This story was originally the pilot for a new low-budget sci-fi TV series called Quick Fix – sort of a mashup of Quantum Leap, Star Trek, and little bit of Where the Hell is Tesla? thrown in. What happens when two routine, simultaneous repairs aboard a starship go haywire? The TV script is in a temporary limbo right now, so I figured I’d turn it into a short story. If you like it, let me know if this is a story you’d like to see with more episodes.
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Read the Story (4,000 words / 15-minute read):
Written and narrated by Rob Dircks
“Hey. Did you hear? We won.”
Dan looked around. “Could’ve fooled me.”
He was knee-deep in cantaloupes. Cantaloupes the size of beach balls. Everywhere. The ship’s food generation system was hit hard during the battle, and unless Dan Edwards and Ray Murphy could fix the glitch in the next couple of minutes, the entire crew would be eating nothing but cantaloupe for a year.
Dan squeezed his hand through the primary output tube, past a row of colossal melons, and pushed his index finger into a little hole about halfway up. He turned his head to Ray. “Okay. I’ve got the backup kill switch. Peek into that panel, the second one there on the right, and tell me what you see on the little pad.”
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