In the Fog

Author: Katlina Sommerberg Soft red-violet and indigo flog floats off the floor, obscuring my body beneath glittering colors. The fingers that held my boyfriend’s are drenched in sweat and water vapor, clammy in this cold tank. There is nothing but the fog. My body drifts ...

Orientation

Author: Greg Roensch With a slate of afternoon meetings on her mind, Alice Loverly, the long-time VP of Human Resources, hurried into the breakroom for another dose of caffeine. What she saw froze Alice in her tracks and erased all thoughts about meetings, coffee, or ...

The Infinity Initiative

Author: Michael Anthony Dioguardi “Forever?” “Forever,” the doctor replied. The patient breathed in slowly, swallowing before he spoke, “The view’s incredible from up here! What did you say the name of this quadrant was?” The doctor activated the patient’s interface on ...

No Output

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer The corridor colours shift from pink to green to white as Elliot races through departments into the blue shades of the secure section. A guard at the entry has the presence of mind to raise the access scanner so it reads his ID as he ...

Packing for the Post-Apocalyptic Journey

Author: Shannon O'Connor Usually, in all the movies and books, the post-apocalypse is followed by a journey of some kind. The world falls apart, and the characters involved have to leave their homes in order to find food or shelter, or go somewhere safer. I work in a ...

Astronavigation

Author: Mickey Hunt Their rozière dirigible’s month-long flight from the eiderdown coasts to the Annual Gathering coordinates would demand precise maneuvering. “Once we find the northern jet stream,” Rho Aquilae’s father said, crisply, “we’ll journey to the proper ...

A Desert’s Tears

Author: Samuel Stapleton Xayana had no parents because she was engineered and grown in a lab, as most assassins were these days. Though it's not as horrendous an upbringing as you might expect: she grew up surrounded by peers, received an excellent education, had access to ...

The Meat Shall Inherit the Earth

Author: David C. Nutt It started with isolated incidents. Dead hiker’s bodies being found half-eaten. Forensic reports coming back that the teeth and claw marks were postmortem, small animal… most likely chipmunks and ground squirrels of some kind. Nothing too disturbing ...

Eaten

Author: Michael W. Clark Now that I had eaten to the crew, what was I going to do? Autophagia? That seemed a pointless waste of energy. Cutting off my leg and cooking it? A waste of energy all round. Killing one’s self in space though was efficient, relatively simple, and ...

The Signal

Author: David Barber Like lots of people in the months since the Signal arrived, Alistair ran the SETI app on his phone – not the SETI@Home data program – just feed from one of the new radio searches. He’d got into the habit of laying his phone on the pillow next to him ...

Blight

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer They rally about their standard bearer and draw swords – swords! – It’s 2894, not 894, you fanatiki. After screaming their ancient slogans of hatred, they switch to Ido so they can hurl challenges toward the armeo that surrounds ...

A Finite Number of Oranges, An Infinity of Tables

Author: David Henson Loretta Saunders tapped her father’s kitchen table. “Imagine this is our universe, Dad, and these five oranges represent all the particles in it.” She laid the fruits in a row. Whenever Jacob’s physics professor daughter summarized one of her ...

Creating a Golden Egg

Author: Katlina Sommerberg “Not a golden goose, but almost as good as one,” Mabel said. “And you’ve got twenty.” She had her doubts, but her skepticism melted after seeing my living prototypes. The spring rain drizzled down, and all my hens came out to frolic in the wet ...

A short write-up on the Veil

Author: Glenn Leung Since its accidental discovery two decades ago, the phenomenon referred to as the Veil has been a heavily discussed topic. For five years, nearly every University in the world sent their best researchers billions of lightyears away from home to study it. ...

The Bridge

Author: Tomas Marcantonio You’re not supposed to fall in love with an alien. The first time our lips touched I knew my spirit was being ripped down the centre, never to be whole again. I was forever doomed to live as a fragment of myself. Part of me here in this foreign ...

Speak With Dead

Author: Moriah Geer-Hardwick “What a mess.” Cabot wearily scans what’s left of the room. “Damn ATU didn’t leave us much to work with.” Spattered with blood and bits of debris, the ATU stands to one side, patiently awaiting its next objective. Stokes nudges a severed arm ...

If Thy Right Eye Offends Thee

Author: David C. Nutt It was a beautiful VR construction. Potted dwarf apricot trees, soaring arches, piles of ornate cushions and silk settees, thick oriental carpets. It was, by all accounts, the most perfect steampunk zeppelin grand salon the Adjustor had ever seen. ...

Up in the Dirt

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer Dawn is like a neon tube: a strip of too-bright light. Above it are the clouds that hang across the city all the time, below are the outer walls. From this far inside, the watch towers and turrets look like the bits that soldiers hid ...

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