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Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer Of all the things I loathed while growing up, learning that kept me indoors and sat down was highest on the list. Consequently, I became a superlative athlete with appalling academic skills. If it wasn’t for my never-admitted abject fear ...

Special Delivery

Author: K.Hartless Will it stay cloudy forever?” I release a pillow of breath through the slit in my box, try to imagine Jared’s expression, lost to me from behind cardboard folds. He’s brought me to the ravine for a reason, and I sniff the morning air as if searching for a ...

Packing Up

Author: Eric Fomley “What are you doing?” Sammie asks. Bo is slicing through the artificial flesh on the back of her neck, folding the plastic material away and exposing the circuitry. “I’m packing you up,” Bo says. His chin trembles and he chews the inside of his lower ...

Reds and Blues

Author: Samantha Kelly Jac entered the cafeteria, tapping her ID bracelet against the sensor. She waited for the machine to calculate an ideally nutritious meal. Once it arrived, Jac took her tray and sat at the end of one of the tables. The other paramedics were in the ...

In the Hothouse

Author: Rachel Medina I admit I am not the most skilled gardener, but these flowers say the cruelest things. Not that I don’t deserve it. I know that I do. But, if these flowers die, that’s it. I’m dead, too. It wasn’t easy to get this gig. You have to remember where you ...

Space Race

Author: David Barber An old spacer complaint is that home is never where you left it. Spacers end up in bars like this. Relationships don't survive years out in the dark, but that doesn't matter here, one loner recognised another. Perry listened to them arguing about ...

Tales from that Hollow Bit of You

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer I have been in this asylum for so long that its corridors have become my arteries and its rooms my veins. I really feel more than a little lost, and my gums are covered with a grainy film. I don’t know why I stopped here. I don’t know ...

Pick Up a Stick

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer I staggered from the wreck of the Templeton stark naked. I’d been submerged in a sensory womb, enjoying some virtual sports with colleagues from C-Shift, when all three dropped offline. I wasn’t to know their side of the ship had been torn ...

Torch Song

Author: David Henson After work, I stop by to check on my father and find him carrying a flashlight around the well-lit house. “Is everything OK, Dad.” “It’s your mother.” “I miss her too, Dad.” “No, Son. This is your mother.” He holds up the flashlight. His ...

Dear Valued Employees

Author: Lorna McGinnis Dear Valued Employees, As you may know, the world will be destroyed next Wednesday. A massive asteroid will strike the earth at approximately 4:00pm PST, and that will be the end of humanity. Unfortunately, additional requests for paid time off ...

Gossamer

Author: Brian Etta “Breath through the nose and out through the mouth” Justin let that instruction carry him. Sitting in half lotus he resisted the urge to itch as he scanned his body for sensations and in so doing produced and amplified them. There had to be something to ...

Meta

Author: Majoki Her eyes were oceans of possibility. Blue and depthless. And I was shipwrecked. A fallen eyelash crushed the sails and within moments my ship foundered in the shoals of the iris. When I climbed, half drowned, upon the pupil, I was looking straight down ...

Reality Like an Onion

Author: Jim Anderson A bell rang and the finding room fell silent. The finder — a small, silver-haired woman in a lavender robe — turned to Ulrich and said, “A simple question, Citizen. Do you believe in one objective, mechanistic reality governed by the laws of Newtonian ...

Undermath

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer This is where we end. Tucked so neatly under the aftermath. I stare at my now long dead cat as its fur fuses and its stench fills the sill upon which it lays. I see its flesh sag and melt and my mind shifts to the meat in my moribund ...

The Customer is Always…

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer The tennis-court sized office is lit like a summer afternoon. Everything within is red, but each item is a different shade. “You must tell me who makes those soft ownership collars for you. I’ve only seen that shade of purple once ...

The Fungilarity

Author: Majoki “A synaptic map of the brain.” “Social media pathways on the Internet.” “A spider web. If the spider had taken acid.” The program director waited as each volunteer gave their interpretation of the sprawling diagram being displayed in the research ...

Seventeeners

Author: Andrew Dunn They come every seventeenth year. Momma says they are evil, each one a little piece of hell called forth by her ex-husband to torment springtime before summer’s heat dries our corner of Georgia to a crisp. “Cicadas.” Molly said. “They’re just ...

Boltzmann’s Brain

Author: Calum Strachan It was an overwhelmingly unlikely occurrence. Somewhere at the end of time, as the universe approached uniformity, a localised phenomenon sprung out of the thin and fragile space. Purely by chance, the particles that had drifted alone for so long ...

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