Hacker

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer The pastel decorated walls were hung with tasteful art that changed as needed to offset any negative morale the system garnered from the gestalt of everyone’s mindnets. Since the advent of the cranial implant, society had changed beyond all ...

Evolution

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer We were so wrong. We saw evolution as a paring down to essentials. Our pinkies were getting shorter and soon we might only have four fingers, for instance. We theorized evolution as a process that winnowed away the unnecessary. It ...

Correspondence

Author : D. Ahren Bell “Peregrine, this is the ship. I… I have an important issue that I must discuss with you. Our fuel reserves have run out, and photovoltaic energy is not enough to keep me in orbit for much longer.” Peregrine’s response time was, per usual, long delayed, ...

I Friended an Alien

Author : Brian McDermott “This could be the single most important event in the history of our planet,” Jake leaned over the formica. “I think I've been friended by an Alien,” Amir's stunned silence was broken by the sounds of his legs peeling off the vinyl bench. Jake slowly ...

Salvage Operation

Author : Bob Newbell Ship's Log, 1330, 24 June 2533. Captain April Green recording. Al-Basri and Sanchez continue to work on the alien ship's engines. The vessel appears to use an antimatter-enhanced helium-3/deuterium fusion rocket not unlike the interstellar drive on the ...

Cargo

Author : S. P. Mahoney “Freighter Tigris, Control. You’re straying out of your flight path -- explain. Now.” Maria and Crone shared a look, before Maria put on her headset. Rank hath its responsibilities. “Control, this is Tigris. Something hit us ...

Ticket to Paradise

Author : Clint Wilson, Staff Writer Two-hundred and twenty years had finally passed. We had reached our destination. From our sleep tubes we could see the first images of the beautiful green planet on our displays. But I did not care about any of it. Then as our ship ...

Big Brother

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer The battlefield is silent and empty. In the city beyond, we can see figures on the remaining vantage points. All of us gawking like children as the spectacle continues. The dawning light reflects from angles or scatters in rainbow flashes ...

Sisters of Mars

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer I watched as the Martian women came down the stairs from their shuttle onto the tarmac. Regular Martian humans smeared red clay into their skin but these Ambassadors had tattooed their entire bodies red. They believed that if your skin ...

Twitch

Author : Christina Richard More often than not, pretty girls do not get master’s degrees in neurorobotics. I am as ugly as your worst nightmare, but the bots I design have made grown men forget how to pronounce their own last names. And considering what happens to some of the ...

Before Ruin

Author : Cruz Andronico Fernandez People were getting sick everyday. Scott could care less. It was just something talked about on the television. So when he fell off his bike and tore up his arm he was only thinking about when he could get back on and ride again. The day ...

Little Sarah's Sixth

Author : Thomas Desrochers The crowd is fast on the heels of the gate guards. Evacuation sirens are blaring, deafening. Over everything the massive ship looms, engines warming up. Everybody is running, but from what, or why, nobody can say. They've been trained to for years. ...

kharla's Getaway

Author : Desmond Hussey We’re cutting it damn close. The three Gyth gliders are closing quickly as we jink in and out of the towering rock spires attempting to stay out of their line of fire. We’re gaining altitude quickly enough, but Kharla’s running low on water to convert ...

Show and Tell

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer “Good morning, children,” said Nek-orf La’Erer. “Good morning, Mx. La’Erer,” replied her students in unison. “We have a lot to get through today,” she said without preamble. “So, we’ll continue where we left off yesterday. Tjen’er, ...

Contribution

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Janice curled up in the corner of the overstuffed couch, watching as Dora mixed drinks at the sidebar. She studied the woman with lustful fascination, eager to explore the flesh beneath the low-back, high hemmed dress and learn for herself ...

Hostage Situation

Author : Clint Wilson, Staff Writer The situation was bad; twenty-nine hostages, mostly women and children, and these guys were a whole new breed of terrorist. Similar instances as this had already ended horribly when any type of extraction was attempted. They were usually ...

Faster Than Life

Author : George R. Shirer There are three types of people who become FTL-pilots: crazies, masochists and sad sacks. I’m the last. At least, that’s what my boss would tell you. That I’m one of those sad bastards who can’t let go of the past. Then he’d probably tell you what ...

…—…

Author : Sean A. Murphy “I would first like to thank you all for your time and consideration, but I have to open this session with an apology. I do not have any easy solutions to offer you, nor even any that may ask you all for some tremendous investment. I know many of you ...

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