Real Love

Author : Jeri Otero She's so beautiful. Just lying there with her eyes closed. All that long black hair, still in its long curls even after last night. Lashes like feather dusters, lying against her skin. She has those slightly turned up eyes that are almost Asian. Strong ...

The Long and Short of It

Author : JD Kennedy The bridge of Earth's first colony ship, Columbia, was a beehive of activity. The newly awakened ship's officers were carefully reviewing the system readings at each of their stations. Captain James Branson sat in his chair admiring the efficiency of his ...

Runner

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer We tried everything but the kid was just too fast. We were hoping to break speed records when we bred him. A snip of a molecule here, a tweak of an atom there. We only wanted to cheat and win some gold medals for our country. We were too ...

Rupert

Author : Clint Wilson, Staff Writer Rupert’s father blubbered uncontrollably as he took his son’s hand and led him away from the car and into the forest. Son? Was he really? Maybe if he kept thinking that way this might become somehow easier. Yes, he just needed to keep ...

Concerning Dark Matters

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer “Damn, there’s nothing there. I don’t like this one bit,” said NASA’s Jim Mason to his fellow astronomer. “Based on the perturbations to the orbits of Neptune and Uranus, the computer says the damn thing has 45% of the mass of the ...

Double Blind

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Dr. Darius from the Psychology lab walked along the line of students to Dr. Thorne's adjacent Bio lab, reaching the door just as it opened to emit a thin wiry girl with a pale face and electric blue irises. She paused only a second before ...

The Ministry of Dirty Tricks

Author : Colin W Campbell When it all started, Duke was just one of these overpaid, do anything, off-home-world operatives. The planet administrators were little impressed when he asked for a Council Meeting to propose a new section for what he called dirty-tricks. What ...

Vector

Author : TJMoore I'm starting to get a little worried now. Some more kids stopped by to visit Adrian today. At first it was just his friends, kids that I know and have met before. Now, it seems like every teenager in the county is stopping by. Almost as troubling is the ...

Curtain Call for Feeling

Author : Jack Barton ‘Joy, joy, I wish joy to you all.’ Karl raised his arms as he addressed the crowd. ‘And joy is what you shall have, if you can accept it.’ Beaming, he eyed the hesitant audience. It wasn’t just junkies and religious zealots anymore; there were businessmen ...

Activation Required

Author : Donald O'Barra “You’re so full of shit, Barry,” said Kent. “No, I’m serious. I was reading about gene activation. They’ve managed to wake up really old genes in lab mice. What if humans thousands of years ago all had superpowers? What if they could fly or something ...

Jack

Author : David Barber The woman sitting the other side of the table is Jan Fierro, the Department chief. We've never talked much, I mean, I’m just a jack aren’t I? Though once I photoshopped a great nude pinup of her and posted it in the men's changing room as a joke. I never ...

Revolution

Author : Autumn Humphrey A dog barks rhythmically in the distance, its voice distorted by the noise of the world, sounding a desperate call of, “Come here! Come here!” It has been this way since the revolution, odd sounds ringing out, confirming things are not the same, a ...

Bug-Eyed Monsters

Author : Bob Newbell The captain repeatedly tapped his mesothoracic exoskeleton contemplatively and looked out the main viewport at the blue and white planet below. Two-thirds of the surface was underwater and its atmosphere was over 20 percent oxygen. How could life, let ...

Heirloom

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer “Sarge, that’s illegal, isn’t it?” “Yes Jim, completely against the rules of engagement.” “So we can complain?” “Hell yes, son. I’m sure the Captain will be right on the blower to the moderators as soon as the opposition finish killing ...

Whipped Cream

Author : Thomas Desrochers Ellie's leg was broken. They couldn't run any more. Andre gently eased her up against a grimy brick wall, trying to ignore the grimace of pain cracking across her porcelain face. “It's going to be alright, love,” he whispered. “It's going to be ...

Piñata

Author : Daniel M. Bensen Flaming debris rained over Warsaw. "We got another one," Specialist first rank Donaldson sat back in his chair and sighed happily at the red fireball against the blue sky. "Its over non-US territory, but we shot it before the Russians, so we'll get ...

Comeback

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer The pins and needles stopped caressing her body. Her muscles twitched to life as she took her first gasping steps out of the cryotube and lit a cigarette from the pack beside her clothes. She tossed back the two whiskey shots provided by ...

Union Blues

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer "That suit's not safe on my dock," the voice boomed across the row of vacant lifter pads to the mezzanine, "who gave you clearance to come out here?" Horik's visor was up, the bulky exo-suit exaggerating his movements as he marched across ...

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