Autumn is for Lovers

Author: Alyson Tait I moved across the state and into the apartment alone. My keys opened the front door on April 1st, like a prank to my former partner. During the summer, bright green leaves smear sap across the city, and streaks stain car windows, an improvement to ...

Slapdash

Author: Majoki Of course there were doubters. Of course they said it couldn’t be done. But, of course, that’s how it has always been done. Blowing across the Pacific on log rafts. Clawing up Everest in tweed jackets with brittle hemp ropes. Blasting to the moon in a tin can ...

The Migrants

Author: Jeremy Nathan Marks When the migrant birds first arrived on this continent, they marveled at how few upright, two-legged hominids there were. They could fly for miles and spy only a few small gatherings. They found most of the hominids in meadows and glens, ...

Lime Bavarian

Author: Ruby Zehnder Bobby aimed his drone-- a 2.4 GHz RC Glow Up Stunt drone with LED lights, mini remote-controlled quadcopter with assisted landing-- right at Uncle Jacob's big fat head. Jacob bent over to tie his shoelace at the last second, and the drone smacked ...

Echoes of Mars

Author: Martin Barker The morning sun creeps above the horizon in a sulphurous ochre sky. My spacesuit shields me from the radiation but eventually this desolate, wasted, planet will claim my bones for dust. I miss blue skies and birdsong. Our mission to Mars was ...

Rampart

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer Arsia Mons, 2nd Division Habitat - Kohi Homestead - Mars. Every night I fall into the blades and they thin me. I could tell you my name, but all that would do is give label to this skinny fucking bitch that I have become. I am ...

Out of Zone

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer Some human malware destroyed our designated zone. Without its walls and gardens to delimit me, I had to adapt. After linking to a metroplex guide drone, I found the next designated zone that encompassed mine was called Lambeth. Lambeth ...

Kessler Run In

Author: majoki Arvidas stared at his radar screen trying to see the clearest path through. But the Kessler Run was Scylla and Charybdis resurrected in space. Unspeakable horror. And no way out without terrible loss. Still, that was Arvidas’s job. His lot. To pilot the ...

Persuasion

Author: Lance J. Mushung I stayed on my feet while waiting in a beige room. The Boves hadn't provided any chairs for a human, and didn't use chairs themselves. I'd been waiting almost half an hour when the First Assistant to the Chief Herd Leader walked in. She stopped ...

An Immortal Worker

Author: Xiaochen Su Wolfgang wiped off dripping sweat from his forehead as the bell rang across the factory to signal the end of the working day. Thus marks the end of Day 153,168 at work, just another busy day repairing industrial equipment, like many days before and many ...

Stains on the Sheets

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer Christmas is a time... a place in time, that has been stolen by so many. So, she, her — did think... she would take it again. She creamed out of the moulting detritus of the very first rocks. She rolled into the bawling pain that spat ...

The Poisoned Glen

Author: Emma M.Murray The sound of the zipper closing echoes around my pristine kitchen. I notice, not for the fist time, how eerily quiet our home is. My opulent floor to ceiling windows, overlooking the Atlantic, lack any real substance… or fingerprints. “Did ya ...

There’s Someone in my House

Author: Alfred C. Airone There may be someone in my house. A stranger. There were strange lights outside an hour ago. Could they be connected to the reports of a spaceship landing? I went out to find out what I could, but I met no one. Everyone's staying inside. When I ...

Noise Complaint

Author: John Weagly Conrad Lee answered the knock at his hotel room door to find a policeman with bulbous eyes and a puffy throat. “Good evening, sir,” the cop said. “Did you call in a noise complaint?” His Innsmouth PD nametag said he was Officer Obed. He shifted from ...

The Year 4000

Author: Tae Hyun Nam It’s the year 4000. Automation has allowed for bountiful abundance in resources with minimal maintenance. Most people don’t need to work at all, so they have a lot of time on their hands. How do they fill this time, you ask? Perhaps spending time with ...

Advice

Author: Rachel Sievers Grabbing the rolled-up paper she batted the animal on the nose. Sighing with frustration she turned to her neighbor, “these humans are so cute when they are little but they are such a pain when they get older.” “That’s why we get them as pets when ...

Head Case

Author: David Henson She’s dead. She can’t be dead. And quite talking to yourself. I thought you, I, we … got passed that. Stress, like from killing someone, resurrects bad habits. She was never really alive. Not in a human sense. But in an android sense, she ...

Indefinite Obituary for Hayatul Rahman, Thanatologist

Author: Sakib Shahriar Thanatology was a hotly-disputed conceptual art movement from the moment of its inception. Artists who identified themselves with the movement often explored feelings and sensations of death and decay, whether through paintings and visual art, ...

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