The Missing Element

Author : C.T. Jackman There was no flash of light. There was no puff of smoke. Such a waste of energy would have been unacceptable during the teleportation, and so Dr. Mueller was very happy to have missed the flower and its pot disappear when he blinked. His colleagues on the other ...

Who Wants to Live Forever?

Author : John Raymond Wilson My mother was hesitant because of the burden it would put on my wife and I. She didn’t want to be a bother. But she also didn’t want to die, so when she relented and asked us if we would take care of her while she was an infant, we were prepared. We knew ...

Infantem Gradus

Author : J.P. Flarity We were too busy planting flags and making speeches those first times our planet's inhabitants touched the moon. But eventually, hidden in the crevasses on Luna's dark side, we found it. The first Tablet. Made from a tungsten superalloy of impossible purity, it ...

Prometheus…?

Author : Mark Jacobsen In the middle of a dark, lightly wooded area, three figures can be seen moving against the black background of night. An older man is talking with a younger man. The older man is trying to start a fire by friction. There is a third man there, who remains ...

Rachel's Treasure

Author : Suzanne Borchers Rachel closed her eyes to the grayness surrounding her. She shut out gray clouds overhanging the gray sky and gray broken concrete and the metallic landscape. Heavy eyelids shielded her green eyes from the present gray existence of hopeless humanity. Her ...

The Zoo

Author : Desmond Hussey, Staff Writer “The Vulturi Zoological reserve is home to the most dangerous collection of species within the galaxy...” The dull-as-Arcosian-Slug-Art tour-guide is a spastic, Mark-VII resembling a stick-figure assembled from recycled gas cylinders, ...

Runaway Groom

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer “Where are you?” “Same continent.” “That’s a relief. I was so worried when the news said you’d been cornered in Rio.” So was I. It was only after fleeing I found it had only been media hype, not a snatch team. “Doctor Flowers says we ...

Continue

Author : Clint Wilson, Staff Writer All six of my previous brothers had gotten past this point with little difficulty. The smoldering remains of my crashed lander blended in nicely with the gray hillside behind me. My atmospheric and biofunction readings continued to flash in my view ...

Routine

Author : Morrow Brady I scared myself again. But only briefly. Bored with routine, my mind zoned out. Wandering like a hungry dog. Dragging extraordinary notions to hell and back with me at the centre of it all. The snap-to was always a break in that routine and this morning it was ...

Raised by Wulvs

Author : Desmond Hussey, Staff Writer The air is rent with screams, alien klaxons and a violent thundering that threatens to crush Kaam with raw acoustic power. All is dizzying confusion, a chaotic kaleidoscope of hauntingly familiar images, intertwined with deep inscrutable wells of ...

Of Fields, Half-Sown

Author : Kurt Hunt "Failed," said the ship. Its transmission burst into jagged waves, a white noise elegy. But the station didn't understand. "Greetings, Generation-32! Welcome to Centauri Colony!" It beamed yottabytes of data, everything from advertisements to ...

Revelation

Author : Bob Newbell The Agent established contact with the High Command and prepared to deliver his latest report. Nothing about his outward appearance betrayed what he was doing. The entire procedure was telepathic. There were hidden machines in the vicinity that were able to ...

Barroom Theories

Author : Jay Haytch “So I walk into the warehouse, right? Was just looking for a quiet place to have a smoke – and it's full of the damned things!” “Wait, full of what things?” “Of them. Of... robots. Must've been thirty-five or forty of 'em in there. Dead quiet, just ...

The Angler Fish

Author : Eric Spery Teena Tolstarre's Interplanetary Cultural Archeological Team (ICAT) had been onsite on Gliese 163c for over a year. A warm super-terran mesoplanet, Gliese 163c had evidence of at least one extinct sentient culture. So far, the team had discovered camps, ...

Reintroduction

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer The bridge is quiet. Non-essential systems are shut down as avoiding detection by this world’s dominant species is essential. Two figures stand by a darkened control panel that has a single node illuminated; the white glow of the ring about the ...

Sunset

Author : George R. Shirer They sat on the porch of the retirement home, in matching wooden rocking chairs. The late afternoon sun beat down on their aged, seamed faces. In the distance, they could hear the soft hum of traffic from the freeway. Closer, a bird warbled to its mate ...

Red Rock the Innocent

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Baxter stood in the atrium of Marpo One and gazed up through the greenery, through the clear observation port above and into the blackness of space. Three years he'd called this home, he with the sixty three other lost souls that had signed ...

I Miss Froot Loops

Author : Thomas Fay ‘Some cereal as well, thanks,’ I said to the checkout operator. I didn’t specify what kind as there was no need. There was only one kind of cereal. It was nutritious, filled with all sorts of grains, nuts and dried fruits. Shame it had no taste. Not like Froot ...

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