The Door To Nowhere

Author : Roger Dale Trexler Gilfred stood at the door. “Where does it go?” he asked. He turned and looked at Samuelson and Thromby. Both men shook their heads. “We don’t know,” said Thromby, his thick jowls quivering as he spoke. He was the oldest of them and self-professed smartest ...

Invasion Redux

Author : Gray Blix, Featured Writer [ bio ] It's a 20 degree C heat wave near the Martian equator as Commander Vlad says, "Follow me," and clumsily leads his exploratory party into a ...

Button

Author : J. Eckert Lytle Ten year old Danni stepped cautiously from a pine needle carpet to stones smoothed by eons of rushing water next to the quiescent pool of a peaceful stream. Her and grandfather’s stream. It meandered amid lofty, sweet smelling ponderosas--endlessly battling for ...

Welcome Home

Author : Travis Gregg The brightness was overwhelming at first and it took several minutes for his eyes to adjust. The dirt was warm under his bare feet, and the smell, the smell was like something from his childhood. The smell of dirt and wind and sun. He'd forgotten that ...

Some Kind of Game

Author : Benjamin Sixsmith The planet was nothing to look at. An immense red desert, it was so flat that one could hardly have believed it curled. As FO James Beckwith alighted on its sands he looked about with a frown. SO Mary Harding appeared beside him and opened her mouth to ...

Sibling Rivalry

Author : Lewis Richards Here we go.. The sound of self-entitlement.. Max Holmes glanced up from his Med-Tab as he heard the rhythmic tapping of heels on the sterile Metal floor; Heels that could only belong to the companies most valued Customer. Striding down the Ward towards him, ...

The Last Watchmaker

Author : LB Benton I am a simple watchmaker. Once I owned a watch repair shop on West 38th Street, near the jewelry district. The shop was very small and, now, I barely remember it—worn wooden floors that softened the footsteps of customers, the sweet smell of lubricating oil, a door ...

Triangulation

Author : Gray Blix, Featured Writer [ bio ] "I remember when there were forests and farms right up to the border. I'd shout hello from my dad's tractor and Americans would shout back. We crossed the ...

Sublet

Author : A. Katherine Black Green paint peeled uniformly across the surface of the only door in the dark hallway, revealing a dirty brown history. Bastian slowed as he neared it. His partner walked around him and opened the door, entering the room without hesitation. Bastian held ...

The Ballad of Jack

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer Jack came down from Elevator Town with a tale to tell and a song to sing. He sung it good and told it fast, but we didn’t believe him. Who would? What could make a man flee from Orbitopia to come and grub in the dirt with us who didn’t pass the ...

Bulletproof–A Love Story

Author : Gray Blix, Featured Writer [ bio ] Richard walks the dark streets of the worst part of town, a noir figure in a fedora and trench coat, his eyes casting about for shadows that move, his ears ...

Outsider

Author : Rick Tobin “Two percent remaining. Warning.” A calm woman’s voice filled his helmet. Night jasmine. There was that cloying odor. A cup of sugar poured into the nose. Drawing and repulsing. She wore it on their first date. Her ring remained, partially scorched in his ...

The Hero

Author : R Patrick Widner The signal light above the airlock door glowed red. Tense seconds passed. The atmosphere in the chamber equalized. Finally the interior doors slid open and the rescue team hustled in carrying an improvised battle stretcher. The soldier being carried ...

Discovery

Author : Stephanie L. Dunn Sol System: 4509 CE “Final log: Every planet has people on it, most of the moons as well, hundreds of sovereign city stations scattered like a game of marbles between Venus and The Kuiper belt and a few brave colonies even further out. Twenty Billion people ...

Time EMT

Author : Ron Riekki “A Curious Knot God made” --Edward Taylor We got the call for a girl hit by a drone. My partner drove. He hates patients, so he prefers to be behind the console. He leaves me in back to treat the patients. Although there’s not really much we have to ...

Sculptures Of Solitude

Author : Roger Dale Trexler They answered the distress beacon but what they found was unexpected. The planet was far off the beaten path, and it was sheer luck that they received the transmission at all. Still, it was a requirement of the Space Guild that all distress calls be ...

The Final Patient

Author : Sean Kavanagh “Save me, save yourself,” the old man muttered, as he did every morning. There was nothing kindly in the sick old man’s words, and the nurse shuddered to hear them or to touch him. Behind her stood a phalanx of three doctors, all looked weary. They were ...

Lunch Break

Author : Rick Tobin “Let’s fly to Oberon for fresh grub. Old Billy’s is good. That crusty Aborigine’s got odd ancient cuisine that’ll sharpen our palates. Maybe invite Ciers over. Missed him lately.” Jensen Elbat corrected the freighter’s navigation towards Uranus, a sharp turn ...

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