Smartship Three

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer Gareth watched the runnels streaking the grey steel from where condensation formed in the shadows above. The annoyed tone emerging from the hubbub that was causing the condensation attracted his attention. “Major Gareth James. You seem to be more ...

Soupe de Poisson

Author : Rick Tobin Routine tapping of useless, dilated, vestigial nostrils against thick glass…perhaps a hope for release. Considering death, but they won’t allow that. Not now. I swim to the tank bottom, again, praying someone, once human, will join me. I remember land life. ...

Harmsway

Author : Erin Ritch When I build a world in my mind, I build it from the ground up. Brick by brick, beam by beam, I know every corner as though I constructed it with my own hands. And in a way, I have. I find solace in the details. Peace in the straight, sturdy lines. In my dreams, I ...

Time—Just time

Author : Lester L Weil We were twenty years into the journey to our new planet. The ship required very little maintenance and all of us slept in our pods. The computer detected that one of the pods had malfunctioned, an unheard of occurrence. Protocol was that as Captain, I was to be ...

Price of Divinity

Author : Connor Harbison No name. Names were to distinguish one from another. Now there was only one. Only him. The vastness of space seemed to swallow him up. From his asteroid perch he could spot a few other bodies. No planets. Not anymore, at least. He cast a mournful eye towards ...

Cloud Eaters

Author : Rick Tobin Bismarck, North Dakota Jimmy Severud prostrated his nine-year-old frame on the blooming stiff flax, undulating in cobalt waves from winds caressing North Dakota’s startling-blue spring sky. Nearby, summer whispered among meadowlark calls and cricket melodies. ...

J-Ibius 4

Author : Rosalie Kempthorne Gerald stood in his green-walled study surveying the view-screen with interest. The screen itself was state-of-the art, thin-holographic, with life-like resolution, and convincing 3D effects. But what it displayed was far more interesting. Gold along ...

Scorned

Author : Bob Newbell It was a typical day in the year 2841. The Lunar Stock Exchange, said financial analysts, was overvalued and a harbinger of an imminent economic crisis. The newly independent Mars was moving toward a civil war. The Union of Canada and New England announced they ...

Honour the Untouchable

Author : Julian Miles “Master Osho. The candidates are assembled.” My brush completes the stroke, leaving a perfect curve upon the paper. I place the brush down on its rest and look up at Matsushige. “Thank you. I will attend momentarily.” I examine my completed calligraphy. It ...

Water Work

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer She arranged to meet him at a seven thirty. He was fifteen minutes late, but she sat at the bar and watched him settle into the table and check his watch obsessively until almost eight before she walked over and seated herself. He didn't ...

Nomadic Reverie

Author : J. Henry Dixon To them, I’m already space junk. The captain, the crew watching the broadcast, the two security guards strapping me into the deep suit. "Mutiny," the captain spat, "is the vilest form of treason. A special hell is waiting for men who betray their oaths and ...

White Heaven

Author : Ashley Spinelli Brittney was crouched in the corner of her bedroom. Her mouth trembled. She couldn’t deal with the thought of not having it. She looked like she hadn’t shower in days. Brittney slowly got up from her crouched position and walked over to her desk. The clock ...

Sailors, Steeplejacks, and Scouring Men

Author : G. Grim Jim could hear chanting over his headpiece. “Blessed Saint Elmo, who walks in the high places, defend us from being cast down into the darkness of the void…” Bunch of superstitious crap. Didn’t they outlaw shamanic religion a few cycles back? It wasn’t like some dead ...

B-eye-onic

Author : Nicolas Frame “How many people have you successfully implanted this in?” The man chuckled. “I’m an engineer by trade,” He held the small robotic eye up between his fingers, examining it for imperfections. “Not a doctor.” “How many?” Blane sat nervously on the makeshift ...

Exit 451

Author : Gray Blix QM-451, wrists and ankles shackled, sat outside the conference room where its fate was being debated. A uniformed officer in full riot gear sat next to it. The officer's helmet was on the floor, testimony to his trust in 451, despite the recent head-crushing ...

Toren’s Love

Author : Morrow Brady Under camouflage, Talia’s shimmerlight spaceship hugged a darkened crater of a slowly spinning asteroid. Her implant flooding with incoming data about the approaching ship. Purple reflections waned to reveal a divergent spaceship that was familiar such that it ...

Long Haul

Author : Bob Newbell I extend my hand to Jerry. He decides a handshake won't suffice and gives me a hug. I return his embrace while I roll my eyes. "Will I see you again, Chris?" he asks. "Of course you will," I lie. Jerry turns and walks through the entrance to the hospital. ...

Twinkle

Author : Zach Williams Alex felt his eyes blink open before he realized he was awake. The window peering into the speckled darkness outside was the first sight that greeted him as consciousness reasserted control over his mind. He yawned and stretched out his arms as he glanced ...

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