EMP-2

Author : Canis Mortuus His dusted eyes ached while opening. Heavy clouds hung over the unfamiliar, monotonous grey wasteland which was surrounding him. He had no idea how he got there and couldn't even recall his own name... The dusty grey desert stretched flat as far as ...

Time Capsule

Author: Rani Jayakumar Gizo and I were digging in the backyard when we hit it. She had hopped in the hole and whipped her tail around, and could sense the vibrations below. We dug it out - a metallic box, with a clasp that was locked tight. I hit it with the shovel and ...

The See Corp.

Author: Susmita Ramani “It’s you,” I say, though we both know it’s not. Still… “It’s me,” she says; her voice, so on-the-nose, knifes my heart. She’s sitting in our living room, on our red sofa. I take a step toward her. “Do you...mind?” “That’s why I’m here.” She opens ...

Life Hack

Author: Ryan Hyatt Since Jenica broke up with Bobby, she noticed a change in mood. Getting rid of that creep, no matter how good the sex, should have been a cause for celebration. Instead, every day felt like being buried deeper from her feelings. “A split is difficult, ...

Vindictive

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer I wake with a dagger in my hand. The other end of the dagger is in someone’s neck. Raising my gaze, I see the life fade from his eyes. The moment stretches as details sketch themselves in around the face of someone I don’t know. A ship’s ...

Pairs

Author: John Albertson The dinner bell rings, and we line up in pairs. My pair today is Veronica. I don’t like her. I take a plate from the VendingLady - brown MEET, maybe synthbeef, with powdery mash and what they call gravy but my mum would have called dishwater. ...

Why the Next World War Won’t Start Here

Author: Stuart K Watson As I wake, I think: Today would be a great day to start the next world war. I look outside. The lawn is still there, with the neighbor’s scooter lying on its side in the middle of it. Unwarranted incursion. The trees are still standing. Birds still ...

The Void There Between

Author: Alzo David-West Cold rain was falling. A man in a worn jacket entered a private clinic. He put his broken umbrella in a stand by the door. The young receptionist at the front desk asked if he had an appointment. She handed him a form and asked him to wait. He sat on ...

The Golem

Author: John Chadwick He lays his hand upon the lever, the cold metal sinking into his palm as his fingers slowly wrap around the handle, feeling as though the rigor mortis was already settling in. Thoughts swirl and smash inside his skull reminding him of the mechanized ...

The Easiest 3 Steps to Become an Empress Dictator of Your Galaxy

Author: Kei Lynnette "Is it just me or do power and tea go just wonderfully together?" The Empress's companion laughed and replied, "It's just you Empress, and if you don't mind me asking, how did you come into so much power?" The Empress only smiled. "Don't tell me it's ...

Dilute Me

Author: Germain M. C. I’m meeting Tili’s assistant tonight. Tili’s too busy to meet me herself, but I don’t mind—her celebrity, her beauty would eclipse me anyway. Headlights approach my vehicle in the dim, empty parking lot. They crawl up beside me as the driver’s ...

Broken Wings

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer Slowly revolving like Christmas decorations, sparkling under the spotlights of the Seacole. The barbarism of those we face brought an old quote back to me: ‘An honest soldier will regard the battlefield as dawn breaks across it on the ...

First Contact

Author: Andrew Davis Bo buried their head in their hands and screamed. Fuck Jay, fuck his beautiful hair and his pretty face, fuck him, fuck him... they still really wanted to fuck him. Angry breakup sex was supposed to be a thing, that's what they'd been told, but when ...

Cassandra

Author: Alfred C. Airone They never really believed me. After fifteen years, I can say that. And now, of course, it’s too late to prepare for what comes. I had hoped that somehow, unexpectedly, I had changed time for the better. Maybe I did, but the enemy later ...

The Hazards of Hosting a Space Station’s Ham Radio Show

Author: Kristina T. Saccone It might have seemed like a lot of trouble to hide his LP’s in an airlock. Darren thought it was a necessary sacrifice to keep the vinyl untouched after the time Devok borrowed Pearl Jam’s Ten without asking and returned it with a scratch. There ...

Sausage

Author: MG Gallows Alex came home at 3 AM. He wasn’t alone. Two sets of boots stomped down the trap door in our kitchen. Creepy vinyl music drifted up from downstairs. It was so weird, like he was embracing the stereotype. I pulled my pillow over my ears, but there ...

The Diener’s Way Out

Author: Christopher Aguiar The door to the morgue bursts open. I hold my head against the desk in my office and hope it’s a bullet wound. The robots whir and beep, their usual custom, before lowering their brethren onto one of the tables. I eventually stroll out of my ...

Underbridge, Alliance

Author: D J Lunan Hemmings stopped walking briefly, bathed in a swift glimpse of moonlight, and endured the sustained scream echoing across a forest sucked clean of landmarks, inmates, and healing energy by the storm’s whipping tail. He recognised that something or someone ...

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