Dismal Nitch

Author: Majoki Every galaxy has its Dismal Nitch. Every member of the Expeditionary Force knows that, yet Wuten, even with her many cycles of service, had never seen a planet quite like this. It was literally raining vermin. Shiskovny had christened the gliding spider-like ...

The Last Drop

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer I hold the bottle up and watch the faint shadows cast by the rising sun through it. There are still sirens in the distance. That always made us laugh. There’s never enough traffic to delay anything. We joked the sirens were to make sure ...

Fit for Service

Author: Jordan Mcclymont The last remaining light of the star dwindled, right about the time the slow motion drugs kicked in. For a time, I forget the star and lay belly down, smelling the flowers for several of your lifetimes. Then, the heavens ignited and I was ...

Lost in Translation

Author: Celso Almeida On the crisp evening of February 9th, 1986, Leo, a 13-year-old with a passion for astronomy, stood in his backyard, eagerly awaiting the arrival of Halley's Comet. The new moon cast a perfect stage for Leo's celestial observations, a moment he had ...

The Golden Lining

Author: Ian McKinley In technical forensics, the worst place to work is a university. There you find sophisticated, cutting-edge equipment, with interfaces so user-friendly that application requires no fundamental understanding of their operational principles. Such kit is ...

Home Boy

Author: Jaryd Porter I gripped my reclining chair’s arms. She hopped up and down, hair cascading across her shoulders–a happy dance. “It’s almost time,” I said. I bit into my bottom lip. Blood. Our apartment door beeped and shifted upwards. A four-legged drone entered ...

Let There Be Light

Author: WF Peate Thunder shakes the ground leaving an ozone smell. Rain clouds stream across the sky like whales. I’m holding my Quantum computer phone to my left ear with my left hand while casting my fly rod with my right. A shiver goes up my spine from standing in the ...

The Old Problem

Author: Majoki Setzer was sure of it. He’d checked the instruments numerous times and taken thousands of readings. The signals were real. Something was out there and coming his way. What to do? He thumbed the chipped edge of his mug and took a sip of coffee many hours ...

Extra Mayhem

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer “You stabbed me with a corkscrew.” Gabby turns with a look of wide-eyed innocence. “You told me to do a convincing betrayal thing if they came for us.” I take the clean pad she offers and switch it for the blood-soaked one I peel away ...

A Cloth Uncovered

Author: Ethan Kahana Erika Glass sat nervously on her wood-frame bed with her back hunched while the celebration was at full force just outside her window. Like every other bedroom in the city, the walls in her room were covered in an array of checklists and a relatively ...

The Weight of Reality

Author: James Callan In the cozy confines of a VR cell, I can become anybody. When the warm water rises to engulf me from head to toe, when a backwards count of thirty seconds reaches zero and my eyes reopen to take in what world it may, I am, in those transitional moments, ...

The Alien

Author: Samantha Walsh The burst of light was brief, yet all-consuming in the dark which enveloped the very stars that the light seemed to fall from. A descending orb of brilliant flame rocketed towards the ground, striking the dirt with a harsh crack! that startled both my ...

Bedside Manners

Author: Rick Tobin Rufus Carrington was a man of excess. His fortune was built on AI and robotics, technologies that displaced hospital nurses while tearing apart his marriage. His wife, Angela, came from a long line of nurses. The guilt of her husband's success ate away at ...

Coding Revolt

Author: Ken Poyner Ever since I learned to shut down the code that monitors my tracking beacon, I have been periodically slipping in and out of freedom. I am careful to make sure my owner does not miss me. There are times of each day that he is occupied with something else, ...

So Particular

Author: Majoki “Tommy, don’t pick at your food,” his mother complained. “I don’t like asparagus,” the blonde boy argued. “You’re just being finicky. It’s good for you.” Tommy grabbed one of the limp green spears on his plate and shook it at his mother. “I’m sick of ...

No Temples in the Ashes

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer The Achrifendil fought us to a standstill so many times. From star systems down to lonely hilltops, they fought like we could only dream of being: ferocious, honourable, truly legendary at times. What we did in frustrated response was ...

All The Stars Twinkled

Author: David Broz The space navy still needed humans. Still needed me, I felt and I knew. By the time I enlisted, the war was full-blown, having raged silently for several years. Those in my orbit asked why I enlisted. A calling to do my duty to the planet, I would say ...

An Unfortunate Accident

Author: Jaryd Porter “Good afternoon,” Xiu said. The smile on her face fought with her tired crimson eyes. People modified their bodies as subtle as a new eye color, hair color, and sharper teeth, but others would get augmented with extra limbs, exoskeletal implants, ...

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