Every Possibility

Author : Kellee Kranendonk I’m not crazy. Really, I’m not. But since they put me in this cracker-box palace and started giving me drugs, I’ve been able to handle the visions much better. They’d like me to tell them I’m not seeing things. But I am. And I remember the first time ...

Mars Rusty

Author : Morrow Brady Our first return mission from Mars was a complete success. The journey to the red planet, the orbit to surface transfer, the vast exploration and the return trip - all went perfectly to plan. The astronauts returned to ticker tape parades and talk shows across the ...

Nosferatu

Author : Rick Tobin “Everyone remembers their first time—the feel, shudder, anticipation, sweat and wonder if you would die in the middle of penetration.” Emanuel Mumford stared into Stacy Croft’s face, watching for twitches or blush. “What was yours, Captain?” She moved closer, ...

Plucked

Author : Sam Larson Dr. Oliver, tall and with thick, perpetually smudged glasses perched on the end of his long nose, leaned over Seth’s back and pushed the tip of his forceps into a gash on Seth’s shoulder while Seth, stripped to the waist and streaked with sweat, moaned and squirmed ...

Parallel Wives

Author : Wayne Adams Ralph Church received a bonus today. It was his reward for being the top salesman of the quarter. He was proud of his achievement. “You ready to hit the road again, Ralph?” His manager Bruce Clark asked. “You bet,” Ralph answered, “There’s nothing that stirs my ...

Life at Central High

Author : Gray Blix It had been the perfect plan. Throw spitballs at the substitute English teacher, get sent to the assistant principal, spend an hour after school in detention, and walk home in peace. For once, he would make it through a day at Central High without being pummeled by ...

Dread

Author : Bob Newbell "I'm tired of hearing about Mars!" said the Russian envoy. It was a sentiment the other diplomats in the room could understand. A year earlier, a dozen nations had collectively decided that the Martian colonists' repeated attempts to secede from Earth had gone on ...

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 ...

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