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 ...

Lost Outpost

Author : Suzanne Borchers Agnes glanced up at the tiny yellow dot that hardly pierced the vacuum of black sky. She crouched over in her threadbare spacesuit touching Carl as their gloved hands picked through the rubbish pile. Her stomach fed upon itself, while her eyes ...

Tabula Rasa

Author : Daedalus I look around, one last time, at the empty apartment and the packed bags. One last time? Nicholas Jameson will see those old, beat-up duffels often, but I can't think of him as being me. As being real. It isn't my new face I see in the mirror, courtesy of ...

Love Sounds

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer "Mama?" A tiny voice slipped quietly through the room. Between her and the woman in the bed an impenetrable forest of metal stands, tubes and blinking machinery stood guard. "Come in sweetheart, it's alright." Her mother's voice warmed the ...

Apotheosis

Author : Gwen Harper The math, of course, came first. It took a while, nearly forty years, for the technology to catch up to the possibilities in her set of equations. They said it was impossible, the body of those who considered themselves enlightened thought. Even if ...

Computerwood

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer “Quite frankly,” said Stuart Whitley, the Director of Operations at Computerwood, “I am not pleased with this vendetta that you’ve launched against our movies. We are clearly producing products that the public wants to see.” “The ...

Go Northeast

Author : Imran Nazar He found himself waking up in a field. There was nothing unusual about that; he'd camped up in fields many times during his travels. Something was different this morning, though. For one thing, he could feel the wind over his face, and that meant he was ...

Sorry About the Apocalypse!

Author : Trevor Foley Dear Miss March, I’ve read pamphlets: “88 Reasons the World Will End in 1988”, “Give ‘Em Hell in 2012”, and my favorite “Apocalypse is Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose”. I proved the world’s going to end next month: Your month. I’m writing, ...

Erosion

Author : Steven Odhner Entropy gnaws at the walls, shaving them away molecule by molecule. Jeremy calls it the Nothing, after some story that never existed anymore. It’s as good a name as any - certainly I’m not being scientific when I call it Entropy. "The Nothing is hungry ...

Airport Security

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer I’ve rented my persona out to a smuggler. I’m a chip in the back of his head. I'm a soldier that died a while ago and I’m making a few dollars post-mortem by being an emergency safeguard for morally dubious people. I’m riding in his ...

Body-Death

Author : J.R. Blackwell, Staff Writer Was it the crisp hard skin of an apple that hurt her teeth? The texture of sand beneath her feet, soft in summer and rough when bound with winter ice? Or was it the smell of autumn, all bones and fire? I lost my mother to these things; ...

Aurora

Author : Paul Bort The stars twinkled as they always had; a hint of purple in the west showed where we had missed sunset, the better part of an hour ago. But most spectacular was the Aurora Borealis, flickering, twisting, glowing in the shades of green and blue that I could ...

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