The Rumble

Author: Emma Edling Müller We are a few lightyears beyond Mars when I first hear the rumble. It’s a subtle thing, the faintest of thunders, more an absence of silence than any particular sound. The kind of noise that’s hardly there, but once you notice it, it’s all you can ...

Life As They Know It

Author: John Chadwick Jeisen rolled out of his bunk and stumbled to the viewscreen where the rest of his crew was gathered. From orbit, it looked like a white marble with some blue swirled in it. They tracked the fabled energy source to its origin on a small city-planet, ...

Mind Your Step

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer The streetlights have been off for an hour. The rain has been constant for three. Through the sodden darkness comes a stranger, clad in earthy hues and righteousness. I listen to him coming in. A mind is usually a noisy place, except in ...

Hide Inside

Author: Ruby Zehnder "Eight…Nine…Ten... Ready or not, here I come," Elaina called out. The five-year-old started her search and destroy mission in the bedroom. She explored the closet. She looked under the bed. She even emptied the sock drawer. I held my breath as she ...

The Mimic

Author: Glenn Leung Nylar saw it at the river, staring up from under the water. Warped by ripples, it looked confused and ugly. At least that’s what Nylar thought. Having lived in darkness all her life, she wasn’t sure how to connect the dots between appearance and concept. ...

The Gleaming City

Author: Helen De Cruz Happy thirty-first birthday, Krish! I miss you. I often dream you’re still alive. There’s been a mistake. We merely broke up. I scold you for being away so long. “Sorry Sudha, I’ve been busy,” you say, “How’s our City project ...

Gray Area

Author: David C. Nutt “Whoa! I can’t believe I am actually sitting with Carter John, famous author, inventor, rock guitar god, and former vice-president of the USA!” Carter John shifted in his chair uneasily. “Umm… yeah that’s me.” Carter John read the woman’s ID. “Vonni” ...

Where Magic Has No Value

Author: Joseph Rosa The old enchanter’s body dripped tangerine as black spots floated on his liquid skin like water lilies. The Leopard Warlock had long forgotten why he’d cast this appearance onto himself, morphing his body into a walking neon pond. His arm rippled as he ...

The Window

Author: Alzo David-West Marcus had witnessed several incarnations of himself in the course of his forty-one years—a guarded child, a romantic teenager, a tired tutor, and a tolerant husband of Madeline. She barged into his study, upset about their quartet of preadolescents ...

Page 314

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer “The Atrox is a perfect blend of artificially grown organics and 3D-printed cerametal. Able to withstand impacts that would crush a man to pulp, regardless of whether he is in body armour or not.” General Navores looks back down into the ...

The Triangles

Author: Kathleen Bryson You had been murmuring in your sleep about a particular breed of polygon for weeks, but – you being you – you never wanted to talk about it over breakfast. Isoceles, I wondered, woken beside you and your apnea machine, sirens sliding like butter ...

A Green Apple

Author: Paul Colby Hirvath led the way down a narrow valley in the highlands of Euclid. As he approached the foot of a cliff, he looked up into the white sky, threaded with bands of purple cirrus. The Archivist trailed him by five or six meters, taking his way more slowly ...

Space & Aces

Author: Josh Jennings Wood So Johnny settled into the diurnal mechanics of this place: the slip of water down the bathroom drain, a little like the roaring strain of boosters heard from inside the cockpit’s vacuum; the music of birds, in and out of earshot as they rode the ...

Family Night

Author: Leon Taylor Despite the sheets of cold rain, Barry hummed a cheery off-Broadway tune as he straightened his loud red tie. “Don’t forget your umbrella,” his wife said. “Won’t need it. Marty is picking me up.” “And don’t forget Family Night. Try to come home a ...

I Dream in Kaleidoscopes

Author: S.R Malone None were allowed to upset the status quo. This was the point of the neuro-signalling headsets, to stem the tide of those whose thoughts proved too much for society. Were these dangerous folk? No, not always. In fact, they’re your regular Joes: ...

Made of Glass

Author: Torion Oey The Future is Now. Dwight Crosby frowned, narrowing his eyes at the bold text that had appeared on his eyeglasses. Despite his conscious distaste for the clichéd ad, the text enlarged and filled his vision, an automatic process resulting from ...

Why Did You Run?

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer I’ve been a fool for many things, but she who survived the cyber-conversion with me has always been my only weakness. That was true even before we fought and bled alongside each other for six years. At first, we kept a distance. When we ...

Alien Babble

Author: Joshua Daniels 10 Was how many years Jim and Sally were together before the Global Aeronautical Service called 'all intrepid adventurers willing to travel to the great unknown!' 9 Was how many astronauts were finally whittled down for the 'Voyage of a ...

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