Friday, 9 November 2012


by Milo James Fowler

For days, the Effervescent Magnitude, star cruiser of the indomitable Captain Bartholomew Quasar, had been dead in the water, so to speak, with no systems functional.

Garbed in environmental suits, most of the crew had exhausted their O2 supply and were drifting off to sleep, never to awaken. Quasar punched the intercom on his deluxe-model captain's chair with what strength he still possessed and prepared to exhort all hands one last time-

Suddenly all systems, including life support, came back online. Quasar's console read: IMPROMPTU SURVIVAL TRAINING COMPLETE. WELL DONE!

The ship's computer could look forward to a complete reformatting.

Author bio: Milo James Fowler is a teacher by day, writer by night. Stop by anytime:


  1. Impromptu survival training- yeah, not something I'd want in any system. (I think kids should come with that warning label)
    Another great CBQ tale, Milo!

  2. Hee! Computers are SO much more trouble than they're worth sometimes :-)

  3. Ha! Screwy computers. Reminds me of how they'll restart all by themselves, or blue screens of death. Eck.

  4. I hate when that happens :-] Nicely concise and effective.