Clean Slate

Author: Mina Excerpt from Dr Harriet Walters’ report: We can confirm that the new procedure has been a resounding success from a physiological point of view. The subject has not reported any headaches or other adverse physical symptoms. Psychologically, the ...

Black Snail

Author: Hari Navarro My daughter was raped as a baby. Does the fact that she was nine and not a baby make me a liar, does it take any of the sting from an opening sentence surely designed to shock and pull you into the tawdry undertow that sweeps through these words? But ...

A Song in the Static

Author: Steve Smith, Staff Writer Dmitri shuffled through the crowd, his handler's grip tight on his elbow. Someone had draped a jacket over his hands, tightly zip tied as they were in front of him, presumably to stop onlookers from becoming anxious. "When you're on the ...

Exodus

Author: Rick Tobin “He’s blind. He ignored shielding restrictions.” Carose bent away from his medical monitor while speaking to Captain Wolir on video screen. “There’s nothing to do. Earthers never evolved protective eye membranes for such space encounters. How did he get ...

Never Interact with theLocals

Author: Susan Cornford Breakdowns always happen at the worst possible times and places. I was already running late on my last cargo run between the Four-Parsec star group and home base. If I got a little creative with my log entries, the old crate could be pushed up to just ...

Qantas Flight 2314

Author: David K Scholes Canberra Airport Australia 2045 “The Qantas flight QF 2134 that left Perth for Canberra 10 years ago and never arrived,” Bathr hesitated. “It is held, ageless, in a time vortex – held for eternity or until the vortex ...

Illusion of Choice

Author: Steve Smith, Staff Writer Dax found his usual seat in the back corner of the cafeteria and unpacked his lunch. He laid out a sandwich, a can of iced coffee, and an orange on the table in front of him, then fished a lock-blade knife from his jacket pocket and set ...

Paddywhack

Author: David Henson When I finally got my M-plant, I couldn’t wait to try it out. I went to a local cafe, approached a woman wearing a TP earring and touched my TechPath lapel pin. She immediately raised her index finger. I held my fingertip to hers, and we both thought ...

The Dark Side of Mourning

Author: Hari Navarro I crawl through the flap in the folds of my midnight sheets and touch her again. I touch the cold stipple of her naked skin and it is not the hollow caress of dreams. I am not in that place where images scatter and reform into half-remembered fragments, ...

Monstrous

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer “‘The shell is the key’? He said that?” “Yes. The carapace is the most remarkable aspect of this truly unusual species. In layman’s terms, it’s a pico-honeycomb that has all the useful properties of a hybrid of Kevlar and graphene. Add ...

Editor

Author: Kristin Kirby You get coffee. You glance around. A dozen people sip beverages or talk or stare into their computers. You sit. Then you spot him. He’s at the counter. He looks at the menu board. You watch him order, watch him pay. “Thank you,” he says with a ...

Father, Mother and Child

Author: Antoinette Constable A three-year-old boy stumbles along the streets, long after bedtime, holding his mother's hand. They are skirting barricades, guns, uniforms. The mother longs to lie down and sleep a long sleep somewhere safe, somewhere dry, yet she keeps ...

The Past is a Portal

Author: Mark Joseph Kevlock "Why, sir, the past is a portal to happiness!" the interior re-decorator barked. "I guess," Smithfield hedged. "I'm just not sure about this anymore." "But the work is complete! Your living room, your entire downstairs, your upstairs, your ...

Peace Offering

Author: Roger Ley Riley signed for the package and came back inside the house. ‘What was the delivery?’ asked his wife Barbara looking up from her tablet? He looked at the label. ‘Actually, it’s from Estella.’ ‘Your ex-wife?’ ‘How many other Estellas do I know? ...

RE: The Impending Invasion

Author: Abigail Hughes Current Proprietors of Earth, We are drafting this letter in response to the riots that took place outside of our headquarters, in the hopes of putting toxic rumors about our organization to rest. If your protest taught us anything, it is that it ...

Eternal Vacancy

Author: Steve Smith, Staff Writer She placed the order online, as she had done before. No credit checks anymore, no profiling questions, just pick a time and a place, and the service guaranteed her date would be on-time and appropriate. She showered and partially dressed ...

Depths

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer I’ve travelled distances that make oceans seem like ponds. I’ve dealt with solar flares and meteor storms, flown half-blind and bleeding from situations that would make a sane man scream for his mother. As I look up at the snow-white ...

Echoes Through the Cavern of the Iris Black

Author: Hari Navarro I found a way into tomorrow but when I got there it didn't care. Though I burrowed deep through caverns cold and waited patiently for the drugs to take hold this newest of days it took no heed, no, for me this day it could care not one bit. For days ...

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