The Eternity Suit

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer He’s banging on my helm with some ornate looking rod. The noise is incredible. Echoes of echoes. Being found is usually welcome after so long doing math problems in my head, but this is a bit much. “Hey! I can see you! Stop hitting this ...

The Further Adventures of Christopher Robin

Author: David C. Nutt Christopher Robin stopped to catch his breath. He wasn’t actually the Christopher Robin but he was a Christopher Robin. What made him a Christopher Robin (a C.R.) was the chip set his parents got for his 8th birthday to help him bond with the family ...

Metamorphosis

Author: Alastair Millar “Given the different composition of the atmosphere,” said the surgeon carefully, “your lungs will need to be entirely replaced.” No problem. Even as a student, I’d known that xenobiology would require sacrifices. “The artificial eyes should mean ...

OFF

Author: Amy Dusto ON My motor whirs and my wheels start to spin. Obstacle ahead, turn, obstacle ahead, turn. Bump. I’m not driving, just a passenger, watching through 180 degrees. Everything’s red. I engage in a three-hour wander until I automatically slow. Searching, ...

The Class Exemplar

Author: John McNeil "You won't get it," said Granan. "I'm better." They strode the polished halls of the Mentalist Academy. Marcus tossed his head. "No you aren't," he said. "But I'd get it even so. Preceptor Elius likes me, and knows you're an arrogant foistling." There it was, the ...

Trial by Future

Author: John McNeil "Before you plead, remember you lived your whole life under surveillance." She's right. There is no defense. I grew up during the death of privacy, when everything was recorded and stored, never to be forgotten. "A foothill of trash. A kiloton of ...

Jack Magnum

Author: Riley Meachem “You know, this is the third damn time this week alone that cab’s broke down. I still ain’t seen you do shit about it,” Chalks Mabley leaned against the side of the cruiser, face dour. Then again, his face was almost always dour. “What do you want ...

Angel To Go

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer She stands there in the street, head cocked to one side, hair in disarray. I pause to watch what happens next. These ‘no loitering’ walkways are still new to smaller towns. A patrol drone rolls up next to her. It beeps in what’s supposed ...

In My Defense

Author: John McNeil Excuse me, I thought it was my turn. You had your hours and hours to say your so-called evidence, and now I'd like to talk about what really happened. Can we have Javert with a clipboard over here stop interrupting? Thank you. As I was trying to say, ...

Queen Arthur And The Edged Weapon, Excalibur

Author: David Barber The Princess was touring the human quarter. She savoured these adventures, accompanied only by a human guide and her security flock. Jomo was an amusing companion. As they made their way through the raucous marketplace, he regaled the Princess with ...

New Words

Author: Stephen Murtough The blank screen became the words: Jasmine loved Jonathan more than he loved her. Thirty children were seated in individual booths with individual screens, and they each answered by pressing one of two buttons. Twenty-eight were correct. The ...

Into the Everlasting Now

Author: Hillary Lyon “How about: ‘Rainbow’s End’?” the art consultant said as she swept her hand in an arc through the air, eyes aglitter. “How about: No,” said the polling consultant seated beside her. “That might attract little kids, I’m afraid, and that would be ...

Last

Author: Jason Kocemba Greg has finally breathed his last. He was a good boy, faithful. He deserves to be buried and not left to be carrion, but I’m tired. In the beginning, when the dead were fresh, I buried them: single, double, mass graves, it didn’t matter. When I ...

I Am Not An Alien

Author: Connor Long-Johnson A crowd had gathered and soon snowballed into a frenetic mob on the bridge overlooking the river. Cries and shouts swirled in the air as the crowd surged and morphed like the uneasy river below, sirens blared in the background and two lone police ...

Family Tree

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer The third moon of Charius has an erratic orbit. The survey vessel noted that fact, but evaluated the deviation to be within acceptable margins. Nobody bothered to investigate any further because, by then, the planet was desolate: ruined by ...

Blue Endeavor

Author: Brian C. Mahon Maurice yells in capitalized white letters across her left eye’s field of vision: [DO NOT MOVE.] Target confirmed - ten feet away, closing. Shiori’s training keeps excitement in check; the suit keeps her mute. The target, Meng Mei, born to the ...

A Kiss

Author: Rachel Sievers The crowd rushed on in the hot, stale air. Women holding the hands of little ones. Men rushing by with all their possessions. The holy and unholy fleeing before the wave of evil. All around people ran by him. His feet were cemented down as he watched ...

Into the Caves at Last

Author: Lin Edwards She knew she was close, and her heart was racing. She’d been on the catering team of the dive expedition all those years ago; young, inexperienced, excited just to be part of it. They hadn’t let her go down into the cave system or its tendrils of ...

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