The Great Doctor

Author : James Boone Dryden In the world beyond tomorrow, Dr. Gregor Lustovicz would be remembered for his greatness, his ingenuity, his wit. There were things that the doctor would invent that were beyond the imaginations of the people of St. Rustof. They would wonder how ...

My Branch of Work

Author : Jeromy Henry Before the day ended, Tam knew someone would die. He dug his claws into the tree branch and chattered to himself. Nearby, other squirrels scampered along the twisty highway made by branches of the great oak. Tails twitched, beady black eyes darted as ...

The Uccisore

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer A solitary streetlamp flickered above the gloomy urban street. Few people would venture into this neighborhood at night, but Simon Bodhan strode unsuspectingly down the dilapidated sidewalk, lead by his 50-pound extraterrestrial ...

Mirror Mirror

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer To be a CEO of a company that’s grown as large and as fast as this one has, a person needs a mind that deals quickly with high pressure situations and possesses a natural talent for leadership. One needs to be charming, ruthless, and ...

Crimson Sky

Author : Roi R. Czechvala, Staff Writer “umm… Skipper? You’ll want to take a look at this.” Immediately, the bridge dissolved into a holographic display of the space around the Crimson Sky. Her Captain, Iulia, pushed an errant wisp of flaming red hair from her eye as she ...

Inheritance

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Another Saturday night wound down as the cargo loader deposited the last of the shipping containers in the hold of the space elevator. It was just a few hours before midnight as he parked and shut his rig down for the night. Despite the ...

They Would Judge His Trespasses

Author : Todd Keisling Gill kept watch while Warren bypassed the lock. “You sure about this?” Gill whispered. Voices echoed down the hall of the museum. It made all the old machine exhibits seem like they were speaking. Warren spoke through clenched teeth. “I am. Now ...

Murder Most Alien

Author : Liz Lafferty I squatted to examine the crime scene. The woman was obviously dead. The alien? Well, there was a wet spot, a round sort of blobbish something lying next to the girl’s body. “What happened here?” “Doc says the girl was suffocated.” “Not ...

Old Words

Author : Duncan MacLean Her mistake was turning to the left. They always turned left. Well, the right-handed ones did. She took a swing at Finn near the Lev Station. Used her right hand. Caught Finn by surprise and he stumbled backwards. Actually stumbled. He would get ...

Progress

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer The debate was over; it was time for action. Peter Scott grasped the thruster controls and pushed them to their stops. The massive cargo vessel started its slow, terminal, decent toward its target in the southwest quadrant of the ...

We Got a Call

Author : Frank Ruiz "We got a call. Yates again," said a voice from the black. Gear clicked, clanked, and rustled as someone dressed. When he hummed, I knew it was Tim because he mumbled the lyrics to Move, Bitch. He gave that old song soul. "Lights?" he asked. "Nah." I ...

Going Green

Author : Roi R. Czechvala, Staff Writer “Son of a bitch. I’m getting too old for this,” Sergeant First Class Ron Walker groaned as he hit the ground after a fast rope out of the hovering SSL. Fortunately he was the last to drop from the lifter. As he looked up to wave the ...

Integration Day

Author : Devon McDonough “Relax. Breathe through your nose and count backward from ten,” said the technician. She was wearing a white isolation suit, one gloved hand twisting the flow regulator of the anesthetic, the other on my arm in a sterile and entirely unsuccessful ...

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 ...

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