Lizzie

Author : Austen Woodward It had been a normal Saturday, I’d got up, done my hair, my makeup, slipped on my dress and walked out of the house, making sure to lock the door behind me as my parents always sleep in and are worried about intruders. I turned the key in the ignition and set ...

Stem Intent

Author : Morrow Brady When pigeons deviated in mid-air and windless leaves rustled, the hidden dreamers were about. A detector notified me it had seen something, so I went to my balcony and tuned my visor to the corresponding wavelength. Carpeted with warm dappled light, the Italian ...

Unfinished

Author : JWH Gobbin hated this place. It stank of death and soldered metal. But then again, so did everywhere else in the belt these days. Resulta, as the locals now called it, was originally settled as part of the water-ice mining boom in Orkon Crater, the only remaining traces of ...

The Queen of the Moon

Author : Bob Newbell Queen Chandrietta VI motioned for her Prime Minister to stop speaking while she gave instructions to the royal hairdresser. Her majesty was only one point nine three meters tall, fairly short by the standards of a native of Earth's Moon. After thirty six ...

The Long War

Author : Ian Hill Harsh white floodlights drenched the area in a sterile haze. Hundreds had gathered at short notice, all saturated with stomach-burning anxiety as they tried to figure out what was going to happen next. There they stood, packed together tightly, wondering if they ...

Secret Pawn

Author : Suzanne Borchers Rebkkh stepped into the large rec-pod, surveying the room’s occupants with an experienced eye. Two off-worlds were tipped back in their chairs sipping orange drinks, three off-worlds crowded appendages onto the table jabbering loudly, two more off-worlds ...

Proscription

Author : Bob Newbell I rub my eyes. I've been staring at a computer screen for hours but my allotted telescope time will soon come to an end. It'll be easier in the coming years when there are more telescopes available. Astronomy has finally become a properly-funded field of study. I ...

Muscles Remember

Author : Roger Dale Trexler The ship touched down on the barren planet. Tabitha Sandor piloted it alone, because the thing in her belly had killed everyone on the ship. It made her destroy the ship. There was no way for her to go home. She looked down at the ever-growing lump of her ...

Welcome to ThoughtWrite

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer *** Welcome to ThoughtWrite *** Property of MSi *** v0.1 BETA *** 19-4-2043 So this is the new write-as-you-think softwa- Blimey! It picked up on that oh my god… *** IMAGE LOAD ERROR Phew! It can’t pick up images. That’s a relief. This is going to ...

Higher Beings

Author : Callum Wallace “Well, this is a little awkward, but we’ll have to destroy you. Only literally, of course. Metaphysically you’ll be right as rain.” Paul shrank back from this. “Metaphysically?” The speaker nodded, the soft beak spreading into what could have been a smile. ...

Ianus

Author : Ancus Mitis Scanning another world. You pause in your survey when you see a creature with familiar pinkish skin on four legs. You squint at it for a minute, and then it turns around and you see its human face. “Oh.” You grimace and look down at the “skip” ...

Hack

Author : R Gene Turchin The lumbering thing on treads wasn't sophisticated or complicated, a 0.50 caliber machine gun mounted on tank tracks. An array of sensors rotated on top along with a pincushion of antennas. “We can send it into neighborhoods where the bad guys are without ...

The Maze

Author : Kate Runels Mary Slade slipped her ship into the maze kilometers ahead of the police’s patrol craft still trailing her. Trailing since Ganymede station days ago. It was annoying to say the least. Slade didn’t know why they had decided to trail her ship, why her, ...

Flag Rights

Author : Philip Berry We had been on Tenlek III half a year before Yolande struck through. The thin metalloid crust gave way to the sharp end of her hammer, and momentum carried it, her arm, and her shoulder through the ship's degraded shell. Yolande fell forward, off balance, and the ...

The Secret of the Lost Eagle

Author : George S. Walker “The bird couldn’t have just flown away,” said Ms. Donaldson, pointing to the vacated spot in the photos. The Director nodded. They spoke quietly in his office as rain lashed against the window behind him. “Maybe the last ones there simply forgot to ...

The Luminary

Author : Rachel Khosrowshahi The patient in question is male, race and age unknown, who refers to himself in what can be translated as The Luminary. When asked to explain his origin, he lapses into long silences and appears to suffer from memory loss or else paces his small room ...

Pale Blue Dot Redux

Author : E.S. Wynn One ferrous meteor. That's all it took to end it all. That little world– they put up a hell of a fight, far more than any of us expected. When we arrived in-system, they were too busy organizing tribes in massive attempts to wipe each other out to notice us. Hell, ...

The Wish

Author : Jason X. Bergman “You hold my amulet. I am bound to grant you three wishes. Three wishes and no more,” spoke the jinn. “I need only one,” said the prince. “My beloved Meredith, killed by the dark wizard Neirin. I want her back.” “This I cannot do,” said the jinn, shaking his ...

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