Wake-up Call

Author : Desmond Hussey, featured writer I hate psychologists with a passion, but when I saw the ad requesting lucid dreamers for research into the origin of dreams, I couldn’t resist. Besides, they’re offering stipends and I need the cash. I stub out my cigarette and suck ...

Adaptation

Author : Bob Newbell "This time we're done for. This is finally the end, I think," said Triana. Of course, she didn't really "say" anything. She communicated her thoughts to her husband, Loret, by modulating the zero-point energy that comprised her being. "You say that every ...

The Things We Do for Love

Author : Ian Florida Jack was grateful he had never been human. He was thankful that he’d skipped out on that entire sliver of Earth’s history. He knew humans: pink bundles of flesh with more emotional baggage then a type IV psychic could ever hope to unravel. That he didn’t ...

Cerebral Mechanics

Author : Desmond Hussey, Featured Writer “Good evening honored representatives of the World Coalition,” Dr. Dretch drones standing near an unconscious patient strapped to an inclined table. The top of the patient’s skull has been removed, revealing grey brain matter. A neural ...

Indestructabuddies

Author : Clint Wilson, Staff Writer “Indestructabuddies! They’re completely indestructible! Drop them from skyscrapers, throw them into traffic! Freeze them, burn them, blow them up reeeal good! Indestructabuddies, your new best friend who will last you forever and ever and ...

Fliers

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer My mount is about an acre across from wingtip to wingtip. I’m sitting between her eyes, up near the front. I have a windshield set up, sheltering my sleeping quarters, replicator, garden, fridge, toilet bag and pilot’s chair. She’s the ...

I, Rifle

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer I am a rifle. There are few like me, but I am unique. I will fire true. I will fire straighter than any other. I know that only hitting the target counts. I will maintain myself clean and ready. I will defend my country. I will master the ...

Hard Currency

Author : Desmond Hussey, Featured Writer “That’ll be two-thousand kilowatts,” the droopy eyed clerk said when he finished scanning Sarah’s purchase. She held out her debit battery, which was running depressingly low; prayed she had enough. The clerk barely looked at her as he ...

Two's a Crowd

Author : Tom Coupland Rob grinds his cigarette on the outside of the window, letting it drop down to the pavement. He knew it’d annoy Dave, but recently he was beginning to care less and less about what Dave thought anyway. Closing the curtains against the sun’s light and ...

Android CG

Author : Alice Brook I want to say I am alive but logic forbids me. I am metal, silicone and electronics. I have etiquette chips, politeness programs, e-circuits and I am my creator's pride and joy. I was constructed exactly five months ago and have been the center of forty two ...

The Beautiful Moon

Author : David Stevenson I had never seen the moon so bright and clear. I had brooded all evening until, shortly before midnight, I went outside and looked at the sky. All evening I had heard the sounds of panic and rioting outside in the street, but now, as I looked up into ...

The Art of the Deal

Author : Bob Newbell Minerva City had a population of one thousand and greater financial resources than all but the largest countries. The great aerostatic city-state floated 50 kilometers above the surface of Venus and moved along in the super-rotating atmosphere at 300 ...

Ground Up

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer The agent had been a train wreck. Until just a few hours ago he'd been laid open like a can of tinned meat from his ear to the bloody stump that had been his left foot. Blue, the mechanic, had stopped counting the number of liters of fluid ...

The Lady Is Not

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer ‘The night is yet young’ as my grandmother used to say. Apparently it was my grandfather’s favourite line before they’d go out and party. She told me about the two of them jetting off to Dubai for breakfast and always being in Shanghai for ...

The Message

Author : Clint Wilson, Staff Writer The secretary general entered the command center with her entourage. She walked directly toward me, an imposing figure. Although we had not yet met in person she obviously knew I was the team leader. Dispensing with any formalities she got ...

The Loneliness of Time Travel

Author : George R. Shirer I met myself in a coffee bar the other day. He was older, but looked pretty good. “We should talk,” he said, then ordered us a couple of coffees. People were giving us strange looks, but the other me didn’t seem to care. He sipped his drink and ...

Plasticized

Author : Alexander Polkki The sales associate places the tablet in front of me. She delicately sets her nails on the screen and it comes to life, brimming with imagery, with iconography. We are living the revolution. She's waiting for me to say something. My silence ...

Don't Look

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer The controls were familiar to any race that had developed mechanical means to get around on their planet’s surface. There was an altitude stick, turning/braking pedals, a throttle plus a variety of buttons and dials to let the pilot know ...

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