Thursday, May 01, 2014

Beam me up Scotty

Copyright – Renee Heath
How safe is this transporting device?

Well Dr. Emory Erickson built this one in 2121 and tested it on himself. 

I hear rumors of Transporter psychosis?

baQa!  Our transporters are approved for Biomatter.

And re-materialization?

Sir, we can reassemble any object successfully.  Do you still wish to travel to the 21st quadrant?

You’ve convinced me. I’ll give it a go. 

Please step into the device and say the magic words.

Beam me up operator.

The transporter pad in the 21st quadrant flickered.  Rivulets of white bio-matter oozed out of the pod.


Frinx!  Erase your travel logs we have another malfunction.

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Written for Friday Fictioneers. Word Count : 100

There are so many stories to tell and it amazes me how many different tangents a photo prompt can take.  The variety of genres on display at Friday Fictioneers is amazing - crime, fantasy, horror, mystery, romance -  the list just goes on and on.  I was going to go the flickering candle route initially but went a totally different way instead. 

28 comments :

  1. Creative, and rather humorous, take on the prompt!

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    1. Thank you Lisa, it was fun writing it.

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  2. Of course no success is ever guaranteed.. but failure should never be kept on file.

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    1. Never. You might incur the Wrath of Khan. Thanks for reading and commenting Björn

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  3. Great bit of writing. I nearly opted to write a story about slime so we obviously both saw the same thing!

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    1. Thanks Lizy I am glad you liked it. To have seen anything else would have been "highly illogical".

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  4. I think that like Dr. McCoy, I would never really trust the transporting process.
    My bit is here.
    http://dothedead.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/the-storm/

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    1. That's because Dr McCoy was, in his words, a doctor, not a physicist. Thanks for reading and commenting Sally.

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  5. Subroto, Good and humorous story. Like Sally's comment, I also agree with Dr. McCoy. Some of those transporter malfunctions left a mess. : ( If possible, I'd settle for a shuttle every time. Well done. : )

    Susan

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    1. Thanks Susan I am glad you liked it. Though transporters are due to become the most reliable form of short-range transport by the 24th century so I won't knock them off yet.

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  6. Great story! Fantastic final line!

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    1. Thank you I am glad you liked it in spite of the Klingon invective :-)

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  7. Hey, something of science fiction here. I'm digging it. Very cool! Those pioneers .... I guess they had it bad in the future, too. Great job, Subroto!

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    1. Especially the ones that did not rematerialize correctly Kent. Thanks for your comments, I am glad you liked it.

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  8. Good one, Subroto. Good reason to wait until things have been perfected!

    janet

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    1. Thanks Janet though we might have to wait a while for perfection.

      "Transporting really is the safest way to travel."
      – Geordi La Forge, 2369

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  9. Always wondered about that "putting it back together" thing once someone has been transported.

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    1. Very reliable I hear. Unless the Biofilters are not working. Thanks for reading and commenting Alicia.

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  10. You made me laugh, subroto! Great take on the prompt

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    1. Thanks Ela, glad you liked it.

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  11. Aha - my first bit of written Klingon! I've heard it on The Big Bang Theory, of course :)

    I think they need to check their manual... great story!

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    1. Qathlo Freya. Which is closest to 'thank you' in Klingon but I believe Klingons eschew such formalities.

      Glad you liked it.

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  12. Dear Subroto,

    I've been a Trekkie for a long time. You made me laugh out loud with this one. Well done.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Thanks Rochelle, I am glad the Trekkie in you approves. May you live long and prosper.

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  13. A sci-fi satire! Humans never change, do they?

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    1. Thanks Umashankar, I think the 24th century gives us some hope.

      "The potential to make yourself a better man...that is what it is to be Human...to make yourself more than you are."
      – Jean-Luc Picard, 2379 (Star Trek Nemesis)

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  14. This is awesome, and precisely why I wouldn't trust a transporter (Just call me McCoy)! Your story made me smile:)

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    1. Thanks Jen I guess that makes you the real McCoy :-)

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