Here are some sci-fi flavored prompts for short stories, poems, or even novels! These are not contest prompts, but if you use them, feel free to share! We’ll feature as many pieces as we can throughout the month of June!

10,000 people were chosen to start the new colony on a distant planet and were frozen in stasis pods on a generational ship, sent out on a five hundred year journey. Groups were chosen to awaken in shifts to maintain the ship and its passengers, but when my shift came up everything was wrong. The ship was dead in space, all pods empty, and I was the only one left.

Walking home from the book store, a strange man I’ve never seen before ran into me and shoved an object in my hands. He told me to hold onto it for him as he continued running down the street. Then there was a screeching sound and a bright flash and he was gone. The object was made of a material I had never seen before and covered in glowing glyphs of a language I didn’t know. And it was beeping.

Since the polar ice caps have started melting, all manner of strange things have been found thawing in the ice. My team of experts were called in to take a look at the newest anomaly. They said it was some sort of metal structure, but when we got there it was far more than any of us could have imagined.

NASA’s new probe has been conducting observations within the asteroid belt for several years now. Nothing of note had been found until yesterday, when it discovered something shiny and clearly “man-made” protruding from one of the asteroids.

We finally saved up enough money to buy a new steam-cart and, wouldn’t you know, it breaks down on the way home. As we tried to get it started there was a great, thundering sound in the skies. What flew overhead, I have no notion of what it was or where it came from, but I know I will never forget the monstrous form of steam and gears or what it did next.

So many people were terrified that life-like, intelligent robots would be the end of humanity. No one thought they would be the only thing standing between us and extinction.

Virtual reality worlds have become more familiar to us than our own world, and people spend as much time as possible leveling and questing in various holo-scenarios. So many of us wished we could just blend into the game and never leave. That is until the game started leaking into reality.

The last vestiges of humanity live in small primitive tribes and clans scattered through the wilds of Earth. No one remembers what came before, but we know there were mighty civilizations. The bones of their megalithic structures still harbor mysteries, strange creatures, and ancient technology we no longer understand.

First contact is something scientists and Sci Fi enthusiasts have been looking forward to for a long time. What new technologies and wisdom could a spacefaring alien race offer humanity? Turns out, space travel is easy, and we’re the most advanced, most terrifying race in the galaxy.