Distance

Author : Timothy T. Murphy

A month before reaching Europa, Heather woke to an e-mail from her grandfather. Her grandfather hated e-mail, so much so that she'd been shocked when he asked her to teach him so they could talk while she was away.

He hated cameras even more, so ...

Crey

Author : J.R. Blackwell, Staff Writer

Jack hated the Minotaur. Ever since he'd gotten off the silver bus to basic training at White Hook, the Minotaur had picked on him. At the Imperial recruitment office, Jack was told that he had some of the highest scores on physical, mental and ...

Bazaar

Author : Sam Clough, Staff Writer

Kema Port. Hot, dry and dusty in general; the uncomfortable atmosphere an unavoidable side-effect of the equatorial location of the port. A walled city, surrounded on all sides by sand and rock, Kema is unforgiving. However, Kema the city is ...

Tau Ceti II

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer

Tau Ceti is a yellow-orange star slightly smaller than Earth’s Sun. It’s approximately 11.9 light-years away, in the southern Constellation Cetus. It has three planets. The most notable is the second planet in the system, Ketos. Ketos ...

Balcony

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer

There are people in the depths of this city that have literally never seen the sun. They live in artificially lit shanty-arcologies and depend on shipment piracy for survival. Whatever they can’t grow hydroponically, they barter from the city ...

Jigaboo

Author : Geoffrey Cashmore

“See? Look, I said already. It don’ hurt.”

Herb watched again as the bump on Tommy’s hand faded from pink to grey then back to pink each time he clenched his fist.

“Well it’s up to you, buddy,” Herb sounded sceptical. “but it ...

The Coma Chip

Author : Asher Wismer

"...every person in my family," said Burt. "I'm the only one who hasn't plugged it in, but I know what will happen if I do."

"Why don't you get rid of it?"

"I can't," he said, and the weary lines in his face almost masked his ...

Fight, Farm Boy, Fight

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Carson lay still, blood oozing from his battered mouth onto the playground, his ears ringing as they laughed. "Come on freak, get up and fight." Quentin Taylor, the quarterback had landed the last blow, arm ratcheted back in a hail mary that had ...

The Hum

Author : Jim Wisniewski

At first I thought it was the viewscreen. The tiny, flickery viewscreen from a public matterfax at the Sont Mikaal gate station, with its scratched plastic case and the smudged dust of a dozen systems. A dozen systems' cargo terminals, anyway. Free patterns ...

Wzn Izfzuv Tells You How To Live Your Life

Author : J.R. Blackwell, Staff Writer

Wzn Izfzuv Tells You How To Live Your Life

This rotation, when I tell you how to live your life, we meet two Newflyers "“ newly infatuated individuals high on emotion. Let's fly right in, shall we?

Dear Wzn,

I've been ...

Syndie

Author : Sam Clough, Staff Writer

The subject of this image has a real name, but by custom, he uses a 'messenger-name': Jay. He's moving on foot. The ground is broken and rough: with no road, he had to leave his vehicle behind. It'll be one more day before he has the first in a ...

…is Hard to Find

Author : James Smith

The girl out of the tank before lunch is Lila. Trip around the network shows the last of her bloodline petered out twenty years ago. Cryos are all from before the Patent Wars, so their sequences are in the public domain. The company turns a nice side profit ...

Janeing in The Slums of Bessport

Author : Michael Varian Daly

The musky odor hit Tanith the moment she stepped through the portal; man smell. It always got her queasy and excited, made her yoni tingle and moisten.

She marched with purpose down the wide debris strewn avenues, lined with derelict ...

The Rise and Fall of the First Shi Empire

Author : Kathy Kachelries, Staff Writer Nate Sorelli ruled the playground like Napoleon ruled France: with an iron fist and a mind like a laser-cut scalpel. With the knowledge of Sun Tzu and strategies selectively culled from the Roman and British Empires, Nate Sorelli was ...

Something in the way she…

Author : Sharoda

Jerry and I stood in the locked room looking through a large window at the woman in the hospital bed. The door next to the window led into the room, it had a green light over it showing it was unlocked.

"I'm not going in there", Jerry said. "Becka's gone! ...

Man of the Clattering Past

Author : J.R. Blackwell, Staff Writer

He's from the time before the bio-enhancements, before organs could be grown from a single cell. Age hollowed him out, and though his plastic face looks young, he's just a shell. When I lean on his chest, I can hear what I imagine to be ...

Locus

Author : Sam Clough, Staff Writer

The Locus is the focal point of our operation. It exists for a period of one year, at the south pole of the nascent earth. That year is constantly recycled: we've been in operation for twenty-four years, subjective. Geologically speaking, we leave ...

Shane

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer

”Say what you want”, said Shane to the house A.I., “ever since the war, this part of the world has spectacular sunsets.” He was on a balcony overlooking the Mediterranean.

“Incoming. Three sigs.” stated the house ...

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