Start your story with someone saying “Houston, we have a problem.”
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“No Shit!” by PJ Aitken
“Houston, we have a problem!”“Thanks a bunch Dad. Tom Hanks is on the phone, he wants his script back.”“Sorry, love. Anything?” “NOT YET!!”“Well… keep trying!”That was the default conversation throughout my childhood whenever I needed to poop. I remember it so clearly even though it was decades ago because it defined who I would become in so many ways. For the world looking in it was a number two issue but for me it was always my number one problem with a shit-stained bullet.
“Limited Support” by Chris Campbell
“Houston…? Hey, Houston, are you there?” “Yes, boss!” “…We have a problem…” “Okay, what’s the problem?” “The Internet is down.” “That’s more of a setback than a problem, isn’t it?” “It’s a fucking problem when I can’t load my invoices! It’s a problem when I can’t access my fucking bank account!” “Alright, alright. No need to get shirty with me. I’ll look into it.” “…Thank you…” “…Looking at the server… the server says… everything is working normal.” “So, why can’t I pu...
“When We Fly” by Laurel Hanson
Note: This account is (mostly) true. Names have been changed per FERPA regulations.“Houston, we have a problem,” I announce unnecessarily.“More like a lot of problems,” Gabe offers. True that.Let me back up. Second period is kind of a shitshow from the start.I had almost completed the mini decathlon event our district requires teachers to accomplish during the six-minute break between classes. It is a ten-step challenge of mental and physical endurance involv...
“A Twist In The Tail” by Helen A Smith
“HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM.” Margi’s heart hammered as she uttered the words she hoped she’d never have to use…… When Fred had come into her life three months earlier, he’d brought with him joy and a sense of purpose only a pet can bring. There was a reason to get up in the morning. He had released Margi from the loneliness that had haunted her after losing Bruno, her beloved dachshund a few months earlier. Margie was determined to g...
“Immaculate Conception” by Roger Scypion
“Houston, we have a problem.” says a concerned and frustrated Derek. “What is it, Master? My programming? My technique? Are you not satisfied?” replies an overly concerned Houston. “I have to place you in stasis while I look over a few things, Houston.” “Okay, Master.” Derek connects his neuro-transition cable into Houston's input/feed receptor controlling her neural network and fractal b...
“IT'S ALL RELATIVE” by BRUCE MARTIN
In the doctors' cafeteria at a prominent medical university hospital, two young physicians were discussing their current patient census. Sitting at a table at lunch, one of the two was quite annoyed. Dr. Gary Houston exasperatedly complained about one patient in particular, an elderly man in serious condition. “I can’t believe how stupid this old guy is! It took me an ex...
“What Problem?” by Steve Warford
“Mission Control, Capistrano One” crackled the real-time voice link for a routine training mission on orbit around the moon. “Go ahead, Capistrano One,” responded Mission Control. “Houston, we have a problem.” A sleepy-eyed overnight crew that had been fighting to remain vigilant at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX rose in unison with drill team precision. A pregnant pause ensued a...
“Project: Uncanny Valley” by 𝕎𝕚𝕤𝕥𝕖𝕣𝕚𝕒 𝔾𝕣𝕖𝕖𝕟
“Huston, we have a problem,” Vrishab says. There is no one named Huston on the space station. There is no one named Huston on the deserted planet below. Despite that, Vrishab uses a phrase from two millennia ago, back when it was a big deal to fling a human in a metal box onto a giant rock in the sky. Now, we aren’t so impressed by such puny feets. Astro sulks over so that he can blame Vri...
“Houston, We Have a Problem” by Ed Wooten
Humorously, Larry uttered, “Houston, we have a problem.” “Dammit, this isn’t funny. This isn’t one of your documentaries that you can fix with a software program,” Dr. Grant, an egotistical PhD, snapped and huffed away. Marcie chuckled, “Way to go, Larry, you’ve pissed off one of the docs.” “Screw him. Either he or I will be gone in thirteen days. I understand the...
“My Name Is Not Shirley ” by Murray Burns
My Name Is Not Shirley“Houston, we have a problem.”“Dammit, Junior, stop calling me Houston! Surely you must know by now that drives me nuts.”“Sorry, Dad, but then you’ve got to stop calling me Shirley.”Reginald Q. Barnes, a/k/a Reggie, a/k/a Junior, made the Prodigal Son look like a pre-transformation Scrooge. Just two weeks after Dean Seymour’s admonition at matriculation that “your business here is learning”, Junior had set his own course- consume inordinate amounts ...
“Stitch and Mibs Save The World” by Patricia Merewether
Stitch: I will never forget you saying, "Houston, We Have A Problem." We did, but you helped me fix it. If you are reading this, I have gone Home. I appreciate your assistance and patience, as my early entries show my naivete and unpreparedness for your world. I leave this journal and hope it will inspire your writing. Thank you, my friend. "Mibs"PREP:A med-tech applied patches to my skin to keep my body motionless and remove memories of the experience, which they learned was most unpleasant.The te...
“The Apollo Mission” by Sara Whisler
“Houston, we have a problem.” “It’s not funny. It’s never been funny.” “Come on, Houston.” “I know you’re upset, but it wasn’t your fault.” They looked down. On the bottom of a custom-built perch was a beautiful, dead parrot. “Do you think my boss is going to care? I was supposed to take care of Apollo. I had one job.” “Technically, two.” “If we don’t figure this o...
“Against All Odds” by Carrie Goold
Houston, we have a problem. That's what the voice on the radio said and everyone in the control room held their breath. It was a quiet day at NASA, the only noise in the room was the sound of computer keys being tapped and the hum of the air conditioning. But now the control room was suddenly filled with a sense of urgency and excitement. Everyone knew that when the astronaut said those words, it meant something was seri...
“In the Shadow of the Oak Tree” by Kandi Zeller
TW: sexual assault, mental health, religious trauma, homophobia “Houston, we have a problem!” I roll my eyes at my brother Matthew, who sits across the table from me. Maybe he’s spent too many hours watching Apollo 13, the most scandalous movie in our family’s small collection of approved DVDs, which also includes an unexpectedly sizable collection of classic sci-fi movies. “You ...
“Cape May” by Nora Sheppard
“Houston, we have a problem.” William smiled at Stacy as he watched her splash around while directing her float over to the dock. It was good to see her smile, even in response to his lame comment. He handed her a plastic cup of wine. "Did you know that Captain Kidd pillaged these very waters in the late 17th century?" William asked, as he watched her lounge. She wore a big flop...
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