Preload

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Thirtyseven sat on the edge of his bed, kicked off his shoes and fell heavily into his pillow, not bothering to peel off the white coveralls he normally couldn't wait to get out of. He was exhausted. He lay staring at the ceiling, the last ...

Promises to A Future Self

Author : Thomas Desrochers Jean steps out onto his sunlit balcony and sits down at the glass table. He sweeps the surface off with his hand and then lays down a piece of creamy stationery. Pen in hand, he begins to write: [Anna,] He pauses, glances down into the street. There's a ...

Tentative de l'Impossible

Author : Sommer Nectarhoff He knew what she would look like before she was created. He had always known. “Yes, I’ve always known.” He smiled into her closed eyes as he raised his brush to add a few eyelashes to one of her eyelids. They said that he would be unable to do it. They ...

You Will Be Home Before the Leaves Have Fallen From the Trees

Author : Eugene Brennan The humans stared at the slogan scrawled across the prep room wall. Sergeant Drake kicked some metal scraps out of the way, switched on his quad beam, and scanned the graffiti. “It’s a quote from the First World War,” said Captain Chang. “From Kaiser Wilhelm II ...

Primal Needs

Author : Gray Blix They met after hours in her office. "Dr. Molloy, I'm Detective Buckley," he said, flashing his ID and a smile. "Thanks for agreeing to see me." He sat across from her, scolding himself for inappropriate thoughts about the way she filled her chair. She was ...

Storm

Author : Connor Harbison It was a bright and stormy orbit. Wave after wave of solar radiation buffeted the Barracuda, wreaking havoc with her electronics and damaging her solar sails. Captain Aguilar frowned at the display on the bridge. “Sir, the mainsail can’t take much more of ...

Attachment

Author : Dan Larnerd Doctor Grace Virchow sat at her computer desk with her eyes closed. Her office was dark and full of deep shadows. Only the flickering blue light of her computer monitor illuminated the scene. Next to her sat a cold cup of coffee and a picture of her family that ...

Luminaris

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer Luminaris. They called it a slingshot planet. It had what was known as a linear pendulum orbit. So far it was the only one on record. It was caught in a gravity well between four stars of different colours. It was a planetoid that tried to ...

Pay the Piper

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer Dad said that the nannybots inside would stop the monsters from getting me. I liked that. The first night after the injection, I slept with the lights off. My nannybots would protect me. Even when mum died the next day, I knew that bad things ...

The African Mystery

Author : Charles E.J. Moulton William felt relieved, actually. One more hour of digging and his hands would have lost all their flesh. William threw down his shovel, straightened his back, stretching his muscles and positively felt his 50 year-old bones snap, crackle and pop ...

Color Me Pink

Author : C. Chatfield “Shoot it.” “Shut up, Jim.” “It might be dangerous.” “A bear wanders into my yard, I call Animal Control. I’m not gonna shoot it just for being here, Gabe.” “Sure. You got the number for Alien Control?” “Quiet. It’s probably not an alien.” “You ever see goo ...

Guardian Angel

Author : Elijah Goering My body was worn out. My organs were failing because they were simply too old, older than any human had ever been before. I would never speak again, and I had hours, maybe minutes to live. I asked the doctor to leave, and grabbed a pen and paper. Then I reached ...

Don't Tell Me

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer "Don't tell me you love me," I hold her face in my hand as she speaks, her gaze locked with mine, "you're only saying that because you need me, and you think that will make me stay." I don't understand where she gets these ideas from. I'm ...

Muscle Memory

Author : Roger Dale Trexler The thing inside Tabitha Sandor twitched. She tried to move, make herself more comfortable, and it did not approve. Stop. The word danced in her head. She wondered for a second if she had even heard the thought, but she knew she had. Since the ...

The Faithful Epilogue

Author : Jedd Cole This kind of epilogue ends with a beginning, just as Homo sapiens began with an ending in the dark garden of forevers past. They believe it is AD 2476. They march through empty space with their idols under their arms. Earth burns behind them along with the little ...

Lawman

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer The metro swishes past while I tap my fingers in frustration on the dashboard. I may have priority, but nothing out-prioritises fifty tons of autotram. “Where are you, Lime?” “Watching the metro. The collision avoidance system in my car ...

Pears

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer Pears. I wish to never seen one again in my life. The colony on Arcadia had soil that would let us grow trees from Earth. We sowed an orchard outside of our newly printed house. The fibrous growths that sprouted fat and tall from the ground ...

Exit Interview

Author : Sarah Vernetti “Am I comfortable? No, Amelia, not particularly. I feel like I’ve washed out to sea. Maybe I’ll return. Or maybe I’ll end up in some far off land fifty years from now, only to be discovered by a child and be featured on the evening news. So, no, I’m not ...

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