Cat of Heart and Blood

Author : Jeff Soesbe Blood transferred and body hidden, Fulton unplugged the transfer tubes, twisted shut the valves of the metal cat's access port. One step left. With a deep breath, he leaned forward, set his rusted wrench on the gleaming winding nut. His heart sped like a ...

Eden

Author : Ian Rennie "All right, just tell me what happened," Flight Commander Athelston was a long way from happy, but right now exhaustion outweighed anger. His two subordinates, one furious, one sheepish, started to speak at the same time. Eventually Turner, the angry ...

Revival

Author : Skyler Heathwaite Joshua had always been a God fearing man. He went to confession, said his prayers before bed, and gave to the collection plate. Then one day he saw an ad on TV for Revival. The idea itself was simple: Science had found a way to download a mind into ...

Buying Out

Author : Ryan Somma Kheen stared out the window of his top-floor corner office, completely oblivious to the hustle and bustle of his city stretching off into the horizon below. Planes, spacecraft, gliders, unicorns, and more were cruising right past his window, citizens ...

Karachi, America

Author : Joshua Willey Every morning a giant Seller’s Jay lands on the railing and sings until given some caloric morsel. The fog shifts constantly, burying the trees. I choke my dirt bike, kick it, and we’re off, down empty trails, to an empty highway along the empty ...

Teleportation

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer Tom Erickson smiled as he greeted his guest, “Ah, General Kelly, welcome to the Ames Advanced Research Laboratory. This is my partner, Dr. Mark Montgomery.” They all shook hands. Erickson continued, “Are you ready for the dog and ...

Seeing Clearly

Author : Carter Lee Everyone can see me. I can’t see them, of course, but I can tell by the way that they shy away from me on the street and in stores. Their grey, featureless forms flinch, and drift away from me. No matter how crowded the area might be, I always have room to ...

The Birth Mother and the Whole Living Child

Author : J.R. Blackwell, Staff Writer We drank poison to prove that we were real. My mother fed me the poison herself, holding me in six of her twelve arms, cooing to me while I sipped the foul liquid. She had fed me things I thought were awful before, but I was obedient - ...

Kiln

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer I weigh six tons and my back is on fire. I’m treading slowly through the hot bowl of what used to Los Angeles. Walking on these streets brings back a memory. I remember walking on a thick crust of snow in the winter as a child. I ...

Rise and Shine

Author : Debbie Mac Rory My heartbeat is sluggish. My breathing is equally slow. My eyes, when they blink, take an eternity to open and on the other side of the glass, people appear and move as blurs and streaks of colour. Panic struggles to rise as the primitive parts of my ...

aka. Daniel

Author : Helstrom 'The People versus Serial 0815 aka. Daniel' – even the citation had been an issue of furious debate. The inclusion of the AI's given name was seen as some tacit acknowledgement of an identity, whereas that was exactly the question before the Supreme Court. ...

One Sound's the Loneliest Colour

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Caroline walked the long way down from the bluffs, down the winding dirt road and out into the farm fields. To her right the abandoned silo - silent silhouette against the moonlit sky. Impotent concrete rocket reaching skyward, never to ...

Fool’s Life?

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer Captain Alais Tonk contemplated the house sized asteroid floating a short distance beyond the forward viewport. Its surface was covered with long, slender green filaments that swayed gently in the weak electromagnetic field of the ...

The Book

Author : Tim Hatton Judith switched her headlights on and checked the rearview. Deep brown hair slid around her shoulder as she turned to the right, looking down the street while the floating panel above the intersection flipped green. She touched a few small switches in ...

Our Own Desire

Author : J.R. Blackwell, Staff Writer On my second day on their planet, my amiable host offered to take me to observe Lo’kari erotica. Although I might normally turn down such an offer, for you, dear listeners, readers, and observers, I have taken it upon myself to experience ...

Decomposition

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer I can feel the sickness ripping open bonds between my cells as I fumble the bullet out of the ammo box. It’s a sickeningly pleasant sensation. The sneaky thing about the virus is that it steps on your endorphin throttle pretty hard as ...

Temp Agency

Author : Paul Starkey The ad said; “I’m rich, you can be too! Call to find out how!” Frankly it was the sort of ad you see in the papers every week, and you always laugh at the idiots who reply. At least I used to, but the recession was pinching, and my redundancy pay was ...

The Shielded

Author : Christina Kern I don't like to think of it as "running". No, let's call it "traveling with the intent of avoiding a specific party". What you call it doesn't matter, I guess. What does matter is that the Abunari have tracked me through six states up and down the ...

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