The Renegade

Author : Irene Montaner He had known of his fate since the day he was born. He had been designed to complete an outstanding, yet suicidal, mission. He would be cruising the Solar System for years before disintegrating during one final visit to one of the gas giants ...

Instantaneous

Author : Beck Dacus Once everyone in the auditorium was seated, Professor Gildritch wheeled his invention forth. On top of the rolling table was a small, modest-looking device. Gildritch didn’t care to explain it. “I’m sure several of you have heard rumors about what I’m ...

Why All This Space?

Author : Joachim Heijndermans The floor is so damn cold. I wish they'd turn the heat up or at least let me keep my socks and shoes. What are these floors made of? Some kind of metal, maybe? For a single person cell, it's way too big. You could fit a Firebird model jet in ...

Voluntourism

Author : Iain Macleod Here come another fresh load off the shuttle. I hate them, bloody smug rich earther kids here to "give something back". Dragging their wheeled suitcases behind them, taking selfies wearing sunglasses. We're inside a dome, morons! The sunlight is fake ...

Club

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer The Nighthawk café is quiet. In the dim light cast by grimy neon tubes, two men sit nursing mugs of coffee and shot glasses of whisky. “Looks good, Crow. Looks good.” The older of the two waves his hand, encompassing the café and ...

Of Anger and Beauty

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Tzen sat on the third floor of the abandoned building in near darkness. Only those streetlights that remained unbroken filtered light through shattered windows and draped plastic into what was once an active construction site. The money ...

Future Hunt

Author : Mark Thomas It was a self-destructive spasm of madness! When the hunter cornered it, The Future had assumed the guise of a malnourished, homeless psychotic, bumping his shopping cart full of human trifles along a dirt path underneath a highway overpass. In this ...

Beacons

Author : Rory O Reilly The blue was bright beyond measure shooting far out from the supernova displaying a beauty across the void. The vast ship passed within viewing range, the shimmering metal reflecting strongly. To the stern lay the bridge resplendent in decadent ...

The Winds of Europa

Author : Russell Bert Waters Amah had always held her close and sang to her. She always felt secure in Amah's arms. She didn't want this to become a memory. The winds shrieked fiercely one night as Amah was taken from her; taken from them all. She was told to hide, and ...

One Last Time

Author : Mattias Ahlvin The man in the gray overcoat sat in his old station wagon. He waited. He took a sip of coffee from an old thermos and adjusted his glasses. He glanced at his watch and looked up and down the street that intersected with the side street he had parked ...

Brave New Word

Author : Doug Hawley After twenty three rejections of my masterpiece “House Of Rats”, I started looking for a more reasonable publisher. The publishers and editors that I had been dealing with were a bunch of snobbish Ivy League arts and literature majors that couldn’t tell ...

Returned

Author : David Blatcher The withered astronaut had forgotten how to walk. The one fifth gravity on the station was too much for him, so an orderly in a hazard suit dragged him to the chair in the middle of the tiny interview room. The astronaut faced the camera through the ...

Tears of Miroku

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer Tendrils of smoke rise from the ancient bridge, but it stands strong. Atop it’s singed arch, two men stand, their powered-down armour dulled by dirt and char. The tension between them is palpable, even to the concealed observers, far back ...

Pressure Vessels

Author : Sarah Rankin Gordon Fighting his arthritis, Professor Fitzsimmons carefully rolled his stool to the corner of his laboratory. In front of him sat three large sealed coolers. After slicing the duct tape, he pulled out and inspected the first pressure vessel, a ...

A New World

Author : Andrew Evans Dane was in a panic. He breathed in a short rhythmic tempo. Cold blue desert surrounded him, as vast as the Sahara and just as deadly. The mercenary’s breath shown in the slight dawn light. The only hope, a small outpost, lay visibly in the distance, ...

Winged Splendid

Author : David Henson Hurry, Trixie, I say to our Yorkie. As she squats behind me, I notice a bright light above the horizon. I figure it must be a freighter coming back from the mines, but something doesn't look right. Lilly, I say to my wife, let's go out back. I want ...

CTFysh Blues

Author : Mark Thomas The blues singer hung his head, sad and mystified. “But the oscillator confirms perfect pitch.” He looked directly into his band leader’s eyes, and noted a slight dilation in Bob’s pupils, but no sympathy. “Perhaps,” the singer suggested meekly, “if I adjusted the ...

Family Man

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer The fist that passes over my noggin ain't much smaller than my skull. The knuckles are ridged with bony plates. I see them facts register with the moke who was threatenin’ me just before his face disappears from view with a sound like a sledgehammer ...

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