A New Beginning

Author : Nick Sousa My senses returned to me slowly as I took stock of my surroundings. “We’ve been watching, and waiting for quite some time. Your last day on earth has come and passed. You’re safe now, and you will never have to return to earth ever again. Take some time to ...

Help Wanted

Author : Suzanne Borchers “Hey, Cuz, why are you sitting on that refuse pile?” George5 glided by snickering. “Thought you were high end, not dead end!” Eddie kicked at the garbage beneath him. He couldn’t be obsolete! He could still warm and cool his skin with just a thought. He ...

The Utopia Society

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer Upon a world a lot like our own, amidst ruins of wonders long fallen, there lies a single legible artefact, its surface unblemished by time, with words still clear under the transparent layer that keeps its metallic surface pristine. Year 0001 ...

Alternates

Author : Bob Newbell "Another ten billion dollars a year?!" said the Senator incredulously. "And that on top of the billions already spent annually? And for a scientific toy that only worked one time for a few minutes? And that had some kind of radiation leak or something right after ...

Scale

Author : Beck Dacus For most the difference between being stranded on an island and being stranded on a distant planet is merely numerical. But while stranded on the planet Ergingad, I could feel it. Probes had been there before, so it had been explored. We knew about the atmosphere, ...

Ghosts

Author : Amy Sutphin Sargent Pedlson watched the foggy mass forming through the streets from his birds eye vantage in the radio tower. It was thinner than traditional fog, but behaved as though fluid. The ghost oozed through the streets, around the houses, creeping though any crack or ...

God must have blinked

Author : Helstrom “Hey honey, come look at this.” I took my bearings and found Samantha's voice, drew a bead on it and pinched space in her direction. She was far out on the edge of the universe, casually riding the expanding frontier. “What is it?” “Have a look. Out ...

Shutters on Main

Author : Matthew Marchitto The rain was heavy and it blurred the faces of the crowd on Main Street. Deb stood in an alley off to the side watching the people move like a herd of cattle. Neon signs for places like Rucker’s Bar and the Harlot Peepshow glowed with muted light. A ...

What We Remember

Author : Thomas Desrochers Tomov couldn't help but climb up to the marble altar. It was underwhelming: red shroud embroidered with a white shepherd, a single candle, an offering of roses. A quiet place, hidden from the world by the rows of towering quartz, the vast and ancient ceiling ...

Mr. Clean

Author : Rick Tobin “C’mon, judge, you can’t be serious. That’s an old Earth name for an ancient product. There can’t possibly be trademark claims. There isn’t anything living in North America…it’s under a mile of ice.” Praxton Billings sat up straight before the judge. He rubbed his ...

The Roamer

Author : Ian Hill Tumultuous ocean waves crashed against the ship’s vertical hull, spraying the flat deck with salt, white froth, and chunks of viscera torn from oceanic creatures by the raging storm that had passed over only a few minutes before. The vessel crested the dune-like ...

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 ...

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