The Lag Has Made Us Patient

Author : John Arcadian The lag has made us patient. Not humanity, just Marie and I, and maybe a few others. You see, I’m on the lunar launch station on the farthest part of the moon that is viably habitable. It’s a spider-webbed grid of interconnected, but autonomous, pods that ...

Beautiful

Author : David Burkhart He had just sat down when he felt a soft touch on his shoulder and then heard a voice near his ear saying “D-d-dance with me Henry”. He looked around at two strange eyes and said, “Get away from me, you freak!”. He twisted his glass free from the dingy sticky ...

Cold

Author : Bronwyn Seward “I-, I-, want….you to die my boy.” “Famous last words, eh Grandpa?” My father’s father fidgeted under the covers, twisting his toes with creaking bones. A shaky hand reached for mine, as I jutted away from it. “Come here, don’t be afraid now.” Pawing closer, ...

Police Interrogation

Author : Townsend Wright The young tech analyzed her monitor. Her blue uniform was worn loosely among her personal gothic choice of clothing which was oddly fitting of the dark, blue-lit, organic looking room they were in. "Download complete. Ready any time officers." Browner checked ...

Extremophile

Author : Aaron Koelker I had eaten a ham sandwich the morning we found God. It wasn’t exactly the foundation of great literature. Perhaps they would write in a great feast and how our crew was a likable bunch both humble and imperfect. You know, a “twelve apostles” sort of crew, all ...

The End of the Extinction

Author : Isla Kay We still thought about it. Dreamt about it. The idea would never escape us. Even if we’d never lived it. I had been folding Kyle’s socks when I started hearing newscasts from the telesurfaces in the kitchen. A man had been found. He’d been living in Tazmania. His ...

Ascensual

Author : Daniel Martin Fairbairn Along the track the city slid past. Like an anamorphic visual soundtrack to the passing of time and past and present in his mind. The music from the earphones pulsing like some outer heart, reflecting the heat from the sun, and ejecting it from within ...

Containment

Author : Javen J. 1:10. Three fingers of vodka were left; two in the bottle and one in a tumbler. He had never drunk so much before; and never would again. At least there would be no record breaking hangover. He chased the tumbler with a sharp inhale. He looked down at his mangled ...

Fight Fan Love

Author : Michael F. da Silva "I didn't know you were such a fight fan!" he said with a huge, dumb grin on his face. He couldn't believe his luck. "Oh, totally!" she beamed. "I got really into it because of my Dad. We've watched the Pan-Orion Championships every year together since I ...

Burial Details

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer The shades of green here are like nowhere else in the world. “Pre-zent arms!” With a metallic crash, fourteen biobots swing their gantry guns skyward as their right arms raise in salute. The bier passes with a soft hum, the incongruously gentle ...

Hard Right

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer It was China that finally did it. So little was known about the whys and hows of explosive decompression of the human body in space. There had been assumptions and guesses but nothing had happened yet in terms of accidents to give the scientists ...

Forgiveness Day

Author : Clint Wilson, Staff Writer His genius was detected at an early age. His penchant for numbers, particularly those relating to the intricate workings of world financial markets, was second to none. To the delight of his parents he excelled beyond all expectations in his ...

Baby May Care

Author : Desmond Hussey, Staff Writer “I’m thinking of breeding,” Theo declairs. Teressa ponders Theo’s statement as she slices with butch determinism a bite-sized cube from her Viti-Gel (containing 33.3% of all her daily dietary requirements). She stabs the gelatinous orange chunk ...

Vengeance

Author : Bob Newbell "You scared, son?" the old man asked the large robot walking down the long, gray corridor beside him. "I am incapable of emotion, doctor," the automaton replied. The old man nodded in response as he shuffled along. The robot walked slowly so as to remain at the ...

The Place I Once Called Home

Author : Holly Jennings “January 18th, 2311. Patient is Makayla Jenson. Session one.” Dr. Rhan sets the recorder down on the table between us and clears her throat. “John tells me you’re having trouble with your dreams?” I glance down at John’s ring on my finger. I try to wear it as ...

Relativity

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer “Welcome aboard, Mrs. Dieter.” “Why, thank you, Captain Dieter,” Lana replied with a giggle, and followed it up with a long, hard kiss. Afterwards, she embraced him firmly and said, “I can’t believe I married a 200 year old man.” “I’m ...

Old Gamers Never Die

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer After Grandma died, Grandpa settled into being the selfish octogenarian teenager he had always been under the veneer of wisdom and mischief. When his body started to fail, he didn’t notice for a while as he played so much. Eventually we had to ...

Traveller's Mistake

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer It’s a time traveler thing. I’m always walking up to people that I haven’t met yet and saying ‘hello’. I jump around so often that I can’t keep it straight. Then I have to go back and stop myself from doing it. It can get confusing but as long as ...

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