Common Enemy

Author : Beck Dacus From the window of his cabin in the I.P.S. Red Baron, Admiral Mortigna sipped coffee and watched as the last repairs were made on Jupiter’s dynamic orbital ring. A hoop of solid material twirled around the planet at speeds faster than needed to maintain ...

DreamMaster

Author : David Henson "Honey, are you going to use the DreamMaster tonight?" Sally says to her husband. "You bet. I've scripted a football match," Jim says, laying the DreamTablet on his bedside table. "Big hero." He taps his thumb to his chest. "You?" "Think I'll ...

Lounge Lizards

Author : M. Irene Hill September 8, 2040, Special Area Babylon, Planet Earth: Control center: “We are offline and shield is down. Initiate cataclysm.” The last vestiges of rosy light disappeared behind giant cumulonimbus clouds which rolled in from the four cardinal ...

SPOF

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer The prototype bodyguard robot stands over both of us, waiting for emergency services that will arrive too late. “Git.” John’s voice is a whisper. I’ve never seen anyone with an expression like his: confused and peeved. Whilst the ...

Father’s Day

Author : D.J. Rozell Agent Jackson sat down across the table from the bio-hacker and started in before the guy had a chance to size him up, “We’re not here to collect evidence – we’ve got plenty of that – but to discuss motives. Clearly you are a genius.” The agent was ...

Noble Work

Author : David Kavanaugh “First day on the job?” asked the women in the lab coat, twirling a set of digikeys on one finger. “Yep.” “You excited?” “Sure am. I’ve been on the waiting list for ages! It’s funny; there seem to be job openings here all the time, but I ...

Leader

Author : Madison McSweeney It was 9:30 AM on a Friday when the Martians landed on Dave McQuilty's farm. The ship, which was more spherical than saucer-shaped, touched down in the midst of some cows. A long silver platform descended and a little grey man stepped out. Dave ...

Wherefore Art Thou, Romeo-4?

Author : Trevor Doyle Sex droids don’t do it for me, but I’ve never had a problem with clones. My most recent Romeo, for instance. The last time I saw him, he was standing on my gold plated balcony, his back to the city that worships at my feet. He looked like a pop star ...

Devil’s Game

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer It’s another tediously quiet evening in Watchpost 113 at the western edge of the Sonoran Borderlands. Fred is making waffles while Adey idly flicks through the long-distance views. Fred glances round as Adey jerks upright in his chair, ...

Tao of the Space Cowgirl

Author : M. Irene Hill Today’s sunrise is a Chinese watercolor painting, with inky tree branches in the foreground of an ombre sky. Below a band of monochrome cloud, a thin line of cinnabar melts into pink chrysanthemum in rhythmic balance. I imagine that a bird’s eye view ...

Dance With The Moon

Author : Russell Bert Waters The moon stares down as I stand on the beach next to what once was the ocean. Powerless to control the tide, or anything at all, the moon seems sad. This is conjecture on my part. The moon hasn’t said anything lately, so for all I know ...

Meat Market

Author : Dylan Otto Krider Talmey is not a pervert, just very lonely. He tried to get dates, really he did. With the computer business, he didn’t have time. Plus, he was shy and -- he could admit this – ugly. But a guy has certain needs; for sex, yes, of course, but female ...

The Sky Belongs

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer It has always been the way that the skies inspired images of freedom and escape from the troubles of the now. “The sky belongs to none”, as my grandfather used to say. We’ve had Eflubian motherships and Targamor raidcraft, Claflandian God-discs and ...

Two Red Lights

Author : Anthony Francis Hariq realized she’d wandered into their territory the moment it was too late to go back. She’d turned too early, into the alley to the abandoned school, a blasted block of creaking swings and dirty chainlink the city had let fall ...

Mission Failure

Author : David C. Nutt “Give me a good reason why I should not demote you, Sub-lieutenant.” “Excellency, I followed the mission parameters to the letter. I do not understand why the creatures reacted so violently.” “Did you manifest as an older white male with upper ...

UFO Club

Author : Kraig Conkin The gray skinned youths standing at the edge of the platform cheered when the silver saucer broke the clouds and descended towards them. Upon landing, Winkus popped from the hatch and ran to meet his schoolmates. “Did you do it?” Tizdic, leader ...

For His Ship To Come In

Author : David C. Nutt “You think I’m crazy?” Sammy stopped hammering the board he was working on and turned to the old man. “Just because your building a boat dock in the middle of a Kansas wheat field, 417 miles from the ocean? Let’s just say I think you’re a tad bit ...

Business is Good

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer Do you need to have a defensive engagement but can't afford it? We can help. UNITED DEFENCE is the acknowledged leader in warfare solutions throughout the Milky Way. From terrorist suppression to continent-spanning strategic ...

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