Jordan’s Girl

Author: Philip Carrigan Jordan didn't leave a note before he jumped off that bridge. All he left was a brief voicemail: "It was just a fantasy, man, I didn't want to hurt anybody. Turn Jonni on, you'll see why I couldn't stay. Just… just don't tell my ma about her." ...

Enigma

Author: Tina Ruiz "Sometimes I want to die," she said. "Your soul is tired," he replied. Oh, how right he was. Her soul was tired. She had spent her life fighting to be normal in a world that wasn't. She struggled to fit in with people who refused to understand her and ...

Monsters of All Sizes

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer The little AIbot skitters across the floor, legs not quite obeying it’s eager command to leap onto Rhonda and pester her until she gives in and plays with it. “Slow down, Saffy. You’ll break a leg again.” “Shan’t.” The tiny terror skids ...

The importance of self sacrifice

Author: Yvonne Lang I have always believed in self-sacrifice for the greater good. I could not comprehend how people knew our way of life was going to be the end of us but still continued. I remember when the last rhino died. People were sad, but they didn’t change. They ...

Night Patrol

Author: Robert Beech I’d been on the force a couple of weeks when I started doing night patrol. Night patrol is a rite of passage that all the newbies go through. It’s where you get to see what lies beneath the façade and see the city for what it really is. Night is when ...

Just What I Want

Author: Warren Benedetto "Mom!" Amy called. "Package is here!" The delivery drone lowered the package onto the receiving platform, then buzzed back to the mothership hovering overhead. A pleasant tone chimed as the package slid into the apartment. "I didn't order ...

Gesture

Author: Peter Arscott The shouts across the river were loud and human. On this side there was no noise and no activity, and the house stood between two oaks along the road. Close against the side of the house the man stood with a rifle waiting for the inevitable to happen. ...

Becoming Human

Author: Kat Hutchson She looked at him with her huge blue eyes. “You have a Dollar, Mister?” With a quick glance at her, he noticed the delicate machinery shining through three straight cuts in her cheek, the plastic flesh hanging loosely over the left side of her ...

New Lines of Thought

Author: Rick Tobin Linoleum floor tiles under Lieutenant Benson percolated. He watched his black and white control room warp in a rolling wave as a cacophony of grinding groans rose from below. He grasped slick white walls behind him for support, fearing his collapse. A ...

Mischief

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer They warn us about culture clashes, especially the dangers of exposing primitive cultures to advanced technology. My mother went with the concept of “one being’s magic is another being’s science”. Ever since, if our devices are too much ...

The Great Earth Heist

Author: Evan Alexander On the last remaining colony on earth, a now desolate and fiery landscape, two men steal the STRATOCYCLE. The only hoverbike in the galaxy with a faster-than-light drive. The last colony, Offworld, is a bustling epicenter of business, yet a seedy ...

Form 152CH-5

Author: Quinlan Moss I wasn’t born in space like most of you. Until I was sixteen years old, I was planet-bound. I only dreamed of traveling to the stars and beyond. If I had known what it was really like, I would’ve remained where I was in my gravity well. Maybe it does ...

The Clean-Up

Author: Steven Sheil Vera exited the Ambassador Suite and activated the vacuum seal, ready for the next guests. The moment the seal was complete, she felt the pulse in her temple that indicated that her work schedule had been updated. COMMODORE SUITE, EAST WING came the ...

The Battle of the Amplifiers

Author: Jeremy Nathan Marks If breakthroughs keep occurring let them in - Death By the year 2100, Detroit was know no longer as the Motor City. Few people called it Motown. It became known, at least among its own, as City of Cans. In the 21st ...

When They Turn Out The Lights

Author: Steve Smith, Staff Writer When you're hurtling through space, distance and time become distorted. Celestial bodies appear, and disappear, sometimes in the blink of an eye, the instrumentation the only proof they existed. Sometimes they seem to drift past over the ...

Secrets of the Demiurge

Author: Don Nigroni I was an orphan, never adopted, perhaps because I wasn’t ever cute or special in any way. But, when I was nineteen, I was fortunate enough to become a live-in housekeeper to Professor David Knežević. He was a polymath, most renowned for the Knežević ...

Via Tenebrae

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer We spent a century looking for life on other worlds. Found some, too. Most of it wasn’t happy to meet us. Us being us, we got round that with our usual bonhomie and genocidal violence. Until we met the Pesserac. They kicked our murderous ...

We Came In Peace?

Author: JC Hammer Everyone hears new and they think different or better. That’s not always true. Humans on Mars? Sure that’s new. There’s nothing different about us, though. Nothing better. They didn’t exactly take the best of us with them. Sure, we’ve got a couple of ...

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