Worms

Author : J. S. Kachelries

Captain’s Log, Day 523: This is the 38th Earth day since we landed on Europa. At 0900 hours this morning, our exploration team discovered extraterrestrial life! They named them “Europea Hortenis” (Nightcrawlers of Europa), because they resemble ...

Clockwork Battlements

Author : Sam Clough aka "Hrekka", Featured Writer Underneath the great, grinding cogwheels of the Clockwork Battlements, clandestine schemes were devised, great plans worked out, and many betrayals came to pass. Out of the four main battlements, all but the southernmost were under the ...

Access

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer "You're not supposed to be here; you could get me into a lot of trouble." "I won't take up much of your time, I understand you can get me unfettered access to the nets." "I know you, I know who you are, and I know that you've been ...

Messengers

Author : Aelanna Cessara

She picked up a page of the large volume that had been compiled, her keen eyes picking out each individual strand of fiber in the primitive paper. They had not originally planned on doing it this way, but she had convinced the council that using the ...

Remains

Author : Noel Sloboda Author : Noel Sloboda Oh, let's go back, Bekah pleaded. She had made a decision. Alone. What? Go back where? We're in the middle of nowhere. Halfway between South Carolina and Vermont, Julian protested. Oh. Palpable silence filled the car, pressing like ...

The Soul Collector

Author : Sam Clough aka "Hrekka", Featured Writer The Soul Collector strode through the echoing streets of Sarvan, and found a cluster of people sheltering in the lee of the great reactor situated in the centre of the city. These people were the first that she'd seen in weeks. They ...

The Quickening

Author : TJMoore

Lightning struck her left wingtip sending a twinge all the way down to her ribs. Finally it had begun. She flapped her enormous wings, increased her speed and altitude. She needed a body strike.

It had been twenty rotations since she had mated and the time ...

Temponaut

Author : Duncan Shields

The good news is that my time machine works.

The bad news is that the laws of the universe will only allow it to go forward.

I don’t know what I was thinking. We sent it forward two minutes and then three minutes and then a month. All tests ...

The Sea and the Skylark

Author : Sam Clough aka "Hrekka", Featured Writer The wind is always cold. Or - I correct myself - the wind always feels cold. It's usually about four degrees this time of year, but the wind makes it feel like minus ten. It's heavily laden with salt. I've lived down here for months, ...

The Path Not Traveled

Author : Patrica Stewart

Kathryn Duncan sat in the waiting room of Alternative Realities, surrounded by her husband, her two sons, her four grand children, and her seven year old great granddaughter, Wendy. Wendy sat in her lap, while the others gathered around her recalling ...

Babel

Author : Robert Niescier

We didn’t know what to think when we first saw it. The case, shiny as a mirror, surviving down in the bottom of the ocean God only knows how long, resting in the shadow of some strange underwater mountain. We had never seen anything like it.

I ...

Something In My Eye

Author : Chris Court-Dobson “Stop, there’s something in my eye.”

The spore had crash landed in his eye, and people were emerging. Light was blotted out as he rubbed, but the people were unharmed.

“I think its gone.”

The people had nuclei, flagella, ...

The Queen of Sparks

Author : Sam Clough aka "Hrekka", Featured Writer Molly padded along a short alleyway, and emerged out onto a wide street. She was approaching the centre of Night City. High above, the slow beat of the topcity's vegetable heart could be felt rather than heard, one beat every few ...

Haunted

Author : Jeff Deignan

Let me tell you a ghost story.

I see my sister every day, while she eats and sleeps through the minutes and hours. She walks, she talks- but never to me. The cold, white rooms always seem to threaten to swallow her as she traipses about, and me as I ...

Burned

Author : Benjamin Fischer

“Haywood! My good friend.”

So says Szilveszter, ever propped on a barstool at the Wildwood Flower.

Takes me a moment to wrap my brain around the fact that it’s him, for real, not ten meters in front of my scarred, cindered, ...

Sosiosphage

Author : Sam Clough aka "Hrekka", Featured Writer We pieced together what happened later, taking what we knew about the way we'd been infected, and from what we saw happening to the rest of the world. We don't know if we should count ourselves lucky that we were the first to be ...

Endgame

Author : Jeff Deignan

Stop me if you’ve heard this one- No, that’s not it. Let’s just say I’ve been busy.

Ok, talking hand, got that part.

Burly men giving chase, got that too. Not liking that; would enjoy it more if they were women and less ...

Beginning

Author : N. Landau

The morning paper on the table declared that the crime rate had tripled since the news that the city had run out of vaccine, and the virus was spreading rapidly. The headline lay between two stale cups of coffee over which the two scientists had made their ...

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