Preamble: This was one of our early experiments with AI-aided story authorship.
Human-written text is italic, the rest is AI-generated (with human curation).
Description: This is a story about Andrey and Sharon, two researchers who set out to explore a new and unknown planet after crashing there with minimal supplies. The story is often weird and sometimes funny, and is written by an AI. The story is titled 'Crashed on a Weird World'.
Andrey said, 'well what do we do now?!'. He was clearly exasperated, having had a desk job at a space station for the past decade. He regretted agreeing to join this crazy mission to scout out this planet, on which he and Sharon were now stuck.
Andrey was sitting outside the ship, which was badly damaged after the crash. The two were trapped in their ship until they could fix it, and they had only limited supply, which they had to ration.
Andrey was grumbling as he sipped his cup, when Sharon walked over and said, 'I'm going for a walk.' She then set off, leaving Andrey alone.
Andrey was astounded by her being so cheerful. He decided to go to the ship and check whether the ship was repaired. It wasn't, but there was a lot of spare parts. Andrey began to collect them.
Andrey worked for a couple of hours, and then it was time for lunch. He ate his bread, and then decided to go back to work. Suddenly, he heard a noise. It was the sound of metal being melted, and then he saw Sharon.
He said ' Sharon, what are you doing? The ship isn't even fixed yet!'
She replied 'Look, I tried to fix the ship, but it kept blowing up! So, I tried to do something creative with the parts. And I think that this is the result.' She pointed to the creation.
Andrey looked at it. It was a strange, weird thing. It looked like a metal face, with two eyes, a nose, and a mouth. 'What is it?' asked Andrey.
And Sharon said, 'I don't really know, but I think it's a security camera.'
Andrey blinked, and then said, 'but nobody can see us! We're on a planet!'
Sharon said, 'yeah, but I'm sure a security camera is an important thing for a ship of some sorts.'
Andrey said, 'but it looks so ugly. Can't you make it look better?'
Sharon looked at Andrey coldly and said, 'its a security camera! Security cameras don't have to look pretty!'
Andrey thought that this was a very strange argument, and he decided to drop it.
Sharon looked at the camera, and said, 'I think it needs a face.'
Andrey chuckled and said, 'it doesn't have a face!'
Sharon replied 'yes it does! on the top!'
Andrey looked at the top of the camera, and there were two tiny eyes, which were blinking. 'Oh, right.' he said.
Andrey walked over to the camera, and gave it a face. The face was made of a knob and some screws.
Andrey was now tired of the camera, so he went back to work. After a while, Sharon came over and said, 'I'm going for a walk, wish me luck.'
Andrey replied 'good luck.'
Sharon walked off to explore the planet.
Andrey worked throughout the afternoon, and then it was dinner time. He ate his bread and drank his water, and then he fell asleep.
Andrey woke up, and was surprised at how dark it was. He walked outside, and saw that there was a very large moon in the sky, and it was reflecting off the metal face of the security camera, which was removed from the ship.
Andrey suddenly remembered about the camera. He ran to the ship, and saw that it was lying beside the ship, near a tree. It was the metal face of the camera, which Sharon had removed from the ship, and had put on the tree, so it could look at the sky.
Andrey realized that Sharon was right. The camera shouldn't be ugly. It should represent a part of the sky.
Andrey felt happy. Sharon had made the best of a terrible situation, and had created something unique.
Andrey ran over to the camera, and attached it back to the ship, next to the window. The camera looked at the sky, and Andrey smiled.
Andrey walked inside, and sat down by the window. He looked at the moon, which was next to the camera. He was tired, and it was time for sleep.
Andrey had a wonderful dream that night, a dream about a beautiful world.
The next day, Sharon and Andrey got up, and had some bread. Andrey said ' I had a strange dream last night.'
Sharon said 'oh?'
Andrey said 'yeah, I dreamt about a beautiful world, a world filled with wonderful things.
Sharon said 'I had a beautiful dream too.'
Andrey said 'oh? What was it?'
Sharon said 'I dreamt that I looked down and realized that I was looking at myself.'
Andrey looked at her, and said 'Sharon, that's not really a beautiful dream.'
Sharon smiled, and said 'I think it is! At least, I think it's the most beautiful dream ever.'
Andrey thought that this was the most beautiful dream ever.