Super Troopers

Author : Roi R. Czechvala, Staff Writer Packed into the ship's tight squad bay were twenty five lockers and twenty five cryo-beds. Inside their frozen coffins rested men and women engineered for their speed, agility and overall physical prowess. Perfection incarnate. These ...

The Future

Author : Dave Rudden It screamed as the last of the connectors plunged in. A proper scream, a gut-scream, lifting it off the surgical table in an arched back gasp-shudder orgasm of pain and raw hate that made every hair on my exposed arm shiver with sweet appreciation. The ...

Better Than Lilacs

Author : Donovan Pruitt So much blood. My blood. The wind shouted for just a moment, throwing sand over the stone and down my back. My hat tumbled off lazily, dancing in the dirt, taunting me out of arms reach. I wouldn't move for it. Move and I'm dead. My duster stank of ...

Good Work, Soldier

Author : David Shute They've had me running assassination jobs for awhile now. Terrorists, political loose ends, and the occasional despot in between bigger jobs. It kicked off with Nan Kang-Dae, a North Korean defector picked up by the Chinese authorities. His government ...

Making the Cut

Author : Dan Simon He didn't remember signing the death waiver. He didn't remember enrolling in University at all. But he was at University, so he must have signed a death waiver at some point. He was beginning to crack under the pressure. That was all. He had gotten an A- ...

Tongues

Author : Julian Miles, Featured Writer That was what they looked like. Tongues. In every possible colour you could conceive that a tongue could turn. They came to earth as refugees from a conflict of such horror that only the vaguest rumours and hints escaped, the details of ...

Weathervanes

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer Shifters, they called them. People not in line with our own universe but only barely out of sync. It could happen to anyone. A person wouldn't even know if it was happening to them. One of the more extreme giveaways was if someone was speaking ...

Zero Degrees of Obliquity

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer Gregori Milankovitch relaxed in his folding camp chair, admiring the dull red sun as it skimmed along the cloudless horizon. "What a beautiful sunset," he casually remarked. "Why do you insist on calling it a sunset?" snapped Mrs. ...

Aces Deep

Author : Julian Miles, Featured Writer I flick wing over wing and dive, engines howling as some bright blue nastiness passes through where I was. Half committed in the dive I pull the nose up and jink sideways, broadside to angle of travel. The parachute effect yaws me and I ...

Think Fast

Author : Andrew Bale I should have just slept with her, in retrospect. She had been attractive and suggestive, but there had been something about her that smelled like trouble, and sure enough, she had come back to the hotel bar with her arm wrapped around six feet of good ...

Lower Decks

Author : Phillip Riviezzo Mother warns me not to go too high, to stay safe and not ascend too many decks. It's where the Things Above live, and they are dangerous. They hate us and want us all dead - thankfully, they're too soft and weak to come down to our homes. Not that ...

Political Connections

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Doctor Spake slipped the needle into the fatty flesh of the rat and depressed the plunger, then withdrew and watched. "This rat is almost three years old," the Doctor addressed the Senator standing opposite him, "virtually at the end of its ...

Trading Spaces

Author : N.R.Messer I've been going at it for months now. Searching, weeping, trying to find her -- my Angelica. But, in my haste to undo the past, my desire to forge my own fate has quite possibly damned me from the start of this journey. Although married for four years, ...

Snicker Snack

Author : Roi R. Czechvala, Staff Writer "Jesus jumpin' Christ," ejaculated Cpl. Davidson before he died. Though clad in nearly impervious plasteele body armour, his head was cleanly ripped from his body. "Run away, run away," the rest of the men in his squad screamed as they ...

Riph

Author : Julian Miles, Featured Writer I looked down at the riph on my wrist, remembering the days when phone, watch, PDA, wallet, cash, cards and ID were separate items. Then I realised that I was late for my meeting, hadn’t got Susie a present and I was watching the rain ...

Superiority Complex

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer You'd expect a physically challenged, mentally retarded child born with a life expectancy of six years to figure out a crude way of getting around. Some simple crutches, perhaps. Or maybe a box to drag oneself around in. You wouldn't ...

Rogue Planet

Author : J.D. Rice When they described this planet to me, rogue, free from its orbit, adrift in space, I pictured a world of devoid of light, a world enveloped in darkness. But to my surprise, as I walk through the ruined city, protected from the vacuum of space by an ...

The Gluttons

Author : Clint Wilson They ate. They ate everything they could. It was as simple as that. If a solar system contained even one planet with significant life forms in abundance, they came. They landed and they ate, every tiny scrap of organic material in their terrible ...

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