John Smith

Author : Phillip English Once the guests had arrived and were seated in the confines of the oak-panelled meeting room, the host for the evening rose to the lecturn, introduced himself, and began to speak. "Ladies and gentlemen, you may be aware of the theory that the people ...

Mazzaroth

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer “What’s the status of the quarantine field, Mr. Conrad?” asked Captain Germex. “As terminal as an event horizon, Captain,” replied the ship’s Science Officer. Mazzaroth was the fifth planet of the bright star Alpha Boötis, a Class ...

Multiple Sufficiency

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer As the relative calm of midnight in the projects was broken by a series of tightly spaced explosions, Tiberius knew he'd made a serious, and perhaps fatal mistake letting their prey separate him from his brother. Tiberius shifted his ...

The Robot's Wish

Author : William Tracy A luxurious coat of trees springs from the earth’s skin. The morning’s clouds have burned off, and the jungle canopy stretches to the horizon in every direction. A single towering industrial complex pierces the rolling sea of leaves. The structures are ...

Leaves

Author : Phillip Gawlowski The glitter of hyperspace was replaced with stars, as we crashed through the light barrier. Sensor input filled the screens, and the computer placed markers on the transparent steel. "There." Mike pointed at a small blip. "That looks promising." I ...

Naughty

Author : Mark Ingram Seeeee? Timmy thought self-importantly, I told them he was real, and I was right. His smile was ear-to-ear as he held the proof of the night’s happenings before his eyes. In his hands, he wielded an iron poker like a baseball bat; a viscous, black ...

The End of Some Things

Author : Sam Clough, Staff Writer Out of the inhabitants of the world, Conrad was the trend-setter. He'd sparked off the craze for playing as gods when he'd discovered a cache of ancient texts. He'd painstakingly recovered audio platters from the less senile databanks in the ...

Now, There’s an Idea

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer “Meteorologists, you can’t live with ‘em, and you can’t vaporize ‘em. That’s what I always say,” bellowed Jose Vargas, Prime Minister of The United Countries of Earth. The large dark skinned Brazilian reached across his antique ...

Daydreamer

Author : Mark Ingram He toyed with the hunting knife as he daydreamed; it gave his hands something to do. He was not much of a thinker, but tonight, he allowed his eyes to shift out of focus and his mind to wander . . . What would we do if aliens came to Earth? Would they ...

Busted

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer “Hey baby, how are you?” I replied to the phone. I had told my wife that I had gone to Earth for business. Angela lay, limbs spread wide and gloriously naked on the bed behind me, a beatific smile on her face. We’d been hedonistically ...

Hi there!

Author : Rob Burton Dear Victim, I am writing to you to tell you that, in a short while, you are going to be arrested for killing the Prime Minister. You didn’t do it, right? Wrong. Here at MI6, when we want to kill someone and say that you did it, you can be sure that we’ve ...

Bye, Daddy

Author : Denni schnapp Oil painted rainbows on the pavement. Franklin coughed as he dragged Chrissy behind him. "Keep your mask up," he rasped, holding his own to his mouth with his free hand. The fumes made his eyes sting. He paused, squinting. "Not--" Deep breath "Far. ...

What About the Children?

Author : Bill Richman Bobby had always been a little different. His family felt it. So did the neighborhood children. His friends would have felt it too, if he'd had any. Of course, the other kids were quick to pick up on his oddities and use them to taunt him. He was ...

Hover Cat

Author : Chis Sharkey The sign read: P.B. FARNSWORTH'S TRAVELLING CIRCUS PRESENTS: THE MYSTERIOUS HOVER-CAT WITNESS THIS MYSTICAL CREATURE OF GRAVITY-DEFYING MAJESTY THREE NIGHTS ONLY OCT. 5TH, 6TH, AND 8TH Special Agent Smith studied it intently. The font was, of ...

Synchronicity

Author : Sam Clough, Staff Writer The best definition of 'coincidence' is 'you weren't paying attention to the other half of what was goin on.' Related to this is the little-known fact that effect can predate cause. Me and Darien were an effect. The cause's name was ...

Narcosis

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Truger loathed recreational narcotics; he could never understand the point. Hallucinogens, depressants, all of them ran completely counter to his personality. This made his current situation unbearable. He remembered the moments before ...

Coin Toss

Author : Chris Sharkey “Call it,” Doctor Knight instructed excitedly. “Call it?” Han replied inquisitively. “Yeah, call it. Heads or tails?” “You asked me to come down here for a coin toss?” Han was skeptical. Doctor Knight almost always had some ulterior motive. “Of ...

Allegiance

Author : Brian Armitage Iskerreth stood before the assembly, manacled. The humans looked on, waiting. Listening. All was imminently silent. The Korrosk soldier straightened his back, his muscles shifting under his scales, his head quills flat against his scalp. He pressed his ...

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