Manual Override

Author: Gabriel Walker Land Rodrick Haagen walked into the palatial master rest room with dual basins and Egyptian terrycloth towels, shutting the door behind him. He turned on the steam shower piping-hot, switching off the fan so that the air steamed up, wafting the ...

The Elevator

Author: Vruti Naik I remember pressing the correct button to reach the fourth floor where my father was admitted. I always dreaded hospitals and moreover, these elevators. As the elevator ascended, something went wrong. It accelerated with an unnerving speed, triggering my ...

Virtual Therapy

Author: Kenneth M McRae “Jimmy, over here!” Mike waved from the corner table. James grabbed a beer and headed over. “Great to see you! How long’s it been?” Mike shook his head. “Too long, way too long.” The former college roommates exchanged stories about work, kids, and ...

Like Death Eating A Cracker

Author: Majoki Crumbs. That’s how it always starts. Hansel and Gretel trying to backtrack their way home. Except these are binary breadcrumbs. Bits and bytes strewn unevenly through the program. Through nearly fifty-nine million lines of code. How do you follow ...

Metamorphosis

Author: Vruti Naik Dr. Alex Williams sat alone in his laboratory, surrounded by the eerie glow of flickering monitors and the soft hum of machinery. He was lost in thought, his mind consumed by the virus that he had been studying for months. He had found a cure and the ...

Hero of Heroes

Author: David Dezell Turner Dr. Kayla Geiger braced herself outside the examination room. She knew there wouldn’t be a superhero in there — at least, not a real one, like Venator or Centuria. Still, that didn’t make it any less infuriating every time she had to swab the ...

BotNot 22.2

Author: David Dumouriez Maybe it started with a 'who' or a 'why' or a 'what'. Not surprisingly, given what came next, Sydney really couldn't remember. - Why do you keep asking me these numbingly inane questions? Sydney wasn't sure how to respond. Or, more pertinently, ...

Ascetica

Author: Majoki The stylites perched atop their brainframe pillars feverishly coding as the throngs below prostrated themselves and wailed in supplication. “Hear me, Allenadis. Expel the demon from my device. Free me from the torment of this hacker’s avarice that my soul ...

Spirits of Mars

Author: Bill Cox They are everywhere and nowhere. The world passes beneath them, from the great, deep scar of the Valles Marineris, to the soaring, breathless heights of Olympus Mons. Time has lost its linear progression, yet they know that they have still to wait for the ...

If Wishes Were Horses

Author: David Barber For as long as I can remember, any wish I made came true. No, Reverend, let me finish, then I should be glad to hear your opinion. Like that youth yesterday, over-revving his dirt-bike outside the window. Wishing things away is too easy. You ...

The Criminal Kind

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer I'm wondering about that human. It seems to be contemplating something. Probably violence. It's the only reason why we allowed them membership, after all. Come to think of it, what is it doing sat in a cafe on the Aslencade anyway? I ...

Would You Adam And Eve It?

Author: Arthur Chappell “It’s Adam taking the apple, not Eve. Genesis got it wrong.” “Is this Eden, Herbert? Or a nudist camp with an orchard?” “Very funny. Come on, before he takes a bite and drops us all in it.” “Hey. Give me that apple back! Stop thief! Evie, ...

Lines and Circles: Sonic Serenities

Author: Philip G Hostetler I met Maggie at an open mic in an art gallery. Well, I met her music first, if a distinction could be made. I didn't expect such a big sound from such a small woman as she sat at the antique Ancient Earth piano. She pounded, no, attacked the keys like a Mongol ...

Muse

Author: Rick Tobin “It’s amazing how easily we accessed this vault, considering how long these buildings were subjected to seawater.” He ran his three fingers over the outside of the corroded steel doors, five inches thick, but still smooth and glistening on the inside ...

Registry of Space Vehicles, Lunar Division

Author: Shannon O'Connor I’ve worked at the Registry of Space Vehicles, Lunar Division, for almost three years now. I was bothered at first being the only Jupiterite in the office, but I got used to it. Most of my coworkers are disgruntled Earthlings, with a few Martians ...

Turn Towards

Author: Majoki KT’s head swiveled to track the trainers as they argued. LS’s sensors did likewise. The trainers always told them, “Watch us. Mimic us.” KT and LS did. Always. “You know that’s bullshit, Adya. Admit it,” Mellah demanded. Adya flipped him off. “It’s what ...

New Toy

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer Defensive fields shimmer, but they don't conceal the beam cutter clutched in a white-knuckled grip, and the gleam of intent in their eye. This will not end- 'THUNK!' Defensive fields crackle and spark as they collapse. There's a beam ...

It’s Only One Picture

Author: Hillary Lyon His younger siblings didn’t mind he always shut his eyes tight whenever someone took his picture; they were used to him. But his older brother Robert pried, “Why do you always do that?” “Long ago, I read some indigenous people thought if somebody ...

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