People of Earth

Author: Jeremy Marks “People of Earth, we have come bearing a divine message: Your God is tired. He is announcing his retirement.” A traditional flying saucer had landed in the badlands of the continental United States. The saucer broadcast its message on a frequency ...

Teary Visor

Author: Harrison Abbott They slapped on the door. Their saliva lashed the glass, and their wings pounded on. But they couldn’t get to us; the glass was too strong. We’d already beaten them. I had the box with me. Our species was saved. Marcy was crying below me, like a ...

Job Search

Author: David K Scholes I didn’t recognize any of the positions in the job search booth. Terra-forming Engineer, Change Field Manipulator, Short Tele-Shunt Engineer, Long Distance Teleportation Engineer, Unified Mind Sustainer, Alternate Reality Coordinator, ...

Blood in the Water

Author: R. J. Erbacher He stood by the running stream, knees trembling, still panting, tears stinging his eyes, exhausted, wounded and numb with shock. And although the simple clear water was marvelous it wasn’t distracting enough. The weapon he held in his hand was stained ...

Battle on Skybreak Tower

Author: Glenn Leung This high up in the exosphere, sound is not a concept that exists. Even so, Savan could hear the clash of the fighters below as he projects an impression of the battle in his mind's eye. This was his anchor into sanity. Savan had never done a job in ...

The Canal

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer The craft shudders as it nears the centre of the universe and a plume of ice sheers from its skin, sparkling out and dissipating into the nothing. This place where all matter and, subsequently, all life had bawled into existence. The ...

The Fall of Sturmcala

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer Unearthly music accompanies their shifting ranks through the trees. I watch as they somersault over bushes and vault between branches before landing to resume their rhythmic approach. Their movements pull the low mist into fantastical ...

What’s In a Name?

Author: David C. Nutt If I didn’t see it with my own eyes, I would not have believed it. The Warmech Chieftains, their battle captains, corps commanders, generals, the entire human Warmech Collective leadership, backs bent in the fields harvesting what looked like ...

Ignorance was Bliss

Author: Samuel Stapleton My brain was working faster than my eyes as I took in the flood of information through my augment hud at my desk. I quickly began realizing that whoever this person was, they were completely serious. I spent maybe twenty minutes having meltdown ...

You’re Back

Author: David B Anderson “And so you’re back from outer space.” She pulled him into her arms and hugged him tightly. Her former boyfriend smiled but didn’t say a word. “I knew you would return. People said you were crazy. Flying in a new spacecraft on a discount ticket is ...

The Lamarckian Preservation

Author: Timothy Goss We are sitting awaiting the bus. It’s hot and we sweat beneath the binary dance of our stars stripping great swaths of burning energy from their brethren. The Bus Station is busier than usual, more and more use its cool shaded concrete floors and walls ...

The Ticket – Species 85,679,421

Author: Thomas Fitzgerald McCarthy Exo-zoologist Dr. Khadga Bhandari died clutching the datapad containing her final Special Analysis, surrounded by dozens of mourning colleagues. It was only in the final weeks of her one-hundred and twenty-four-year existence that she had ...

A Different Kind of Sleep Experiment

Author: Elizabeth Hoyle “What is this?” A pill rests in a plastic cup. “It’s something to make you sleep. We have all the nodes attached so we can monitor your brain waves and your vitals throughout the night. Once we have tonight’s data, we can start a more personalized ...

Nature’s Candy

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer Hook stemmed wild blackberry reaches up to pull me down into the barely visible ghost footprint of her home. It has been years since I’ve stood here. Years since we did what we did and cackled and spat as we did it. If I’m honest, the ...

Deicide

Author: Steve Bellavia We huddled around, all the brothers and I, awaiting the big announcement. She stood before us in resplendent glory – Her Majesty – The All-Knowing – The Window – The Electric Web – The Efficient Omniscient. Her lights were aflutter. Her casing was ...

The Go-Away

Author: David Barber Imagine you were an alien visiting the world; what would you want to see? The Grand Canyon perhaps, or the famous Louvre in Paris, or a place where something terrible happened, like Hiroshima. Maybe the strange rituals of the World Series. The ...

The Art of Detection

Author: David K Scholes The three of us pored over the various 3D mind image, life force energy, and bio patterns. The “B” team, consisting of robotic investigators stood ready to assist us. There were, of course, other “A” teams and many, many other robot led “B’ ...

Awakening

Author: David K Scholes I awakened from the deep drug-induced sleep. The anti-nightmare medications had, at least to some extent, worked. Thank goodness for that. I couldn’t take another mind assault like last time. It would have broken me. I simply would never have woken ...

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