The Art That Keeps

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer “A Tamborda Eleven-Ess-Two should never be underrated. Treat each one as if it just came off the production line.” Master Needle’s words are soft-spoken yet carry upward to all in the gallery. On the dojo floor, his whipcord frame stands in an ...

Never More Than Half a Billion

Author : Clint Wilson, Staff Writer Doctor Flynn had a difficult decision to make. He looked up from his desk. The afternoon sun was beaming through the window alleviating the need for candle to see by. Out in the massive garden two-dozen people knelt, keeping the commune alive, ...

Fregh and Young Brawl at the Skev

Author : Alex Grover One of those tavern junkies invited me to the Skev for a brawl. I personally enjoyed these screw-ups. The one I talked to that ...

Colloquy

Author : Bob Newbell, Featured Writer The aliens came in a spherical spaceship that would have been at home on the cover of a 1930s pulp sci fi magazine. Their ship was nearly a thousand miles in diameter and could easily be seen in orbit with the naked eye. For three weeks the human ...

Warriors

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer This lab is armoured and very far underground. The strikes didn’t penetrate down here. That was six years ago. I’m the only survivor of the top-secret government installation designed to create robot soldiers. I succeeded and my designs went into ...

Balance of Power

Author : Bob Newbell, Featured Writer "Welcome to our asteroid belt," said the Congolese captain of the AFS Seretse Khama. Your asteroid belt, thought Dragoslav Ibrahimovi?. Yet the captain of the BAS Peter the Liberator had to admit that his African Federation counterpart had a ...

By The Light Of The Silvery Moon

Author : Clint Wilson, Staff Writer The thundering blasts of the plasma cannons hammered us relentlessly like meteor-sized fists, as the Zalkanthian war ship maintained its attack position directly outside our cockpit bay windows. There was no escape. Their bizarre hive-mind intellect ...

Peacefully Co-exist

Author : Bill Drummond We three, the only survivors of the wrecked starship Buoyant, are Captain Bertrand Kelmond, Sergeant Rosalind Druley and me. The Captain has suffered a head injury, leaving him confused and ineffective as the leader. I am not happy with being assigned his ...

Behavior Modification

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer The shrimp trawler ”Treadin’ Water” plowed through the calm gulf seas on its way to Baratana Bay. Clasping the wheel in his massive hands, Captain Noyent eyed his son skeptically. “So, your mother and me spend half our life’s savin’s putting you ...

Frontier Justice

Author : Bob Newbell, Featured Writer "Surrender your cargo and you can leave unharmed." The message comes over the radio the moment I come out of a space fold maneuver inside the Gliese 832 system. It's a fairly old trick. There are a finite number of space fold nexuses and of that ...

Interference

Author : J. R. Hargenrader When Mission Specialist David Branson joined the Solarian Defense Force, his romantic ideal of “see the universe, learn advanced skills, and encounter alien civilizations” never meant hiding on the far side of an asteroid, cleaning regolith-covered optics, ...

The Loaner

Author : Dave Rigby Steve sat in the beige waiting room idly flipping through channels on the tv, not stopping on any for more than the few seconds of allotted free viewing so as to not incur an automatic charge. At home he had a pretty decent entertainment package with no overrun fees ...

Runaway

Author : Bob Newbell, Featured Writer "Ensign, report!" yelled the captain over the ring of klaxons and the groans of metal fatigue that filled the bridge of his starship. The young officer didn't respond. His eyestalks were fixed on the kaleidoscope of stars streaking past on the ...

GraviTech Inc.

Author : Stephen LaGioia I stand anxious and apprehensive in the corner of the hallway near the top of my front door. I crawl to the peephole and squint through it, surveying the empty sky below me and blades of grass protruding upwards, my eyes frantically searching for help. Cars ...

Magnification

Author : Ulrich Lettau “This has never been done before.” I blurted out, watching the massive instrument continue to magnify the fluorine atom image. The gauge rapidly passed the billion power mark and continued toward the 1,750,000,000 times, the theoretical maximum. “Dr. Cronus, you ...

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