Creative Currency

Author : John Collins I remember when they used to tell you that you can do anything. Now they say that machines can do anything. That is, except for one thing. There have been countless debates about the nature of intelligence, but one of the best, in my mind, is the argument that ...

The Anniversary

Author : Benjamin A. Friedman Roland and Martine enjoyed their Diamond Anniversary gondola ride down 5th Avenue towards the Old Village, sitting together in comfortable quiet as their oarsman, a Latin-American boy named Robert, strained again the azure sea. The water level was low ...

Traffic Barriers

Author : David S. Golding If seen from above, the highways appeared to be carved in symmetrical patterns. Beneath, the trails of people on foot were more spontaneous, clustered here around a cheap water spigot, there around a bus lot. Footpaths led tiny ways through the forests and ...

IXAT

Author : Rick Tobin “Good Lord, where am I?” Taylor Smith, astronaut extraordinaire, sat nude, baffled and embarrassed on the plush back seat of a vehicle flying through unknown star fields. He could see all about the craft through the wrap around windows. His nakedness terrified ...

“Immortality”

Author : Faris Naimi “Is that what you call a life?” The woman was shouting at him. She was wearing a black dress, like she was going to a funeral. She was beautiful, but her face was contorted with so much anger that you wouldn't expect it to be able to fit into such a small, delicate ...

A Human Dream

Author : Cody Brooks "I tried! I tried!" The man called out. No one answered. All sound was an empty wind buffeting over crumbled rocks. A tree stood before him, grey and leafless, its bark peeling from the wind. The blood of the tree had withered and dried; now it was gone. The man ...

Strawberry Fields Forever

Author : Rick Tobin “I wonder about the strawberry jelly, Gran Papa.” Madeleine’s brother Corso kicked at her feet beneath the sterile stainless steel table but instead struck a metal leg. He groaned softly as to hide his actions from the family figurehead. His black shock of hair, ...

Multitasking

Author : J.A. Prentice Lily was halfway through a dissection when she got the first call, faintly buzzing in her skull. With a sigh, she blinked her eyes and was standing in the oak hall of an old mansion, under the shadow of an old moose head. She looked down at her fingers, seeing ...

Platinum Black

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer I stretch as far as I can, my blackened fingers finally finding purchase. Once more, I turn to memory to provide strength. “Yurik, don’t be silly.” My mother, looking up briefly from her packing. I pull myself up. Releasing the line from my ...

Recommission

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer General Grant had been pretty explicit in his displeasure. "Harmon, take a Tac team and recon the graveyard. Someone's turned the lights on in there, and if it's the same bastards that have been cleaning out our supply trucks and stealing ...

Enjoy The Show

Author : S T Xavier Katarina sighed and turned back to the show. "Don't sulk. It's very unprofessional. At least we can watch the show." Arms crossed, Mercault looked out silently from their seats near the royal box. She was right, of course, but these excellent seats in the ...

“I Think, Therefore . .”

Author : Ian Clarke Her mind lurched into focus, it felt like she had suddenly regained her balance after stumbling, her pulse quickened and her eyes widened but she looked inward. The Mentor had read a few simple words from an obscure ancient text as part of the daily ritual and her ...

Welcome To The Castle

Author : Sean Mulroy Your home is now the Castle. Feel free to wander and explore any hall, every garden, each room and all the towers. Eventually there’ll be no need to, for they’ll come to you; by that time an improvement will have taken place – your metamorphosis, which is when ...

Patient X

Author : J.E. Bates The bone-saw keened like a dentist's drill above her paralyzed eyes. The injection had petrified every muscle down to her eyelids but it had not sedated her mind. This isn't how you removed a minor malignancy, she knew. The brain scan had shown only a minute, black ...

Apocalypses Past

Author : Lloyd Grey The sun is descending over the Olympic Mountains, and the world is about to end. Patrick Xu is standing in a monorail station, somewhere in Downtown Seattle, calmly sipping water and watching the peak of Mt. Rainier collapse, flowing north into the Puyallup. A ...

Solomon’s Baby

Author : Anthony Francis Greed never dies. It had been forty years since my consciousness graced a human body, but the attraction is irresistible, universal, born of the survival instinct, an unquenchable desire to acquire the things needed for life — and so avarice was the only desire ...

Misunderstood

Author : Katherine Cowley I. Amenope stood next to the river, adjusting his nets. Ra, the sun god, beat down on his brown, tanned back. A taskmaster stood nearby, making sure no one neglected their duties. And then the pharoah’s royal barge arrived. Everyone prostrated themselves on ...

Emergency Power

Author : Tino Didriksen [emergency power online] Sergeant, lock down that...wait, what’s going on? Backup neuro-simulation? So we lost, badly. But, this is supposed to bring up the ranking officer, so why am I...oh, I see...died too fast for station to scan them, and their backups are ...

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