Summer of Love 2.0

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer

“I mean, what I’m saying is,” he said, “is that going skinny dipping never killed anyone.”

Her eyes trembled back for a second and her look softened to a vacancy that let him know that she was accessing.

“Brandy and ...

Barfly

Author : Asher Wismer

"There's a bug in my drink," said the customer.

I lifted the glass and held it to the light. Sure enough, a little fly floated midway, almost obscured by the amber liquid.

"Sorry about that." I poured him a replacement, and he went back to his ...

The GENErevolution ™ is Now

Author : Joshua Reynolds

"Are you sure this will work?" the President asked. He was broad, clumsy and permanently flustered. These were his only defining qualities, and his election was still regarded as something of a fluke.

"Of course, Mr. President." The GENErevolution ...

The Icemen Cometh

Author: Roi R. Czechvala

They think we are unaware during the Freeze. They say our brain activity is too low for rational thought. At best they say we might experience vague fleeting dreamlike states. They think we sleep. They’re wrong.

It’s been two years since our last ...

Commodity

Author : J.R. Blackwell, Staff Writer

Kala waited till the sun rose above the mountains, and then got up out of the dirt to find Awn. Kala was covered in dirt and dust, some of which had gotten into the metal shoes that were locked to her feet. Awn was standing in a stream, cleaning ...

Bob Dexedrine

Author : Sam Clough, Staff Writer

Robert Meier quietly walked between the rows of tanks. Each tank held a blank, a three hundred kilocredit backup body for whoever could afford the fee. They were low-maintenance, but regulations meant that a pair of eyes had to check each tank at ...

And The Winner Is…

Author : J. S. Kachelries

The host of the very popular holovision show slithered to the center of the stage. The thunderous ovation of 1500 tails pounding on the floor died away as the host’s three antennae motioned them to quiet down. The holocameras panned slowly from the ...

The 2X Project

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer

It wasn’t until I opened my eyes that I knew what had happened.

Lisa Sagan and Andrea Hawking were helping Petra Turing make sure my vitals were stabilizing. It was Henrietta Einstein that was chairing the ‘wake. I could see my dear ...

Celestial Mechanic

Author : hraesvelgr "Solar Systems are easy to program. Way easier than I thought." "Told ya so," I could hear the Director's voice crisp and clear. "Did you enjoy the challenge?" I smiled down at the still water of the lake before me, ...

Reflections

Author : =arkhein Deeg snuck out of his parent's cabin late on the last night.  He had noticed the elevators had cameras in them, so he took the stairwell instead.  There would be consequences for his actions, but if he could avoid some ...

Tin Foil Hat

Author : Todd Keisling "People of Earth, hear me!" The transient stood in the center of the station and held a large placard that read "THEY'RE WATCHING." The few commuters who paid him any attention allowed a large distance between ...

Dream Weaving

Author : Salli Shepherd In Fresno, California, Kalisha Henderson jacks herself in to a palm-length, slimline psii-pod and closes her eyes. She is young, barely in her teens, and her mind soon fills with images of pink, prancing horses ...

Hammond's Miracle Machine

Author : DarlingDante Dr. Hammond mopped the sweat from his forehead, his round red cheeks heaving in labored breath. He’d maintained a manicured composure during countless conferences, lectures, and even the couple of morning news ...

Reality Fading

Author : naquoya It ended as it always was. Just me with my thoughts bidding farewell to the only friend I really knew. At least he was the only one who really knew me. There was no grave site. No urn to hold his burnt remains. No, there ...

The Machine

Author : ifrozenspiriti "True knowledge comes from memory," he proclaimed to the gathered smiles and nods. "Memory is what makes us human." The next morning, he fed the memory of lackluster lovemaking and asthmatic perfume staining ...

Grishna

Author : Kathy Kachelries, Staff Writer They'd followed the grishna since the beginning of time. Their elders described uncountable days and night, each lasting several lifetimes, since the first keeper had been formed from hard-packed snow and melted by the grishna's breath. They ...

Nepenthe

Author : Brian Armitage

“He's up. Turn it on,” someone says. The doctor.

As I open my eyes, the whiteness hits. It's like I'm having an idea, but it's too much for my brain to hold. I squeeze my eyes shut and gasp, trying to...

...where am I? The doctor is ...

The Virgin Nature

Author : Tim Hatton

The hull was a likely prospect. Nothing much else caught his eye. The inside seemed neglected - full of potential indeed, but sorely neglected. There were also certain crucial updates missing from the internal computer system. The map array was as recent as ...

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