Beaming Errors

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer In a city this size, a dozen or so beaming errors a year were acceptable. In each gigantic waystation structure, the building blocks of life were kept in vats and tubs. There were huge enclosed swimming pools filled with chromosomes and proteins ...

The New World

Author : Desmond Hussey, Staff Writer When their explorers first arrived they were few; we’d no reason to fear them. We welcomed our brothers and sisters from another world with open arms. We traded with them, celebrated with them, showed them our ways and invited them into our homes. ...

Mary

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer Randolph Beaucoup of the Terran Diplomacy Wing had been selected from fifty candidates for this particular First Contact mission. Little was known about the Marenko other than they were anamorphic pseudopods without discernible features. Smooth ...

Before Resurrection

Author : Andrew Bale I see the truck drift across the median. In my mind, seconds become hours, but to my body, they flash by like lightning – I am paralyzed, watching my own doom in slow motion, unable to stop it. The impact is a blessing, a return to real time where the agony of my ...

A New Face

Author : Alexis Voltaire My fist thumps heavily on the metal door, echoing down the corridor. I'm soaking wet, some of it water, some of it blood. some of it mine. "Sandogan!" I yell. "I know you're in there, dammit, you've got business!" I thump a few more times, but I can't make too ...

Curation

Author : Cosmo Smith Within its cryogenic cocoon, the body lies inert, crystallized. Only with the most acute perception can I observe slight movement: the hourly rise and fall of its chest; its 6-minute heart beat. My hands mechanically perform their routine. Nasotracheal tube seal - ...

The Indiginous Harvesters Project

Author : Desmond Hussey, Staff Writer PROGRESS REPORT To: B’naar Vetch, President of Trans-galactic Mining Conglomerate (TMC) Subject: Increased Efficiency Submitted By: T’lal-fphoon of Gondol Prime Bio-Geo Engineer, 6th Rank Galactic Epoch 62, Cycle 4350.5.3.874-Q PROPOSAL: The ...

Rivals

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer The rage in her eyes has faded. My head is in her lap. From the look on her face, she’s realised it too. “You stupid bastard.” Her voice is hoarse. My last throat-chop had been vicious. We were both ultimates. For rival corporations. It was ...

Snuff Artist

Author : Carter Lee Welcome to Snuff Artist: A Retrospective on the Artwork of Kolin 34 Kan 'Mr. Bargeld? Welcome to the Central Museum! I'm Ronild; Director March has asked me to show you through the exhibition hall before your meeting with Artist Kan. If you'd follow me? 'As you ...

Roboy

Author : Mae Thann "It's incredible. I've never seen anything like it." "No, but you knew it'd happen eventually." "At this level, Joel? This soon?" "Why not? If anyone was certain that this was attainable, it was you." "I know, but I can't for the life of me figure this out." "Hey, ...

After

Author : Ryan C. Thoughts of a lifelong priest upon opening his eyes after closing them for the last time. So this is it? A lifetime of kneeling and praying and fasting and flagellating to atone for my sins. A lifetime of sins I could never hope to atone for and this is it? It ...

Breaking Barriers

Author : Aron White “Beautiful, isn’t it?” Davidson said, staring at Earth through the viewport. “There’s nothing like seeing the real thing. Reality is the ultimate high-definition experience. Just a few more days and we’ll be heading back home.” Anders floated across the cabin, ...

Not as we know it

Author : Carl Poffley “Nothing.” grumbled Amado irritably. “Absolutely nothing!” “Why does that annoy you?” Kia replied, fiddling with the instruments. “We came all the way out here to a planet that's unbelievably similar to Earth and not a single sign of intelligent life! Just some ...

Norwellian Phase

Author : Morrow Brady The Norwellians were the eighth interstellar race to join the Galactic Cabinet. A millennia of experience had refined their intelligence and powers of diplomacy orders above all others. And so, an unprecedented era of peace reigned across the stars. The ...

The Price Of Arrogance

Author : Clint Wilson, Staff Writer The captain was typical of his type, six-foot-four, square jaw and sparkling white teeth. His muscles bulged as he leaned forward in his chair. “Atmosphere is breathable Ensign, let’s bring her down so we can have a look around.” The science officer ...

Lost in Translation

Author : Bob Newbell TRANSCRIPT OF THE FIRST OFFICIAL MEETING BETWEEN UNITED NATIONS SPACE AMBASSADOR JEFFREY CHATMAN AND AMBASSADOR VELDRIK-ORAN OF THE IMPERIUM OF ZETA RETICULI. UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK, 15 JANUARY 2086 CHATMAN: On behalf of the peoples of Earth, it is ...

Self-Regulating

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer The spiders are watching me. Just like the flies, but cleverer. A fly can never be stealthy – except hoverflies, but they’re too difficult to control. “James, come out. We know you’re in there.” Of course they know. The spiders showed them. ...

Timecasting

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer Timecasting is a strange way to travel to the future. It ‘throws’ a person forward. In this case, me. I’ll be the world’s first temponaut soon. The scientists keep playfully calling me a ‘temp’ and they think it’s hilarious. If all goes well, ...

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