The Providers

Author: Malcolm Carvalho Sneha glances at me and adjusts the collar of her gravsuit. The ocean depths are unforgiving to these elite land dwellers, even with their gravsuits and this room’s pressure neutralizing field. Yet they need this place. She shoots a dictating glance ...

Marked

Author: Justin Williams “Shit...” Velia pulled the car over on the side of the road as the check engine light flashed. The car sputtered to a stop and Velia glanced at the rearview mirror. Lily shifted in her sleep, causing a stretching sound to emanate from the leather ...

Ellen and I

Author: Damien Titchener His mind had never felt such warm serenity before this. Gazing upon the world below, the mix of whites, blues, and greenish browns coalesced into a vision of unmatched beauty. His sense of pride looking at this pale blue dot, as a great Earth ...

Five Bottles

Author: Phillip E Temples I know he’s at work right now. I called his office number earlier from a burner phone and he answered. I slip quietly into the hallway of the apartment complex, looking in both directions from the stairwell door. It’s the middle of the morning; no ...

It’s OK to Cry Here

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer The rain is sharp as the one-armed man pulls his daughter up the gray steps and barges his shoulder to the door and staggers from the dark night and into the old psychiatric hospital’s milky black gloom. Steadying, he listens. He knows the ...

Get Out of Guildford

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer Crane somersaults over my head with a gleeful shout. He lands behind me in the crater as a spray of purple fire lashes by above us. “Why are you so bleedin’ happy?” “I love it when a war doesn’t fuck about.” “Come again?” He waves his ...

Made of Clay

Author: Mike Croatan We were made of clay. We spread across the earth like a virus, even before we became one. We fed off the earth itself until there was a myriad of us. Then we became cannibals. Devouring each other mercilessly, we doubled, tripled, quadrupled, until we ...

Comfort

Author: KevS The old lady lays, eyes closed beneath the crisp white sheet and soft pink wool blanket. The blanket is rare, the last sheep seen centuries ago, but she is wealthy, and her records told me, she had this as a child on Terra, something handed down through ...

Ensorcelled

Author: Rick Tobin “Was food satisfying?” A mechanical, calm, nondescript voice asked from invisible speakers. “It was cold. I need warm food. You know that.” Zuri sat cross-legged, staring into a video wall displaying an exquisite Zen garden spreading to an indefinite ...

Roost

Author: DJ Lunan I work nights. Protecting the humans roosting in my cave. Well, those that can pay in protein, dry wood, and nurture. Here they roost. Sleep, love, cry, shit. This winter, our protein and vegetable larder is stocked but we are perpetually at risk. During ...

Appetite

Author: Rick Tobin Ranson picked at a sharp raspberry seed wedged tightly between canine and incisor, stubbornly poking a nerve in his aging gums, distracting attention from a therapist’s droning. “Your weight is ignored by some on this ship, but as the assigned analyst ...

Deep Fake

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer The Detective lays in the warming twist of the hot-tub, an outrigger cocoon that juts, one of many, from this recreation floor high above the 2211th Precinct. The steam peels away thoughts of her desk and of stacked files of death and ...

She’s Gonna Cut Us Down

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer I encounter God at midnight in a convenience store. She’s chatting with the bloke behind the counter while making herself a caramel latte on the new coffee machine. “So I said to him, you shouldn’t service rich people all the time. Try ...

Don’t hit Uluru.

Author: Michael Mieher Friday, December 18th, 2043 Day 503 of the 3rd Mars Pilgrimage joint SpaceX/OneSpace mission. "I'm sorry Captain Shu.", First Officer Griffin Musk said, trying to keep his exhaustion from showing. "Even the ISS and Peary Station are dark, ...

No Greater Sorrow

Author: James Lawrence Rhodes "There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery." - Dante Alighieri The tender and sun-reddened skin had begun to peel, large flakes revealed raw nerves. Alakai was not alone in her suffering. Her shipmates ...

Jealous Me

Author: Mark Thomas If time travel has taught us anything it’s that inevitability is a slippery subject. My story became mathematically more likely each time I ingested a tablet, but it was never absolutely certain. Every clock puncher understands that he or she will ...

Bless Me, for I Have Forgotten

Author: Rick Tobin “Ouch! That hurts!” Clint Aurelius pulled back his tattoo needle from his thirty-something assistant wincing under his application. Clint took some deep breaths while resting his hands from arthritic agony. “No intent to harm…just tidying your ...

Sent 12:40 AM

Author: Abigail Hughes I know you made it clear we were not supposed to talk during our “break”, but I have something I need to get off of my chest and now that it is impossible for you to automatically know what I’m feeling, I have been reduced to contacting you through ...

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