Hurtling

Author: Gerard Baars Surging forward he crosses the sonic boom, his toned body unaffected by the turbulent forces. Accelerating he hits the second boom. Then the third, fourth... G-forces now threaten to rip his body to shreds, but his perfect physique shrugs it off. ...

A Wandering Mind

Author: Richard Wren “Aaaagh!” It was always a shock to return, to feel the meat encase him again, to stare out through balls of jelly. Felix Bonaparte, time traveler, twitched his body to relieve his aching joints and waited for his heart to stop racing. With eyes now ...

The Death of God

Author: Michael Hopkins It knew itself as awareness. No center. No end. Awareness. It did not know its name. It had no I. A perturbation arose - from where? The agitation expanded - a significant change. It grew. It caused disruption - a point of focus with hope for ...

Neighborhood Watch

Author: Jeff Hill A woman is crouching in the bushes, patiently waiting next to the house of her estranged husband. He has to know, she thinks to herself. The neighbors see her, but they pay no mind. They know she’s harmless, and they know she’ll never actually confront ...

The Secret Behind Her Smile

Author: Irene Montaner By the time the aliens reached Paris, the streets were empty. Parisians and tourists alike had sought shelter inside the many churches in the city or underground in the metro tunnels. They prayed and hid or hid and prayed but regardless of their ...

Villa Mater

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer Tāne hoists himself over the wrought iron gate and as he falls heavily to the ground, he feels it. A deafening coldness as the old building strains and grins. It had been enticing him here for years. Villa Mater had once been a home for ...

Like Mist in the Sun

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer Another cold coffee. It's the last one I'll have for a while. Tigerhouse closes tonight and affording bean coffee will go back on the luxuries list. "Last one?" Elena slides into the seat opposite, looking like a pinup from the side of ...

Root Cause

Author: Rick Tobin Pressing slick walls within Perri’s briefing center opened gigantic multi-verse mapping systems across a great briefing hall aboard Haven’s interstellar spacecraft. The Order’s enclosure pulsated with its anthem, rising to crescendos oscillating beneath ...

The Explorers

Author: Bryan Pastor “We should have listened to your father and stayed out of this place.” “Nonsense… Woo what is that?” Neil and Toby paused to examine their find. It stood twice as tall as than them, reminding Neil of the holoart of Michelangelo’s David, they had ...

Scenes from the End

Author: J. Edward Hamilton Fragments of shattered glass float elegantly before him, and as Cameron imagines the glittering specs are stars in a little microcosm galaxy, he realizes this scene is the last beautiful thing he’ll ever see. It’s growing warmer now as their ship ...

Poker Night

Author: David Barber It was an old silver Zippo lighter. You had to hunt down little squirty tins of fluid for it. After his dad quit smoking, it had banged around a kitchen drawer until finally claimed by Max. He inhaled the heady smell of naphtha. “Hurry up, ...

Bot and the Beast

Author: Suzanne Borchers The rain pelted his metallic covering while his smooth rollers skidded on the sidewalk. How far to the warehouse now? Too far to go before the cracked seams allowed moisture into his circuits. Cyrus3 pushed up his speed, careening wildly, his vision ...

Bad Milk

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer The woman, who’d run to the farthest edge of a star system to find who she was, contracted into herself as she read the message and discovered that, perhaps, she had not. Renfield Station/ Pluto/ Transmission Incoming: “You don't know ...

The Low View

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer Confined in a 4-metre cube with nothing but my thoughts for company. Poor conversation and haunting memories by day, convoluted dreams by night. The dreams are too disturbing to contemplate long enough to unravel, so they leave varying ...

33 million or One?

Author: Arkapravo Bhaumik “ … according to them, GOD was a superior being who cared for their well being and could undo their wrong-doings. Most of their morality was related to GOD. They often gathered together to lyrically speak about GOD and bestowed GOD with offerings ...

This Fable is Reversing

Author: DJ Lunan The policewoman eyed me sternly through the crosshairs of her pistol. Her blue uniform wet from the remnants of the time blizzard I’d arrived with. Her free hand flat-palming to dissuade a rash attack. Yet she clearly wasn’t police. And I was ...

A Strongly Worded Letter to the Department of Future Persons

Author: John McLaughlin To Whom It May Concern: My wife and I have reviewed your report with great disappointment -- with such disappointment, in fact, that only after two straight weeks of sobbing, dry-heaving, and manic-hysterical disarray, only then could I ...

Just Human Nature

Author: Rick Tobin “He’s on edge again. It’s intolerable when he tears into our crew like this. Makes me itch all over.” D-7 moved away from overheated control panels. He heard sputtering of wiring insulation against conduit. Corrosive effervescence from singed plastic ...

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