Away From It All

Author: Alastair Millar Driven out of Selene Station by the furious outbursts typical of the frustrated but truly powerless, Sheila and I went looking for space to reflect; we ended up making a mostly silent, three-hour crawler ride to one of the old prospector shelters ...

Thin Places

Author: Majoki “Think thinly, my daughter,” the mother counseled as they approached the verge. A few steps ahead, her daughter did not look back, did not break stride. “The boundary may be abrupt,” the mother cautioned, then warned, “You don’t want to slip ...

Winter Tree

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer It stands there, black branches against a steel-grey sky, lord of all it surveys from on top of the escarpment above where I’m digging what could be my own grave. The snow is piled deep here. With a last effort, I hope to make a capsule ...

The Long Way Round

Author: Bill Cox Standing on the deck of the ship, he watched the dead planet hanging in the void in front of him. It’s lustre had gone, its greens and blues replaced by a uniform dull brown. The automated systems confirmed it. There was no life on the world in front of ...

The Fist in the Sky

Author: Richard Loudermilk My child, never worry about how you would endure a catastrophe. You will find it amazing what a person can do when there is no alternative. Look to the graves in our backyard, and yes, you are old enough to hear this. I took no pride in ...

Small Talk in a Copper Haze

Author: Brynn Herndon The man next to me on the bench wears a crisp suit, creased where it should be, and smooth where it’s meant. My shorts have long ridden up. A splinter digs into my thigh. The world ended yesterday, and the bus is late. You might assume that’d be ...

I Loved A Man

Author: Evan MacKay I loved a man. I can’t say much more than that. What does it mean to love? A parent loves their child unconditionally. A spouse love’s with nature’s own fierce determination. A friend loves in a way which sometimes makes no sense. I was neither parent ...

Localized Autonomy

Author: J.D. Rice "Will it hurt?" The boy looks up at us with tears in its little eyes. We understand that this could mean fear, sadness, confusion, or a myriad of other emotions at this stage of its development. We use the eyes of the father unit to examine the boy's ...

Dismal Nitch

Author: Majoki Every galaxy has its Dismal Nitch. Every member of the Expeditionary Force knows that, yet Wuten, even with her many cycles of service, had never seen a planet quite like this. It was literally raining vermin. Shiskovny had christened the gliding spider-like ...

The Last Drop

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer I hold the bottle up and watch the faint shadows cast by the rising sun through it. There are still sirens in the distance. That always made us laugh. There’s never enough traffic to delay anything. We joked the sirens were to make sure ...

Fit for Service

Author: Jordan Mcclymont The last remaining light of the star dwindled, right about the time the slow motion drugs kicked in. For a time, I forget the star and lay belly down, smelling the flowers for several of your lifetimes. Then, the heavens ignited and I was ...

Lost in Translation

Author: Celso Almeida On the crisp evening of February 9th, 1986, Leo, a 13-year-old with a passion for astronomy, stood in his backyard, eagerly awaiting the arrival of Halley's Comet. The new moon cast a perfect stage for Leo's celestial observations, a moment he had ...

The Golden Lining

Author: Ian McKinley In technical forensics, the worst place to work is a university. There you find sophisticated, cutting-edge equipment, with interfaces so user-friendly that application requires no fundamental understanding of their operational principles. Such kit is ...

Home Boy

Author: Jaryd Porter I gripped my reclining chair’s arms. She hopped up and down, hair cascading across her shoulders–a happy dance. “It’s almost time,” I said. I bit into my bottom lip. Blood. Our apartment door beeped and shifted upwards. A four-legged drone entered ...

Let There Be Light

Author: WF Peate Thunder shakes the ground leaving an ozone smell. Rain clouds stream across the sky like whales. I’m holding my Quantum computer phone to my left ear with my left hand while casting my fly rod with my right. A shiver goes up my spine from standing in the ...

The Old Problem

Author: Majoki Setzer was sure of it. He’d checked the instruments numerous times and taken thousands of readings. The signals were real. Something was out there and coming his way. What to do? He thumbed the chipped edge of his mug and took a sip of coffee many hours ...

Extra Mayhem

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer “You stabbed me with a corkscrew.” Gabby turns with a look of wide-eyed innocence. “You told me to do a convincing betrayal thing if they came for us.” I take the clean pad she offers and switch it for the blood-soaked one I peel away ...

A Cloth Uncovered

Author: Ethan Kahana Erika Glass sat nervously on her wood-frame bed with her back hunched while the celebration was at full force just outside her window. Like every other bedroom in the city, the walls in her room were covered in an array of checklists and a relatively ...

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