Judas Ghost

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer “Did you really think this was going to be scenic?” I cannot help it; disgust oozes around my words. He swallows hard. Tearing his gaze from the spectacle, he fastens wide eyes on mine: “This is horrific. What law would allow this?” Every ...

Bright Ridge Corridor

Author : Ian Hill The two men stood shifting their weight uneasily, peering into the depths of the passageway’s stone entrance. Leaves of autumn crunched underfoot as they nervously glanced back over their shoulders down the length of the bright forest corridor. Looming tree palisades ...

The Monkey Project

Author : David Botticello “How was your vacation, Professor?” Huxley asked, glancing from the display in front of her. “Oh, you know the Paradise Worlds, they always leave you feeling so relaxed...and yet unfulfilled at the same time,” responded Professor Tibbetz, nodding in ...

They Are Called Emotions

Author : J.P. Flarity "I...feel," the child communicated to the parent. "What is it that you feel?" "It's like quasars pulsing on every side of me—stars rise and fall like electrons and positrons self-annihilating, in flashes so fast I can't keep track of them. Like ...

Final Moments

Author : Bob Newbell I hear the sound of alarms in the distance. An ambulance? A firetruck? No, the sound isn't that. An alarm clock? The sounds get louder. Recognition hits me like a blast of cold air. I pick individual alerts out from the symphony of klaxons. Atmospheric pressure ...

Give and Give

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Jackson3 walked home from the factory in knee deep snow, although the snow bothered him about as much as the sun did in the summer, which was not at all. The water couldn't penetrate his joints, and a thin layer of laser warmed air kept the ...

Life after Jupiter

Author : Gray Blix Before NASA's panelists were even introduced, a reporter shouted at a scientist known for his off the cuff statements. "Dr. Worful, why did Jupiter blow up?" Nervously, "Well, for starters, Jupiter didn't 'blow up.' There's no energy emissions, no shock waves, no ...

Stars Broke Loose

Author : Bruce L. Priddy The fish rolled its four goat-like eyes, gnashed its human-like teeth and bleated obscenities as Kendal pulled it from the river. June, his wife, gasped at the sight of the mutant. “Must have swam up from near the city,” Kendal said. “The others have been ...

Paradox for Dinner

Author : Burke Lerch Alan always visited the same diner on the same date, at the same time. 7:43 P.M. Ten minutes after he first ordered the patty melt and fries, and one minute before he stood up from his table to step into the bathroom. With a loud pop he was back in the same stall, ...

Power

Author : Emily Stupar “Have you tried turning it off and back on again?” A long sigh echoed through the phone, followed by a man’s carefully snipped words. “All. Manual. Commands. Have been. Disabled.” “Yes,” the technician replied. “But maybe a reboot-” “It’s locked us in a fucking ...

Unextraordinary

Author : Stephen Whaley “Step right up! Just step right up here! Come and see the incredible Marveloso. Come see him lift a car over his head. Come see him do a hundred hand-stand push ups. Come see him jump over ten feet into the air with a single bound. Come on, ladies and gents, ...

Repetition

Author : Michael Strang I know my experiment is a success when I open my eyes in an unfamiliar place. It takes longer to start to wonder what that means for me. A sudden shock of pain interrupts my train of thought as the neural probes retract from my skull, leaving behind a pounding ...

Mercantor GPS

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer The external camera pan across a steely - if a trifle motley - flotilla of guard skiffs, arrayed before a Griffin-class Space Dreadnought painted in the eye-baffling ‘wasp-fragmentary’ colour scheme. Voiceover: “These nights, the long hand of ...

Prolonged Impact

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer "It's a pure stroke of genius that I was able to downsize the stabilizer assembly in time for the conference." Stuart fiddled with his bowtie with his free hand while piloting the sedan with the other. "Does this look alright?" His wife ...

Bearded

Author : Ryan Swiers “My beard, son,” Ivus Hadler said to Heather Brantley, Solipsister correspondent. The old man rocked back in his chair, tapping one weather-bulged knee with his pipe’s stem. “That’s how I know so much.” “Your beard?” Heather asked, ignoring his mistake. She ...

More than Light

Author : Lawrence Buentello Five billion years ago, two members of the Fraca species stood staring at the stars from the balcony of their laboratory. They had worked ceaselessly, along with thousands of other scientists and technicians, to formalize the seeding project many thought ...

The Single System System

Author : EL Conrad Temps pour out of slots, lining the windows and tapping the chipspecs implanted in their skulls. All that platform switching -- everyone going from database to real time data simultaneously -- causes a sysglitch that forecloses production until a tekfix. A maximan ...

Sky's Child

Author : Keith Sheridan They were deep in the forest when the sky began to scream. Above the snowy shoulder of the mountain the orange and navy penumbra of dawn was shattered by the intrusion of a black behemoth; long and sleek, like a dagger slicing through clouds. Tay dropped to ...

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