Perfect

Author : chesterchatfield “So then, you know what he does? He falls to his knees. His knees, like in happiness. I mean can you imagine? Lived on an island for six years alone- hasn’t said a single word since they rescued him, then, gets off the helicopter and at the very sight of L.A. ...

Acting

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Dr. Andreessen ran his hands through his hair and pushed back from his desk. Amid the chaotic disarray of acting and animation books in front of him, the keyboard he'd been hammering away at for hours stood finally at rest. The panorama of ...

Holo(Graphic)

Author : Pavelle Wesser “Stop that,” Steve blinked when Sue snapped his holograph with her new Series 807 Phat Phone. “Calm down,” she pouted, her lips swollen from their latest Hooker’s Passion Red injection. “I’m jittery, Sue. The technomed suggested I increase the meds in my ...

Of Phoenixes and Men

Author : Serban Danciu "You know Carmen, it is as if you had lost your soul since you became a Macro operator.” “Is that so?” Replied Carmen bursting into laughter. “My dear, let me tell you something: I DON’T give a rat’s ass. Do you understand? You don’t? All right. When you’ll ...

Unquiet Suffering

Author : Glen Luke Flanagan The howling had been with humanity for three generations. At first, it drove people crazy – drove them to cut off their own ears in order to be rid of it. Of course, that didn’t work, because the howling came from inside. The second generation was born with ...

In Deep

Author : Janet Shell Anderson I’m hoping I’m still alive. I’m on a Goldilocks planet. GJ667Cc. The sky’s yellow; the ground’s red. As far as I can see, there isn’t a single living thing. That’s the way the Goldilocks and Co. Mines wants it. I’m here to mine iron, hematite, just like ...

Always With You

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer The workshop echoes like a rendition of what the forges of the damned sound like. Amongst noises so loud they seem to have presences of their own, little figures scuttle in rituals of maintenance. Our gods are demanding and we have to comply, ...

Entropy

Author : Owen Vince We suited up to see it, the last star. We donned thick helmets and heavy gear and passed from the airlocks into emptiness. Some would not come, could not face the terrible sadness, or else shunned the last light – a light that has only ever traveled dead, to us, and ...

Null And Void

Author : Roger Dale Trexler He sucked in a deep breath as the airlock opened. It was a force of habit. He had always been afraid of spacewalks. Too many things could go wrong, and you’re dead, he thought. So why did he join the Space Corp? The answer was easy: money. The ...

Song Bird

Author : Javen J. “Bring her down.” On command, a barrage of fusion bursts flew out the side of the federal heavy-orbiter, through the silence of space, and into the PV Song Bird. Each burst blazed like a miniature solar flare. Captain Roger Benet watched the bombardment through ...

The Last Windmill-Man

Author : Glen Luke Flanagan “I’m sorry,” the shopkeeper told him. “I can’t hire you. We can’t accommodate your condition.” George nodded sadly. He was used to this kind of response. As the last Windmill-Man, he was an oddity, a curiosity – but not a productive member of society. His ...

Eureka

Author : Helstrom Jerry threw his notebook into a corner and rubbed the bridge of his operculum: “Fuck this, it doesn't make any sense.” I had it: “No. No, it makes perfect sense.” “Sure. We need a break.” He wasn't one to wait for a consensus, not even when it was just the two of ...

Frost

Author : John Kinney Food. His stomach is a knot, coiling together tighter and tighter each day. Food. He has not eaten in almost a month, his blue eyes are sunken in his pale face, his scraggly black hair hangs down to his thin shoulders and his thick beard is long and full. Food is ...

DockMouth

Author : Morrow Brady Pressure surge from the Reece tube flung slaters from the nozzle. I batted them away into space with a dirtied glove. "While you're there, get rid of them too!"said Captain Boscobel over comm. I worked Dockmouth, the parking garage for a bastardised space ...

The Remnant

Author : Willis Weatherford Weighty darkness pushed in on the edges of the cavern, craving admittance to the subterranean council meeting. Eight faces made ominous by three weeks of beard growth stared across the glowrods at one another. Blued gun barrels, gripped tightly, glinted ...

Emily Goes To Mars

Author : Liz Shannon Miller When she opens her eyes, she expects... Well. She doesn't expect to be in space. At first she's floating, adrift, the starlight from far away galaxies flickering into her view as she waves her fingers across the void. She fell asleep so normally. Well, ...

Like Two Ships

Author : Eric Spery The starship's Captain stood in the causeway between the dining module and the guest berths. As he stared at the observation port, one of the guests came through from the berths. The captain knew every passenger he carried on the two month run between Sol ...

Apocalypse On Time

Author : Jedd Cole The hours have become mere tick tocks of clock hands since Lonny flipped ahead on his desk calendar this morning, noting with some surprise that the pages stop tomorrow with the End of the World. He eats his bowl of wheat puffs contemplatively. On his commute ...

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