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 ...

Almost Human

Author : George R. Shirer “Mac?” “Yeah?” “Um. I sort of want to eat your face.” Raj said this in a sheepish tone. “No, you don’t.” “I know, I just. . . .” I jerked a thumb over my shoulder, at the back of the car. “It’s not you. It’s her.” I hit the switch, activating the ...

Eviction Notice

Author : Desmond Hussey, Staff Writer At 12:01pm Greenwich Time every vid-screen worldwide is interrupted by a mysterious broadcast. Every program on every channel airs the same ominous figure shrouded in thick shadow. “Greeting citizens of Earth,” speaks the mystery man after a brief, ...

Steampunk

Author : David Stevenson You had to have a hobby. Sure, he had spent hundred of hours on this project, but at least he had built something. You might as well do it right. He could use cardboard covered in metallic foil, but why bother? Far better to spend an hour or two at the lathe, ...

Flip Man

Author : James Zahardis Glxxo-Rgm looks up from her console at the colossal androids. Above their heads is a transparent dome that separates the Denshari flagship’s methane-enriched atmosphere from space. Glxxo-Rgm’s foremost right leg extends and the Loom materializes. She centers ...

For The One Who Has Everything

Author : Xauri'EL Zwaan Evelyn offers me a bouquet of white lilies. I know immediately that she’s hiding something, but I indulge her little game. I take them and breathe deeply; she knows how I love complex smells. These have a spice that matches nothing in my chemical pattern bank. ...

Ghost In The Machine

Author : Clint Wilson, Staff Writer Just because mankind has invented time travel doesn’t mean we can go traipsing along down through the ages all willy-nilly. Firstly, one may not, under any circumstances, completely materialize into any previous plane of existence at any time ...

Self Defense

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer As the FNG, I was the crew’s gofer. When anyone needed a lackey, I was the guy. But hey, it was the price I was willing to pay to get into space. Today, I was helping the Chief. He needed to replace the Finnegan Pin that couples the ion reactor ...

Long Voyage

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer Humans are crazy. This is a long voyage. I pretend I’m a greedy Noah sometimes. I pretend that I brought two hundred humans and said ‘fuck it’ to the animals. Transporters have given the human race the ability to flicker from post to post at ...

Marauder

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer The speaker hums as the decoder scans for the encrypted channels that the Chendrin use. I know I shouldn’t give in to this ghoulish need to eavesdrop, but I cannot help myself. “Seventy-four. Seventy-four. Anything on your sweeps?” “Negative, ...

A Positive Alien Encounter

Author : J.D. Rice There's an alien in my kitchen, and I'm not quite sure what to do. My wife stands by the stove, humming quietly to herself while chopping away at some vegetables for the stew. My son sits at the table next to the alien, trying to teach it how to play his favorite ...

Darwin

Author : Alex Bauer It never started here, my dear. We are victims of circumstance. It started with the fires, with her, as we watched the skyline burn in the middle of terrific night. Standing there on the lake shore, horrified beyond rational thought, among wailing multitudes while ...

The Unwelcome

Author : Desmond Hussey, Staff Writer wake screaming. where am i? body hurts… everywhere… spiders beneath my skin, crawling, biting. feel queazy. stomach’s spinning. so dim. can barely see. my arms. can’t move my arms. “What the f -…?” stay calm. focus… breath… in… out… in… ...

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