Where Honey Came From

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer “What’s this, grandma?” “It’s honey, dear.” “Honey tastes nice. What is it?” “It’s what the bees made for us, Matty.” “Real bees made this?” “Yes, dear. A long time ago, before they flew away.” “Where did they go, grandma?” “We ...

Hardcopy

Author : Michael Blewett Her father glanced down at the watch on his wrist. “How long?” she asked. “Two minutes and thirty seven seconds,” he replied, gazing out the airlock window. The curtness was for her, she knew, but it was hard for her to hear – especially now. The girl ...

Ultraviolet Evening Gown

Author : Steve Pool Tess always threw the best parties; it was a fact that Lizzy was painfully aware of. Tess owned all the trendiest causes, giving her complete control over the calendars of every social climber in the city. She played the role of Alpha Queen with ruthless ...

The Sun is Alive

Author : Connor Harbison “What did you just say?” “You heard me. The sun, it’s…alive.” “Impossible.” “No, no, hear me out. According to my research, the sun, it’s a living, breathing thing. Being. Not life as we know it, per say, but still, life. In another sense.” “I don’t ...

Spectrum Plectrum

Author : Jean-Paul L. Garnier The shuttle clanked back and forth in its many dimensional dance. The strands all lay separated by their individual frequencies, ready for use at any given moment, and waiting for their chance to join the great tapestry that was unfolding. If only man had ...

A Martian-American Folly

Author : Konstantinos Kalofonos Sotiris glanced down at his sleeve and brought up his family’s bank statement on the Fabroscreen. The corners of the screen flickered as the frayed edges of the flannel were losing connectivity. The large negative number was clear enough to make him ...

Misclassified

Author : T Anthony Allen I am not a pervert. And, I find it hard to accept I have to point that out to complete strangers. Of all the planets I have been to, Verity is most disorienting. A city here looks much like any other, buildings everywhere, but the buildings are very much not ...

Battle Fatigue

Author : Bob Newbell The man and the machine surprised one another when they happened to both enter the half-destroyed and looted store from opposite sides. The human reflexively reached for a gun, his hand finding only an empty holster. The robot pointed an arm at the man despite the ...

Second Career

Author : J G Pelling My bedfellows’ laughter had followed me out of the room when I’d first mentioned my idea for a new career. Smarting, I’d gone to my appointment with Sirin. She hadn’t laughed. She’d spouted a bit of guff about ‘transferable skills’ post-navy, but she hadn’t ...

Pied

Author : Rick Tobin Solar flares were partially blocked from pillaging the threatened planet below the behemoth spacecraft. The Bohemia created a cascading, billowing shadow across the Jagron’s continents. Crimson pillars of feathery forests pulled their leaves to sleep as the ...

Go Back to Bed, America

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer It’s not just flowers that open in sunlight. When that furious orb manages to show its face through the polluted haze, the cubes unfold like mad blossoms infested with colonies of two-legged ants. Which is a polite estimation of the average ...

Wilma’s Pass

Author : Morrow Brady Wilma's Pass, a single stitch in the gaping wound that was the M1 Motorway, was popular with dairy farmers because of its cow content. Conceived on environmental guilt and funded by the local council's surplus budget, it was a bridge designed to be organic in ...

Live With It

Author : N. R. Crowningshield Vanessa let the shower water flow over her hand. The old pipes moaned and shrieked as the shower head spewed into the white pedestal tub. The temperature of the of liquid changed from cool to warm to hot. Steam pillowed out of the tub. Gingerly, she ...

Croute du Monde

Author : Steve Buttner Few dishes satisfy like a classic croute du monde. A melange of shatteringly crisp technological flakes, floating in a richly flavored, savory slurry of organics, all a foil to the spirited kick and bright acidic finish of the hydrocarbon-rich rocky solids, ...

Meeting of the Minds

Author : S T Xavier The old man looks up from the notepad sitting in front of him at the table. “Is this all of us? I can never remember anymore.” The teenager sighs loudly. “Geeze, gramps. Must be so hard counting to ‘four’ at your age.” With a smirk, he turns to the child and ...

Hot Rain and Stale Cigarettes

Author : Steven M. Sloan There is something out there stalking me. I can’t see it; but I know that it is there. I’ve been in the bush for nearly a month since the crash, and it’s been here all along, behind me all the way. I just can’t shake it. And now I am completely alone. Capt. ...

HR

Author : Rick Tobin The short walk from the trees near the campus to the administration building winded him. The air was too thin for Linet. Once inside the conference room, Linet pushed the tall paperwork pile forward on the bare meeting table. He turned in his steel-backed chair to ...

The Play’s The Thing

Author : Bob Newbell "To be or not to be." "Well, continue," said the red, starfish-like alien to his compatriot. "I don't understand the line," replied the tall being with twenty spindly tentacles. "What does 'not to be' mean?" "Hamlet is considering life versus ...

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