Dragon

Author : Scott Hallford

They called him Dragon. I never understood why until I saw one of his “shows”—the little gatherings in the dark alley behind the pub. Some folks traveled over from Warshire or Bromley to see the muscled lad, a man no older than twenty-five, who ...

Solution for a Whole Man

Author : Jennifer C. Brown aka Laieanna

“It’s a symbiotic relationship,” explained the salesman, sliding open deep red curtains that lined three of the four building walls. The door and windows to the street were all on the remaining fourth. When the curtains danced back ...

Bugs

Author : Adam Wiesen

(Dark sludge slides across the matte surface like an oil spill. Hands reach down, grip and...)

...effects of the sickgun weren't wearing off like he'd hoped. Joya whimpered from the back seat. She'd taken the worst of it: twelve seconds of flashing ...

New Beginnings

Author : D.J. Keim

The receptionist smiled. “It’s the third corridor on your left, opposite marriage counselling. Dr Sarkoski is expecting you in his office. That’s room 24.” Simon dutifully thanked the receptionist and followed her instructions. He knocked on the clouded ...

Forever and Ever, Amen

Author : Grady Hendrix

The carriage stopped at the entrance to the NASA Space Propulsion Laboratories and the Grand Inquisitor of the State of Florida strode forth into the facility sending scientists scurrying like frightened chickens. They all knew why he was there: Dr. ...

Sunset Lady

Author : J.R.Blackwell, Staff Writer She was violet and tangerine, like an earth sunset. The row of eyes on her face glowed with a bioluminescent blue light. To Susan the Ferai seemed to look alike, but Rain stood out. Susan couldn't remember who started conversation, but it wasn't ...

The Last Art on Earth

Author : Janna Layton

Cassandra walked down Lilac Street, past the same WMG Corporation superstores and chain restaurants on every Lilac Street in every city. "When you're in a WMG City, you're home!" a billboard declared. As she approached, the scanner read her retina to gather ...

Downer

Author : Andy Bolt

I am hopeful and afraid. I am hateful and compassionate. I am selfish and embarrassed. I’m Garret Garvy, an emotive Botch.

We were a small number of neurological guinea pigs for Johns Hopkins a few years back, participating in the Mechanical Smile ...

Catharsis

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer

Lieutenant Bensen's neck snapped in my strong hands with a crack and a gurgle. Her surprised eyes goggled up at me as her body went limp. Corporal Manciewicz lay behind me in pieces already while the happy captain himself, mister high-and-mighty ...

Natural Progression

Author : Todd Keisling, featured writer Jimmy lost his pinky finger today. I can't wait 'til I lose mine. Mommy says it's gonna happen sooner or later. Sometimes I daydream about it—what it'd be like to lose my arm, my foot, my fingers and hands. The kids at school, Billy Zemicks ...

Time Enough for a Wedding

Author : Grady Hendrix

...and he suddenly wakes up with a start. The light was all wrong, a brief nap shouldn’t have taken this – 5:45! Oh, god. Oh, no. Why hadn’t his alarm clock gone off? Eric squeezed his forehead in his hands and made a high-pitched sound: he had slept ...

Frozen

Author : Kathy Kachelries, Staff Writer "You won't like it there," Rajani's brother said. "People go crazy like that, so far from the sun. There's science behind it. I saw it on the forums." Sam's avatar hung on the screen throughout the call: himself at twenty-one, tanned and ...

Recruiters

Author : Todd Keisling, featured writer My brother used to tell me about the glory days, when the Government was less unified and there was more than a single state. Usually what he told me went along with what they taught us at the Academy in history class, but sometimes he'd add ...

The Forsaken

Author : Debbie Mac Rory

We have no choice, they said. We have to leave. We don’t know where we can go, or even if we can survive out there, but we can’t live here any longer. But there isn’t enough room here for all of us.

And then it became clear that the “we” ...

Spring

Author : TJMoore

The path to the discovery of intelligent non-human life was, for me, a life's journey. SETI had invested billions in high tech telescopes and antenna arrays, thousands of personnel hours and miles of red tape, without a single positive result. I had done it at the ...

Flyby

Author : Viktor Kuprin

Any starship could request a flyby. Popik received them all the time from the Customs Patrols and the Space Force when they needed to eyeball our ship. If they wanted a bribe that day, they'd come aboard Popik's old Mod One. He would shake hands with the ...

Time Enough for Twilight

Author : Todd Keisling, featured writer Mr. Serling entered the cafe and took a seat at the bar. He ordered the lunch special which, for that day, was a bowl of vegetable soup, carrot sticks and a peanut butter sandwich. His arrival did not go unnoticed. Rob watched from his booth ...

Taurus

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer

Annette sways forward and for a second it’s like there’s no bonesetter in her bloodstream. She’s languid again. Graceful and alive. Pre-soldier.

We’re friends. That’s hard to come by this far out in the rings. Most of the ...

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