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 ...

When the War is Over

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer I can hear them inside, their voices loud and fast with teenage enthusiasm. This was a bad idea; I should never have taken the assignment. “Look at that! Hyper-alloy combat chassis, full-spectrum vision, cross-frequency hearing, graphene ...

Heaven In Their Own Minds

Author : Clint Wilson, Staff Writer After my initial arrival I concentrated mainly on research. This is what I found out in those first couple of minutes. They had all been once trapped inside cumbersome organic bodies like I was used to. Some dozens of centuries ago though the final ...

Copyrights

Author : Desmond Hussey, Staff Writer Detective Wu found Hitari in an executive hotel on Luna reveling in bohemian delights involving a low-G hot tube, two kilos of Moon Dust and four, identical, hermaphrodite pleasure clones engaged in activities both indescribable and illegal on most ...

Speech Crime

Author : Haydn Kane The Sergeant sat down across the table from me. “Commencing interview with Daniel Ambrose,” he said to the room in general and then to me, “you are a resident of Mars?” “Yes, Olympus City.” “Ah yes, capital of the North, North Eastern Accord” he said, ...

Sadness

Author : J.D. Rice “What’s wrong?” she asks, dialing her emotion control implant down to ‘concern.’ I watch as her brow furrows and her mouth turns from a smile to a frown. The shift is gradual, like a water droplet running down a window. “The damn thing’s broken,” the words sound ...

Digital Footprint

Author : Sean P Chatterton ‘How long has she been dead?’ ‘We don’t know.’ ‘How come?’ ‘Katherine Danderfield was a plugged in person. She had autresponders for her email, bots to update her social network status and MyFace Blog. Her web presence had auto updates scheduled. No one ...

The Ascent of Man

Author : Bob Newbell The Landreb fleet didn't travel across space. It simply appeared suddenly and without warning in low Earth orbit. One of the fifty starships fired an energy beam that obliterated an uninhabited islet in the Dodecanese Island chain mere moments after the vessels ...

Just Desserts

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer Their blood was like a cross between egg nog and hollandaise sauce. Their skin was like bacon jerky. Their internal organs tasted like pecan pie filling with veins of peppermint running through them. Their muscles tasted of tarragon and ...

Into the Void

Author : Ian Hill “Please, I don’t want to be here. Just- just help.” The voice was distorted and compressed, only decipherable after being ran through an extensive quality recover system. “I need- I need to leave. I don’t want this.” The message went on for about a minute, a minute ...

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