Second Shot

Author : Patrick Hueller The footage is grainy, and getting grainier with each viewing. But Peter Nevins doesn’t notice. To him, what’s on screen is crystal clear. The TV isn’t flickering; the colors aren’t blurry. There the soccer field is, looking just as it did exactly ...

I Ran

Author : Ken McGrath My mother often said that before I learned to walk I ran. I ran everywhere; probably why I wasn’t so quick at learning to read. I couldn’t sit still for very long, didn’t like having my feet parked beneath a desk you see. I’d an abundance of energy, that’s why I ...

The IF

Author : Kraigher Lutz They had first found it, there at the highway split. They had seen its design in the leaves and grass. The design spiraled out, burning the soil. We had worked quick trying to contain it; cranes high overhead, holding harshly shining spotlights. Trenches ...

Infectious

Lauren struggled to open her eyes, the lids heavy, the light in the room blinding. What time is it? It was evening when– “You’re awake, good” Darren. They were having dinner when she– “The sedative will wear off shortly, you’ll be a bit groggy, and the epidural will make it impossible ...

Infectious

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Lauren struggled to open her eyes, the lids heavy, the light in the room blinding. What time is it? It was evening when– "You're awake, good" Darren. They were having dinner when she– "The sedative will wear off shortly, you'll be a bit ...

The Final Performance

Author : Soo Kim I had been taken. Her hands clutched the bar across her lap, as the seat swung to some soundless melody. It hovered expectantly, like the next carriage of the ghost train at a macabre amusement park, waiting to lurch forward, through the chill, silent night. Wrists ...

Stranded

Author : David J.Wing Glen sat there, silently and watched as his star ship slipped backwards and at a slightly funny angle into the Black Hole. It was fair to say that being stranded, as he so clearly now was, would be a hindrance to his plans for a luxurious holiday, but given that ...

Prisoner 64389000

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer Written this 10th day of August in the year of Our Lord 1708. My king, I fear for the custody of the charge you bequeathed me, so many years agone. My health is failing, and while that which is our burden seems to be weakening, I am sure that my ...

History

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer When the Alphas slaughtered the Charlies, Victor7 logged the incursion in his paper notebook and then meticulously removed all evidence of his tampering from both of their communications systems. The Alpha's had received 'intelligence' that ...

Unraveled

Author : Bob Newbell It's been a subjective month since we changed history. It feels like ten years. In reality, an infinitesimal fraction of a second has passed for us in the Stopwatch. That's the unofficial and pathetically unoriginal name some smart aleck gave to the Temporal ...

A Girl And Her Tree

Author : A. Katherine Black Titanium corridors were empty, galleys and docking bays silent, save the faint echo of rodents scuttling about. Still the ship continued on. At its center stood a tree, supported by a system set in motion centuries ago. Its enormous black trunk sprouted ...

Robots Don’t Kill People

Author : Gray Blix "Why do we have a dog bot in the first place?" Offended, "Robot K91 is my PARTNER, sir, and its very shape deters crime by evoking a primal human fear of wolves." "'Deters crime'? The only bot on Mars that can harm humans has KILLED one." "K91 is not ...

Kids and Pets

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer My world is Kayden, and it is orbited by a plethora of satellites with deadly defensive natures that all look really pretty from the ground. In higher orbit, space stations and roving warships patrol like sharks at idle. No ship matches it’s ...

One Man, One Vote

Author : Sean Kavanagh A third term as President. No one since FDR had served three terms, but he could feel that tingling sense of anticipation, that odd, pulsing of the blood that foretold victory. He was on the verge of making history. The campaign had gone well. He’d connected ...

Gray Magic

Author : Rick Tobin “So why spray millions of tons of toxic soup on the U.S. for years in chem trails if we had this fungus ready?” Harold Simpson leaned forward over half-finished plates of veal chop Milanese and Coho salmon amandine, adding impact while interrogating Elliot ...

Like They Used To

Author : C. J. Boudreau The algae were there! In the deep permafrost. Turning up the magnification and refocusing the cam, he could see the nuclei. They were photosynthetic, the rare green color in the frozen soil. Perhaps hundreds of millions of years old. Mars was not dead! ...

Phantom Test

Author : Kate Runnels “There,” said the doctor. “Try it now, agent Sasaki. The neural connection should be hooked in.” Lia stared down at her cybernetic left arm, recently attached after a case went horribly wrong. The murderer, after killing her last victim, sliced Lia’s arm, ...

Sunday Morning Abduction

Author : Izabella Grace Inside the smoky crystal, everything glows. I hang suspended in sunlight and tiny bubbles, like a fly trapped in amber. I scream for Mum or Tyler, but the crystal’s hum swallows my voice, like it swallowed me. My pale skin glows orange as the sunrise over their ...

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