"Poets," a wise pony once said, "have been curiously silent on the subject of cheese." Likewise, the historians have been curiously silent on the heroism of mechanics.

This is the story of just one of those brave mares, out among the stars. Her name is Silver Spanner, and she just wants to get home.

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Autotuned Carl Sagan is best Carl Sagan.

7260558 science is best autotuned

7260561 its so good

She had volunteered to leave the ship, encased in the old style bulk suits.

Stepping into the airlock, waiting for the door, she wondered if it had all been a mistake.

Shades of Absolution here...

Always a treat, Cynewulf.


And I know it's a misspelling because it's spelled Marechester every other time.

A Dawn was waiting for the two of them

Not sure if this is supposed to be capitalized.

This was awesome. I especially love the little detail about unicorns always holding things in a way that makes hiding impossible.

I do love when you write scifi

So... This was a rather emotional read for me for a variety of reasons, and it all culminated into something very beautiful. Thank you so much for this story! I loved it.

Bah! Poets LOVE cheese!


Behold the power of Lactobacillus! :pinkiecrazy:

Also, they had a thaumatic leak, which led to radiation? What the hell kind of crazy drive system were they employing?!

The colony ships had been fantastic as much in their foolhardiness as in their daring.

I'll say! They have REAL MAGIC and they never even thought to construct a clustered teleport framework with a spacefold arithmantic algorithm! :twistnerd:

magical resoirvoirs safe and…

They're using ACTIVE MAGIC RESERVOIRS as a power source?! WITHOUT a built-in venting system or emergency core ejection protocol?! Dear goodness to heck and back! Are they insane?! A charged crystalline array is vastly more stable and has the advantage of being able to be dismantled quickly should an unexpected resonance amplification occur, as is the most common malfunction among high-capacity magical storage for any purpose.

I demand to see who permitted this design! *looks over the plans* Blueblood, Inc.... I might have known! :raritywink:

old style bulk suit

I can never come up with a satisfactory answer to where they put their tails. I suspect short tailcuts would be in vogue for spacers.


I don't have the words for how much I love that song. It makes me want to reach out, cradle the stars in my fingers, and pluck them like the most precious apple.

7264206 Either very short tails or you wrap it up and it sits uncomfortably inside the suit, I imagine.

7264366 Rarity pioneered the use and standardization of beehive tail buns, one of her less known technical additions to the space program.

Space.. space is glorious. Even more so with magical ponies.
This and the Carl Sagan bit where amazing.
Need more ponies in space. This is one if not my all time favorite genres to read.

Also a bunch of word errors, but still enjoyable.

What about the regular ol' tailbun? Gotta admit, Granny Smith's rockin' it hardcore!

Great Science Fiction AND slice of life - at the same level of PlanetES!

7833584 I love Planetes actually

This was perfect pony space drama!


I can't believe it's taken me so long to get around to reading this . . . or commenting on it. . . .

I love the sci-fi setting, and Silver Spanner.

I was also completely misled through most of the story into thinking that the ending was going to be much different. I was a lot happier with how it turned out than how I thought it was going to turn out.

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