The Food Lives of Aliens

Author: David Barber "There's the official version," said Lev. "Where First Contact was that signal from the Jirt ship out in the Oort. Then there's what really happened." The old hands round the bar had heard all this before, but it was Lev's birthday and he was footing ...

Phylliroe

Author: Georgia Scalise It's common knowledge that eyesight is a thing of the ancient past. Ask any kid and they'll be more than happy to tell you the stories about how millions of years ago, humanity supposedly lived above the surface, basking in sunlight and using their ...

Snarge

Author: Majoki What do you think we hit, Captain? Can’t say. We went through the critters pretty fast. I’ve never seen anything quite like that flock: multicolored, almost metallic, circling in a protective formation. Very strange. We’ll have to wait until the techs ...

To Be Sold the Very Atmosphere

Author: Angela Acosta Juru steadied the nozzle skyward, working his way up the curvature of the inner dome. It was tricky work sealing in the pleasant mixture of breathable air for the new inhabitants. The locals christened their new home Stoda, short for Standard Dry Air, ...

Coming Alive

Author: Fatemah Albader “You look beautiful today, Maggie,” said Barry Chambers, of Barry Chambers & Associates. “Thank you, Master Chambers. But I am obligated to answer that I always look the same.” Maggie wore the same yellow dress every day. It complimented her ...

Deep Breathe

Author: Lewis Richards A rumble from deep in the ship jolted me back to my senses, mechanical protests from the air scrubbers up-ship as they struggle to compensate for the rapidly expanding population on board I guessed, all but confirmed by the light-headedness that had ...

Fire for Effect

Author: Rick Tobin Choxthonzu wandered towards ghastly yellow glows of a huge, throbbing sign disrupting grim darkness, below which shadowy figures scurried from a cement block, like ant farm residents, hoisting grains to distant abodes. Choxthonzu was drawn below the ...

The Odds Of Her Name

Author: Carla Ra There was a slight chance her name would be Little Bun. Most likely, though, she would be named Suzanna. Her mother kept cycling names in her head at the moment of birth. She would stop when the baby arrived, and the last name would be the chosen ...

To Metebelis and Beyond

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer A quiet Thursday night, working away on the laptop. Actually doing nothing of any substance. Too many opinions to agree with, laugh at, or marvel over. So many people being misguided. So many of them seemingly wanting to be, as an ...

Thoughts and Prayers

Author: E. O'Neill Cyrus Bellini handed a deposit receipt and club membership card to the teller and watched as she punched in the numbers. "There you are, Mr. Bellini", she said, sliding the card across the counter. "Your new total is fifteen thousand and sixty ...

Hunting Season

Author: K. A. Williams It was hunting season on Kreegat. Beasts were imported from neighboring planets to designated areas on this small world. My section now had a furry, yellow hindosen. The animal had been released hours ago, but the shuttle was late. The rain ...

The Must-See Tomb

Author: Carew Bartley After the dusty, scorching heat of the Via Flaminia, I looked forward to the cool silence of the tomb I had read so much about before my trip. Originally buried in a Central Italian necropolis, the tomb had been assiduously reconstructed in the ...

Deadlines

Author: Stuart Watson Overtime became mandatory. The “client” (no one knew who, whether nation or corporation or social medium) had insisted that they move their original deadline forward. Something about a solution to climate change. Ben told Phil and the others about the ...

The Spacecraft of the Medusa

Author: Bill Cox “And so, we commit their earthly remains to the vastness of space and we ask and pray that their brave souls be granted the peace and tranquillity that they so richly deserve. Amen.” The two astronauts, standing in the open airlock, pushed the sealed ...

Shibboleth

Author: Chana Kohl With my blade’s edge poised and a steady hand, I watched a decade of locs fall into the sink. A military uniform, once diligently maintained, hung lifeless in a closet. A soft tunic slid across my clean-shaven head, worn over jute trousers, and cinched, ...

Under the Hand

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer “Read for me the writing on the wall.” We bow our heads and recite the words writ high above, engraved deep into unyielding stone. We have no need to see them, having recited the Second Law every morning and evening since the first day we ...

The Velvet Invasion

Author: David Henson I motion toward the two interns. “You can all come in now.” Unpronounceable frowns at me. “I mean, both of you,” I say. The three enter my office. The two students leave after I give them their assignments. “You need to be more careful,” ...

To Cull the Infinite Field of Dreams

Author: Alfred C. Airone I awoke in completely unfamiliar surroundings, not remembering having gone to sleep. There was someone else in the bed with me. I turned and saw her: cropped copper-red hair, perfect face, lips slightly parted, still asleep. I recognized her ...

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