A Matter of Taste

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer The invaders had left automated sentries in charge of the human race. They’d really cleaned Earth up. All animals, vegetables, and water were being managed expertly for maximum freshness and yield. They left the precious metals in the ...

Rule 34a

Author : Michael Bagen Hobbes lowered the Polaroid, blinded Carla giving him the finger. “I just woke up and I'm hung over. Please die and leave me that picture to dispose of. He ignored her, turned, and dealt the image like a playing card onto the scanner. “What the hell ...

Rain

Author : Matthew Velez I miss the rain. It’s been years - I’ve long since lost track of how many - since I saw it last. Since anyone saw it last. It’s been so long that no one really remembers it anymore, except for what you'd find in dictionaries. I remember rain as being so ...

Horatio Kiddleson’s Wild Ride

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer Horatio Kiddleson stared open-mouthed at the turbulent accretion disk as it swirled into the ergosphere that surrounded the bottomless gravity well. “Dammit Schwarz, you didn’t tell me our destination was a black hole.” “Quite right, ...

Why, I Oughta…

Author : Roi R. Czechvala, Staff Writer “Allright men, listen up.” Even without the aid of his complant or the voice magnification of a batt’suit, First Sergeant Lesimov could easily be heard over the scream of drop ships as they streaked through the atmosphere. “True to ...

Forever

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer The world demanded immortality at gunpoint from the ones who had it already. A transfusion of the nanotech-laced blood from the wealthy was all it took. For those without access to transfusion equipment, it wasn’t long before the rebels ...

We Make Our Dreams

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Robert rifled through the stack of sketched notes and diagrams, some he vaguely remembered making, some he'd simply found under his tired and aching head upon waking; pen clenched in cramped fingers, the writing forgotten yet clearly in his ...

Red Alarm Clock

Author : Ryan Swiers From the sand she raised herself. The desert wind had coursed over her exposed flesh and the gritty pain of its wake made the effort slow. Sleek tendrils of sand rolled from her back. She realized a layer of the sand had once been her skin. She could ...

All but for a chance of fate

Author : Zachary Murray My mind came awake before my body. I was thankful that the sense of detachment was short lived, and it was good to feel the warmth of the fluid that filled the tank around me. I hated being in the tank. The whole breathing liquid aspect of it always ...

The Inner Child

Author : Rebecca L. Brown They hop-scotched their way to work, jumping between the numbered squares and collecting coloured stones as they went. The inner child told them they had to. On arrival, they coloured for the proscribed amount of time, the thick, waxy crayons ...

Down and Out

Author : N. Thomas Parshall “Twenty minutes to launch, Shortfall” “Roger that, Command. Shortfall ready for launch.” “Copy. Stand by.” Lt. Commander Warren Sheffield looked over at his co-pilot, Major Emery West, who was busy with his own checklist. “Almost that time, ...

Opportunity

Author : Martin Sumner McCloud joined me at the round table in the bay window of the Red Café. I was on my second double espresso. The day was just beginning to come into focus. “Good morning, Professor.” He put his cup of hot water on the table before asking if it was ...

The Hatching

Author : Jason Frank I walked around an hour 'fore I found where they landed, no crowd, no cops, no reporters, not no more. They weren't out yet so I unrolled my blanket and didn't pay no attention to the dog hairs flying up off it. I had plenty of time to sit and start in on ...

The Third Millennium

Author : Laura E. Bradford "Here we are," said the time traveler; "the third millennium." "Oh my God," said Jamie, looking around. It was his second day with the red-haired girl who could travel in time, and everything so far had been magnificent. "It has a bit more ...

Boppin'

Author : Jeremy Herman Gilbert smeared a napkin across his glistening face as he watched the stage anxiously. The crowd around him was enthralled with the performance they were watching. Big Band music had been popular with the people for years now. On stage the drums, ...

Prayer

Author : George R. Shirer Our Father, Who art in Heaven . . . Jode eyes the pressure door’s lock. In the lower right corner of her eye, the timer is counting down. The numbers, though, are still green so she’s not too worried. Hallowed be thy name . . . The lock is dead ...

Last Dusk

Author : Ian Eller Immortality. He had wished it, wanted it, even demanded it. When it had been offered, it seemed too good to be true. But he took it and despite all his fears, despite all the cliches and platitudes that warned him he had flown too high, it was real. There ...

Substitute Time

Author : John D. Horton LaKeidra took her seat on the empty back row just as the substitute turned to face the class. When she saw how green the woman’s eyes were, LaKeidra nearly jumped. She’d never seen eyes that color outside of a mirror. “Good morning class,” the ...

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