Science Fiction space elevator earth orbit disaster!

Ten Days Up

By Curtis C. Chen
Dec 9, 2019 · 6,826 words · 25 minutes

Photo by NASA via Unsplash.

From the author: Another potential for corporate involvement are space elevators and other stations above the Earth such as the setting for our next tale. When her partner passes out, a female astronaut must work to save both of their lives...


The alert sounded right after lunchtime: high temperature warning, cargo pod two.

"Your shift, lady," Nick said. He pointed to the board showing our assigned Extra-Vehicular Activity rotations.

I suited up with minimal complaining—that Nick could hear, anyway—and went EVA to inspect the cargo pod while he ran remote diagnostics. We left the cargo bay doors open to radiate heat while hunting down the malfunction.

I had just finished tracing a coolant intake pipe down the side of the...

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