Tail

Author : Duncan Shields It’s how you react to your life going wrong that defines you. When you win, you smile like everyone else. It’s how you react to obstacles, changes of fortune and sudden lane changes in your life that reveals a true aspect of your personality….

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Perfect World

Author : Geoffrey Cashmore The unit amended its status from idle to active and moved from the rest position to its allocated docking bay. Immediately the previous night’s traffic from distant units in different time-zones came into view as a long string of pulsating…

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The Dreaming

Author : J.R.Blackwell, Staff Writer Dear Harold, I’m so pleased that you are considering uploading! It would be very nice to have my nephew with me here on the other side. I would be happy to be your sponsor if you decide to cross over. The experience can be…

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For The Cause

Author : J.Loseth, Staff Writer Am I ready for tomorrow? Of course I am. It’s the biggest day the movement’s ever seen. This rally is going to go down in history, and it’s going to change everything. Have a drink? I know I need one. Tomorrow’s daunting, but you know…

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Beacon

Author : TJMoore Captain Reynolds gave the order to swing the ship around for another pass. This was turning out to be more lucrative than anyone had imagined. He kept a close eye on the element survey statistics as they began the next run through the densest part of…

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Counterpoint

Author : Michael Herbaugh a.k.a. “Freeman” Her name is Maria, and I love her with every fiber of my being. She isn’t really a Maria, that’s just the name I gave her, as naming is a terrestrial custom, and she isn’t. Terrestrial that is. She arrived in our system with…

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King of Kings

Author : Grady Hendrix Stevenson walked down Corridor J-12 and a rustle went through the living quarters. Stevenson was coming! Stevenson was on his way! Stevenson! Stevenson! He turned the corner at Junction J-12/J-13 and the first thing that hit him was the marshy…

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Hollow

Author : Andrew D. Hudson The night breathes quietly beneath the world. Everything glints and shimmers off the water-smooth curves of ‘tites and ‘mites, catching the half-light of pale glowing fungi in ways our eyes never evolved to expect. Who knew the earth…

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On A Runner

Author : James Smith She started hallucinating yesterday, and now the center line floats three feet above the blacktop and glows in neon rainbows. Exhaustion makes her slippery in time, and she doesn’t know if she’s remembering– or actually seeing– the sparks she…

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Pre-pregnant

Author : J.R. Blackwell, Staff Writer “Okay girls, it’s time to party!” Fran opened the door to the strip club, and held it open like a doorman while Trisha and Nancy filed in. The bouncer scanned their palms and put a glowing X-mark on the back of Nancy’s hands. The…

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Yes, Officer

Author : J. Loseth, Staff Writer “To employment!” Skye burst into the apartment with a bottle raised, cheeks pinked. He already looked like he’d had a toast or two before coming home. Fauntleory looked up from the armchair he was draped over with a frown, then got to…

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Aemilia

Author : Benjamin Fischer “Last dance of the night,” said Aemilia. Under harsh floodlights in the center of the deserted dance floor, Phil the bouncer was struggling with the maintenance access latch of the misbehaving auto-buffer. He rocked the bulky machine back…

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The Immortal

Author : Jonathan Wooldridge I finally finished converting enough of the ore to fuel for the flight home. My knee had healed almost completely from the landing, and the patch in the tank looked solid. And he was still there, watching and asking questions. “So you…

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The Steps

Author : R. A. Jackson Each step came slower now. Her back hunched so that the long grey strands of her hair trailed across the stairs as she climbed. Counting the painful strides one by one was the only way she kept up hope of reaching the end, surrounded as she was…

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She Just Can't Be Still!

Author : Kenneth R. Harrison She just can’t be still! Her long blond hair forever in her eyes. Hands up. Arch to the side and over. Whoops! She fell! Hands up. Arch to the side and over. There! She made it! Another cartwheel. She just can’t be still! Legs apart. Drop…

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Come Home, Come Down

Author : James Smith When Rocky got home that morning, Victoria was sitting on the couch, wings molting, a pale, fragile bird. Rocky took a look in Victoria’s eyes, took her EMT kit off her shoulder and popped it open on the floor. She pulled out a thin white tube and…

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Nano Nanny

Author : Charles Musser Welcome to Nanotron Technologies! ® You have launched our Mental Acuity Accelerator (MAA). Your brain is now functioning more than two million times faster than normal. These words are scrolling across your line of vision, courtesy of…

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Star 2080

Author : Terri Monture The glare of the klieg lights blinded Godwin as he watched the limo pull up to the edge of the red carpet and he was dazzled as the digital camera flashes started blazing. He scanned the crowd eagerly, his heart pounding with excitement. The…

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