Sowing Seeds

Author : JD Kennedy It is interesting how seemingly unrelated technologies become connected together to create new and unexpected capabilities. First, there was the successful development of cryogenic ‘sleep’ systems. The goal was to freeze someone who had a terminal illness until a ...

The Accidental Tower

Author : Stephen S. Power Despite the miners' diligence, a fleck of intellimetal again drifts away during transfer from the supply ship to the adit. Wherever it lands on the trojan an accidental tower will grow, and any tower is soon full of squatters, so the mine promptly deploys ...

Suicide is Painless?

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Sergeant Gains got the call at four am; lone white male out on the Golden Gate Bridge about mid-span. He spent the twenty minutes on the Harley with the throttle pinned, the lights up and the siren silent wondering what he’d find when he got ...

Mind Over Matter

Author : Bob Newbell "Next on our program, an interview with Dr. John Zellinski, author of the bestselling book 'The Sapience Bomb: Understanding Cognitive Cascade Syndrome'. Dr. Zellinski, welcome to the show." "Thank you." "So, it's been 20 years since the containment breach at the ...

Head in the Cloud

Author : Cosmo Smith I am knee-deep in snow, holding tight to a dying man. His name is Arkan and he is one of our best fighters. He has stayed alive for an unbelievable two hundred and forty days. Besides that, I know nothing about him. “Hold tight, we’re close,” a voice whispers into ...

We're Bored

Author : M. J. Cooper “We’re bored.” It was the first message humans had ever received from a higher intelligence. The simple statement was met with cheers and applause from the crowd of scientists at San Diego’s Microsoft Cybernetics Lab. Two dozen of the leading scientists in the ...

One For The Road

Author : Antowan Rajacel injected the cold neural serum deep into his spinal port. The chemical agent coursed through his nerves, sending a frigid surge throughout his body. “Assimilation complete, neural countdown commenced.” The mechanical voiced chimed flipping on a countdown ...

From Our Correspondent

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer “There’s a lot to be said for old technology. Mainly: ‘ooh looky, spares’. Me and the old bus are both getting long in the tooth. But as she’s got six hundred years and I’m only approaching fifty, we’ll not embarrass the lady with ageist stuff. ...

Condemned to the Void

Author : Bob Newbell "And let all men and women present be witnesses," the Legate was saying, "that what we now do we do without hatred and with a heavy heart. We act in the name of retribution, not revenge. We act in the name of justice..." The Legate's voice droned on. It was the ...

Deathman

Author : George R. Shirer Jav wakes and the name of his latest assignment is waiting for him on the bedside screen. Simeon Fenchaw. There’s a file attached, giving particulars. Appearance, personality, preferences, patterns. It’s a workday and Fenchaw will be arriving at the transit ...

Spock Monkey

Author : StanleyJames Gently washed, a warm grey and blue. A comforting fuzzy sock with two big Spock ears and those wide eyes. The eyes cannot see and the ears cannot hear, but the Monkey listens. Arms and legs flop akimbo, easy for clumsy hands to grab, and drag from room to room. A ...

Buddy

Author : Roger ale Trexler The proximity claxon awoke him from a dead sleep. He jumped out of the storage container he used as a makeshift bed and yelled, “Buddy!” He ran down the corridor that led to the secondary communications center. As he opened the hatch, he heard a familiar ...

The First Wasp Drive

Author : Brian Varcas John didn’t really understand what all the fuss was about. Ever since he sent out the email invitation for his demonstration he’s been inundated with offers of ridiculous amounts of money for the manufacturing rights for his invention. It looked like it was going ...

Rabbits & Plastic Foxes

Author : P. S. Walker Day 2: Only day fucking two? I'm pretty sure time's measurements are inaccurate. I'm trapped in my kitchen by my home built robot. How insane that in a world where everything is connected I'm stuck in the only room without any sort of communication. At least ...

Lie in Peace

Author : cchatfield The child hovers in the doorway, reluctant to abandon the light of the hall. “But it’s dark…” she whispers, “I don’t like the closet. Or the bed.” Her father pats the pillow and proffers a gently humming comfort-bot. “Don’t worry. I promise there’s nothing to be ...

idog

Author : Clint Wilson, Staff Writer I am Charlie. I have been augmented with idog software. I can understand over 6000 words of English. I like food. I like warmth. I love my master. He navigates the garbage-strewn alleyways with the expertise of someone born post invasion. I am only ...

Sprake

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer In a room devoid of décor, two chairs face each other across a table barely wide enough to be called a bench. Everything shows the khaki swirls of extruded Replast. In the left hand seat, a young man in filthy rags sits in a pose of tired ...

Anything To Fit In

Author : Kirstie Olley My name is Leila and I used to be the queen bee at school. If I curled my hair, all the girls curled their hair. If I cut one side short and left the other long, everyone did. If I shaved the Queen of Hearts into the short side of my hair, my class became a deck ...

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