Another Flash in the Pan

Author : Mark Wallace Charles walked in holding a couple of loose pages of manuscript, written in his small, precise hand. “What ya got for me?” said the agent. Charles handed him the manuscript. “Handwriting, dude. Why didn’t you type this up. You’ve got a laptop in your ...

Contact Procedural

Author : Martin Berka Captain Mu Wharton peered over the rocky outcropping, and was rewarded with humanity's first glimpse of an alien species. Certainly, the Eurasian Union's Mira 17 telescope had been the first to notice activity, but in terms of “first contact,” this was ...

Spiderweb

Author : CJ Bergin Mathius was a watcher. Simply put, he watched; if it happened within the 22nd district of Virginia, he knew about it. Beyond his assigned territory, it was up to the other watchers on Uncle Sam’s payroll. But here, in a godless era, Mathius was God. Lights ...

Paradigm Shift

Author : Cesium Professor Sean Katz walked into his lab the next morning, and Katherine was waiting for him. "So, how did the trials go?" "You'd better come see for yourself." He glanced up from his Blackberry. She looked as calm as usual, but there was a tinge of ...

The Sound/Fury Variable

Author : Steven Odhner Charles is scared, which is understandable. If I had to guess I would say that in his head he's attempting to dial the police right now, over and over, even though I've blocked all transmissions. The lab has to be heavily shielded for my ...

What A Tale My Thoughts Would Tell

Author : Ellen Couch I guess there are two things I really remember from that time. The noise, and the feeling of the blood running down my hands. What was it like? Are you for real? Well, if you really want to know… When we saw the silver people in their little ship the ...

The Lights In-Between

Author : Nathaniel Lee “Good morning, Tibbs,” Rasa said. She said it every morning, even when there wasn’t a morning. If she hadn’t stopped when Tibbs ...

Suron

Author : Harris Tobias Suron tapped the console impatiently. It was bad enough having to tutor 75 idiots in this jerkwater part of the galaxy for no hope of ...

The Perfect Game

Author : J.D. Rice [Serial 3: Level One. Simulation Start] The words fade from my vision as the VR hud appears on the edges of the “screen.” From this point on, I’ll be able to track my environmental impact just by focusing on the little blips of light around my eyes. Noise ...

Ringside Seats

Author : James C.G. Shirk The automated countdown clock flashed: one hour, twenty-one minutes. Commander Albright grimaced and adjusted the controls to retract the dome ...

Twelve Days

Author : Daniel Euphrat Beginning on August the twentieth, they received a series of twelve and only twelve transmissions, one a day from deep space probe Nocturnum. This was ...

The Seeds of the Comet’s Tail

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer As the comet approached the sun, trillions of trillions of Fultons withdrew from their hibernated state and joined the collective. Individually, the microscopic Fultons had no power of reasoning, merely instinctive drives to survive ...

A Dark and Stormy Knight

Author : Roi R. Czechvala, Staff Writer He pulled the collar of the leather duster tight around his neck. It offered little protection against the rain. It wasn’t rain. It was the unceasing, oily downpour of condensation dripping from the environment units of the dwellings of ...

Schrödinger's Revolver

Author : David Perry He had figured it out at the all-too-young age of 26. At the time it was just a theory, a crazy idea – he wouldn’t even test it until 38. That day he put a loaded revolver to his temple and pulled the trigger six times. He took his discovery to the ...

Doctor John

Author : Asher Wismer "It's worse than that," I said. "Everyone coming out of sleep at the same time, my staff is overtaxed, and you tell me half the ship is missing?" "Entirely gone," Captain Stefan said. "Almost the bottom third of the ship. Sleep pods, living quarters, ...

Hunter, Builder

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer Trees lay flat behind the ship where it had crashed to the ground in the forest. Its silver shell winked in the sunlight, shuddering occasionally as whatever machinery inside of it quaked to a wounded stop. The hunter had seen nothing ...

2020 Hindsight

Author : Sean Austin Murphy I was 19 when I first heard them. I thought I was crazy. They assured me I was not. I told my family. My family agreed I was crazy. I went to the doctors. The doctors gave me pills. The pills don’t work. They said they were from the future. ...

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