The Trouble With Children

Author : Maria Coello "The problem with sibes - the main problem with sibes - is that they won't lie down when they're dead," Kirsten said three days ago, spitting bits of sausage across the dinner table. I ought to have told her years ago, of course, but it never seemed like ...

Auburn Tresses

Author : Roi R. Czechvala, Staff Writer He awoke to the cloying smell of marijuana mixed with patchouli. His eyes fell on a poster featuring a cartoon rendering of a short bald man in yellow robes and flowing white beard. One sandaled foot was outthrust. The caption below the ...

Keep Your Head

Author : Clint Wilson The herd of Separable Hybrates fed veraciously on the nutritious fungus. You had to get your fill when you could and patches like this didn't usually strike up so abundantly this early on. The old matriarch was larger than the rest, and her feeding ...

Cargo

Author : A. R. Coy A fine layer of crimson dust covered the streets and filled the transporter with a red haze. Freetown claimed to be the finest of the planet's three cities, which only made the scene drearier. Deals were made here that were banned throughout the galaxy. ...

Something to Not Forget

Author : Jeremy Herman Did you know coal can be reduced to liquid? With enough heat and pressure it's possible. The government discovered this once they ran out of oil but they still needed to power their war machines. Right now Coleman felt like one of those dull pieces of ...

Attitude Problem

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer The office was tidy and the boss sat smiling behind the desk as he finished pouring a second glass of malt whiskey. The smell almost made John drool. Andy looked up with a beaming smile. "Come in John. Take a seat. This is informal so you ...

Entwined

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer Our breasts are sore and our balls itch. We feel like half of our food goes towards our tumours now. The black accordion beside our bed makes our four lungs work, squeezing long and then flat, our only sense of passing time when the ...

Personal Log, Private Jefferson, 922-081-3117 UEMC

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer Day 1. Our transport ship just crash landed on Piscium III. It was a miracle that twenty-four of us survived. The subspace transceiver still works, but C&C said it would probably be eight months before a rescue ship could get this ...

Power Grows

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Ambassador Shaylin steepled his fingers and pursed his lips in a half smile. "Now Envoy Tsak-tuk, you must appreciate the cost of transporting your exports to other planets, we're happy to facilitate trade, but we're simply unable to be any ...

Utopiate

Author : Julian Miles, Staff Writer Telemada Centre is pretty on a New Year evening. The displays in the shop fronts are outshone by the Christmas lights. I watched on live AV as Veleria Diesel turned them on. Seemed right that her fight for the rights of the poor was finally ...

Better Safe…

Author : Kevin Ware It was only because of the eighty years that the first probe had been studied that the true meaning of the next was clear. The teams of muttering specialists who had travelled to Alberta to examine the wreckage in exhaustive detail had wrung every last ...

My Feminine Ideal

Author : Ray Gregory I could get any woman in this bar I want, but she’s the one. I mean, what a babe: blond, built, just check out those knockers! Now she’s hitting on me even harder than I’m hitting on her, like neither of us can wait. We find a corner table. The place is ...

Pest Control

Author : Sarah Crysl Akhtar They said no pets. I'd felt a little guilty, a little bit not quite truthful, but I hadn't made a home for it or anything, no tank on the windowsill; just sometimes carried it inside, from the garden, and then took it back out again. If it wanted ...

The Uncanny Valley

Author : Page LePage My wife is angry. I have no idea what I've done. "DESTRUCTION SEQUENCE INITIATED." It's at times like these that I know my brother Shen was right when he told me I should have married something with more sophisticated logic calibration — or at least a ...

The story about The Clouds Exchange

If you are looking forward for some counseling when it comes to picking just the right personnel for your newly created business or already exciting corporation you want to expand, the Staffing Exchange is one immediate solution. Featuring fast and reliable staffing services, we can ...

Revolution Out of Darkness

Author : Gordon Day The man was dressed in ivory and on his chest for all to see was a red bolt, declaring his allegiance to the Militant Atheist order. His audience did not know it yet, but he would be the last to publicly wear it. His lightly freckled cheeks begin to ...

Googling Tinkerbell

Author : George S. Walker Before the EMP went off, the sky over Stonehenge had been aflitter with fairies scattering pixie dust. Agent Jack Bishop pulled off his mirrorshades as tourists around him tried to blink away the afterimage of the electromagnetic flash. "Mummy," ...

Xenosympathizer

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer Do I consider myself a citizen of Earth? Do I consider myself a human? Am I an alien sympathizer? Members of the council, I fear I no longer know what these questions even pertain to. They are meaningless sounds to me now with no more ...

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