Far Too Short

Author: David Henson I wait outside the garage for one of the missionaries from Uklid. I have to admit life is better for most people since they arrived. The Uklidins began with small enhancements like portable force field emitters they pass out like candy. Concerned ...

The New You

Author: Shon-Lueiss Harris “Most patients don’t notice a thing until they head to the bathroom,” explained the doctor as he smoothed the sensors along his patient’s forehead. “How’s everything feel?” Gene turned his head and began making expressions. “Everything’s great. ...

Brickhead

Author: R. J. Erbacher Space, the final… Space wasn’t the final anything. It was a lot of nothingness that went on forever with a bunch of frozen spinning rocks and a few abnormally hot globs of gas. Just fucking empty. Through his helmet's face-plate Marco swiveled ...

NeVee and Dave

Author: Anna Ziegelhof “Navigate home.” “Sure thing, Dave.” “Open Spotify.” “Any particular playlist you’d like to listen to, Dave? You seem a bit short-tempered tonight.” “Playlist After-work.” “Playing ‘After-work’. Are you sure you’re not in the mood for something ...

Pieces of Grace

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer One day the body of a beautiful naked woman appeared. She was dead or, at least, it can be said she had not the animation of life. And her body contorted as it floated and wove through the air as if it were caught of the very tip of a ...

Honest Men

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer Here we go again, shooting when we should be talking. I’m sure the gigantic shrimp things didn’t mean anything, but it’s a little late when Jeff’s on the guns. One of them twitched the wrong way and his favourite twitch lights up the ...

Trout for Dinner

Author: Helena Hypercube “I sense a disturbance in the space-time continuum,” the old Master said portentously. “Does that actually mean anything?” her impatient young companion asked. “Yes, youngster, it does.” “What does it mean, then, Master?” asked young Gavin. “It ...

Taking Back Control

Author: P. T. Corwin The people of Earth didn’t understand what they were signing away. We were swept up in the raving speeches of our leaders, who told us of a new life for mankind on distant planets. They promised us control, a free society away from our new owners, who ...

Recompense

Author: Lisa Jade Why is this cell always so damn cold? Of course, the guards don't call it a cell. Officially, it's a 'holding chamber'- a secure room where I can wait for something – anything - to happen. I huddle into the thin, grey jacket they gave me, breathing ...

Serenity

Author: Steve Smith, Staff Writer Fū-jiin sat cross-legged on a mat before a low table, on which rested a bonsai tree nearly half a meter across its canopy, and nearly a quarter of that tall. He rotated the tree barely a degree at a time on its mag-lev base, pausing at each ...

A Man of Limited Influence

Author: David C. Nutt Michael had been hunting this last psychic for the Company for the past seven years. All the others were dead, and while dispatching the powerful, and arrogant psychics was dangerous, it was easy to find them. They usually wound up as warlords on ...

Manifest

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer No all-powerful deity would ever admit to this wretched rock being of its hand. What God would lay claim to its deformities and corruptions. To its cancers, to the ripe budding evil that blooms within our cells and the tumours we’ve named: ...

Flawless Stars and Dead Jewels

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer My orbit is not done. I cannot accept this. A few hours drifting have forced me to admit my stupidity. All the times I cleared up after him, excusing his selfishness as something special, like he shouldn’t have to act decently toward other ...

Nathan, In Acquisitions

Author: Steve Smith, Staff Writer "Manhattan?" the man asks, pulling out the chair across from her before pausing, "May I?" as an apparent afterthought. He sits down without waiting for an answer and waves towards the waiter. "Two more of these", gesturing to her drink on ...

Bait

Author: Andrew Dunn Some would call it a sin, that one man would blindly follow another without question. If it’s a sin like they say, christen it loyalty and all of us that followed Rory Holloman vagabonds sailing far beyond virtue’s bounds. Rory captained the Scarlett. ...

Protocol

Author: Joshua Alexander Disaster. Hacklett wheezes in my grip. His face is slicked with sweat, his eyes ringed and dark. He's dying. Our research on the station has been for nothing. One containment breach and it's all gone to hell. I drag Dr. Hacklett along the ...

Envision a World

Author: John F Keane ‘Envision a world,’ said the guide, ‘where photography was discovered much later than it was. Imagine no ancient discovery of light-sensitive chemicals, no early Greek photographers like Hilo of Tarsus. Imagine, if you can, a world where photography ...

Smoke

Author: Elaine Thomas Somewhere, in a forest, lightning strikes a tree. Elsewhere, in a cabin, a man tosses a log onto the fire. Startled, the man jumps backward, then laughs at himself. He knows any slight moisture left in wood as it cures can emit a high-pitched ...

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