Overseer

"I know your face." whispered the tiny woman as Nathan passed her workstation. He glanced at her cube, where she was manipulating objects in her field. He looked at her field and nodded. "You do good work here." Please, he thought, take the warning. He flicked a signal with his left hand, ...

The Creators

There was a certain quiet to this planet. The millions of years had led to a malfunction of tectonic waves on Ritus-112. Plates shifted and now allowed the sight of black igneous rock. which spanned the wide crevice at the depths of what used to be a Class 3 water mass. A being with neither a ...

Ice World

Sol lived with her guardians on a lake of ice. Every day she would strap on skates and push her way across a mile wide lake to her school, which was inside a giant crystal dome. All the children on her ice world were guarded by slim solemn men and women who watched each other as fiercely as ...

The Burden of Proof

It started at the SureSave on Fourth Avenue. Andy had been standing in line for nearly ten minutes, sweltering in the August heat that poured through the open doorway, before he dropped his basket onto the counter. Hair dye, promising 100% gray coverage. Baking-soda-infused toothpaste. A ...

Comfort

When I was a little girl, my mother would tell me stories of the time before the dome, when she ran wild outside. She told me about how she had been always hungry and tired, because she couldn't find food. And that there were lots of dangers, like fast moving spheres that could knock someone ...

What Goes Around

In 2198 Earth Standard Time, Jonas Fox, a pilot for the Interstellar Defense Crew, spotted a few pirates off the southern hem of the moon. He got on the radio to contact his fighters, who then zoomed in to show them once and for all who was boss. The IDC fleet had recently been equipped with a ...

From The Top Down

Sanjay Patelov was busy. Now, he was busy using his new telescope to focus in on the jiggly parts of the female joggers in Time Square, but he felt justified. Patelov & Murkin was a new publisher, but six of the New York Times current ten best-sellers proudly had that "P&M" emblazoned on their ...

Kite and Key

An old bottle with a key in it, attached to a box kite by a simple string. It was illogical to think it might have worked, but no one wanted to question a man of such intellectual stature. Perhaps it began as a joke, but to Yoma, there was nothing funny about that day. In a hundred years ...

The Role of Plumage in the Mating Habits of the Karraw

"I am never going to get laid with this plumage." said Gruick, picking at his feathers. "It's so dull, people are going to think I'm a girl." "Oh Gruick, you're not brown, you're just a deep maroon." said Jason, scratching his goatee and leaning back against the violet Lurilura tree. "What ...

Vacation

He'd offered him some lemonade because he assumed he would like it. After all, Lupert himself liked lemonade, so it only made sense. With a shaky hand, he set the glass down on the table next to the man decked out in military regalia that Lupert had never seen before. Lupert watched a lot ...

In Style

"Silver hair is in this season," the technician suggested helpfully. Mary made a face. "Won't that just make me look old?" "No, no," the technician assured Mary with a laugh. "It's silver, dear, not white. Definitely unnatural," she added. Mary signed and fingered the swatches. Silver wasn't ...

It Comes In Waves

Marco can leave the hospital bed, and for that, he is grateful. His balance is unsteady, but with a cane and time, he should be able to get around much the same way he used to. Dana smiles when he moves his hand to touch her cheek, the way she did for him for so long, and, that makes him smile ...

Le Roi Soleil

Four days after his wedding, Philippe discovered the moon was made out of cheese. He made this discovery when his mother-in-law, who was a witch, threw him up to the moon using her magic. His mother in law would have been unpleasant even if she were not a witch and were his wife not the ...

It's The Same Old Song

I am activated again, forced to perform another single for the drunken masses. Yet another lead singer struts his beer-engorged gut on the stage in front of me, as my bandmates and I react to his motions and signals. We cannot help it. We are programmed to be his backup. Perhaps, this one ...

The Game

There had been another coup, but that didn't matter to Alba. All Governmentalists were alike; so what if they exchanged one secretary for another? The anarchist papers were cheering over the shift, but Alba knew better. If the "coup" had reached the newspapers, it was little more than a PR ...

The Hawk and the Heartbreaker

Gabriella Hawk limped though the skywalks of The Hall. She could have slung her body into her metal skeleton to move quickly and easily, but Gabriella was determined to make use of her waking hours when she could. She wanted to make her body move under her own power. There was no use in being ...

20/20

"How much money are we talking?" Jake asked. "Fifty thousand dollars." Jake couldn't see the doctor's face, but he'd developed a mental image of the man over the past few days and was certain that he had grey hair, a white jacket, a mustache, and an utterly blank expression. His voice ...

Level Up

"How's it going, Cody? Got another level yet?" Miss Katrina knelt down next to Cody's desk and peered over his shoulder at the game displayed on the screen. Cody looked up at her and grinned without pausing. "I'm almost level 28!" he declared. "I finally got past that mountain with the ...

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