Impulsion is a science fiction short story published in Australia’s longest-running sci-fi magazine, Aurealis. The story centres around a crew on a scientific vessel in deep space, who inadvertently cross the event horizon of a mysterious anomaly. As the crew start dying, the captain struggles with feelings of guilt and obsession. Original artwork by Chris Catlin.
Searchlight Scientific Vessel
1448 Days from Earth
It looked like a body, the blurred shape that collided with the front of the ship.
I knew it couldn’t be, of course. A human body out there in that shimmering pool of stars, floating in front of the first vessel that had ever made it to this far-flung sector? The idea was absurd.
And yet, it happened too fast to be sure.
EXCERPT FROM IMPULSION BY JENNA COSGROVE