Take a Breath

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer They’re sitting in the middle of the road, a bearded older gentleman facing a young girl in a saffron tutu. He’s sitting cross-legged, she’s kneeling. His hands move as he talks, face a picture of concern. She’s gazing at the ground, head ...

Editors

Author: Josie Gowler “Snip, snip,” mutters Clarke. “That makes a change from ‘guidance system deployed’”, I mutter, gazing down my microscope. “Sarcasm, Matt? From you?” he replies. “Breaks the tedium,” I shoot back. “How can you get bored? We’re doing ...

Children

Author: Kevin Criscione We built fires for warmth, shelter from the elements, crude wooden tools to continue building, among other necessities, more crude wooden tools. We found our rhythm, working in simple motions out in the open air. Eventually, we had huts, fire pits, ...

Chacon

Author: Rick Tobin “Not one of your better ideas Inky.” My yelling echoed against the reinforced beams and lines of ready ships stored in launch five. I shook my head as Enrique Chacon selected and boarded a starcraft alone from the space station’s shuttle bay, or should ...

The Network City

Author: Alzo David-West Ubn Kal-Zar, sovereign prince of Neo Ara, was extremely pleased with his family's accomplishments and his kingdom—a vast, atmospherically controlled, self-sustaining network city encircling the equator of Mars. That Ubn's line and nation would be the ...

Update Required

Author: Kathryn Smith I see them at night the most, the cogs turning in her head. She thinks I don’t know that she’s awake, going over thoughts again and again and again. She’s always been too open, maybe that’s what drew me to her in the first place. I tried to persuade ...

Let’s Play a Game of Right or Wrong

Author: David Henson Frank leans back in the recliner and loosens his belt. “Reginald, dinner was superb.” “Of course,” the household android says. “Anything else?” “Take the rest of the evening off, Reginald. I’ll get Gwenn and me some dessert in a bit.” Reginald ...

Bite Back

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer There we are, minding our own business, watching our quarters, when some maniac breaks cover and sprint towards us. Charlie Four - John - knocks him down and sits on him. “Heads up!” A mob of ragged soldiers burst from the trees. Not a ...

Dust

Author: Joe Graves “With this top-of-the-line casket, you have unlimited destination opportunities,” explained the funeral director, tapping the back where the propulsion sat, “these boosters will send your husband to the nearest asteroid belt, planet or for a few credits ...

Apotheosis

Author: Anna Hamilton After the seas rose and the Earth caked, after the crops withered and died, after you launched spacecraft into the upper atmosphere, silently watching from above as the greens faded and the browns grew and, too miniscule now to see, your buildings ...

A Klingon Love Story

Author: Shannon O'Connor We met at a Star Trek convention in New York. I was dressed as Worf; she wasn’t dressed up, but she was wearing a Quark T-shirt, and she looked out of place. “Have you ever been to a convention before?” I asked her. “No English,” she said. “What ...

The Differences

Author: Alzo David-West Unlike what most people were used to seeing, the “Squirmers” were nothing like us. To begin with, though about our size, they were horizontal, flexible, and a deep murky grey, with tufts of neon green fur. They had twelve eyes and a mouth like a ...

It’s a Boy!

Author: Peter Tittle It was understandable, really. By far, most of the crime— 97% in fact—was committed by men. Prisons are expensive to build and maintain. Prisoners are also expensive—they don’t work while they’re in prison, so we have to support them. Then there’s the ...

Siren

Author: Steve Smith, Staff Writer He'd spent forty years running rescue and salvage operations in deep space, had hundreds of engagements, many responding to distress beacons, but he had never experienced anything like this. His entire ship resonated at some experiential ...

Pellucid

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer I can hear his controller yelling at him to shoot. His eyes flick left and right, then he stares at the woman with the kid a short distance behind me. That shouting must be deafening. It’s certainly not helping him do anything ...

Noah the Wiser

Author: Jason Graff I was a child, asleep in a patchwork oxygen tent when he first appeared. Since I’d slept through it, my first encounter with him was in my imagination fueled as it often was by the ramblings of the others who shared the apartment with my family. He came ...

Araceli’s Stars

Author: Andrew Dunn Araceli’s stars sparkled like diamonds in a patchwork piece of sky, ringed by the edge of the caldera that towered over the city. Jennifer had a story about why she wanted that sky, and Araceli’s stars, inked into her skin, droplet after droplet of ink. ...

The Price for the Future

Author: Alzo David-West Pellucidar Corp. had launched a new campaign: “7 million dollars for the year 7 million.” In a time of mega-trillionaires, the price was cheap change, and the prospect was attractive. Decisively, the distant future promised wonders the year 2143 ...

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