Primal Needs

Author : Gray Blix They met after hours in her office. “Dr. Molloy, I’m Detective Buckley,” he said, flashing his ID and a smile. “Thanks for agreeing to see me.” He sat across from her, scolding himself for inappropriate thoughts about the way she filled her chair….

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Storm

Author : Connor Harbison It was a bright and stormy orbit. Wave after wave of solar radiation buffeted the Barracuda, wreaking havoc with her electronics and damaging her solar sails. Captain Aguilar frowned at the display on the bridge. “Sir, the mainsail can’t take…

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Attachment

Author : Dan Larnerd Doctor Grace Virchow sat at her computer desk with her eyes closed. Her office was dark and full of deep shadows. Only the flickering blue light of her computer monitor illuminated the scene. Next to her sat a cold cup of coffee and a picture of…

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Luminaris

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer Luminaris. They called it a slingshot planet. It had what was known as a linear pendulum orbit. So far it was the only one on record. It was caught in a gravity well between four stars of different colours. It was a planetoid that…

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Pay the Piper

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer Dad said that the nannybots inside would stop the monsters from getting me. I liked that. The first night after the injection, I slept with the lights off. My nannybots would protect me. Even when mum died the next day, I knew that bad…

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The African Mystery

Author : Charles E.J. Moulton William felt relieved, actually. One more hour of digging and his hands would have lost all their flesh. William threw down his shovel, straightened his back, stretching his muscles and positively felt his 50 year-old bones snap, crackle…

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Color Me Pink

Author : C. Chatfield “Shoot it.” “Shut up, Jim.” “It might be dangerous.” “A bear wanders into my yard, I call Animal Control. I’m not gonna shoot it just for being here, Gabe.” “Sure. You got the number for Alien Control?” “Quiet. It’s probably not an alien.” “You…

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Guardian Angel

Author : Elijah Goering My body was worn out. My organs were failing because they were simply too old, older than any human had ever been before. I would never speak again, and I had hours, maybe minutes to live. I asked the doctor to leave, and grabbed a pen and…

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Don't Tell Me

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer “Don’t tell me you love me,” I hold her face in my hand as she speaks, her gaze locked with mine, “you’re only saying that because you need me, and you think that will make me stay.” I don’t understand where she gets these ideas…

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Muscle Memory

Author : Roger Dale Trexler The thing inside Tabitha Sandor twitched. She tried to move, make herself more comfortable, and it did not approve. Stop. The word danced in her head. She wondered for a second if she had even heard the thought, but she knew she had. Since…

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The Faithful Epilogue

Author : Jedd Cole This kind of epilogue ends with a beginning, just as Homo sapiens began with an ending in the dark garden of forevers past. They believe it is AD 2476. They march through empty space with their idols under their arms. Earth burns behind them along…

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Lawman

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer The metro swishes past while I tap my fingers in frustration on the dashboard. I may have priority, but nothing out-prioritises fifty tons of autotram. “Where are you, Lime?” “Watching the metro. The collision avoidance system in my…

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Pears

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer Pears. I wish to never seen one again in my life. The colony on Arcadia had soil that would let us grow trees from Earth. We sowed an orchard outside of our newly printed house. The fibrous growths that sprouted fat and tall from…

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Exit Interview

Author : Sarah Vernetti “Am I comfortable? No, Amelia, not particularly. I feel like I’ve washed out to sea. Maybe I’ll return. Or maybe I’ll end up in some far off land fifty years from now, only to be discovered by a child and be featured on the evening news. So,…

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Birds

Author : Roger Dale Trexler Loku heard them before he saw them. The strange sound came to him as he slept beneath the Aynt tree. He and Sheka had eaten their fill of the ripe, rich fruit and fallen asleep beneath its teal-colored leaves. He was not one to fear things…

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To Be Human

Author : Gerard Hutchings When they arrived, they offered to restore the earth’s atmosphere, removing pollutants, reducing greenhouse gases, restoring ozone. In exchange they just wanted to settle on Mars. How could we refuse? After three years they had terraformed…

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Opportunity

Author : John Plunkett The girls were dressed in simple skirts and blouses of homespun wool from their father’s sheep. They spoke brightly to one another, rejoicing in a day of swimming and play at the small pond just over the hill from their father’s house. A young,…

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