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 ...

Sam

Author : Jake Lane You've never been the most outgoing person, Sam. It's not your fault, I'm sure, but that doesn't stop it from being the truth. As wonderful as you are now (I love you, Sam, you know that), you could be so much more wonderful. From the moment we met I could ...

Quater-life Crisis

Author : Alec Ow “When are you going to get a new body?” I ping my guildmates, “I’ve got girlfriend aggro, this might take a while,” and sheathe my sword. They only manage a cursory glance and a quick "later mate" before they and the dragons’ den dissolves away into a white ...

Look Before You Leap

Author : Roi R. Czechvala, Staff Writer The smell of sulphur permeated his suit. His body absorbed and metabolized it, leaving a permanent foul taste in his mouth. He exuded sulphur through every pore. In short, Martin Petrov stank. This, however, was the least of his ...

Copycats

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer They were a race that liked to live amongst the other races to better understand them. They were diplomatic yet fearsome, possessing great weaponry but very gentle in one-on-one conversations. They looked like starving centaurs crossed ...

Beauty in the Eye of the Beholder

Author : CJ Bergin Tom rolled over in his sleep and felt his arm fall onto cool skin. “Careful honey” a whisper in his ear said. “Unless of course, you’re trying to start something.” A smile crawled up Tom’s face as he moaned playfully. “No” the word resounded through the ...

Seventh Contact

Author : Dale Anson Seventh Contact The ship was nothing but a bit of gossamer, wrapped in a smallish chunk of spacetime and plasma, elongated to impossible dimensions. Krista's thougths, stretched by relativistic time, traveled from synapse to synapse in mere seconds. ...

God Will Not Return

Author : Christopher Booth The life support system wheezed. Not that it made any difference. Yahwee could barely hear. Eons in space and the ability to communicate without making a sound made Yahwee’s ears barely usable. His big black eyes wanted to cry, but the ability ...

Concept Scope

Author : Daniel Fuhr “The concept is simple enough. We send a very powerful telescope out faster than the speed of light to a calculated area, then zoom in to the Earth at a specific location and hopefully we can watch past events.” “What you’re talking about is time ...

Sea and Wind and Fishermen

Author : Credentiality "This is our in-system debugger, for when we want to get really close-up. It isn't necessary for setting up hurricanes, but it's a good excuse to go down and play." Bar helped Nim set up his avatar and load in. "Heya Phil, how's business?" asked Bar, ...

The White Room

Author : W. Kevin Christian The room was not cold. It was not wet. It was not noisy or colorful. It was quiet and white. No pictures on the walls. No carpet on the floors. There was just a table with a man on it and a black-and-white digital clock hung from the ceiling ...

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