origins of Shame

This is a coming of middle-age story about a superhero involved a Midwestern branch of the Justice League, which was really a training ground/high school for “Metropolitan” heroes-proper. If the story sounds familiar, Your thinking of Disney’s “Sky High”. A lot of that movie was pretty much exactly what I created 15 years prior. That happens sometimes. I sat down with the task in mind of recreating our favorite hero from that JL Midwest Mythos.That’s this piece.



Delaney, S.R.


Ace Books (1966)
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