The Time Ship of Theseus

Author: Glenn Leung I am Amara Theseus, Captain of the Battle Starship Atoma. I have recently taken over command from the previous Captain and my mother, Laura Theseus. Our great ship has led the people of the Kuiper Federation to countless victories against the imperialist ...

Bruises and Nectar

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer A flickering light spasmodically turns the twisted wreckage into a black and white sketch of a chaotic mess. The illumination comes from a workspace lamp, it’s shade torn away during the bombardment that ruined this flagship. There’s a ...

To End Alone

Author: R. J. Erbacher Please! There had to be a way to save him. Widge was hit bad. The blast took out most of his right midsection including a portion of the flexible titanium rod that was his spine. He couldn’t stand. Cerulean cream-colored liquid leaked from a ...

In Medias Res

Author: David C. Nutt Chaos and wreckage all around me. How did we get this way? Collision? Battle damage? Malfunction? It was still hazy. I pulled myself up and limped down the corridor. Not really wanting to look down I did anyway and saw that mercifully the six-inch gash ...

Last Ship Home

Author: Josie Gowler Janelle rounded the corner. She stopped next to me and sighed, all the usual motivational talks abandoned. “It could have been so beautiful here, David,” she muttered. The ship was on its way and I didn’t have time for pleasantries. “You knew. The ...

Bad Blood

Author: Rollin T. Gentry Sweating and panting, I skid to a stop in front of apartment 4-G. Old Haxalot might be losing his touch. He normally locates the newbies in half this time. The black SUVs are only three blocks away. On the other side of this door is a young ...

I’m Waiting For You

Author: Janet Shell Anderson “Who’d slash a fifteenth-century Madonna?” That’s the question the robots at Zup’s grocery in the far, far north of Minnesota asked. They didn’t talk about Nils or the bear. I was accused. Last summer, up at the lake to buy Nils ...

The Christian Dirce

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer “Listen to me closely, Commander, and form a visual. The beautiful naked Christian is lashed to the side of the mighty bull as it agitates in the stall beneath the arena. Hands scream for air as they are bound with braided leather to its ...

Planets

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer Shadows dance across the wall as the spotlight swings from its broken mount. I see sparks in the darkness of the crack left by my blow. Too long looking! Its backhand catches me and I bounce off a wall. Getting my feet under me in time to ...

The Story of Howard

Author: Glenn Leung In the skyscraper-laden landscape known as Tri, Howard lived and worked as a lecturer and a father. His students were the exciting sort, always full of surprises with their in-class antiques and colorful essays. His family was the loving sort, his wife ...

Portmanteau

Author: Rick Tobin Sanders’ trembling hand hovered over an ejection hatch separating him from interstellar vacuum. He paused, chest heaving, fighting his ending as if a stealthy gorilla was reaching through cage bars, catching him staring too closely. “Always heard ...

Heretic 2.0

Author: David C. Nutt The chief of security removed the object archaically nailed to the briefing room door. There were gasps. It was paper. Forbidden by their protocols on the station. With a reverence and awe once held for holy relics, the chief delicately unscrolled the ...

End Times

Author: Robb White “God, not Apophis again,” Eddie said. He set the tray in the middle of the table. “‘fraid so,” Kathy sighed. “They started up as soon as you left. All the bars in town and we choose the space nerds hangout.” “I beg your pardon,” Bill said, “but as a ...

Travelling To Isfahan

Author: David Barber These days visitors were few. The slim guidebook mentioned the Palace of the Red Emperors, famed once, but felled by an earthquake and never rebuilt; also the market, where travellers of discernment might purchase items from ages lost; a broken radio, ...

The Hood Rat

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer The cliff face rises shear above the old skeleton. A tidal wave hewn in ancient granite, it crests high above the smoke that bleeds a bitter mist from the ruined city. A thin wisp that sweeps out upon the great lake that fans out as ...

No Need to Conceal

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer Tuesday night, post-shift beer in hand, prodding my phone with the other thumb to see what Alanna’s up to. Looking up, I see I’ve emerged from phone fog in time to take the shortcut I usually miss. The cut-through runs behind some empty ...

Dirty Dancing

Author: Jeremy Port-Tuckett They danced until midnight. She kissed him full of hunger. Her chaperone watched from afar. “I have to go,” she said. He walked her to the car. “Who are you?” Dave whispered into the neon. “Where did you come from?” He watched the ...

My Monsters

Author: R. J. Erbacher What is it that grips onto the edge of a shadow in the too-close distance and peers around its corner with yellow pinprick orbs and a spiky grin? Who is the ethereal figure in the night that I scan for outside my window as the rain sheets down but ...

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