Remember Then

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer It’s not like I meant to end the world. I was just scared. “Mike! Another side of fries for table fifteen!” He should be shouting for bread and cheese. It’s my fault that he isn’t an innkeeper. I found it lying in a clearing, limbs turning from ...

Heaven's Gate

Author : Desmond Hussey, Staff Writer “I assure you, Mr. and Mrs. White, the procedure is quiet painless.” I steeple my fingers together and settle deeper into my chair, smiling with cunning charm at the elderly couple sitting across from me, their doubt and fear clearly at odds ...

They

Author : Roger Dale Trexler They knew that it was the end. They saw the mushroom cloud grow out of the ground, a bright, blinding light providing the seed. They knew about seeds; they were farmers who grew corn and soybeans and milo. They were simple people who did not understand the ...

Getaway Gear

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer “We are in so much drek.” “Did I not say that you were to be nice to him?” “Nice? Emmett, he had his cyberpaw so far up my skirt I thought he was a gynaecologist!” “Easy, Celene. Watch the tollway.” “We’re only doing two hundred. I can ...

Daily Dose

Author : David Kavanaugh “But I don’t want to!” she whined in her little voice. “Why do I have to? It’s. So. Boring! I hate it there.” “I know, baby, I know,” said her mother. “But it’s good for you. Just for a few minutes. Understand? Then you can come back in.” “Humph!” If only ...

Shelf Life

Author : James Zahardis Inside a low-rent apartment a wall-pocket hums, then illuminates. An aerosolized admixture of stimulants and bio-stabilizers wafts toward Alron Chattobee’s face, awakening him: “Tatti! Forty days down the drain!” he thinks, reaching for the red button above his ...

Legacy

Author : George R. Shirer The room was bright and airy. One wall was transparent, revealing the crumbling Old World city, overgrown now by forest and vine. A flock of iridescent birds shot across the sky, their wings flashing green and gold in the late afternoon sunlight. There ...

Alive

Author : Scott Hatfield I killed someone today. Well, not today. But "I killed someone yesterday afternoon and I was just now released from jail" doesn't sound as dramatic. They let me go, so I walked home. No jacket, no gloves, dress shoes, hands stuffed in my pockets. The ...

Spacesuit

Author : David Stevenson “Once there was a ship, travelling through space. There was a terrible accident. The reason for this is not important. What is important is that one man got suited up in time and was able to survive the immediate aftermath of the ship’s destruction. Of course, ...

Borrowed Time

Author : Desmond Hussey, Staff Writer I spot one of Osiris’ Illegals amongst the shuffling throng of pedestrians as he exits an antique music store on 49th Ave. The face in my scope’s crosshairs is a dead ringer for the black and white snapshot I was given. His sandy hair is a ...

Last Dance

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer They came from heaven, or hell, or outer space, or under the sea. Earth has been invaded in every way imaginable, thanks to the imaginations of authors over the last three centuries. You would have thought, with such a rich base from which to draw ...

Ghosts of Christmas to Come

Author : Mark Gorton My new friends are all dead. But that doesn’t stop them giving me presents. Presents like words and understanding and sight and hearing. Thanks to them I can think in this language and theirs too and hear their voices all around me all the time like invisible ...

Never Fade Away

Author : Glen Luke Flanagan The soul shimmered softly as Vanessa tucked it into her briefcase with gentle hands. Blue, silver, blue again, like moonlight on water. Empty now, the body of a young man lay cold on the hospital bed. Vanessa closed the youth's eyes tenderly. Though she had ...

Perception

Author : Samuel Hymas They were in love. That much was obvious to even the most unperceptive. I've seen salesmen work a room before. They leave everyone feeling like they made a new friend and need to take a shower. But these two were different. Maybe because they had nothing to sell. ...

Reaping the Void

Author : Ian Hill The thin machination stood at the asteroid station’s balcony, leaning over the guardrail to peer off into the depths of space with her multi-faceted eyes. The two red points of light were a mere formality, vestigial figments from her creators intended to set those ...

The Recruit

Author : Adam Mac Wanna see a modern-day miracle, kid? Whatever. Well, just sit tight. Sure. It's not like I'm going anywhere. Here, take the binoculars. See that old guy on the bridge? Orange raincoat, red baseball cap, using a cane? Over there, to the left of the first tower. ...

Insubordinate Claus

Author : Bob Newbell Lieutenant Jvora shuffled down the corridor considerably slower than his four legs normally carried him. He was not looking forward to his meeting with Commander Skal. Jvora entered the commander's office and raised a pincer in salute. Skal returned the ...

Beauty is in the Sensory Apparatus of the Beholder

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer The thing about sleeping in zero g is that I have a lot of dreams about being in my mother’s womb except that in my dreams, my mother is sleeping in zero g as well. That’s impossible because my mother never went to space. She was sixty before the ...

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