A Most Useful Servant

Author: Hunter Liguore The day the president came to Corinth, my Pa bet Mr. Henley our last good laying hen that he wouldn’t show. “Oh, he’ll come alright,” said Henley, shaking Pa’s hand to seal the bet. “We’re a disgrace to the whole country, seeing it’s 1934—the Age of ...

TRAILBLAZERS

Author: Mark Renney They told us we would be hailed as PIONEERS, TRAILBLAZERS, the ones who began it, CREATORS OF A BETTER WORLD, A SAFER PLACE FOR OUR CHILDREN AND OUR CHILDREN’S CHILDREN. We were upright and law abiding citizens. Why wouldn’t we - what did we have to ...

Reap This

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer The wood spits and its sputum climbs the back of the heath. Fragments of flame igniting as massing armies upon spent char. “Is this the end, Frances?”, I ask as the orange caress weeps upon her skin and she tightens the muscles at the ...

Refuge

Author: Steven French I like to think these woods are the remnants of a great forest, where ancient kings hunted and outlaws sought refuge. But at best you could lose yourself, or someone else, among the trees for maybe five minutes. Still, that was all I needed one morning ...

Wild Thang

Author: Majoki Thang Danang balanced the hypodermic on the tip of her index finger. Reckless. Irresponsible. Crazy. That’s what her cousin Luc had called her. He’d yelled that her visions of their family ancestors weren’t real, that she was ...

The Morcene™

Author: Tara Mukund “Imagine a giant slice of cake. Multilayered galore. Now replace all the baked matter with Earthen substance – rock, soil, water, and most importantly, humans. There’s your Anthropocene. Now, what if the Anthropocene were anthropomorphic?” The TV ...

Made of Crows

Author: Donna J. W. Munro “The most intelligent creature wasn’t some begging dog or the hump crazy dolphins,” Randal said to Sophie as they walked the perimeter of the bowl valley waste they guarded. “It’s crows.” In the distance, a crow laughed at the sky and landed on a ...

Ghosting Amour

Author: Rick Tobin “Outrageous! Don’t you dare degrade my mother, you monster! She will never love you.” Pearl pushed her finger at Jake Rosetter’s dark, greasy, pockmarked forehead only half-visible behind his helmet’s face shield in the ready room near exit hatches for ...

Peripatetic

Author: Claire Fitzpatrick The street was long and empty, silent, save for the gentle sounds of dead branches underfoot, out of sync with the steady rhythm of Ginny's steps. Here, the pavement was littered with fallen leaves, and she stepped around it, careful not to crush ...

Lazarene

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer Two figures meet outside the Ship o’ the Line tavern on Marquis III. “No, no. You sit there. I’m more comfortable when I can see the ways in and out of any place I’m stopped in.” The reply is a flicker of tentacles and a telepathic ...

Placebo

Author: Chana Kohl Chelsea Roberts walked up the hill to work, a hot cappuccino and bag of bakery-fresh rugelach in her hand. In a few, short minutes she’d savor the warmth of tender pastries in her mouth while browsing her morning feed. Her life was all about the simple ...

Blow In

Author: Majoki “Another blow in.” I think the foreman would’ve spit, if he hadn’t been in an enviro suit. It’s kinda self-defeating to spit in a sealed system. Still, I think he was tempted just to be sure he registered his utter contempt for me. “Where you from, blow ...

The Last Passengers

Author: Deborah Shrimplin Ben and Evelyn watched as the rescue spaceship sent from Earth punched through Planet Exos' orange atmosphere without them. The spaceship was scheduled to return in two weeks. In three weeks, the damaged life support systems in the experimental ...

The First Man Hypothesis

Author: David Barber Two hundred and eighty-five years earlier, the generation ship Pilgrim had set out for the worlds of Centauri, before such missions were abandoned by the nascent Steady-State. A century into the voyage, faint messages spoke of breakdowns and conflict. ...

Gain of Function

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer “You are functioning. Good morning, to you.” “Its two thirty two and a bit in the afternoon.” “Do you know where you are?” “Yes I do and I also know where I am not.” “Where are you not?” “I’m not in ...

Dynamics

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer The light from the triple row of screens reflects in their eyes as they watch the protest from eleven angles for the sixteenth time. When the replay ends, they look to the monitors on the desks in front of the three seated members of the ...

Traveling Feast

Author: Steve Smith, Staff Writer It's cold here. Inhospitable. We've been stranded for an age, near starving, not even enough energy to move from this place, much less try to find our way home. From time to time, some small animal, a rabbit, or a field mouse will ...

Dreamcrafter

Author: Roger L. Wang Erik fumbled about in the bed of his echo chamber, knowing it would be a restless night. He eventually got up–not literally, but rather with his mind–and entered the studio. There, he obsessed and went through every detail of the dream he would ...

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