Saratoga Springs

Author: Michael D. Hilborn Twenty minutes had passed since the cop had taken Donald's license and registration back to the patrol car, and Donald was feeling famished. As if he had spoken out loud, Samantha said, “Don’t do anything foolish." "But I'm hungry," said ...

2

Author: Chris Grebe Armida was no longer thinking completely clearly, of this she was certain. The Carmine Reaction. That’s what they were going to call it. She was sure of that too, somehow, sure as she was that she hadn’t stopped for a restroom for about two hundred ...

Superpower

Author: Jeff Hill Upon waking this morning, I was surprised to feel no different. Angry with the world (and the lack of funds in my bank account), I begrudgingly took my shower and yelled obscenities as my roommate walked past me, laughing at my piss poor mood. “Didn’t ...

Plan B

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer The chaos on the streets is nothing compared to the chaos at headquarters. In the end, I give up and hop from desk to desk, then jump down and barge through the queue into his office. “You called, Chief?” Clarence Christie, Chief of the ...

Colder Ways

Author: Majoki “The old rage in colder ways, for they alone decide how to spend the young.” - Pierce Brown Dark Age The toy soldier guarded the corner of the commander’s makeshift field desk. The faded tin sentry with chipped red jacket, high peaked cap and bent bayonet ...

Travelin’ Man

Author: Lee Hammerschmidt April 29, 1976, 11:53 PM "Don’t answer!” I said as I felt the muted phone throbbing in my cargo shorts pocket. “Do NOT answer!” I answered. “So, Chalk,” Aurora Nirvana, my boss said. “Would you care to explain to me just what in the ...

Parthenogenesis

Author: Chana Kohl “When Dr. Helena Athanasiou took the lectern, I could feel the hair on my arms prickle, as if the electrostatic potential inside the auditorium increased several Coulombs. It wasn’t just because she was a brilliant geneticist, a sharp intellectual, and a ...

Two Steps Forward

Author: Matthew Goldstein The ancient skull peeked out of the ground like a shy creature waking from an interrupted slumber. “Hey, Davoh, check this out!” Shielding her eyes from the glaring sun, her body tense with anticipation, Jarab brushed off a few more particles of ...

Disintegration is Easy

Author: Matthew Ferguson Earth 106 AB (2077 AD) – Blamazon Prison #654 Hamish, an older man, and Janie, a young woman, wait in their cell for lunch. "Eat your bleep and lament your bleep of robotic bleep", intones the robotic jailer. The robot deposits two trays of ...

Ant Races

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer I live in a cabin on top of a very large hill. Of an evening I go into my kitchen and I rummage in the second to top drawer and I retrieve my ever-depleting roll of aluminium foil and I fashion it and place it atop of the large hill of my ...

Foggy

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer Out of the grey-blue fog comes a five-armed green pudding in fancy breeks, waving two ray guns and a cutlass. It takes three attempts to blow a hole in it with my beamer. I’m too drunk for this. The world only comes in to focus every ...

This is London Calling

Author: Phil Temples “Centre for Metropolitan History,” Ross Livingston speaking.” The youthful historian answered his desk phone with all of the authority he could muster given the fact it was only his second day on the job at the prestigious institution, situated in ...

Mesh

Author: Rick Tobin Look at your moon, or so you call it. So much the lie. It isn’t yours. It never was, and worse, it is the trap, detaining me against my will. I am multi-dimensional. I traveled freely through the galaxy, using the unusual magnetic fields of this blue ...

The More Things Change

Author: Hillary Lyon “Hand over your phone, please,” the officer ordered. He smiled a mirthless smile behind his plastic face shield. “Look, I’m fully vaccinated,” the woman answered as she extended her left arm. She pushed up her flannel sleeve and rotated her arm, ...

Path Dependence

Author: Majoki It has been noted that the first few dozen steps tend to dictate the following few thousand. For sheep. I wonder what that makes me. I’ve been on this trajectory for 80,000 years, and it’ll be another 1000 years before I reach Proxima Centauri b. That’s ...

Komorebi

Author: Chana Kohl Walking down the alabaster hallway towards exam room three, I pass a row of windows overlooking the hospital pavilion. A flash in my visual periphery draws my gaze across the open courtyard. Crepuscular rays of golden sun escape passing clouds, leaving a ...

Verity

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer My name is Verity. I am senior columnist for the Moonville Daily Star. My name means truth. I’ve a friend, she’s obviously not. If she were then I wouldn’t be sticking pins into the pools of her cartoon fawn-like eyes. Oh, but I do it ...

Crashdown

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer When I crash-landed here, I thought my life was over. Sure, it might take a while to actually end, but nobody would be looking for a freak-chance survivor from the Fourth Battlegroup, who only avoided sharing their grisly fate by a twist ...

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