My Nick

Author: Jeffrey Holst I have died many times but have always been brought back. My Nick, he loves me and he always brings me back. My Nick shows me his favorite things and keeps me near him. I think that even when I have died, My Nick keeps me at his side. There are times I ...

The Watch

Author: Denise N. Ruttan It wasn’t that Grady had an objection to the Watch, per se. She didn’t even remember the implantation procedure; she had been a baby. The procedure had left a scar, a box of raised skin on the inside of her wrist. She’d watched film of the ...

Once a Robot was a Slave…

Author: Ashwin Dayal Notification. And so, rings the phone. Pounce on it and check. The Writer gritted his teeth. Darn insurance. Where was it? He had thrust his finger on the 'Submit' button six months ago and They could not thrust their ruddy fingers on the Acceptance. ...

Tales Told To The Dread Emperor

Author: David Barber “And did they put up a fight?” the Dread Emperor asked. Around the vast ill-lit throne room, flatterers, sycophants, and the rest of the nobility tensed. After another long day – it was forbidden to eat or drink in the Emperor’s presence, or to leave ...

Wildfires

Author: Shon-Lueiss Harris You expect the world will fall apart. It's the one thing scientists, evangelicals, and politicians seem to agree on. One day, maybe in our lifetimes, it's all going to end. Except it doesn't just end. It starts with a kid, a bag of ...

Time to Sleep

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer “You know, I think Adolph is rightly regarded as inspirational.” Darius spins round, his expression horrified. “That’s not how I’d describe Kristallnacht, Mister Lamen!” Russ Lamen points at the screen. “Crystal-what? I mean his first ...

Gutterfish Prime

Author: Ken Poyner I start evenings at six o’clock. Delta is usually on her porch in her shimmering yellow superhero costume. I excitedly wave and holler, “Good evening, Delta. Good day in the City?” She may not have gotten that day into the city, but she will say ...

Mitosis

Author: Nicholas Schroeder Dr. Sellars set up the teleportation machine. He was done waiting. It was time to test it. He powered up and stepped inside. The system initiated and vibratrons filled the chamber. “Here we go.” “Countdown: 5, 4, 3, 2, ... System Error!” The ...

Till Death Do Us Part

Author: Naomi Eselojor The Earth was dying. Scientists had predicted this day would come, but they never imagined it would be this soon. Volcanoes all over the world were erupting. There was a lighting storm raging, lighting buildings, and causing a rampaging fire. Massive ...

“And Now the News…”

Author: Nigel Anthony Sellars Aliens Announce End to Abductions ROSWELL, NM (ICUP)-In a stunning announcement today, the leaders of an interplanetary organization that kidnaps humans and subjects them to high colonic examinations said it was ceasing such ...

Futures Nightmare

Author: Tom Purkiss Do you dream? You do? Oh good. I do too, I wish I didn’t, but I do. Do you have good dreams? Of home, friends, and family? Do you dream of crowning triumphs, or of wishes you’ve yet to fulfill, maybe a secret desire, or... A lover perhaps; one beyond ...

By The River

Author: Richard Albeen A different world. A different nameless town, a different nameless river. In the dimness, the water looked almost peaceful. The moon and stars danced in it through the lingering smoke of another war. It was good to be alone. The weariness in my ...

Dead Man’s Money

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer “What now?” I look at Rico. “Mate, the shit just hit the fan, but it’s not immediate. Give me a moment to think, please.” Tricia slaps the back of Rico’s head. “He means back the fuck up.” Time to do like my brother taught me: ...

Gift

Author: Ken Poyner My husband has fashioned me many things of great wonder. A gryphon, our unicorn, the town’s signature basilisk. With his ability to resequence DNA and a sufficient quantity of raw living cells, there seems no end to what he can accomplish. And no end to ...

Bon Appétit

Author: Alicia Yau It was entertaining to watch Chevelle busily pan-searing a lab-grown salmon fillet, cooking a bit of spaghetti, boiling a hydroponic broccoli head, and pouring a glass of wine. “Done.” “Smells good.” Before my first bite, she asked, “Can I join ...

Conspicuous Failure

Author: Steve Smith, Staff Writer The two technicians parked the ArVee down a side street and covered the last hundred meters on foot. They took up a position in the shelter of an alley behind a battered wall with a clear view of the square. The combat frame they had the ...

The Great Slowdown

Author: Natalie J e Potts Apparently, scientists had been debating the nature of time for years. Some thought it was linear, others circular, with a multitude of theories in between. Now there was a new, more frightening theory. Time was linear, but it ended in a squiggly ...

Dietary

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer I can’t find the words to describe what Jerome is eating. “How can you?” He grins around a mouthful. “Crash land on Lear II. Spend a month waiting for Integral Retrieval to realise your beacon is not a test, and a further six months ...

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