Amongst the Stars

Author : Tino Didriksen The crying boy slunk down by the obelisk. "Everyone says you listen at these stones", he whispered, "so if you really do exist, please take me away from here." To his surprise, the aliens whispered back, "why do you wish to fly amongst the stars, young ...

Nothing but a Sigh

Author : Suzanne Borchers Larry 360 wished he could sigh. Larry 360 checked again through his integrals and components. How could he hide his broken Integrating Unit? The night before, Sigmund 4 (Larry 360 referred to him as Bossy) had said during Larry 360’s last work evaluation, “I ...

Joe’s Stake

Author : Morrow Brady Like fireflies born from air, the HoloTV image morphed into view. Through its ethereal glow, lay scattered beer cans and ecig batteries. Everyone's favourite reality show Joe's Stake was about to start. "Hurry up Honey, they're plugging in the Joe!" said a grey ...

Five Alien Hours

Author : Kate Runnels Saree had been sentenced to five hours on the alien planet where her crime had been committed. Where on any human controlled planet or sector, what she had done would not even be considered a crime. And five hours. Five hours didn’t seem like that bad of a ...

{BLINK}

Author : Brad Crawford {BLINK} There it went again. This time he noted the time and severity of the event. For the last two days or so, Dr. Samuel Coughlin, world-renowned physicist had experienced a strange phase in/phase out effect. It started with a gradual feeling as though he was ...

Watching the Telemetries

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer “Section three. All clear.” That’s Christov. Which is clever, because according to the heartbeat monitor I have, Christov’s heart stopped beating ninety-four seconds ago. My claw comes down on the ‘Section Three Purge’ button as people about ...

In The Light Of The Red Sun

Author : C. James Darrow There was a time when man set his eyes on the stars beyond our own. Yet as the centuries passed man still found himself stuck on the world upon which he began. Through our own advancements we eventually found ourselves setting foot onto the Moon and Mars. But ...

The Collated Shore

Author : John K. Webb This was not South Carolinian white sand beach. He'd instructed Jacobson—the spherical little Dispensation Drone with its twitching antennae and the prying, bulging crystalline eye—to direct them to a nearby exoplanet with a white sand beach. Corporal Weyer had ...

Recruiter

Author : Rick Tobin “Major, Allen’s alive. He got through Iraq. He didn’t disappear in a Nevada training mission.” Reed Winston leaned over the small table in a cramped conference room filled with file boxes, copy machines and a coffee mess. Burned coffee aromas perforated Reed’s ...

Of Stars and Disposition

Author : Sevanaka It is an unnatural sensation. A man is meant to act; meant to take measured, deliberate steps after rational thought. Oh, for the keen, decisive edge of ideology, or the white-hot flurry of passion to drive thought from mind to hands. Instead there is only the unknown ...

The Perfect Match

Author : Bhavin Siri After an hour, Jason realized that he did not like his “perfect match” very much. Everything was supposed to be in order. He had turned eighteen, and he was meeting his chosen partner for the first time through “Match Made in Heaven”, a service that you entered as ...

CodeMe

Author : Morrow Brady As long as it was bug-free, they didn't care how the code was written. That is why I built the interface. 
The interface subdivided the programming work into tiny code packages and globally farmed it out using Layman's code. Before long, I was earth's ...

Practice Day

Author : Ian Clarke The air-bike hovered perfectly still and silent a couple of cms above the floor of his apartment. It resembled an old style jet-ski he had seen once but had a toughened clear canopy that completely enclosed the rider. He tapped the console and selected his ...

Indistinquishable

Author : Rocky Hutson Opius peeked out from behind a small birch tree. Seeing no sign of his adversary, Burhan, he stepped into the open. He'd only gone a few yards toward the portal when Burhan stepped into the open and pointed at him. ...

Cold Night

Author : Sarah Mendonca “Luke.” Slumped in the alley, the woman repeated the name like a prayer, mostly forgotten long ago. No, that wasn’t it. “Jason.” Passersby ignored her: just another failed rebel unable to move on. She looked at them all, so young and old, so clean and ...

Hollow Medal

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer There is always an uncertainty after you’re restored. The time between your last backup and the point when you died is an unknown. You can get various synopses if you ask, and you can catch up with the events via media reports or conversations with ...

NanoCop

Author : Morrow Brady I sensed the click of my empty handgun moments before I heard it, while impact shrapnel, ricocheting across the upturned chassis of my downed cruiser sang out cries of retreat. 
With the soft belly of vulnerability in the air, I made my exit from the ...

Hummingbird

Author : José A Harkhan He flew that night. His dreams flooded with visions of ecstasy. The blue of that river. The black of those eyes. They hove into the light of day that shone through the Pleasure-Dome’s glass shell. Like white-cloaked wraiths. Fixated. Forgotten legions in a ...

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