Sweet Dreams

Author : Glen Luke Flanagan Pain tugged at the edge of my consciousness like a forgotten memory, bringing with it a collage of broken images and angry words. Without warning, sterile walls hemmed me in, and voices washed over me like a sea of panic, none of them intelligible. “John.” ...

The Other Side of the Screen

Author : Ian Muneshwar Billy lost his grandmother to the portable DVD player five months after his grandfather died. It started when she discovered that, with Netflix, she had access to an almost infinite supply of B-rated romances. Before long, she started using the portable Sony so ...

Ringminer's Daughter

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer Ringmining attracted a certain kind of personality. Not exactly hermits but beings okay with long terms of isolation. Pairs or groups of people rarely worked the rings. Lena should have known better. Each ringminer scoopship was like a baleen ...

Junkyard Funeral

Author : Aiza Mohd There’s a funeral being held in the junkyard today. Its mourners come in a neat little line of twelve, proceeding in that beautiful precision of steps that only them bots ever have. When I was young, I learned to tell for myself whenever the girl at the ticket ...

Lucky

Author : Gabriel E. Zentner Today’s the day. I’ve got my ticket, got my number. Granted, everyone’s got a number. It’s not your standard lottery, and I suppose the odds are so much the worse for that. That being said, the stakes are a lot higher than a few hundred million ...

Deafening Silence

Author : Adam Levey The pilot, Simon, surveyed the scene of utter devastation all around him. Spent ordinance drifted in the space between thousands of shredded warships, many the size of mountains, with gaping wounds as big as apartment buildings. Ammunition spilled from storage ...

Birds of a Feather

Author : Desmond Hussey, Staff Writer Tensions are high in the control room as the Pegan ship passes the Moon. Speakers emit a constant chatter of enigmatic chirps, beeps and ultra-sonic tweets which constitute the Pegan language. “You’re telling me, we’ve been in contact ...

The Alien

Author : Suzanne Borchers Zoe watched the starlit sky reflect off the ship next to her. She touched the smooth metal, and then began pounding it. She pounded the ship’s side again and again. Despite the pain she kept pounding. “Honey, stop.” Derek grabbed her, and held her to his ...

Jigsaw

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer What a mess. I’m standing on the fifteen-foot diameter stump of a Redwood, sliced off three feet from the ground as if by a gigantic razor blade. About me, the effect radius covers nine miles. In front of me is the twisted confetti that used to be ...

Breaking the Wedge

Author : Scott Summers At 18:55 Standard, the Breakwater dropped out of superspace above New Tellis and began jettisoning escape pods into the atmosphere. Leaking oxygen and billowing fire, the ship guns rotated on their axis and fired into the empty space overhead. Torpedoes, missiles ...

Children of the Sun

Author : Demond Hussey, Staff Writer She appeared as a blazing slash across the midnight sky; a falling inferno, trailing multi-colored flames in her wake. Her impact shook the foundations of the continent, causing minor earthquakes and avalanches worldwide. Forest fires raged around ...

They Don't Play LCROSS

Author : Connor Yeck Employee entry, Kennedy Space Center: I don’t know if the other guys do this, but I like keeping records so I’m typing some things on my own terminal while we wait. Is personal stuff allowed? The rockets are past the point of alteration anyway, so there isn’t much ...

Welcome Home

Author : Nils Holst It had been five years since Theo had seen another human being, much less saluted one. “Captain Theodore Holmes of Alpha Company, Third Colonial Marine Battalion?” asked the man with the holopad. He didn’t look up as he scrolled through the UNSS Sargazzio’s ...

Backup

Author : Amanda Schoen I was at work when the chat program pinged. We weren’t supposed to take personal calls so I ignored it. Two seconds later it pinged again. And again. Oh hell. One conversation couldn’t hurt. My sister’s handle popped up. <Mel, I have some bad news. Dad passed ...

Runaway

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer I suppose if it was anything that drew me to her, it was the scars on her face. Four parallel lines on one cheek. Too precise to be accidental, I assumed, but too faint to be for show. Too far apart to be a bar code, and just near enough to each ...

Spark

Author : Mickey Hunt "Welcome to the edge of the universe," I said cheerfully. "The very edge." The clutch of tourists easing into my parent's store seemed overawed. At night, part of our sky is lit with nebulae, pulsars, galaxy clusters, and all sorts of stuff, but the rest of the ...

Plain as Plain Can Be

Author : C.L. Guerrieri I sat at the monitoring bay as he stood there, roughened hands folded calmly behind his stained, dark brown overcoat. His receded cheeks mostly hidden by a thin, graying beard and a matted ponytail, the captain smiled as his thinned eyes squinted out the front ...

The Morrow Upon Midday

Author : Timothy Marshal-Nichols Dearest, Humblest and most Obedient Sir, Please be informed, as agreed in mutual undertaking, that yourself named Mutch, first name, Alfred, are contracted to duty and that the lease of said duty is due forthwith to expire. Thus upon the thirtieth inst ...

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