Superluminal Girl

  • I'm a ten year-old girl alone on a starship stranded deep in interstellar space. The automatic pilot computer has failed and I am faced with the daunting task of piloting my ship manually at superluminal velocities. On my computer screen I see a three-dimensional representation of a four-dimensional situation: my ship and the small rabbit-hole in hyperspace through which I have to maneuver. My joystick control is extremely sensitive and the little spaceship icon bobs crazily about before the green grid wall, trying to maintain a course towards the circular hole in its center. I approach closer and closer, still veering unsteadily, until I miss my chance and fall permanently against the infinite plane of the cold, empty cosmos.