Old Memories

Author : Thomas Desrochers Mao found it very curious, this third planet from the sun. Blisteringly hot and unbearably humid, shaken hourly by violent storms like a wind-up toy wound too tight. The only living residents left were clustered at the southern pole, hidden in the crags of ...

Sojourn

Author : Will Shell The lieutenant staggered closer to the viewing window, each drag of her left leg adding to the blood smear that trailed a half mile through the ships corridors. Emergency floor lighting pulsed indolently, the waning breaths of the backup electrical system. She ...

Final Moon

Author : Art Klein The moon looked bigger than ever. That shouldn’t have surprised him. He knew it was bigger because it was closer than ever. He also knew it was getting even closer. But how big it looked tonight really did surprise him. “How long do they think we can survive after ...

Antique Pink Panties

Author : Suzanne Borchers Xoman yearned for the vast world outside the gates of her private hell. Her life was: follow the regulations or face the consequences, eyes in the back of your head, and sour-faced guards. She rubbed her temples where each day electrons purred positive ...

The Last (pound of) Astronaut (flesh)

Author : Gray Blix "At that point, the technology was reliable, but human factors still caused failures. To continue manned missions, they had to modify us. News headlines screamed 'Astronauts Mutilated.' The public hated NASA, but we willingly submitted. All of us, in perfect health, ...

This is How I Sleep

Author : Matt Forshaw This is how I sleep; in a sarcophagus amid the stars, my body quiet and unmoving. There is no blanket to keep me warm, no pillow, no mattress that I rest upon. I do not toss or turn. I do not shiver, though it is cold. My chest does not rise or fall, there is no ...

Bioforms

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer The ship had recently shaved a comet at close to metaspeed. Nowhere near light but still enough to cause pretty serious damage. With silicates, sparks would be flying around the cabin. Since they’d used the bios instead, it was juices and ...

Salt

Author : A. Katherine Black Sweetie sat rigid with revulsion. Wet lumpy kale dotted with soft pine nuts lay rejected on her plate. She stared at the thickly curtained window, denied the right to watch the normal world go by. Relentless ticking of the grandfather clock echoed through ...

This Man Needs Help

Author : Gray Blix The music was driving him crazy. Or rather, he feared, he heard music because he was already crazy. "Which came first" he asked himself loudly, so he could hear himself speak over the music, "the Louis Armstrong or the lunatic?" Others sorting through clothes in ...

First Kiss

Author : Rick Tobin Tender tickles rippled through her as freshly wetted lips touched the delicate blonde hairs along her right wrist—slow, furtive, pressing hesitantly; the feelings were different than the peach or the park’s marble statue she so carefully disinfected. “What in ...

Revolting

Author : Helstrom THE MAN It's been a long day. Lewis has been on leave for over a week now and I've taken up the slack. THE BOT I can't take this anymore. Every day, every single day, he makes me do it. Humans keep pet-slaves and measure their age by stretching it out to their ...

Second to Last Man Standing

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer “At the sound of distant murder, there will be precisely three humans left.” I used to find Dave hilarious. These days, after nineteen years surviving the end of an age in his company, he’s been bloody irritating for about the last eighteen. Of ...

Fodder

Author : Tony Giansanti We became aware we weren't alone in the universe when Ganymede disappeared. Well, that and all the small bursts of light which were actually massive explosions which were in the vicinity of Jupiter's moon just before it imploded. All those events were already ...

The Theory of Fiction

Author : Gray Blix The theory of fiction is similar to the theory of gravity in that it's the best explanation for what we observe as reality. The average person knows that gravity is not a wishy-washy "theory" but rather an immutable force that must be reckoned with. Who among us has ...

Tyrania

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer It’s a little ticklish when the needles go in but the anesthetic keeps her from moving. It keeps her laughing on the inside. Grown from a vat of jaguar with a splash of greyhound and a swirl of human, she’s extremely thin and toothy. This is her ...

Not Suitable

Author : Suzanne Borchers “How long have we been out from Base surveying these idiotic planets?” Shar slapped a metallic cloth on the shielded wall to collect filings from her husband’s work on a port glass. “I’m ready to slurp down some authentic concoction while slouching on a ...

It's Not a Racial Issue

Author : Emily Stupar I’m falling and I’m not sure when it started, or when it’s going to end. Although, I do have some theories. Maybe I’m falling because I’m fulfilling a lifelong wish to go skydiving. There’s a bot instructor strapped to my back and all I can think is that I may as ...

Flicker

Author : Leif Hansen Terra didn’t laugh. Not because I pushed my joke too far, as was typical, but because she suddenly realized what I was. Within the few seconds it took for me to deliver my puerile punchline, her mind had grasped the meaning of my eyes’ incautious flicker from blue ...

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