Hard Day's Night

Author : Suzanne Borchers “Good evening, Susan.” The desktop robot’s eye blinked as the gender-neutral voice greeted her. Susan had arrived home from an 18 hour shift of nursing casualties at the local pub/hospital. She slammed the front door behind her. “I have to remain cheerful, ...

Polystars

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer “Why are we all the way out here? If we had taken the Rigel mission, I could have been home for mid-winter revel.” Chapni sighed. That was the problem with the Urulaunk; they had this thing about partying. Preferably with as many like-minded ...

Shedding

Author : Kieron Walquist As of this moment, I am a ten-year-old Eskimo, lying on the beach in the frigid rain, stone-cold and lifeless. However, that could all change in an instant. My father, for now, is a humpback whale, circling the shallow waters that lap upon the shore, crying ...

Cows

Author : Gary Will Kreie "Hi, Dusty." "Howdy, Richard." "How's the cattle business, Dusty?" "Business is good, Richard." "Have you been riding the fences?" "We don't use fences anymore, Richard. Open range now." "How do you keep your cows from wandering off, Dusty?" "Moogle ...

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 ...

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