The Quantum Prop Room

Author: David C. Nutt I pressed “play” on my digital recorder. “See doc, I wasn’t always a hoarder. Yeah, I know what my place looks like right now, but if I didn’t have clutter, I’d have nothing at all. I was up late watching a classic movie from the 80’s. I noticed ...

Garbage Day

Author: Chris Preston I just turned six years old and, for my birthday, Dad gave me a grown-up mask. It was supposed to be Mom’s, but she didn’t come home when she was supposed to. Before the sirens started. I was only four years old when we went into our hideout under the ...

New Friends

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer “A different feeling since you’ve been gone.” Yeah, that’s it. Too many times I catch myself looking down and back, only to find some scrub looking horrified, or empty air because one ran off. “Ten, left.” This one has a different feel. ...

A Quiet Night At the Bar

Author: Barry Boone I could see Damian's girlfriend wanted to sock me, but she knew she'd break her fist against my brass jaw. So she held back. Which I knew was hard for her. She was even more kickass than Damian. Damian might be her first love, but a good fight was a ...

Ten Thousand Years of Labor

Author: Sabrina E. Robinette The choice was obvious for most, but I struggled. Should I die freely on Earth, or live in debt on Mars? “In debt”– that’s what they called it, but everyone knew better. There were rumors of labor camps and brutal mining colonies, none confirmed ...

Like a Rainbow Wept

Author: Hillary Lyon “On a sloping hill, see the field of varicolored flowers? Blossoms of geometric shapes, slowly spinning in the gentle breeze.” Commander Oswald closed his eyes and tapped his own temple with his manicured finger. Private First Class Ichor, who was ...

Bits Into The Void

Author: Warren Woodrich Pettine Mother, We replaced our eyes with machines. The impact of perceiving the full spectrum - from viciously fast gamma rays to the yawning gaps of AM radio - was profound. Our ears were next. Augmenting the perception of substance compression, ...

What The Future Thinks Of You

Author: David Barber Peter had noticed the hippy girl earlier, as he loitered near a tour party, eavesdropping on the French tour guide. The chap was enthusing about Marie de France, mediaeval author of tales of chivalry, who was born in this castle, but Peter’s French ...

Sac Caesar

Author: Jeremy Marks Left its seeds while I was sleeping -Simon & Garfunkel I am a plastic sac picker; I scour the streets collecting loose grocery sacs in the employ of my city. I live in a former metropolis whose every limb is now coated in disposable ...

“It is a Land of Poverty…”

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer Midnight, the witching hour. I could do with a flying broom, come to think of it. On that topic, I suspect I’ve more chance of getting to know a broom than any witch that might flit about on one. Right, all geared up – or am I? Phone, ...

The End of the Hourglass

Author: Adrianna Voss A series of flashes. An orange marmalade disc cut into her forehead and wrists as she witnessed herself unfold. Her sugar eyes poured as Saskia reached into the surreal. Danced to music no one could hear, with someone who wasn’t there. The ...

Transmission From The Stars

Author: Alexandru Lamba Do you enjoy our broadcast? You watch it narrowly, so we are entitled to believe you do. But do you still know who we are? Unfair of us to ask. For we no longer know who you are. Once, your great-grandparents called us the wayfarers, the pioneers, ...

I’m the Bomb!

Author: Barry Boone "We're not going to make it." This from Damian. Always worrying. Which is what humans do best. Unfortunately, in this case, he was right: our ship couldn't outrun the aliens. "How long til entry?" he asked, his voice tight. "Fifty-two seconds," ...

A Good Host

Author: Tripp Watson Lucy sat on her bedside and stared at the tiny gap between two of the many grey, plastic panels that composed her bedroom wall. The entirety of Station Bravo’s interior was built of these plastic panels, but only these two with the tiny gap between held ...

The Gravity Machine

Author: Andrew Dunn Tijani queued with other girls alongside a block wall, its once brightly painted designs sun-bleached and flaking. It was September, dry and hot. Sweat jeweled like dewdrops on her face, moistening on her skin. The clatter of an air conditioner teased ...

The Punishment of Cage E. Fox

Author: David Henson When a buzzing sound distracts Cage Edward Fox, he stumbles at the top step and cartwheels to the bottom. He lies motionless a moment then gets to his feet and continues to the garage. # Cage parks his car and takes his fishing tackle from the ...

Romeo and Julius

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer The mist-shrouded marsh is spotted with steaming pools of purple liquid, which, unlike the mud, won’t grip you like glue. It’ll either wash the blue-black slime from your boots, or you’ll disappear into it, never to be seen again. Some say ...

Horse Firetruck Apple Sky

Author: M. M. Kaufman “What is the color of seashell?” I made a loud hmm noise and scanned the paint swatches spread across the rug. If Tea Olive kept this up, she would have the entire apartment covered in no time. That’s if I could find more colors. I picked up a few ...

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