Advances

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer Tapestries hang on the walls of a room where anatomical diagrams and scientific charts would have been, centuries ago. Two men stand reading a display that floats above the supine form on the chrome table at the centre of the ...

Star Sign

Author: Roger Ley ‘So, what’s your star sign?’ Mary asked, and took a sip from her glass, she watched him closely over the rim. It was one of her stock questions on first dates. You could tell a lot about a man, depending on how he reacted. His actual star sign was ...

The Golden Planets

Author: Alzo David-West Two neutron stars, ten times the mass of the sun collided, unleashing a cataclysm—an explosive kilonova, whose massive gravitational waves undulated through the dark mantle of spacetime, forging in their course a planetary system composed of fifteen ...

The Plague

Author: Talon Abernathy The disease passed quickly and no one was spared. First, it neutered the men. Women became infertile. Men atrophied and women thickened. Hair sloughed off and torsos turned flat. The two sexes equalized and thus division was lost. Next, hunger ...

The Sunset War

Author: Logan Smith In the beginning, humanity looked to the stars, and saw gods. In their golden age, they went among the stars, as if they were gods. In the end, when the stars started going out, they found gods. *** You don’t see a lot of sunsets ...

The Reconciliation

Author: Shari S Levine Miriam opened the door of the caravan-turned-time machine. Dry, hot air blew in. She shaded her eyes against the brightness. They had landed where they had planned: at the base of a range of hills, nothing around them but arid land that matched the ...

Winging it

Author: DJ Lunan The spokesman for the Nui, Jesús the Giant, considered me with a foreboding and weakly threatening glare. “I have negotiated successfully with races on twenty planets. I know you have something to tell me, Gloria.” “It’s the ostriches.” I blurted ...

RETURN=TRUE

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer Red emergency lighting makes more shadows than seem possible. President Booker leans back from the table and looks sideways at the one shadow he knows. “Clarence Dimitri. I’ve always meant to ask, agent: how did you end up with a name ...

Proposal to Rename Centauri B Prime

Author: Beck Dacus Perhaps the most famous planet in the colonized Galaxy-- aside from Earth, of course-- Centauri B Prime may have the highest standard of living in the Milky Way. It is a center for scientific innovation, has borne some of our most accomplished artists, ...

Just Like Dolls

Author: Michele Roger I make the coffee in the French press like I do every morning. Then, I regret it by the time I reach the City Freezing Works. A doubled edged elixir, the coffee rouses me from my bed and then inspires uninhibited vomiting by the time I reach downtown. ...

Mind-sweeper

Author: Mina It’s the lack of sleep that’s the worst. I can live with the brutal beatings, the agony of untreated broken bones, the drugs that fuck with your head, the insidious cold, the gnawing hunger, the burning thirst and the routine rape, but I would literally kill to ...

This Is What Friends Are For

Author: Jules Jensen Things are changing. The line in the sand is gone, washed away by changing tides that everyone saw coming but not this fast. In his eyes, I see the difference. I see the tech. “You have no idea how good this feels.” He says, smiling, and I bite back ...

The Boy On The Other Side Of The Wall

Author: Henry Peter Gribbin There is a young boy who lives all by himself in a meadow. For miles and miles, there is nothing but soft flowing grass which sways in a gentle breeze. In a small depression stands a tree, an apple tree. This tree plays an important part in the ...

Duty and Debt

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer Broadbeam seems heavy tonight. That’s silly. It’s not like I’m holding it myself. There used to be a thing called ‘karma’. It marked your soul for doing good or bad things. WorldOne tells us superstitions like that are fiction. I wish I ...

Starlight

Author: Steve Smith, Staff Writer Manik pulled up to the curb, powered down the engine and looked across the dusty roadway at the diner. As if on command, the neon sign over the doorway sputtered to life, strobing weakly at first before coming on strong, 'Starlight' in ...

Ticket to Fly

Author: DJ Lunan Barden loved Saturday mornings, rambling with his young daughter through the deciduous forest. Perpetually wet underfoot, the forest always kept the eight-year-old entertained. “Look! Dad!” shrilled Megan. “Someone’s dropped their train ticket!”. She ...

Binary Diplomacy

Author: David C. Nutt “Are you insane? This was supposed to be a negotiation of terms for surrender. You made it a slaughter!” COL Mikalelan holstered her weapon and gave her two aides the command to stand down. “I’ve been fighting them for twelve years, Ambassador ...

Hivemind

Author: David Monteyne His hideout is a tidal cave, little more than a crawlspace gouged into a seaside cliff. He rarely leaves it. He starts brushwood fires to keep warm and forages by moonlight for the limpets and starfish and anemones that populate the tidal ...

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