SFFS: Snippet of “Alone in the Universe”

Science Fiction & Fantasy Saturday

Welcome back to the final Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday!

A few years ago, I followed a fellow author and friend to a little circle of authors who posted little clips of their work each week to read and enjoy. Little did I know at the time that joining this circle would change my life forever. Not only did I find people who read and supported my works, I also found an editor, a cover artist, and many friends with common interests in writing, science fiction, and fantasy. I would not be where I am as an author if it were not for the group called Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday. From the bottom of my heart, I want to say a special thanks to Laurel Kriegler, the creator and host of SFFSat. Thank you for providing us with our literary playground. And, thank you to everyone who had participated in the past. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your creations. I hope you all continue to write until the end of your days and inspire other minds to do likewise.

Though it is is with a heavy heart that I must bid this wonderful blog circle farewell this weekend, I will cherish the memories of all the weekends I’ve spent reading the excellent works of authors who have continued forward and succeeded with writing their stories and releasing them to the world for all to enjoy. (Okay, that was a mouthful. Don’t judge me!)

Cover for 'Alone in the Universe'

This final snippet comes from the middle of the fourth and final book of my series, Alone in the Universe. Anna has been by herself at the edge of explored space for the better part of twenty years. After everything that has happened, she has fought her way to this point in the story, where she can finally make her escape.

(Note: I chose this snippet to symbolize the ending of SFFSat. Like Anna in this excerpt, those of us who have participated in SFFSat in the past must now move out from familiar surroundings and venture forward to what awaits us in the future.)

And now, here is this week’s snippet. Enjoy!


  Anna gripped the arms of her chair. “Veer to starboard.”
  Their view rolled away from the ship to its underside. They skimmed along the hull, meters away from its smooth, metallic skin. Kate adjusted their ship’s attitude, matching the roll of the Altiki vessel as it banked away. Seconds later, they flew past the edge of the ship.
  “Prepare to jump to FTL.”
  “Course, Anna?”
  “I don’t care. Anywhere as long as it’s away from here.”
  Kate’s fingers toggled a few switches and slapped a virtual slider forward. As a pitch from their engines rose in frequency, Anna watched the sensor feed as the signals for the two Altiki ships collided. She accessed the aft cameras and observed as the vessels attempted and failed to evade each other. The port edge of the one behind them raked through the underside of the one that had been before, throwing debris into the void and sending the ships in a slow spin duet.
  At that instant, a white light flashed, and the scene sped away as they broke the light barrier.


Thank you for taking the time to read my snippet! Please take another moment to leave a comment with your thoughts and feedback. To read the SFFSaturday contributions from other authors past and present, please click here.

Thanks for the memories and inspiration, SFFSat. You will not be forgotten.

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6 Responses to SFFS: Snippet of “Alone in the Universe”

  1. Peter Vialls says:

    Hi Patrick! I agree with your sentiments about SFFS – you say it most eloquently. Good snippet, too – I love the phrase “a slow spin duet”. Stay in touch!

  2. Misa Buckley says:

    A great snippet to end on

  3. T. M. Hunter says:

    A fitting snippet…enjoyed it!

  4. S.A. Check says:

    Well played, Patrick. I’ve really enjoyed all your snippets over the years, and wish you continued success. Take care and stay in touch.

  5. Anna exits, leaving destruction behind!

  6. Laurel C Kriegler says:

    *sniff* Oh dear me. Am I going to make it to the last snippet before bursting into tears? Thank you to each of you for all your kind words.

    And a lovely snippet, Patrick.

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