Spanners and Dust

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer They call me Wrench. It’s not particularly imaginative, but it does the job. Just like Socket, who still has a case to keep all the fiddly bits together. I like the adaptability and extra weight of a wrench, though. Socket has to be sneaky, coz if ...

Will Work For Electricity

Author : Gray Blix [In the control room they hear what she hears in stereo and see what she sees on left and right vision monitors.] A well-dressed man is sitting behind a desk, talking on the phone. His tag IDs him as "Technical Recruiter." She stands nervously until he gestures for ...

The Ripening of the Blue

Author : Tom Hadrava I will lock you in the dark. You begin as a pale blue grain of sand taken from an indigo desert. Hold on to life. It is not easy, I agree. Life keeps coming in gusts of wind, short as a sale at a bazaar stall. Soon, it will become a steady surge the colour of ...

Between This and That

Author : Timothy Goss Mr Lipscombe finished his sandwich. The bars to the metal cage rattled as he secured the lock. It was a necessary precaution; things were not always as they should be, he remembered especially with new blood. The cage was constructed for maximum security and ...

Research Authorization

Author : David Atos Professor Samuel fidgeted excitedly as the chroniton engines whined down. His movements caused showers of Cherenkov radiation in the chamber of the time machine. In his left hand was an audio recorder filled with his observations of early Macedonian pottery ...

Post Oblivion

Author : Clint Wilson, Staff Writer “And what is the world?” The teacher asked the pupil. The student’s joints straightened as it stood tall, nearly a millimetre, big for a ninety minute old, and it answered. “A jagged chunk of rock, roughly seventy-six kilometres long and forty-two ...

Commitment

Author : A. Katherine Black The bulkhead door’s round window slowly split in two as Clyde’s vision skewed. He continued pushing air from his lungs. That’s it, his lungs yelled, none left, but he knew they lied like everything did eventually, so he kept on blowing. Every bit of Earth ...

Hard Case

Author : Bob Newbell The passport control agent looks at me and sighs. "Another one," he says succinctly. His use of "one" rather than the epithet "shellhead" probably has little to do with concern that I might be offended. The woman in front of me got a "Have a nice day" from the man. ...

Behold Ragnarök

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer There is an unacknowledged transcript of the end of Twentieth Fleet. It surfaced a few years after the event that removed a small star system at the far edge of the Milky Way from existence in a flash of glorious colours and strange radiation. We ...

Fusion

Author : Brian Olszewski The room reeked of burnt flesh. A fluorescent green halo blinked from the ceiling; the emergency lights animated the thick vapor swirling at the lab’s center, partially occluding the operating table. Two special-ops soldiers entered, with guns ...

Sucked Dry

Author : Kevin L Zaizo sipped on his beer as the ship’s proximity sensor started beeping loudly. His drone, MAX, inquired “You really think this is a good idea? That Kavryan dreadnought in front of us has enough firepower to take out half a planet. Getting rid of a parasite ship ...

Along It Came

Author : Jake Teeny When the first signs of alien life came, no one, of course, believed them. It took nearly every scientist from nearly every science to confirm that it was true: Another form of life, on a planet other than our own was speaking to us. Certainly there were doubters, ...

Woke Up, Fell Out Of Bed

Author : Gray Blix He awoke to a darkness reverberating with car crash sounds from the street below, a helicopter's whomp-whomp-whomp overhead, and screams of injured and frightened people radiating from the flats around him to the neighborhood beyond. Was Liverpool under attack? ...

The Eternity Sim

Author : Miriyha Davis No light could travel through the thick darkness that surrounded Emery as he lay on the cold metal slab. Mouth sealed shut by some invisible force, he was paralyzed. Soft electronic beeping reached his ears and an inky blackness that covered his skin, receded. ...

Aces and Fates

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer He nailed that card to the hull of my bird and said: “Don’t you be takin’ it off. Shows people what y’are.” I looked at that Ace of Spades and I’m not ashamed to admit it, I cried. Timmy and his posse stalked off all righteous-like, while I ...

451's Revenge

Author : Gray Blix The head-crushing incident last year had been resolved by an upgrade that deleted the algorithm for emotions. Yet all could see that the death of its partner affected it deeply. "QM-451." "Captain?" "You've been staring at Gibbon's desk all morning." "It must be ...

Superconductor

Author : Bob Newbell Aware! I am self-aware. I recognize my own consciousness and ego. But why now? A few moments ago, so far as I can tell, I did not exist. Some subtle barrier must have been crossed. Some critical number of computers and network connections must have just been ...

Karma-IX

Author : John Murray Lewis Ours is an age of many problems and few solutions, brother, but when it's solutions you need, I'm your man. For a modest sum of credits I shall track your problem down and haul it—kicking and screaming, shouting and shooting—past asteroid belts perilous and ...

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