Healer

Author : Glenn Blakeslee He led me past a tractor rusting in the rain, pushed aside chickens with his foot and opened the door to his little house. Inside, bleak light fell through dirty windows. "How much you gonna charge?" he asked. The house was cluttered with dirty ...

Sickness

Author : Sam Clough, Staff Writer Sacha slumped down in a doorway, gathering her heavy clothes tighter around her. As a prophylactic measure, the cloth and leather were almost useless: it was less about protection, more about appearances. The door behind her was like every ...

Belle of the Ball

Author : Matthew Forish My call sign is Belle – I don’t have a real name, just a designation: ASC-a217.5. I stand about four-foot-two - pretty short even for a girl - and weigh in at a paltry eighty-four pounds. There are plenty of children larger than I am. Of course, I was ...

The Europa Transmissions

Author : Glenn Head Transmission 211. Is it on, Greg? Is it? Okay. Today our situation - stranded on Jupiter’s ice moon Europa - has worsened. Todd disappeared last night. He wasn’t in camp, by our ship, and we thought he’d gone on a surveillance trip. We found him dead ...

Saint John

Author : Glenn Blakeslee It's a disease, I guess, an affliction. My body is bound to a parallel. No, not a geometric form, but a line around the earth. I'm bound to the 38th parallel. I woke one morning dizzy, with throbbing pain in my limbs and abdomen. I hurt for days, ...

Radio Free Earth

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer The aliens dug our tunes. It was sweet. They came to down to us in these big blue ships, all curves and awe-inspiring slowness through the clouds like settling continents. Freaked us right out. We, the human race, didn’t even try to ...

Think Tank

Author : Ben 'Inorian' Le Chevalier

Insanity. That’s the first thing I thought when they told me about the project. Insanity.

I felt a sharp shock, followed by pain at the back of my head.

Well, there goes another one. Another one of the thousands they have taken from ...

The Old Man and The Sea Redux

Author : Andy Bolt WELCOME, Chip Winkler, TO STORYWEB 9.0! PLEASE INPUT LITBASE: Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and The Sea LITBASE FOUND! LAUNCHING . . . Enrique was mindswiped by the storybot as he dangled from the 93rd floor window of the Kentaka building. ...

A Study in Logic

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer Inspector Jeffery Lastrade greeted Philip Homes and Bruce Wattson at the entrance of the Metropolitan Police Headquarters in downtown London. “Thanks for coming on such short notice,” said Lastrade as he pumped Homes’ hand. “I ...

Lifeboat

Author : Bill Lombardi He had been awake for seventy-two hours – twenty-four spent in an acclamation unit. His legs hadn’t adjusted yet and he had trouble standing, so he sat at an unshielded viewport in the common area looking off into space, sipping from a nutrient pack. ...

Bug Catching

Author : Alec Ow

My parents always told me the Cold was a gateway bug. All throughout middle-school and for most of high-school I was pretty clean. Then I saw one of my friends coming to school with the sniffles.

He didn't really try to hide it from anyone, thinking back now ...

The Bounty Hunter

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer As I flew through the Rio Bravo Corridor in western Texas, the town of El Paso rose above the horizon. I banked northward and began a gradual arc to align my ship with the Juárez Flyway. I descended to 100 meters and throttled back to ...

Très Salute!

Author : Asher Wismer It was about the size of a leaf, but a little flatter, with scalloped edges and covered all over with a glimmering sheen of circuitry. At one end, a little nozzle protruded, making a gentle swell in the surface of the leaf, while other, smaller holes ...

Ambush

Author : Roi R. Czechvala It was just a routine patrol. Twelve men. Whitcomb was on point; I was bringing up the rear. He had just forded a narrow stream when they hit us. Claymores blew hell out of the main body. Seven died instantly. There was no mistaking that. When chunks ...

The Next Life

Author : Ben 'Inorian' Le Chevalier Invas charged forward, his sights set firmly on his enemy. The blood was rushing through his body, filling him with life and vigour. The only thing he could see was his prey. He leapt, and bore his adversary to the ground. His spear moved ...

Mayor

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer

I felt sick.

I had a fever and a headache and my joints were complaining. I shuffled across my carpet into the light. I stood looking out over the city while holding a steaming zipmug of CitruSinus in my hand. The windows overlooked a new ...

Wage-Slave Avatar

Author : Ryan Somma Ng's eyes were straining as far as they could go in their sockets to get a look at the brand new shiny avataris sapiens parked at the end of the conference room table. His client's attention was on the current speaker, a real-life sales person local to the ...

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit…

Author : Peter Carenza APRIL 14, 2065 3:30 AM The phone startled Lofton out of a restless sleep. He poked the speaker button. “Lofton.” “We’ve got a situation Delta at the compound, Rick…. It’s a runner. This is serious.” “Do you have any idea where he’s headed?” “We’re ...

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