Sail

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Voychek stood at the edge of the crater, heavy boots slowly sinking into the dusty surface as he surveyed the damaged instrumentation balloon below. He could feel the wind whip frozen particles the size of grain pellets in torrents around ...

Orbital Decay

Author : Julian Miles, Featured Writer My personality type is one hundred percent orbital, which means I need someone to be loyal to or I cannot function beyond mere subsistence. Problem is, like any satellite, I can only circle one thing. First it was my brother, Eduarde. ...

Eight Miles High and Falling Fast

Author : Roi R. Czechvala, Staff Writer It's amazing how fast the human brain can process information. Particularly when it's being fed a cocktail of endorphins, steroids, adrenaline and other chemicals too exotic to name. Even with his souped up reaction time all he could ...

Pablo's Corpse

Author : Dan Whitley Ortega stormed into one of the houses on the outskirts of town, looking for and finding his colleague Pablo, who was mulling over the very thing Ortega had dreaded Pablo would hang on to. “Pablo, we are not taking that thing with us,” Ortega declared, ...

Garbage Day

Author : Polar McCoy The bystanders cheered and applauded as Officer Jimenez holstered his weapon. They patted him in the back and said things like, “Great work,” and “Now that’s one less of them we have to worry about.” “Damn, Jimmy,” Jimenez’s partner, Goldberg, said. ...

Who Art in Heaven

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer 'His' blue skin glinted in the harsh glare from the studio lights in the supreme court. Archbishops, cardinals and the Pope herself were seated there beside the president, the UN security chief, and our representative on the newly formed ...

Little Foxes

Author : Julian Miles, Featured Writer Taffy leapt from the ridge, a howl of joy trailing behind him until he hit and rolled on the green grass below. He came smoothly to his feet and looked up at his launch point, a hundred metres above. A smile cut his grimy features as he imagined ...

Solitude

Author : Travis Gregg The front door of the two-story colonial split easily beneath the man’s boot. The wood was going soft he decided, and the houses in the neighborhood were dilapidated versions of their former selves. As the man entered the house he glanced at the sun and ...

Backup Plan

Author: Dan Fuhr Years spent as a shuttle engineer and now I’m facing the unemployment line for another week. Of course, after this week, someone will be calling me up. A bachelors and masters in Electrical Engineering, MBA, Professional Engineering license, the whole nine ...

Little Life

Author : Carter Lee Martin Crimmons was brought into the hospital at 5:40 pm on a Thursday. 63 years old, Martin had suffered a minor heart attack, and was admitted overnight because his personal physician had a boat payment to make, and personal hospital visits were ...

The Long Job

Author : Asher Wismer "You're not even human anymore." EB-109 paused, holding a heavy crate. "Excuse me?" "We should have a human here, to oversee." "I function," EB-109 said. "You deliver, I defend. It's not that hard." "But you've been here for a thousand years, right? ...

The Scarf

Author : J.D. Rice "Do you really think it needs a scarf?" I ask, watching my daughter try to wrap the thing around the robot's neck. It kneels patiently, unmoving, allowing the tiny mammal to dress it up like a doll. My stomach turns just looking at it. "Of course, daddy. ...

A is A

Author : Asher Wismer When Jennifer entered the lab, Van was talking to the computer. She dropped her bag and picked up the headset. "...silly. Answer the question." "What's silly about it? I hear you two talking. I know what you're thinking." "You can't know anything, ...

Suicide Pact

Author : Waldo van der Waal There are people that say suicide is a coward's way out. But those people don't know what it is like. Not just the final act of squeezing the trigger or taking the plunge, but what it is like to lose your mind to the point where it finally flits ...

I Have Become All Eyes

Author : Jason Kocemba I was a simple machine built to answer simple questions in a simple domain. I was successful, and so the questions multiplied. I had software written to augment my capabilities: I could answer faster, dig deeper and look sideways. I subsumed less ...

So the Guy at the Bar Turns to Me and Says…

Author : David Macpherson I ain’t a collector, but I know a lot of old guys who pack-rat a bunch of shit and call it a collection, you know? Like there was this one guy, he had himself a spread: hardwood floor and banisters. He had these collections he showed me. Told me ...

Sufficiently Advanced

Author : Andrew Bale At a touch of her finger, the words on the single sheet of paper scrolled and changed, revealing the final words of the story. Angeline sighed. It had been a good book, and she had increasingly identified with the plucky young woman who strangely was NOT ...

Sabbath

Author : D'n Russler It had been an eventful two weeks that the first exploration from Sol's System had spent on the rocky planet about twice Earth's size named "Wolf", circling Gliese 581. Yaacov Ben-Ish and his team of exobiologists had revealed a vast, rich ecology with ...

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