Lofton's Battle

Fiction By GReynolds // 3/26/2012

This is the first sci-fi story I've written that has a clearly defined goal... which, in this case, is pure survival.. :D Hope y'all enjoy it.



He yanked quickly back on the control stick, pulling the sleek craft into a tight loop. A plasma bolt exploded into a blue-tinged fireball where he had been only moments earlier.

Captain Lofton breathed a quick prayer of thanks before spinning his craft into a tight Immelman loop.

A loud bleeping sound permeated the cockpit, accompanied by a metallic HUD voice proclaiming “Incoming missiles! Incoming missiles!” Lofton took a quick glance at the ES radar screen. Two missiles, about 50 ft apart, were homing into the exhaust from the single rocket engine. A little green number above the closer missile indicated impact in just 30 seconds. A loud clang, followed by a deep buzz, told Lofton that the automatic jamming system had initiated. He scanned the ES screen closely. Both missiles wavered for a few seconds, then went dead. The buzzing stopped as the jammer shut down again.

Lofton glanced up just in time to see the plasma bolt explode right in front of the cockpit. Instinctively he shoved the stick forward. The craft responded instantly, quickly spinning 180 degrees.

Lofton grinned as the capitol ship appeared in front of the windshield. He side-spun to avoid another plasma bolt before gently pulling the trigger on his control stick. Two bright red laser beams speared into space. Lofton smiled grimly as the energy shield on the capitol ship flickered, then dissolved into wisps.

Just as he lined his targeting aid onto one of the forward guns, there was a loud crash, and his craft bucked, spinning almost halfway around. Alarms pierced his eardrums, while flashing red and yellow lights quickly dominated the control panel, and the metallic voice proclaimed sonorously “Craft damaged. Craft damaged.”. Lofton fought to regain control of the craft, but it was no longer responsive to the controls, jerking wildly. He quickly scanned the panel. The port laser system had taken a direct hit, and the explosion had also disabled the main control center. He flipped the switch to the secondary control system. The craft bucked twice before settling into smooth flight. Another plasma bolt exploded near the craft.

Lofton pulled the space fighter into a smooth sweeping curve. Within a few seconds, he had the capitol ship targeted. Quickly, he fired two pulses from his remaining laser system. A bright yellow spot appeared in the center of the capitol ship for a brief instant, then disappeared. Moments later the entire ship jerked, snapping into several large chunks.

As Lofton swept past the wreckage, something floated past the cockpit windshield. It was a severed hand grasping a toothbrush.




That was really great!

Wow! I read a sci-fi battle scene once that was kind of boring, but this one was incredibly great! It kept my attention, it gave me a clear mental image, and.. yeah. I liked it. I can tell someone has been playing a lot of Star Wars games, though... :P (Battlefront 2, anyone?) 

...and the end was really funny. ;) 

Marlene E. Schuler | Tue, 03/27/2012

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Actually... I've never played Star Wars games. Nor have I seen the movies. ;)

GReynolds | Tue, 03/27/2012

"Give me liberty or give me a pen!" ~ Patwick Henny
"If we do not hang together, we shall certainly hang." ~Benmine Fraklin
"Four-score and heavenly years ago, our fore-feathers brought forth on this cobweb a new station." ~Abe Clinkin


HAHAHAHA. That's hilarious! Well, that makes the story even better then! What sci-fi have you seen/watched that inspired this? That's interesting. :) 

Marlene E. Schuler | Tue, 03/27/2012

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I don't really watch sci-fi.

The only sci-fi I really have any experience with is a few older sci-fi books, and the first two Xbox "Halo" games. I've never actually watched a sci-fi movie.

What inspired this story was simply the idea of an air battle... but it's kinda hard to get an enourmous airplane that is more deadly than a light fighter. So, the next logical step was to put it into space.

Since at one point, I had been designing a sci-fi style game, I do have some familiarity with the "common" weapons of spacecraft. I chose the most common.. plasma bolts, ordinary homing missiles, and laser cannon. :D

And, as you probably noticed, I didn't really even describe the capital ship, or the fighter. So, I didn't lose much sleep over getting a good design for them.

GReynolds | Tue, 03/27/2012

"Give me liberty or give me a pen!" ~ Patwick Henny
"If we do not hang together, we shall certainly hang." ~Benmine Fraklin
"Four-score and heavenly years ago, our fore-feathers brought forth on this cobweb a new station." ~Abe Clinkin

Hmm! That's Interesting!

Well, I've seen my bro play the first two Halo games, and they seem to be a good sci-fi. :) A good place to start, in my opinion! :D That is interesting, though, how you took the concept from air into space! It shows that you can take somewhat unfamiliar settings, events and things and turn them into a good, action-packed story!  Actually, though, I don't think that either ship needed much detail or description... cuz you sure kept my attention without them! 

Well done, old chap! 

Marlene E. Schuler | Fri, 03/30/2012

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That was so cool... I like how your short descriptions let me imagine everything in my mind... Didn't quite see the point of it though? P.S. The hand holding the toothbrush was so bizarre it was funny...

Dan | Sat, 03/31/2012

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination - Albert Einstein


I'm not sure if any meaning was intended in the toothbrush bit, but I found some all the same. Brushing teeth is a mundane, commonplace and human habit. That symbol served to remind me that although a warrior may think of his foes as symbols, uniforms, or spaceships, every time a soldier fires his laser cannon, he does so with the express intent of extinguishing another human being just like him. Thanks for making me think, G-Mac :)

a | Mon, 04/23/2012


And Battlefront 2 was an awesome game, until our copy of the disk got too scratched up to work.

a | Mon, 04/23/2012


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