Spontaneous Human—

Author: Hillary Lyon Inspector Morrisey stood between the empty easy chair and the ancient cathode-ray television. He withdrew a pen and a small notepad from the inside pocket of his wrinkled trench coat. “Tell me again Mrs. Kittle, what happened.” “My husband was ...

Unremarkable

Author: Majoki “Now then, Mr. Klatubowski, what is it I can do for you?” Jerome sat across from the unremarkable little man in a billowy black rain jacket and fedora. He looked very out of place in Jerome’s ultra modern office of modular metals and arid glass. In ...

Higher Calling

Author: James Callan Metallic is in fashion, in women and in men --silver lipstick, bronze eyeshadow, the carapace sheen of loud, scarab hues glinting in the crests of loose-fitting, transparent plastic, artificial fabric. Sometimes you think you see one; a synthetic. Then ...

The Dead Planets

Author: Deborah Shrimplin Dr. Trieste, a cultural anthropologist, was hovering over her latest data. She and the crew of the spaceship, Daiedales, had completed their findings on five of the six dead planets in the Milky Way. A planet was designated "dead" if it had been ...

Nim’s Log

Author: Bryant Benson Earth 23979 Ancient Records: Elder’s Account From the deepest reaches of the endless abyss, he emerged. He descended on our world like a shining god, a gift of annihilation from the black heavens. His name was Nim. The oldest of ...

Hotel

Author: Katherine S Sanger Do you know what it’s like when you’re at a hotel, and you’re already nervous because every hotel you’ve ever stayed at reminds you of The Shining, and then you get in the elevator in the lobby, and you see a man striding towards the elevator ...

My Broken Star

Author: Frederick Charles Melancon Only at night could we have the memorial service for Ben. Well, as long as, we kept it far enough out in the desert so that none of the locals could bother us. The vat of still water in the center was a nice touch. Back on our home ...

Quantum Jitters

Author: Majoki “Did you feel that?” Gilly asked. A few steps ahead, Sampson sunk his ice axe into the crusty snow. “No. I didn’t feel anything.” The couple was at nearly 9,000 feet resting on the edge of the glacier that corkscrewed precipitously to the top of Guth ...

Whirlybird

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer We swerve down an alleyway and tuck ourselves up against rubbish bins. Try to catch our breath. What a fiasco. Supposed to be the first demonstration against the British State Act, turned into a series of running battles. Most of us were ...

Boy with an Aster in His Palm

Author: Jeremy Nathan Marks There was a little boy in Jeanette’s care whom she called “my last hope.” She said he was unique because he would laugh and shower curiosity on the world. He was the only child who ever tried conversing with her. She kept a bird feeder by her ...

The Worst Year

Author: Shannon O'Connor The year I lived on Arachnida was the worst year of my life. It was a real dump back then. People say it’s changed, but I haven’t been back in a long time. When I lived there, pawnshops selling all kinds of junk filled the town center. The ...

Bleeding

Author: David Berger “I hate bleeding,” Nora said to her friend Allison out of nowhere. Allison screwed up her face in response. “Don’t look at me that way,” Nora went on. “I don’t mean the tampon stuff! I mean this twice a year shit. They take a pint out, give us a ...

You Don’t Buy New Family

Author: Stephen C. Curro Phobos had just set when I exited Mark’s airlock and stepped into the little antechamber that served as a mud room. I popped my EVA helmet off and kicked the door open into the living room. “Where is it?!” I shouted. I raised my particle gun and ...

Unsolvable

Author: Borut Slokan Report private spy translation quick done, planet race dust is, treasures left The artifact, planet race gone whisper wind, one, only one preserved in howling sand, precious digged, found, rigged, bound, could brought to wisdom the universe. The ...

The Hive Mind Orders Dinner

Author: Sarah Klein The Mind is awake, and it's hungry. This is one of its most difficult tasks. Synapses yawned and stretched, crackling. Former individual minds shifted within, sending their desires down the main conduits. Fried chicken. Pizza. Kale salad. The ...

Watering Holes

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer No matter where you go in this universe, no matter how strange the dominants or disgustingly lethal the atmosphere, you'll always find a watering hole serving hot drinks and simple food to a motley, and largely transient, clientele. Last ...

We Stand on Guard for Thee

Author: Bill Cox I wake up drowning, fluid choking my lungs. I sit up and vomit, every part of my body heaving, liquid gushing from my mouth onto the floor. I gradually become aware, with each convulsion, of a voice, speaking softly, soothingly, the same words on a ...

Weeping Willow

Author: Jeremy Nathan Marks At ten minutes to noon on February 7th, 2024, a tremendous roar went up across the city of Chicago. It was a roar that many witnesses described as a “tremendous sucking sound.” People flocked to apartment and high-rise windows and rushed to the ...

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