A Starship Called Starsong
Computer updates are simple, right? Apparently, that's not always the case when it involves a Spaceship's AI in the middle of deep space.
We have always relied upon technology to travel through space, but sometimes that very same technology has a mind of its own...
This story was inspired by prompt #7 posted by @ScienceFiction (Full description below)
"The computer that controls your spaceship has gained self-awareness and has overridden your commands. The catch? You are a million light years away from the closest planet and the computer is beginning to shut everything down on the ship required for the humans on it to live, starting with the shutdown of food production and ending with the cutoff of oxygen."
A flashing orange light in the top corner of my handheld device prompted me to check the system status page. My jaw dropped. All sorts of systems were going offline. Water, sewage, air, heating, cooling, weapons, and many more. What was going on?
The Overseer was more decisive than I was. "Go help get the air systems back online. We can eat dry rations for two weeks, but we can't hold our breath for that long."
I took off running once more. I hadn't gone far when I almost ran right into Logan. I asked, "What going on?"
He grabbed my shoulders urgently. "The main computer's AI is taking over the entire ship. I need to get to a backup mainframe to try and reverse the upgrade, but I can't find the room! The AI messed up the electronic maps, and I have never been to this one before! Where is the Delta access room?!"
My mind tried to wrap itself around the details as I gave directions, "...then turn left and it's by the plumbing room on that level."
"Thanks!" He took off running.
Please note that there is no romance in this story. :)
A huge thank you to @stiles24stilinskiXD for making the cover!
Science Fiction CATEGORY ranking #2 April 29, 2018