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 ...

The Vault

Author : Clint Wilson I was in the best place a boy could be when the end of the world came, except for being dead maybe. We knew about it almost three years before it arrived. And while most of the world went insane, my family built the vault. In my case it definitely helped ...

New Home Sweet Home

Author : Don bagley Alex pulled the coffee mug from under the drip spout and raised it to his lips. "Agh," he groaned. "Is something wrong, Alex?" the house asked with its kind, asexual voice. "The coffee, hot," said Alex. "I'm sorry, Alex. I'll adjust the percolator ...

The Truth

Author : Scott Angus Morrison In the end, the planet’s defence hinged on a single man armed with a stick. There had been limited resistance so far – there seldom was when a planet was targeted for reorganization- secure the air, neutralize any radiation weapons, and then we ...

Cruise Ship

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer We’d found her adrift off the stern of the city. She was cold and hungry and close to death. She’d been feeding off of the other bodies in her life boat. From the blonde hair on the corpses, I’d say that they were related to her. The ...

Know Thy Enemy

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer There were many heroes that day; men and women, drones and gynes. Two evenly matched warships, each led by brilliant military commanders, and crewed by battle hardened soldiers. Fighters swarmed like angry hornets, as antimatter ...

First Date

Author : Roi R. Czechvala, Staff Writer Paul was nervous. His hands shook violently. Petals from the bouquet of daisies and indian paintbrush he had picked for her fell to the floor. Get hold of yourself man, he thought to himself, you’ve been talking to Lucrezia for over a ...

A Broken Home

Author : Kent Rosenberger The vidphone at the other end picked up on the second ring. “Family Affairs, how can I help you?” “Customer number 26337NS-24.” The attendant typed in the numbers in her computer. “Ah yes. Mr. Johnson. How can I help you?” Johnson gave a wan ...

Beyond Your Command

Author : Chris Amies Mewi Lupa suli sat and inspected the heel of one boot, which had come adrift revealing an odd honeycomb pattern in the structure. With her tongue she dislodged a small piece of carrot between two teeth - the relic of her morning’s teethcleaning. On Hydris ...

The Walker

Author : William P Sanders The man trod the dusty, broken path, poorly-shod feet disturbing the detritus of a hundred years of decay and rot, sending up small plumes of filth as his heels impacted with the grime and rose again, each step propelling him onward into a future ...

The Lonely Worms

Author : Daan Kogelmans

Harry has wrapped a tentacle around his inner lobe, which means he is thinking deeply. Two of his cigarettes have gone out, he squints in the orange smoke. Then he coughs.

“You smoke too much,” I say.

“I know, I know,” he extinguishes the ...

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