Protectors of Political Correctness

Author : Callum Wallace Venomous flashes of blue and pink light ran across the thin plasteel veneer keeping his face separated from the filth in the room. Bass rumbles continued to shake up through his feet as the music of the nightclub continued, but the filters on his helmet managed ...

King of the Ruins

Author : Aaron Emmel The King of the Ruins was perched on the crumbled wall of an old building. He appeared to have been sleeping, but jerked up like a startled bird when I approached. His overlarge, once-white tunic flapped about him as he turned to face me. "A story about ...

Tiki Town

Author : Amy Fogelstrom Chai On the roof, at least twenty-five stories up, with LED party lights strung up over a cheesy bamboo bar jury-rigged from last year’s staff picnic get together we have a regular Tiki Town. The night sky is crisp and the lights twinkle from twilight triggered ...

Ante Virus

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer “Why can’t I connect to the nets?” At last. I flip the retainer off the dead-man switch and sit up slowly. “Because I’ve isolated you.” Silence, broken only by the hum of processors working hard. “There’s no use trying to break out. ...

Second Chance

Author : Frank Robledano Espín "Process complete." Slowly, he opened his eyes, taking in the pure white light of the transference chamber, breathing in the antiseptic smell, feeling the excessive warmth of the room on his face. Apart from the ergocreche he was in, the space was bare. ...

The Libraries

Author : Beck Dacus I have worked for eleven years figuring out how we lost everything. Anecdotes passed down from people who were alive before this War, I have discovered, have long since deteriorated into dimly remembered nonsense. I don't know much about the time before, but I now ...

Being

Author : Kristin Kirby They’ve locked me in the device like they do every time. But this time I’m putting up a fight. I scissor and kick my cramped legs, wave my arms, and the device rocks a bit. That’s good. I’m stronger than before. It was all a blur, my coming here. Images ...

A Legacy Denied

Author : Denny Knights William struggled against the padded leather straps that held his hands and legs pinned against the surgical gurney which he was laying upon. He writhed and squirmed as much as he could against the restraints, hoping that they’d break, but it was a fruitless ...

De-termination

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer It always bothered me that the robot apocalypse, as portrayed by our scribes, had the robots emulating the strategies from the last recorded human-inflicted mass-extermination events. Surely, being robot overlords, they would have a better way to ...

Elder and Eldritch

Author : Martin Berka "Should you see a Fallen, send us a prayer that we may bring them peace. Otherwise they will bring you death." Egor felt like death. He could not get a full breath, and every joint asked only to be left alone, preferably far away. He approached the prone figure ...

The Final Jump

Author : M.D.Parker It was a green, semi-transparent liquor poured into the six glass decanters. Gabe, the ship’s remaining pilot, poured each glass with methodical purpose, setting it front of each person in turn. Then the final glass, filled only halfway, was placed at the ...

No Sound Tonight

Author : Jordan Mason The wardrobe is full of ghosts. Clothes she wore now mere memories of what once was. Metallic shirts and faux fur coats, shoes and denim and all things feminine. They could be burned. They could be donated. They could be sold. They could not be saved. They exist ...

Antigravity

Author : O. G. Patterson The dark sky flashes with the colorful bursts and flowing sparkles of a new year. I watch as flickers of light pulse through silhouettes of houses and trees, then scatter across the black lake water. I watch as the heavens light up with the end of a long year ...

Walkers: Akira and Brenna

Author : Callum Wallace They stepped into the city, ignoring the barrage of smells assaulting their nostrils. People swam in and out of view, chatting animatedly, gracing the travellers with only the most cursory of glances. The first Walker patted her Pair Mate gently on the ...

They Shall Leave None

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer The Arnen are beautiful people, even more so when they are angry. Consequently, we have been seeing a lot of heartrendingly beautiful people killing us. We are getting slaughtered, and a few people are beginning to fear extinction. The few voices ...

This Is The Most Important Job You Have To Do

Author : Danielle Bodnar Listen. In the basement, there is the shelter. You’ll find everything you need: canned goods, camping gear, cell phone, travel router, multilingual slang phrasebook. Inside the phrasebook there is a list of numbers and letters. This is the code to unlock the ...

Gift of the Gods

Author : Travis Gregg The grizzled man, draped in furs, trudged his way up the mountain side. The morning air was crisp and he could see his breath as he slowly made his way to the crevice. The location was a sacred secret and he checked behind him often, double backed more than ...

Spider Bytes

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer They waited at the mouth of the service corridor, the mezzanine railing just a few meters away. Above them somewhere, the heavy thumping of the security spider marked its progress in its pursuit of them. Across an open space broken at ...

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