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 ...

Network Wisely

Author : Suzanne Borchers Within a huge classroom, Professor Stella watches what appears to be a wild party. Twelve divergent beings converse in languages of uttered speech, thought, movement and touch. Shouts, laughter, and slaps resound. Is this a scene of galactic insanity? ...

Fin

Author : Christos Tsirimokos You would think living in paradise is easy. And it is, physically, since our creations provide for everything. But mentally? Have you tried to keep sane when you have nothing interesting to do? Even the most extreme experiences can become trite given ...

The Prostitute in the Pond

Author : Ben Sixsmith John Byrne woke up, a hundred and ten years after he had died. He had the vague impression that he had been sitting at his desk, but now he was suspended in the air. He tried to move his arms and legs but found they were immobile. “Mr Byrne?” John found it ...

Round

Author : Beck Dacus “Sorry,” Merida said, “but why did we let him come aboard with a gun?” She looked warily at Jonathan's holstered pistol, his hand guarding it from her and preparing to draw it. “You do know why he's here, right?” Vennix asked her. “Right?” “Yeah. To show him the ...

From Region V

Author : Jared Lynch The water quit flowing from the taps shortly after the sirens stopped. I hadn’t paid my rent in three months, but I didn’t expect to receive an eviction notice. None came. There hadn’t been a train for four months. Karen and I were always in before curfew. At ...

Friends Forever

Author : Elle B Sullivan The taxi pulled up outside of the school, right into the center of the large circle dive. This driveway had been the barrier between me and the rest of the world throughout my entire childhood - and I was terrified to leave it. My caretaker walked me to the ...

Retribution

Author : Bryan Pastor An officer sprinted down the hall, past superiors and subordinates alike. Nearing the end of the hall, he slid to a stop, upsetting two chairs outside the deputy legate’s office. He quickly set them back in place, then checked himself in the reflection of a ...

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