So I'm trying to write a first contact short story. It goes like this: Spoiler Shuttle/ starship/ spacecraft gets into an accident, and flies off course Spacecraft and its passengers are sent flying off into space, with the craft too damaged to get back Now they're stuck, doomed to die in outer space, surrounded by the 4 metal walls of their moving tomb. Everyone is worried and horrified News story follows them Someone, out there, presses a button The ship remains off course... but everyone within the ship is teleported back to earth Everyone wonders what this is about, some decry it as a hoax, and some call it a miracle and an act of god Some say its aliens, and try to contact them. People wait with bated breathe, looking out into the night sky, transmitting calls, asking and thanking. And a week later, someone answers. Here's the thing. I've tried writing it before. But it was lackluster and kinda boring. How do I; 1. Keep up the tension, 2. Keep the fear and horror of dying in space, 3. Keep this all informative and entertaining?