Pure Fiction But We Wish It Was Real: A Sleeper Ship

A Sleeper Ship

Another well-known piece of equipment needed in any sci-fi with years of travel through the galaxy required is a sleeper ship. They seem to be the best way to go when distance and time is against you. 

If you’ve seen the movie Passengers than you’ve seen how they function and how many ways things can go wrong, making for an interesting story. Don’t worry, I won’t give anything away. 

The sleeper shuttle is supposed to be designed as a kind of hibernation or suspended animation.

In one of my stories Hope Saved, the embryos are put in cryopreservation in order to keep them viable for colonization on a new planet. In a sense, they are in a sleeping state until ready for implantation into the mother. This is how the Zelenian’s plan to keep their species alive.

Of course, the crew have pods to keep them in a kind of cryostasis in order to survive what they believe will be a trip that lasts hundreds of years. The suspended animation is what is supposed to keep the Zelenians alive during the voyage. 

Instead, things go terrible wrong! 

Of course, they do.

But you’ll have to read the book to learn how. 

Yeah, I’m mean like that. 

What kinds of things could you do with your life if you could spend hundreds of years in suspended animation on a sleeper ship? Oh yeah, and let’s not forget, what could go wrong?

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T.S. Valmond is the science fiction and young adult fantasy author of The Bolaji Kingdoms Series and The Verity Chronicles. As an award-winning poet, world traveler, and sign language interpreter she uses her experiences to fuel her stories. She’s a regular contributor to the website and founder of the Riders & Flyers group.


  1. Well, yes, of course something goes wrong. If it didn’t, this would be a dull story, would it? 🙂 frankly, though, you wouldn’t catch me in one of those hibernation capsules!

    T Is For The Tempest


    1. I feel you. A little claustrophobia goes a long way.

  2. Wow! I have no idea what I could accomplish. Without knowing what the future holds, I would just be subjecting myself to waking up in a time and place I am not familiar with and have no way of ever going back.

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