Stringmaker

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer There used to be a saying: “how long is a piece of string?” It meant that you didn’t know how long something would take. I never understood it. A piece of string has to be a specific length, because someone made it. So my reply was usually: “ask ...

The End Inn

Author : Desmond Hussey, Staff Writer In the years long after the cataclysms of fire and ice, embedded deep within the dark histories of the descent of man, when the waning sun still hung dim and bloated in its senility above the shattered horizon, there once stood, defiantly upon ...

Heavy

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Captain Lewis gripped the hand-strap inside the copter's airframe tightly, the wind whipping spray up from the dark ocean below as the pilot tried to maneuver in the gale. "Your ride is below - when we get close enough, drop into the boat," ...

Vault Six

Author : Andrew Hawnt Frozen in time behind the door to Vault Six is an explosion, and it talks to me. How can an explosion talk to me? I don't really know, but then again I'm just a guard. I sit next to the door to Vault Six and I read, or I clean the corridor, or I check and recheck ...

Justice

Author : Tyler Hawkins "Well I think it's safe to say this project was a monumental failure" "Gee, you think?" We sit in silence for a while. All that needed to be said has already been screamed, yelled or pleaded in the last 24 hours. It's not like we haven't tried to fix ...

Eminent Domain

Author : Steven Holland “What’s this?” asked Hoyt Pendergrass, glancing at the envelope that was just handed to him. “The U.S. Government has need of one of your organs. This is the necessary paperwork. Your operation is set to take place tomorrow.” These words came from ...

Music in Your Veins

Author : Jake Christie “Hundred and fifty bucks.” Harry looked at the tiny vial in the clerk’s hand, filled with a slightly opaque purple liquid, then back at his face. “For that much?” he asked. The clerk nodded. “This is the top of the line stuff, man,” he says. “The Jimi Hendrix. ...

A Worthy Cause

Author : Tom Coupland Dropping from his vantage point, Sijen kicks out, snapping the neck of the first guard. Hearing his partner's choked scream, the remaining patrolman swings about, weapon leveled. Rising from his landing crouch, Sijen’s blade like hands take the man below the rib ...

I've Got My Finger on the Trigger

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer I've got my finger on the trigger. It took the better part of an hour to make the climb from where you forced my fighter into the dirt to this rocky outcrop overlooking your crash site, but I've got the high ground now and you don't stand a ...

Mechanic's Blues

Author : Jay Knioum, Featured Writer I'm getting grease on my sandwich when she walks in. The whole hangar pretends to be busy while throwing glances at her. She looks around, finds me, smiles. She's walking my way, but her eyes are all for her baby. I've been pulling extra shifts ...

Rapunzel

Author : cchatfield The small group marched forward in loose formation, swaggering with the confidence that their training would kick in when needed. The sandy landscape offered no threats, no hiding places, no life. Their destination: a lone tower, hidden in a secluded valley lined ...

One Exception

Author : Jay Haytch One exception She stood at the threshold and looked out at a burnt world. It wasn't really a proper threshold. There was no welcome mat, for starters. Just a trod-over pile of rubble where one last stray missile had hit the city wall and left a person-sized crack. ...

Stealth Education

Author : Glenn S. Austin “Well do you think it did any good at all?” The President asked the others sitting around the large oval conference table in the command bunker. The President asked the question to the entire room, but his tired eyes looked directly at his Press ...

Symptoms and Side Effects

Author : Rachelle Shepherd The streetlamps sputtered on, spilling buttery fluorescence on Broadway Street litter. Sparrow opened the kitchen cabinets where chrome rows of Midnight Oil hissed in the shadow. “Another night, Sparrow?” He didn’t answer. He never talked anymore, only ...

Lowlander

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer Have you ever heard bagpipes played properly? No, not some five-dee render job. I mean by half a dozen three-hundred pound ballbreakers wearing armoured skirts and gravtac boots under their blades and slugthrowers. It’s terrifying. Makes your blood ...

Builders

Author : chesterchatfield I woke up one morning and found a small robot living on my leg. By the time I stumbled up to the bathroom, I could feel the little parasite burrowing, trying to get at my mind. After an hour, I’d become a passenger in my own body, watching this little creep ...

Bad with Time

Author : Jay Knioum, Featured Writer Is this Waterloo? This is Waterloo, isn't it? That was the question that sealed it for me. That bright day in Hyde Park, with the pigeons. It wasn't a great feat to hide the Professor's keys from him after that. The Apparatus, however, was another ...

Those-Who-Came-Before

Author : Desmond Hussey, Staff Writer It’s oily, amber light which finally penetrates the hazy atmosphere as the first forays of dawn dimly paint the coastal shoreline. Ook-Pak emerges from his dome-like tent and stretches his many limbs, shaking off sleep’s lethargic blanket. ...

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