Silverfish

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer Wings of Night. That’s what Jeffrey thought the ship should be named. Instead, the bonehead Captain James had named her Silverfish. Jeffrey sat at his small, cramped station going through his pre-launch checklist, face lit by the screens and ...

Firmware 451

Author : Gray Blix Leaning across the table, "Either you start talking, or I start dismantling you." "Excuse me, Detective Gibbon, but aren't you supposed to read me my rights?" "You're a robot. You have no rights." "May I please call an attorney now?" "You're a robot. You don't ...

Teamwork

Author : Emily Stupar The rain swirled over tiles and across rooftops before spreading like drapes down the sides of each decrepit building. Lights from the richly populated northern quarter dyed the clouds a deep purple and orange, giving the two fugitives in the west just enough ...

Project Cookie-Cutter

Author : Emily Stupar The Department of Innovation and Study's car smells exactly the same as the last time I was forced to pack up my partner, Buckwalter, and make a Cookie call: unassuming plastic and rubber underlined by our own sweaty anxiety. We drive in tense silence for twenty ...

Leftovers

Author : Rick Tobin Bright yellow sulfur combined with duller golden salts into a drifting, wispy fog around the genetically modified mules. Their packs glistened with the settling, bitter powders. Additional chartreuse dusts escaped from the gills on their fetlocks as they converted ...

Last Breath

Author : Anthony Abruscato The beeping told me my oxygen level was low. “It’s like falling asleep,” said Gordon. Mars dust coated his space suit. I clutched a picture of my wife and daughter. Gordon’s oxygen tank read nineteen percent. He palmed a photo of his own. “Will you make it ...

The Decision

Author : Suzanne Borchers “You have a decision to make.” Her surgeon leaned forward on the chair, eyes soft with tiny wrinkles around them. Mary glanced first at her husband sitting quietly next to her and then to their hands clasped together. She faced the surgeon. “Didn’t the ...

What's in a name?

Author : Gray Blix Scientists couldn't help but wonder if solar flares that disrupted communications worldwide for three days were related to the concurrent solar computing experiment. "Thanks for joining this web teleconference on short notice. As usual I will provide a detailed ...

Green

Author : Roger Dale Trexler “It’s troubling,” said Commander Smithee. “I don’t understand how the crew of the Carcosa could have disappeared. From all intelligence, Maurid 3 is a safe planet.” “It’s outer space,” replied Captain Cox. “There’s nothing safe about it.” Smithee ...

Fox Talionis

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer Jardine dragged himself over the log, gasping in agony as the belt that formed the tourniquet on his leg caught. His jodhpurs were stained and the lower sections were covered in bloody handprints where he’d had to kick Harvey loose. It had been ...

Shell

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer Are we robot zombies or are we the pinnacle of humanity? Are we ahead of the evolutionary curve? Did we make the leap that all creatures with a finite lifespan have to or are we freaks? The universe remains as silent as it ever has on the ...

Sugar High

Author : Rick Tobin Log Entry: Friday, August 19, 2033 I doubt anyone aboard will miss me, but how to go? No cords or a decent rope for hanging. Not a belt on the whole ship. Velcro won’t cut it with the smooth walls on the Jones. If I had a decent cook’s apron I could use the ...

Stella by Starshine

Author : Gray Blix "I don't see anything, mommy. I want to go inside." He was lying in his child-sized lounge chair next to her adult-sized lounge. The nights were clear and warm in Stella's corner of the world after the astronomers' announcement, so people looked up at the sky ...

Empty

Author : Richard D. Deverell My name is Jackson Smith. I work as the coroner for a large county with a small population and even smaller infrastructure. Last week, a train derailed in our county, dumping toxic chemicals that killed more people in the week after the accident than the ...

Perdition's Divulgence

Author : Bob Newbell The President of the United States watched the viewscreen in the Oval Office as it displayed what appeared to be mist condensing on the lens of the camera that had recorded the video. After a few seconds, the tiny droplets started coming together and sliding to the ...

Transmigration

Author : Michael Jagunic Brick stands motionless as mechanical arms snap the exosuit around him: torso first, then limbs, weapons, and finally helmet. “It’s like God creating life, you know?” he says. “You start with a soul, slap a body around it, and then send it shrieking into the ...

New Age

Author : Lindsey McLeod When the doorbell beeped, Henry didn't bother looking up from the Independent Galactic Dispatch. It would beep again in a few moments, once the customer had glanced around the shop and decided that there was nothing they wished to peruse further. Even a ...

Flight

Author : chesterchatfield “What’s that supposed to be?” The student guffawed. “Some kind of dragon or something?” The professor gave her a look completely devoid of all amusement. “Dragons, do not exist. This creature is reptilian and has the ability of flight—after that all ...

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