Practice Drowning

Author : Kathy Kachelries, Staff Writer Ollie McNeil used to be a person, or so the rumors said. He came to the glades when the glades could still grow grass, before the floating villages, when the mosquitoes were smaller than the shrimp and the shrimp were safe to eat. Not that ...

Requiescat

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer Space, the never-ending frontier, the long night, the sea of stars. That last one should have given us a warning. Look what we did to the seas of Earth: filled them with our discards to the point where we nearly choked the planet. “Ping ...

Meet the neighbors

Author: Leon Taylor “I am not going to live next to a mansion of six-foot cockroaches.” “It’s their right,” his wife said. “Since when did cockroaches have rights?” “Since the Alien Rights Act of 2037.” “I know. I wrote it.” The Senator watched the movers lug ...

Catch and Release

Author: Rick Tobin Werewolf rage fell short at the cage’s impenetrable viewing glass, prevailing against the assault, aided by a low-gravity holding cell. The brief demonstration impelled Ensign Collier to fill his spacesuit diaper. “First time seeing one up close ...

The Beast

Author: Tina Ruiz The beast screamed as she pushed her way through the dark underbrush. It had been chasing her for what seemed like an eternity, but tonight it was closer than usual. She stumbled but caught herself on a branch just above her head. Scrapes from the dense ...

Aurras, What Would You like on Your Pizza?

Author: Tadayoshi Kohno “Hello. Welcome to your new Aurras Smarthome Assistant. I will listen to you when you say my wake-up word, ‘Aurras.’ Say, ‘Aurras, Configure,’ to configure me.” ### RECORDING, JANUARY 4, 2026, 3:01PM: “Aurras, Configure.” ### RECORDING, JUNE 27, ...

Face

Author: Deanna Di Lello The RV began to slow despite Adam’s heavy foot on the gas. A loud beeping noise accompanied by a flashing light drew his attention to the fuel gage. It was past E. The RV came to a stop and Adam began to shake. He had spotted a group fifteen ...

Sunny Afternoon

Author: Barbora Bartova It was a late sunny afternoon. The freshly fallen snow was glowing bright. For a moment she wondered whether the glow was caused by the sun or the radiation of the nuclear fallout. After a while, she decided it was the sun, but still, she would ...

Dirty Badge

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer “Hey, Cherry. Who’s that freak you know? Reynard?” Constable Dalforth grins nastily. Inspector Cherry Fasslin of the Tactical Response Group grimaces. He knows she knows exactly who he’s insulting. She also knows he wouldn’t say word one ...

An Extra Buck

Author: Kevin Johnston Hello, sir, welcome to Cerebromax™. Please place your hand on the scanner for identification. For your convenience, this scan signs all waivers and release forms concerning our transaction today. Thank you for choosing the Cerebromax™ ...

A New Game

Author: Jacob Bentzen The blonde beard iXi had commissioned dripped with dew as he flowed through the misty forests of New Norway. He leapt over the moss-covered rock and landed on the animal trail without breaking momentum, his naked body covered in sweat and thin lines of ...

Night Light

Author: Steve Smith, Staff Writer I woke with a start before dawn, the sky outside was still dark and yet the room was bathed in a shimmering orange glow. For a moment I thought I was dreaming, but the room was my room, as I left it when I went to sleep, excepting of ...

Pandemic Dreams

Author: Robert Beech I do not recall when I first began to dream. Slipping silently from cell to cell, from host to host, I had no perception. Breath and blood, fever and delirium, these were the realms I inhabited, but I was no more conscious of them than you are of the ...

Just Another Lushtime

Author: Ken Carlson Early summer afternoon. The lunchtime crowd at Sal’s was thinning out. Tony the bartender called it the lushtime crowd. Anyone who stopped by Sal’s, a dark, two-bit joint, that early wasn’t there for lunch. Tony had taught over at Irving High. He got ...

The Time after It Ended

Author: Alzo David-West The void around was velvet. Soldier 304TZ was carrying a thermion cannon. He trod through silent, rocky darkness. Shimmers of probe light from a chemical drone appeared above him. He looked up. His eyes narrowed. The sides of his face were ...

Finding the Truth

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer The roof is a tarpaulin, sheltering walls braced with lengths of burnt wood and fungus-like runs of building foam. The floor had been churned mud before a levelling blazer converted it to blackened glass. At the centre of the room a figure ...

Soul in a Pocket

Author: Glenn Leung The day Sola’s life fell apart started out mundane. His soul rang its usual reverie and played jazz as he brushed his teeth. Before leaving the apartment, it paid the rent and called for maid services. All this was done without Sola’s knowledge. He ...

In a Bubble

Author: Don Nigroni I've been a junior assistant to Professor Tommy Kelp for the past five years. He's the mathematical physicist who's world-famous for the Kelp equation. It has something to do with converting dark energy into dark matter and vice versa, more or less, I ...

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