Sentence Option B

Author : Clint Wilson, Staff Writer “Well let’s see now Mr. Williams, you have your battery charged for over 100,000 hours of usage, plus the suit’s solar absorbers are in good order. Your spots will provide ample light should you land somewhere where it’s night. Of course on ...

Blackout

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer “During the mission, your memories are yours. After the mission, they belong to the military.” The sergeant had droned on at the beginning of this op. It was a standard briefing. I remember seven similar briefings followed by months of ...

Final Effect

Author : Desmond Hussey Dr. Chow Ming Fu and his cat Schrödinger are the only inhabitants of the titanic supercollider surrounding Canis Majoris like a ring. With a diameter of over 4.5 billion kilometers, the supercollider harnesses the gravity of the massive sun, spinning ...

Skyhook Waypoint

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Terry abandoned the powerbike at the bridge a few hundred meters before the checkpoint, running it off the road, down the embankment and parking tight against the understructure before he waded into the river. He swam across, letting the ...

Graviton Tsunami

Author : Patricia Stewart The patrol ship SS Rakki was approaching Moonbase Delta when the science officer announced, “Captain, I’m picking up an emergency distress signal from the Ultragravity Research Station orbiting Jupiter.” “Are they requesting assistance?” asked the ...

Hard Time

Author : Bob Newbell "We beat it!" Those were the words my lawyer had said to me right after sentencing. "It" was the death penalty. "Son, you shouldn't have done this in Texas," he'd said to me the first time we met. "This" referred to killing a man. It happened in the ...

Marooned

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer It's been ten years since the Humanis Confederacy swept the Roekuld from the Spiral Arm in a rebellion that no-one thought mankind capable of. In six months we undid the defeats and treacheries of fifty years. Victory was absolute and mercy ...

Reading

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer They stood on level sixteen of the meat building, waiting for their order of sharkbeef. This vat boutique specialized in hybrid delicacies and Kay was hosting a birthday dinner party tonight. The invites and accepts scrolled across her ...

Survival Therapy

Author : Kevin Crisp The judge gave Rick several choices, of which the young men’s wilderness therapy program on an uncolonized but certified habitable world seemed the most palatable. He learned to pitch an atmosphere tent, tie a tourniquet and find cover from acid rain. He ...

The Threshold of our Reach

Author : Aldous Mercer It was a deathbed recantation. The Astronaut lay, sunken and frail amidst his bedclothes, as they set up their equipment. There was a window on the other side of the bed, framing a portion of the nearby mountain range. “Beautiful view you’ve got,” said ...

Boom World

Author : Chris Capps She's a shrewd old lady. She knows things. When she gave the Parch brothers the treasure map, she said the journey would be dangerous. She even asked them if they had twelve shooters and - more importantly - knew how to use them. When they assured her ...

Something New Under the Sun

Author : J.D. Rice When man first delved into the depths of the sea, they discovered a teaming ecosystem like nothing they'd ever imagined. When he first ventured out into space, he found bright stellar formations in the midst of barren blackness. And when men finally learned ...

The Cord

Author : Clint Wilson, Staff Writer I have been obsessed with The Cord all my life. A full century before my birth, scientists detected the tip of the strange tendril undulating and probing at the outer edge of our oort cloud. As far as anyone knew it was without end, as we ...

Know Thy Enemy

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer As Bestiarius entered the cold and damp gladiator’s stockade, he tossed his blood splattered shields, sword, and mace into the weapons pit for cleaning. Then the four armed, four legged Quadnotaur stepped onto the Transformer Pad to be ...

Ice in the Wind

Author : Dan Whitley A ghastly wrenching sound drummed the ship from outside. Another loose bit of hull or outboard instrument had torn away. It flapped off into the distance, carried on the frigid blizzard of an alien world. “Would you stop fidgeting?” Petra shot a baleful ...

The Last Temptation of CR-1.57

Author : Dan Whitley The natives prostrate me over a disused shipping crate in their temple and begin their ritual. They flog me with ancient braided industrial cables that have hung from the temple walls for centuries, awaiting this day and this purpose. The temple sits in ...

Theogony

Author : Bob Newbell Ship's log, Cycle 6944, Subcycle 3, Captain Zeus commanding. The Olympia's A.I. has performed an emergency biometamorphosis on the crew who were all in stasis at the time of the transrelativistic drive malfunction. The A.I. was able to get the ship back into ...

Elise

Author : Thomas Desrochers A little girl runs down the street in her bare feet, her vivid orange skirt prancing through the air behind her all the way. She is young, barely six, and more full of life because of it. She loves the flowers in her mama's garden, the cookies that ...

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