Men Below

Author : Callum Wallace “You haven’t heard? Soul is cheap.” Raised eyebrow. “Souls are cheap?” The director shakes his head. “Not souls, plural. The soul. Each soul, if you will, individually, is worth pittance. Hardly more than their task. No, the soul is cheap, because there will ...

When the Clocks Go Forward

Author : Kevlin Henney Morning light, autumn flickering a shadowplay across the curtains. Bright and windy out there, perfect for a walk — perhaps the woods? No need to rush, but it would be good to get out of the house. The kids will drag their heels to the door, to the car and all ...

James’ Bus

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer I don’t get to see Grandma Spoon as often as I like. What with the economy, austerity zoning and riots, cities can be difficult places for those unable to use or reach civil transit lines. She wouldn’t move. Her home was the one she’d shared ...

Cancer

Author : Tanmaya Dabral The Earth was dying. And all the genius of human beings couldn't do anything about it. They had terraformed even the most uninhabitable regions of Earth: the Antarctic enjoyed lush green forests and loam covered the entire Sahara. And yet, it was not enough for ...

Intaglio

Author : Rick Tobin “Everyone back from Charon?” Captain Swanson paced about the control center of Abraxas. His bullish voice rattled younger officers as Swanson towered above at seven feet, his glimmering blue eyes set against his callow Cajun skin. “Sir,” replied Ensign Pallute, ...

Whispers In The Box

Author : MD Parker The sound of clinking dishes dominated the air as he sat across from the old man. Jason placed his digital recorder on the table. “I told you that won’t work.” The old man stared with apathy. “Why not? Could you explain that again?” Jason rolled his eyes. “What I ...

Resonance

Author : Ian Clarke Professor Rogers said, “The way we measure and mark points in time is completely artificial and irrelevant to time travel, using clocks and calendars to locate points in time is impossible. Without a reference point we have no means to locate the time we want to go ...

Sinker

Author : Tino Didriksen At the mid of the 21st century, we received the first signal, overriding the output of every speaker on and off the planet with a coherent but seemingly meaningless message. It wasn't until the second and third signals blared forth with about a week between, ...

The Fall of Acheron

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer The clouds are limned in blood. Carmichael said it was a trick of the light; I have to take it as a warning ignored. We came to Acheron - actually Acheron IV, but as the rest were uninhabitable, we dropped the designator – to build a paradise. The ...

Creepy

Author : Beck Dacus “Oh my God! I found life!” Kenrin was kneeling on the ground, peering at something in the dust. As Ederford, Roana, Viccison and I walked over to him, he shifted position, suggesting that whatever he was looking at moved, and rapidly. He had found an ...

Desolation

Author : Indiana Fairhurst Confused, I open my eyes, it’s blurry. I slowly become aware. The sound of the ocean becomes louder and louder. “I’m alone. Where am I? Who am I?” My dry throat causes my voice to come out raspy and harsh. I struggle to stand up. It’s apparent I’ve been ...

Paradox Lost

Author : Bob Newbell "You're gone, aren't you, Pete?" I ask my beloved dog who now stares up at me without recognition. His breathing is fast and deep. There are flecks of blood around his mouth. I've been coughing up blood, too. So has every surviving member of the human race, I ...

Selfy

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer Detective Narda looked about the scene in horror. Some of the colours of blood on the walls and ceiling he didn’t have a name for. A couple weren’t even in his visible spectrum – his forensic scanner added them to his augmented vision as blue dots ...

Digestible

Author : Kristin Kirby Monday, March 7: Hi, loyal readers! Remember last week how I blogged about that guy in front of me at the salad bar who held the tongs hostage so long they developed Stockholm syndrome? Well, today he must have spent fifteen minutes arranging his cherry ...

Lights

Author : Farah Rahman Intelligence on the ground was that insurgents from the Afghan border were hours away from seizing control of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal with the help of North Korea. So NATO drops the bomb on Waziristan and Pyongyang. Meanwhile, a woman gives birth in the ...

Quaratined by Loneliness

Author : Kate Runnels Asker station orbited the now uninhabited planet of Asker II. Yun was the only one left on the station; the only one left in the system for all he knew. No one had responded to his distress signal, no one responded from below and the only craft were on the ...

The Handshake

Author : Hillary Lyon Casey waited in line for more than two hours when the rain started. A soft, misty rain that chilled him to the bone; he tightly crossed his arms and shivered. Even if he caught a cold, attending this event would still be worth it. Maybe, he wondered, he'd get an ...

Pricy Vision

Author : Alfonso P. Posadas Jr. "Here you go, hun." Byron McGrath placed the Prosthetic Sight head strap upon his daughter, Molly. It had taken over a year to acquire the necessary papers and signatures for both the hospital and insurance company to allow Molly to enter the ...

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