Points on a Curve

Author : Andrew Bale Jake loved this part of the day. No more phone calls, no more meetings, no more acting humble, just a Cognac, a cigar, and a few minutes of quiet egotism. He didn’t think of himself as particularly egotistic, but the thrill he got sitting in front of his ...

Invader Guilt

Author : David Hartley We’ve longed for this, the end of all times, echoed the rampant philosophers, baying for the choicest sound-byte to sing the species out. I flick the radio off, return us to silence. Better that than cloying intellectual redemption. I look to you, to ...

Moving Forward

Author : D. R. Pinney The other side of Ray's bedroom door was the universe. A brilliant collage of billions of galaxies spreading out through all of infinity just over the threshold. The sight of it was so staggering that he fell back, an insane scream rising but failing to ...

Technobabble

Author : Bob Newbell "Captain," exclaimed chief engineer Chen, "the quanto-gravitetic drive has been hit! If we don't reverse the polarity of the phase rectification circuits within the the next three minutes, the magnetometric decouplers with be completely ...

Blue For You

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer “Hey you! What the hell do you think you’re doing to my daughter?” “Not hell, Daddy. Heaven. Heaven!” Wendy’s daddy was a Detective Inspector and things got a little difficult for me after that. Couldn’t go anywhere without being pulled ...

Coping Skills

Author : Alex Bauer The light on the wall is green. The machine beside her is on and receiving. The walls bleed nuclear colors like a pool of oil before shifting to uniform white. First session in years, motivated by some desperate nostalgia. The machine hums, squat and ...

The Revival Of Henry Hamilton

Author : Clint Wilson, Staff Writer Henry became suddenly aware. Aware that he was sitting upright in a comfortable chair, wearing comfortable clothes made from warm white fabric that he did not recognize. All around him was whiteness, save for a wide bay window across the ...

Cupid

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer Shades of coffee and caramel run under my fingertips like love letters written in goose-bump braille. There’s a heat from the honeyed angles and well-oiled hip joints that quietly beg me for a brush of fingertip. The skin is warm and dry ...

Christ Mass

Author : Thomas Desrochers Father Leibowitz gingerly placed the surplus sacrament back in the tabernacle. He turned to his congregation and sighed. It was a congregation of one: an old Jewish man named Schell. Leibowitz pursed his lips. He and Schell had been the only ones ...

Denial

Author : Thomas Desrochers “I am the beginning and I am the end. I am the Alpha and I am the Omega. Within me is the soul of an entire race, and behind me the hopes, fears, dreams, and desires of an entire people. “I am Lux Aeturna.” The words were painted in white lights ...

Newton to the Rescue

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer “So, Sergei,” asked mission specialist Clark Zander, “How’s it look?” “Not good, Clark,” replied Tsiolkovsky as he removed his helmet. “The meteorite punctured the aux tank. I was able to shut off the transfer valve, but we lost 60% of ...

ROE

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer “Let me get this straight; The slum kids were tagging you with paintballs of bioluminescent gel, so you took the decision to lift our forces into orbit and firestorm the planet?” “Yes sir.” Major MacLachlan looked up from the miniscule ...

Raiders of the Fourth Wall

Author : George R. Shirer Serefina and I barely managed to get the hatch closed before the first of the crew caught up with us. We’d barely secured it when someone started pounding on the other side, making all kinds of dire threats. Exhausted, we sank down to the floor of ...

Departure

Author : Ian Hill "Fifteen minutes until departure." came the monotone voice across the Metastation's many speakers. Four figures walked along the dark main tunnel that stretched for miles in either direction, their phosphor flares illuminating only a small portion of the ...

Best Friend

Author : Bob Newbell "Shuttle now clear from mothership. Beginning de-orbit," said Commander King as he studied the holographic display on his control panel. Captain Rex, seated next to him, looked up at what remained of the SS Stalwart. When she'd left Earth's solar system ...

The Goddess of War

Author : Mary Ann Back Dr. Klatua wasn’t dead – yet. But ten minutes into my session, the only thing keeping me from killing him was the Heja Root I’d smoked earlier in space dock. He was a typical Martian, four-foot-ten, reptilian green with scales here and tentacles there. ...

Order of Service

Author : Josie Gowler Twenty years of war. The couple sitting in front of me are younger than I was when I became Captain. Officiating wedding ceremonies is one of the supposedly pleasanter responsibilities of my job on this starship. But how can I do that with a clear ...

Maintain Your Equipment

Author : Clint Wilson, Staff Writer “Damn it Jones! Haven’t you got that translator working yet?” The ensign was baffled. He had set up translators on hundreds of worlds. This program was the very best, drawing on any slight nuances of anything that could conceivably ...

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