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 ...

Fading

Author : Douglas Kissack Every day I am losing more of my sight. Every night, the edge of the moon blurs a little more. I can no longer see the stars. In its way, this slow drift into obscurity comforts me. It reminds me of my mortality. The city streams by several thousand ...

Infiltration

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer Agent Dalton looked down at the dead alien, a swirling ribbon of smoke drifting upward from the hole his phaser had blasted into its chest. Once again, he was certain, an autopsy would validate that he had killed another shape shifting ...

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 ...

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