Bushel for the Candle

Author : Martin Berka Tom stood meters behind the ethicist, armed to where his teeth had been until they encountered grenade shrapnel two years ago. She knelt in the alleyway, engrossed in some insect or small plant ? it was not his job to understand. He could end this right ...

A Future in a Test Tube

Author : Eugen Spierer "Why do you want to work for Bosch paper mills?" The question echoed distantly in my ears. I knew it didn't matter what I answered, my future was being decided as we were speaking based on the blood sample I had donated five minutes earlier. "I think ...

The City

Author : Cesium It is only from one of the higher towers, the myriad smaller buildings laid out below and higher ones gleaming in the distance, that the City's infinitude truly becomes intuitively and not merely intellectually apparent. But even in the mist of a cool ...

The Martian Solution

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer A torrent of sea water gushed from the six meter in diameter penstock into the Sirenum Ocean, Mars' largest body of water. Twenty-eight minutes earlier, that sea water had been in the South Pacific Ocean, before beginning its long ...

Introdus

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer The Introdus happened in late 2021. Seven hundred thousand time travelers showed up around the world. They showed up on fire. They showed up in clumps in the larger cities and by the singles and pairs in rural areas. Most of them were ...

Terror Trade

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer He stepped over the bodies of the last two assault teams and walked swiftly to just below the camera blister on the ceiling. Waving a hand, he spoke calmly. “Hello Justin, I’m Agent Dessall. I’ve come to chat about what we can do to end ...

The Man Who Saved The World

Author : Clint Wilson, featured writer "I wrestle with it every minute of every day. However please let the record show that every precaution was considered when it came to keeping it humane. No one ever knew for even an instant what hit them. One second we were a planet ...

The Legion of the Dead

Author : Andrew Bale "Five minutes, General." "Thank you, Gunner." Anywhere else in the fleet she would be an impossible escort. Her dull-black skinsuit was topped with a spiked leather jacket, her hair gelled into liberty spikes, her face painted like a skull. She still ...

Still Nothing

Author : M. A. Goldin "Anything?" "Bacteria, some multi-celled organisms, but nothing complex. Nothing sentient." Captain Dalmar nodded, and the technician's projected image blinked out. She stood alone on the bank of a river. It rushed, boisterous, from the mountains ...

Sons and Fathers

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Stuart lost his footing scrambling over the shattered garden wall and fell, hard. As he struggled to his feet, his head still ringing from the tumble his pursuer caught him up and knocked him back down harder still. "You frickin bastard," ...

Wanted

Author : Michael Georgilis My hand scrambled over tiles studded with shattered glass until it found my gun, clenched, lifted, swung over the bartop, and pointed between the deepest blue eyes I'd ever hunted in the entire system. The gun cocked on reflex. Her eyes ...

Ultra Man

Author : Clint Wilson, featured writer "Unbelievable Simmons! We actually have him mainlined through the wormhole!" The assistant was no less excited than the good Doctor. "Professor!" he shouted as he checked the subject's vitals. "The fractal condensers are working ...

Hello World

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer /run -verbose -output=screen * Did you know that programmers have a higher rate of obsessive behaviour than any other occupation? * Watch your terminators, they taught me. * Always free the memory. * Never goto. I love sloppy coders, ...

Admissions

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer The Dean of Admissions flipped once again through the file in front of him. He'd memorized the contents, but hadn't quite found a starting point. Pulling his pocket watch from his waistcoat he regarded it solemnly over the rim of his ...

Who's Got The Time?

Author : John Arthur Beaman Why should we expect God to keep track of everyone in the world? The galaxies, you know, take a trained eye and eons of proper management to turn a profit. It's quite an operation. I don't blame God for losing me. It's funny when you think about ...

Nothing

Author : Alanna Cohen She set the plate before me and grinned with pride over her homemade dish, her hair falling in strands over her shoulders as the steam rolled in curls of fog from the meal. I looked down as my stomach roared loudly and admired the look of the food. The ...

Rover and Me

Author : Roi R. Czechvala, Staff Writer For the hundredth time, I glassed the area. Nothing on visual, nothing on thermal. I bumped the gain until individual grains of sand stood out in stark detail a thousand metres up the broken road. Nothing. Winter was setting in and game ...

Wolf-Rayet 104

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer Doctor Letum stood on the bridge of the Galaxy Explorer, staring at the forward viewscreen anticipating his first up-close look at Wolf-Rayet 104. It was not easy getting to this point, he mused. Ten years of filing applications, dozens ...

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