A Meal of the Past

Author: Benjamin DeHaan The Delta 21’s hull creaks as she slows and comes into view of the alien space bubble, a pink translucent sack hovering in outer space. At its current rate of expansion, it will enter the stratosphere by nightfall. By next week all of Earth will be ...

Into the Blue

Author: Anna Jackson I couldn't look at it, but it stood tall and imposing before me, like it was begging me to see. I knew it was time, I knew that I didn't have a choice, but that didn't make it any easier. The Gateway was open and it was my turn to step through it. ...

We’ll Be in Touch

Author: Hillary Lyon “So we’re outside, drinking on the patio like we do sometimes after work, when Ellie looks up at the sky and goes—” “I said, ‘What is THAT?’” Ellie laughed awkwardly. From his seat next to the sofa, the interviewer, Mister Guest, leaned towards her, ...

Kepler-16b

Author: Reba Elliott The sun rises and sets, then the other sun rises and and sets, and then the planet rises and the sun rises and the planet sets and the other sun rises and the sun sets and the other sun sets. There is light everywhere. Leaves grow long and wild and in ...

Start Something

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer The city burns behind them. Long shadows stretch almost to the citadel of government. Late afternoon sunlight picks out moments in bright clarity: metallic reflections from the bent panels of a vandalised coupe, a discarded sheet spread ...

The Hot Equations

Author: Rainbow Heartshine We have enough feathers for a couple of mattresses now. I'm not such an awful person as to use so, but how are you supposed to dispose of angel down? Whether they count as the real thing is over my head, theologically. It shouldn't be. When ...

Mars

Author: James Moran In the days when Earth was small the other planets eyed it hungrily and argued over how they would split it up. Like a mother protecting her young, the Moon circled Earth, a wary eye on each of the planets. She visited the ears of Venus and Mercury ...

End of Empire

Author: David Barber Rumour had it that Mother would soon order them to quit the planet, so Six rose early, trying not to wake her sisters as she donned her mask and breather. Outside, dust swirled around remotes abandoned the previous day by her siblings, who gloved ...

Eternity

Author: Tom Neuschafer William was not a man of science, which would make traveling through time far more difficult than if he were. But what he lacked in scientific genius, he made up for with practical knowledge and perseverance. And he was now a man of tremendous ...

Extratouristrials

Author: Majoki *It was obvious the indigenous creature was in an expiring condition,* wrdlgrp expressed matter-of-factly to the processing agent handling his arrival. *Not the issue, wrdlgrp-sln,* the processing agent xtsm shunted back reviewing wrdlgrp’s record of ...

Hugh’s Hues

Author: Joey Fazzone "Make it red, make it orange, make it purple, yellow, pink," he sang, twirled, and danced. "Make it brown, magenta, and any shade you think." He winked. His assistant was about to speak before he whirled again, proclaiming dramatically, "So don't ...

Patchwork

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer Seventeen hours. My backside went numb so long ago it’s taken my legs with it. I’m going to be walking like a geriatric, which is ironic considering I’m unlikely to reach any age close to that if I keep pulling sessions like this. “Have ...

The Sea Jewel: A Queer Fairy Tale

Author: Sasha Wolff See The Sea Jewel zip around the cosmos like a theater bus that know no bounds; see it pop up in the remote corners of this glittering universe like Mary Poppins’ stuffed purse of many surprises; like a magical, mischief-making lunch basket of lipstick, ...

The AI Learns to Murder

Author: Ken Poyner The replicators have decided we should all eat peanut butter and crackers; for a month the machines have been spitting out endless batches of peanut butter and crackers. Not bad peanut butter, and truly delicate crackers. But it has been a month. Damn ...

Coffee Time

Author: Victor Beigelman You get out of bed at the same time you always do: 7:45 a.m. Your alarm was actually set for 7:30, but it’s been years since you got up right when it goes off. You putter into the kitchen and fill the water boiler up to .5 liters with cold water ...

HAVOC

Author: Bill Cox ‘Welcome to HAVOC. Chaos is just next door.’ It’s a great line and Jacob uses it every time a new research team shows up. The newcomers all smile with polite amusement. They have arrived onboard the High-Altitude Venus Operational Concept; a massive ...

Pliny the Middling

Author: John Arterbury I hereby affirm I am not making this statement under duress. This is an accurate account to the best of my knowledge regarding all details surrounding the Eruption Experience, for which, as owner and sole proprietor of Tempus Fugit Travels, I take ...

Fade This Way

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer The man thought, and his ideas sieved through his orange stalked teeth and rode upon and into the shit swept place that was his brain. “If this is the end then it’s pretty bloody pathetic”, said this man. “If this is the end then I ...

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