Trust Me

Author : Roi R. Czechvala, Staff Writer “Trust me,” he said. “Trust me.” How many times had I heard those words before, only to be followed by some horrendous disaster? From up here, I can just make out the red smear that used to be Dave. Who’s going to tell his wife? I’m ...

Down to Basics

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer After unimaginable losses, The Earth Alliance was still unable to breach the Draconian military installation on Hydrae II. The fortress sat safely within a walled city that was protected by sixteen electrostatic cannons strategically ...

Sacrifice

Author : Geoff Revere “I’m resigning. That’s it. I’m done!” Doctor Holmes spouted, pacing back and forth before the commandant’s desk, his hands shaking. “The boy was eighteen Michael, eighteen!” “You’re referring to Private Loman?” the commandant asked. “You know damn well ...

Generator Flowerpot Tropical Premium

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer Here’s one example of how the aliens failed to understand humans. We’d become part of the galactic alliance and were paired up with a species roughly analogous to our own. They were bipedal, around the same level of technological ...

Non Fiction

Author : Helstrom The blank page seems to stare at me – it always does. It's an anachronism. I am of an older generation of writers. I like the feel of keys submitting to my fingertips, the facsimile of a sheet of paper presented on a luminescent screen. It is the only light ...

Gilded Cage

Author : Clint Wilson

After eight long years in his lush prison Martin finally woke up one day to something new.

A woman for god sake, the bugheads had actually brought him a woman! She wasn’t exactly sexy by his old standards, short cropped hair and quite plain looking, ...

When Tomorrow Comes

Author : Milo James Fowler The cattle car filled to capacity rattles slowly down its elevator shaft, squealing through a black punctuated only by intermittent amber bulbs casting a wash of rust across steel bars and the small faces between. Eyes blink, unaccustomed to the ...

Living Somewhere I Never Thought I'd Be Again

Author : Brendan Garbee My ex-husband shows up on my doorstep on a blustery day in the middle of a sunshower, and he puts his hands in his pockets and sways in a way that tells me he's a little bit drunk. He smiles at me sheepishly and says, "I heard you didn't live here ...

Falling

Author : Clint "Father Goose" Wilson How did I start all this falling? I can’t even remember anymore. It would seem that I’ve been dropping through blackness for a couple of months now. But that would be impossible. How could I have survived that long? I stopped screaming a ...

Nothing Left to Live For

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer It was June when Mark and Alicia kissed each other one last time before strapping in for the long sleep to Caltrani. "I love you", Mark had said as the canopies had closed. "Elephant shoes", she mouthed back, and giggled behind the glass ...

The Interview

Author : Andrew Hawkins The meeting was in a small stale office of the Pentagon, the two crisp suits shifted in their seats as I came in. I was tall clean shaved in a comfortable cream jacket, silk shirt, tie and custom leather shoes worth more than minimum wage makes in a ...

Doctor Panaura

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer Newton left us a gift. Tesla wrapped it up and Hawking put a bow on top. It was the brilliance of Dr. Panaura that opened it for the whole human race. Dr. Panaura had found a way to trap energy and shape it. Using accelerator kilns, ...

Man on the Moon

Author : Fred Coppersmith He calls her beautiful but he doesn’t mean it. He is in love with someone else. He feels his hand stroke his wife's back, hears himself whisper I love you, you know that, go back to sleep. He rolls over on his side towards the window. ...

Pillow Talk

Author : Jake Christie

While they made love, the world ended. Bombs dropped. The earth shook and split open. Tornadoes flung nations to pieces, and then tsunamis swept the land clean. By the time they were finished, everyone else was dead.

They lay there for a while ...

Exploration

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer “Captain’s log, 6022.55. We’ve separated from the Command Ship and are descending toward the surface of Piscis Austrini C. The weather over the primary landing site is clear, so we’ll set up the blind as planned on an old lava field, ...

Gaps

Author : Peter Woodworth I found them. Nobody else wanted to believe it, but I found them. It's my truth. Well, maybe not mine. But not theirs either! After the Act was signed and the last of the satellites went live, the corporations assured us the link would be continual. ...

Pro-Life

Author : Ellen Couch Dr Siward’s Journal, 18th April Another interview with Mr Renfield. I wonder whether he shall ever recover from the psychosis- his fantasy world seems so complete. One cannot help pitying the man. He is such a gentle soul, particularly compared with ...

Left Foot, Right Foot

Author : Evan Kayne Right foot. Tom Jenson remembered his uncle once told him “the hardest thing to do most days is to put one foot in front of the other.” Left foot. Of course, the topic was depression…and his uncle did kill himself, eventually. Tom shook his head and ...

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