Missing Tomatoes

Author: Michael Mieher There are only two of us now. We are starving. We will have to risk the long trek to find shelter, sustenance, spare parts... anything of use. I am so blessed that the love of my life and I, from our first meeting on our school's playground, ...

Zzzzzt!

Author: Elaine Thomas Zzzzzt! Itty bitty pretty kitty, my ass. That cat is a monster. Why she constantly murmurs baby talk at him is beyond me. Yes, I may be jealous. Sure, I wish I could cuddle and be her pet. But it cannot be. Even if I had a form that could ...

What They Don’t Teach You At Space School

Author: David Barber Sometimes spacers come back to see us. Anyone chosen for a visit gets notified, which is why Vera is waiting in a tidy house, with a home-baked Victoria sponge and wearing her sleeveless cotton print dress with the sage-green leaf pattern, because ...

Clean Mean, Lying Machine

Author: DJ Lunan “I just see me, Ma’am”, I reply into her bathroom mirror through clenched teeth, hoping I can preserve my volley of lies deep inside, hermetically sealed in a light-resistant jar, preserved in termite vinegar and moon-salt. But this mirror doesn’t lie. I ...

Best Be Sure

Author: Steve Smith, Staff Writer Mersion stayed off the open streets, choosing to pick a much more demanding path through the cratered homes and rubble where the bombs had fallen. His progress was further impaired by the amount of meat that he'd lost from his body. ...

Evelyn

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer Catherine Jenkins has worked on the dissection floor for many years but has not once considered the gory nature of her job. Nobody here does. Humanix is a huge corporation and this factory is surely one of its largest. Multi-storied, ...

Continuity Failure

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer There’s an expectant pause as the screen fills with blurry grey patterns. Martin gently places a finger on the forearm of the dishevelled man to his left. Thumbs stop flicking across the screen of a smartphone. Bleary eyes lift to briefly ...

Computer Assistance

Author: R. J. Erbacher “You’re just a goddamn computer!” And you are an annoying human being. “Yeah, but you don’t get to tell me what to do. Who the hell do you think you are – my mother?” I am sure if your mother were here in this facility instead of living the ...

Solar Flare

Author: Luke Saldanha I feel a rattling and distant heat; the final storm is brewing. Yet I lie here in the grass, full of optimism. *** Enthralled, I gazed at the sky. Auntie taught me the constellations and planets as a child; I loved to stargaze and had done so ...

Bullfrog’s War

Author: Jack Tevreden Notes from the field: The tank commander, Bullfrog, washed down military-issue amphetamines with cold coffee carefully rationed from his thermos. Skirmishes along the Bolotene fields on the Eastern Front of this unfolding armageddon had left him ...

“Daddy?”

Author: Eli Rubin "Daddy?" He hadn't called me Daddy for years. "What's up, kiddo?" "Remember when you said I could turn off my age restrictions?" He kept bringing it up; he knew by now what I'd say. "That's something that has to be your choice, kiddo." "I did ...

Traffic

Author: Ken Carlson The light turned red. The red Jeep didn’t give Paul a moment and beeped twice. He looked in the rearview mirror and gently applied some gas. He drove slowly around the town. That was the point of Saturdays. Take your time and don’t rush around like ...

Crash Dummy

Author: Roger Ley Crash Dummy by Roger Ley It would be a long flight, I hoped that the window seat on my left would stay empty, but no such luck. A young woman took it. I checked her over as she moved past me, I mean, you can’t help it, and they do the same to us. Women, ...

Rewind + Delete + Play

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer A woman sits on a filthy blanket, her clothes in a neatly folded pile at her side. Her head rests atop her knees and she embraces them, pulling them into the oily smear at her breasts. Her head lops to the side and her eyes track the ...

Journey’s End

Author: Rollin T. Gentry Cybernetic, supersonic, leaving Earth and atmosphere behind, he watched the newsfeeds, somewhat embarrassed. They hailed him as the greatest piece of technology in recorded history. "Long Ranger 1" was engraved on his hull. The talking heads, a ...

Assisted

Author: Russell Bert Waters “Push” comes on by Matchbox 20, you reach to turn it up but it is already increasing volume. You remember how you turned it up last time it played, so now it happens automatically. You walk to the cupboard as sadness washes over you again. ...

The Robot Child

Author: Phil Manning She had watched him grow. Grow beneath her hands. Each circuit and wire placed and soldered with finesse and care. There was a team, of course, and they each had their part to play, to add to his growth and development, but she felt a different ...

HOGA – The Monstrous Fish

Author: Timothy Goss Washed up, lifeless, the thing was battered and scarred by the ocean. Seagulls pecked and pulled at the meat squawking and cawing. Things had nibbled its extremities and something big had taken its lower half. No appendages were obvious, but there were ...

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