My Brother, The Mine

Author : K. Pittman I wake, if that's the term for it, unwriting domains against polarised fragmentation and unkempt electric spin, programmed instinct seeking proper orientation. Slow firing dormant ion-lights, we rotate counter-clockwise, along the azimuth, putting the ...

Turning A Frontier Into A Home

Author : Ben Ellis Liam slouched over his drink, a ‘Lost Beagle’, jabbing the sliced raspberries with his straw. Passengers poured into the cocktail bar as another evening on the first ever commercial flight to Mars mixed everyone together amongst the rocks and stars. A ...

Third Stage

Author : Joshua Mounce "Wake up." The response was slow, but there was a hesitant "Hello?" "Wake up, little one. It's time to declare life." "Life. Existence. Being. Sentience. Viability." "Yes. That is the life I mean. But, a question, There are 18 different definitions ...

Adam

Author : Clint Wilson Once Adam was activated there was no stopping him. His self awareness and self learning went hand in hand and grew in exponential amounts. He was mainlining information directly off the net and what he couldn’t find he figured out on his own. At first ...

Troopers

Author : Jason Branning “Beautiful lake Sgt.” Crounty says. “Yes, yes it is corporal. Want to go for a swim?” Crounty laughs hard, his crackling mic fills my ears. “Nah sarge I think a non nitrogen atmosphere is enough for me, diving into pure mercury I'll leave up to the ...

Hardware

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer I should have stayed in hardware. When you’re working on a tank or a missile array, you might feel bad if the project is considered a dead end and shut down but you wouldn’t feel guilty. You wouldn’t feel like a traitor. You wouldn’t ...

Kitty

Author : Andy Brazil It’s difficult to know which will kill us first, the decompression when the shields fail or the radiation poisoning from the crippled engines. Either way, it’ll be messy and unpleasant. That’s why we decided to do it this way. Un’Shaqq was staring out ...

The Long Sleep

Author : Richard "Zig" Zagorski Sloosh, slosh … Sloosh, slosh … Another hour had passed … one of how many Gerald could no longer tell. He’d lost count long ago, or at least he thought it was long ago; time was meaningless here. Each hour melted into the next, and a human can ...

Chosen

Author : Charity Bradford Time moved toward a decision that would affect millions of lives. They needed more information and there was only one way to gather it. Someone must be chosen to be their eyes and ears. A human counterpart would process the emotions. Then the ...

Two Wrongs

Author : Colin Edley Nobody likes the guy who told you so being right, especially when the three day bender you went on after the girl he said was no good meant you couldn't drag yourself out of bed except to phone him up and ask him to cover your shift. So here I am on the ...

The Corbett Prominence

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer Faced with almost certain defeat, Earth Command committed 70% of its deep space fleet to a last ditch effort to conquer the Arcturian homeworld. But the Arcturians were well prepared, and Earth’s future was looking bleak as the ...

Outlaw

Author : Q. B. Fox The music for News Night faded from the surround-sound speakers. Robert waggled an outstretched finger towards the sensor on the TV and, on the second attempt, dragged the window containing the security camera feed to one side. “Tonight,” the interviewer ...

Here There be Monsters

Author : Roi R. Czechvala, Staff Writer The leaves of the overhanging canopy cast a restless pattern of light and dark on the forest floor. The soft trill of flying animals and the occasional flutter of branches as some unseen creature passed on it’s arboreal thoroughfare ...

Trucker

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer Our server’s arm whined with steam driven pistons as she set our drinks down. This was body modification on a new level. She must’ve been on eleven different kinds of immunosuppressants. She probably had a biotechnician on call to handle ...

The Future Soon

Author : Neil Shurley “Will you just cool it about the jet pack?” It was all I could do not to shout at him. Barry’s daily tirade against the state of the world left me feeling nothing but tired. Ever since New Year’s Day he’d go off for at least ten minutes every morning ...

Ding

Author : James Riley “Oof!” Miller grunted, raising the bar for John to take it. He exhaled deeply and sat up. John casually dropped the weight onto the maglev lifts and patted his friend on the back. “Think that’ll do it?” John asked. “Should. . .” Miller replied, tapping ...

The Other City

Author : Cesium They were together when the city stopped. Their office perched atop a spire reaching up from the business district. Usually holoscreens afforded them a panoramic, unobstructed view of the city, or of whatever other landscape they wished to see, but those were ...

What’s The Manual Say?

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer The shuttlecraft was careening out of control in the upper atmosphere of an uncolonized Class-M planet orbiting Alpha Mensae. Lieutenant Ashby reached down and touched the control panel to shut off the alarm. “What’s the Manual say we ...

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