Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics (Skipping Stones)

‘Verse: Skipping Stones
Length/Rating: 161 words, PG, Gen
Pairings/Warnings: None
Summary: The world cheered when the first pod skipped from low Earth orbit to Mars, then onto Pluto in the same fraction of a second.

The world cheered when the first pod skipped from low Earth orbit to Mars, then onto Pluto in the same fraction of a second. The race outwards into the universe had finally begun!

But skipping was a dangerous thing, and sometimes things that skipped into the Nothing never skipped out again.

Statistically it was safer than driving, but the PR firms knew statistics never helped when there was that looming chance of instant death. That’s why the pods that skipped people around the universe never held more than two people. They’d learned from earlier attempts that there was a maximum number of deaths the public would allow. When the expected ship in a ten thousand vanished, it was only two lives and not a hundred or a thousand. The national news didn’t blink, they were acceptable losses.

It wasn’t until six months later when one of the Lost skipped back in from the Nothing that the losses suddenly weren’t acceptable anymore.

Martha Bechtel

My name is Martha Bechtel and I write fantasy and science fiction stories, paint small model horses silly colors, cast resin and plaster magnets, code random code (and Wordpress plugins)... Come on in and join in the fun!

This Post Has 5 Comments

    1. Martha Bechtel

      I do breed some eeeevil little PlotBunnies. *nods solemnly* I’ve been trying to get something SciFi-ish to spark and this may be my winner. ^_^

      1. ex_rubyliss861

        I’d certainy like to see more of it! Of course, I feel that way about most of your snippets.

        1. Martha Bechtel

          See, now if I could just get the darned plotbunnies to hold still! ^_~

          But that’s three votes aye, so I think I shall see if I can’t get this one onto paper this weekend. ^_^

          Anything else you’d like to nominate?

  1. nmdrkangl

    me likey… me likey!

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