Proto

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Geff opened and closed his eyes. The darkness was absolute, so neither state made a difference. He could feel rather than hear the thin air screaming past his projectile encasement, launched as it was from near the edge of the atmosphere at ...

Coup

Author : Cesium Andelie stands atop the Fisher Building, gazing across miles of open air at the Monolith. It is formally the Colonial Administrative Headquarters, but it is always called the Monolith. Its imposing black form towers over the rest of the city. Fisher is the ...

Re Animated

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer It was too creepy. The dead should remain dead. The questionnaires were thorough and all of the data kept and cross referenced on the laptop computer beside the projector. The A.I. program was competent. The facial animation on the ...

Little Plastic Baggie

Author : Dan Whitley “What is this?” Marc demanded, shaking a little plastic baggie in front of his son’s face. “This better not be what I think it is.” “What, it’s not like you didn’t do that sort of thing when you were my age,” Ralph shot back. “Besides, they’re not even ...

Yes, I Am

Author : Per Wiger He used knock-knock jokes like cadence calls, keeping one foot moving ahead of the other as the two of us, road-worn travelers shuffled passed Victory station on the old blue line. “Knock-knock,” his words cut through air choked with the detritus of disuse ...

Paying Dress-Up

Author : Evan Kayne “Look, this is ridiculous. I didn’t profit from making and then wearing my Mikey Moose costume for Halloween last year. I went to a party then after we went out to a bar. I wasn’t saying I was the real Mikey. It was just me.” Del Rogers pointed back at ...

Unconditional

Author : Jonas David Private Connor had been to brothels plenty of times on leave, but he’d never bothered to talk to any of the units before. Usually you gave the clerk your account, selected your model, got your rocks off and left. Done deal. But somehow this one had got in ...

Prospecting

Author : Andrew Bale Survey Ship Aldrin drifted softly through space, main jets silent while the steering and attitude thrusters pushed it gently through a seemingly empty patch of space. Weeks spent surveying an assigned sector rimward of Epsilon Eridani had come down to ...

Aether ex Machina

Author : Michael Iverson He was still seizing when the light hit his eyes. His head was pounding as he squeezed them shut, but it still tore into him, bright as the sun. His body was convulsing and his arms were trembling as he tried to hold onto himself. He wanted to lift ...

The Body Double

Author : Clint Wilson “We’re sorry but there’s no other way Mr. Dunbar. It’s a very rare and inoperable cancer. We absolutely must replicate you if you’re to see your children grow and have children of their own one day.” “Yes, yes, I know. You can stop saying it. I just ...

Cold Blooded Killers

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer The veins on the security chief’s cleanly shaven skull visibly throbbed in rhythm with his pounding heart. “Captain,” he protested, “our top priority should be to defend the station’s vital sections, not the habitat ring. If the aliens ...

Timing

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer I was sixteen when they came. They touched down in large ships all over earth, silently with no visible means of propulsion. Jagged, asymmetrical leviathans ridged with glowing seams and thousands of softly humming translucent spikes as ...

The Cutting Edge

Author : Waldo van der Waal I sat down heavily on the rickety chair at my console. A quick look towards my brother confirmed that he, too, was feeling the firm fingers of fatigue. Four straight days of coding will do that to you. Four straight days of inventing and shaping ...

Everywhere I Go

Author : Asher Wismer "When do you have to leave?" "Couple weeks." "Is it set in stone?" "You know I can't stay in one place for longer than a month. Guild rules." She lay quiet, pressed against him. "Maybe you could put in for a leave?" He pushed up one his arm, ...

Colossus

Author : Julian Miles John was quite something to see when he got his threatening on. The bioluminescents lacing his body in intricate whorls and knotwork turned varying shades of red or white as his eyes darkened to black. The natives were terrified of him. Which was the ...

Break in Case of Emergency

Author : Michael Georgilis Always follow this rule: never go to a hospital. No exceptions. Heal as best you can if someone is hurt. Abandon someone who can't or won't move. Tell them this risk when they join you. Friends help you survive. People who endanger your ...

Cerberus

Author : Julian Miles I opened a channel to the Finnvael; “This is Handler Orchus, what is your intent within the Olympus Theocracy?” The long silver needle rotated itself rapidly to orient at least nine firepoints on me. Well, that was a clue. “Orchus, this is Captain ...

A Test of Humanity

Author : Charley Daveler Ron electrocuted himself. A surging pain, followed by numbness, shot up from the red wire through his arm. He slammed the torso closed, using such force that even the robot knew anger was involved. The man’s face softened as he looked to the little ...

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