That Golden Chance

Author : Joseph Hoye A choice: the camp or the city. Carl would be dead within an hour if he approached the city without an offering for the Fathers - mercy and I.O.U.s have long since dried up on this world. An offering is not merely a representation of life. It is life. ...

Significant Difference

Author : Jacqueline Rochow “Well? What’s it like?” “Shut up, Dev, I’m trying to concentrate.” Nara squinted through the telescope, adjusting the focus slightly. “Well isn’t that something.” “Let me see!” Dev strode over, only to be halted by Nara’s glare. “I’ve just set ...

Teddy Bear

Author : Jeroen Amin She lay on the bed in the darkness of her room, clinging to her teddy bear. She spoke in excited whispers so that Mommy sleeping next door would not wake. She told of all the adventures that had comprised her day. “Daddy, I wish you could have seen ...

A Flash in the Pan

Author : Mark Wallace The literary agent wore a sharp suit and a slick smile when Charles walked in. “Hey Charles, my man. This is really an honour.” “Thank you,” said Charles, a man of late middle age, bearded, with a sad, sober expression of face. He was dressed neatly ...

The Birdmen of Alpha Apodis

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer “When are these damn birds going to let us go back to the Shuttle?” demanded Captain Linnaeus. “We have weapons, Captain, they don’t,” stated Lieutenant Baldwin, the ship’s exobiologist. “Therefore, I suppose that we can leave anytime ...

Stars

Author : C Sousa “Son, have you seen the stars?” “This one time when I went camping,” I replied. It had been lame, just a handful of lit pinpoints in the sky at this touristy little campground my parents had found. “That’s not really seeing the stars,” he told me. “I can ...

Reflection

Author : Heather O'Connell The stifling heat from the fireplace made the tiny kitchen unbearable. Gracie's pile of laundry never got any smaller. She looked out the window at the ocean in the distance. How did she know it was the ocean? Her thoughts were not her own. I could ...

Lock Down

Author : Brenna Robinson Something happened back in those days that caused the compound to go into lock-down and never open again. When I started asking myself questions, and I decided that it could be only one of two things. Either the world had ended, or there was a ...

Nine Lives

Author : Martin Sumner Sydney Park, Loss Adjuster for Prudential Insurance, straightens his tie. Slides a manicured finger into his starched shirt collar. Swallows. Checks for the third time that he has his leather briefcase with him, and pushes open the swinging glass door. ...

Extinction Holiday

Author : K. Pittman Barrett's neighbors, Ceely and HH, had straight papers, so they were the only ones who could give Barrett a ride. "Where're you headed," they asked in unison, dressed as twins for this week's theme party. "SuperMall East," Barrett said, unsmiling. "Got a ...

Down to Earth

Author : Ellen Couch I chose this job. I guess I just wanted to stay close to home. The big work was done before I was born. Grandad was in demolition- Nana said watching him work was dead exciting. But everything that was coming down came down a long time ago. There are ...

Make Me

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer I was manufactured. There are no more fathers. There is only one Mother. The humans grew sterile and could not breed by any other means. They were successful in making artificial life but they failed to cure the sickness that took ...

Fading

Author : Cosmo Every day I am losing more of my sight. Every night, the edge of the moon blurs a little more. I can no longer see the stars. In its way, this slow drift into obscurity comforts me. It reminds me of my mortality. The city streams by several thousand feet below ...

Taxcelon

Author : Jacqueline Rochow Private Collins remained at attention as the guard ran the scanner over him. Satisfied that he carried no electronic devices, the guard left him alone with Sergeant Peters. “At ease, private. Take a seat, will you?” Nervously, Collins did as he ...

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 ...

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