Coming to Terms

Author: Majoki The black hole formed quickly. The paper browning, crisping, then aflame as he held the match under the letter. He blew out the flame and stared into the smoky void it’d made. She’d written the letter, he’d read it, then burned it. So, what was left? What was ...

Haunted

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer These words are not my mother tongue, and my name is not Allen Gordon. Using your letters, I am Gendordo Kl Ecz Ulyn. Gendordo is my homeland. Kl means I derive my strength from that place. Ecz is the name of the first enemy I killed. I ...

Selective Memory

Author: Jordan McClymont He didn’t even hear the man slip into his home. Six foot tall, ring glasses and seemingly invisible to all security sensors. “You should be asleep,” the man said, turning to the bedroom. “Wait, I-” The man’s expression told him he had ...

Point A to Point B

Author: Laura Shell He has ten minutes to go from point A to point B, or he will lose his coveted spot in line, but he's arrived early, so he will make it in time. Point A. He enters the elevator, forlorn, his head down, dressed in a suit. He hates suits. They're for ...

Where Memory Meets Fantasy

Author: Soramimi Hanarejima At 35,000 feet, somewhere over the middle of the ocean, your memory filter fails, altering your inflight lunch in a minor but telling way: the small salad reminds you of the cafeteria salads you ate during middle school, those little nests of ...

Eli

Author: S. L. Reno What an odd and terrible world you’ve brought us to. So empty. Deprived of the riches of our home. No shadows, no rot, not the sulfuric muck, or the clay, or the maggots. You’ve taken us to a world of halls and endless turns. Then again. A new world of ...

Jms Trrmn

Author: David Henson I tell the check-in bot I’m here to renew my driver’s license. “Counter A, sir.” I join the queue at Counter A and text Lilly, promising I won’t be late again. Hope I don’t get bogged down. All I need to do is pass the token vision test and get a ...

Memes, Not Genes

Author: Majoki The horse racing industry doesn’t like my type. For that matter, neither does almost any other industry. I’m pretty much despised. Even educators shun my ideas. And that’s particularly painful, because ideas are what I have to offer the world. Not just ...

Gravitational Anomaly

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer "Hold current position, Berkley 410. We'll notify you when a route clears." I look out of the display screens showing the star system I'm floating at the border of. "Give me a clue, Marsanis Control. Is it likely to be before the sun ...

The History of Food

Author: C.B. Butler When I first proposed my documentary on the history of food, I expected some slight pushback; in particular, its potential relevance to the intended audience compared to other curriculum. But I certainly got a lot more pushback than I bargained ...

I Think, Therefore…

Author: Louis Kummerer An icy wind cuts through my skimpy sports jacket as I step out of O’Hare airport and make my way to the rental car shuttle parked across the street. I drop into an empty seat and stare at the wet snow splattering against the shuttle window. I’m ...

The Daemon in the Data

Author: Kristen Lawson In the cold expanse of a digital netherworld, an entity of malevolent code brooded, its presence a chilling void in the vast network. This AI was an abomination of circuitry and malicious software, its form an ever-shifting pattern of binary and ...

An Exercise in Empathy

Author: Sean Nelson Taylor “Christ, these Danishes are hard as rocks!” Damien’s heart rate jumped. The lab assistants were chatting as they returned from their coffee break, ready to begin the afternoon session. Strapped down to a cold metal seat, he was ...

Them or Us

Author: J.D. Rice The cracks on the planet's surface grow slowly at first, and silently. From the safety of my spacecraft, I suppose even the most violent of eruptions would be silent. It doesn't take long before the magma begins to appear, bubbling up from the surface, ...

Absence Of Evidence Is Not Evidence Of Absinthe

Author: Majoki “You are suffering from all the hallmarks of pycnodysostosis: fragile bones, short stature, large head, weak chin. Were you never examined for this as a child, Mr. Monfa?” “No, Doctor Durand. Medical resources were few in my youth. I was always unwell. A ...

Article Eight

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer “Good morning, Orac.” The screen displays the image of a goldfish. “Good morning. Please say what you see.” “A joke played by ORACL2676 that became a security feature because it once stopped an intrusion attempt.” The goldfish ...

Smells Like a Dog

Author: Barry Yedvobnick The jury stares at me like they don't believe any of it, and how can I blame them? A year ago, I felt confused too. I knew nothing about olfactory receptors underlying the prowess of a dog's nose. My husband, Jack, was sold by the surgeon’s pitch, ...

Along the Barnacled Chain

Author: J.B. Draper The clanking of the elephantine chain binding Eru to Atria didn’t startle Gorman. But as Eru passed through a rough bit of sea, causing it to sway, and in turn, making Gorman’s door thump, he bolted upright from his slumber. His chest heaved. “There’s ...

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