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 ...

The Organon of Arazan

Author: Alzo David-West Liquid metal waves flowed on the nighttide shore of the glaciated wasteland planet Korzan. A special meeting was in session. The Ministry of Planets, acting under the United Interstellar Territories, had hyper-shuttled three of its delegates to a ...

Dresden Doll

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer Once on my way to school, I happened across the body of a newborn baby bird. I thought it badly made. Its cold flesh hanging too loose as it slid atop a fragile frame of barely formed bones. I felt it again. The kiss of bloodless skin ...

Peternal

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer The fist aimed at my head connects. I hear his knuckles break. Before he can scream, I chop him across the throat and toss him off the walkway. His landing will raise some alarms, but it’s twenty floors down and I’m about to get everyone’s ...

Reincarnation

Author: Glenn Leung Meng hobbled into the room to the sound of books shuffling and light dusting. Sandra's curls were the first things she noticed, followed by the swing of the duster as she cleaned the bookshelf. 'No, it's not right... too rigid.' This android isn't ...

You Never Forget Your First Jammer

Author: Bryan Pastor Arnett heard the commotion approaching, so he was ready when it suddenly stopped right outside his door. “What is it?” he asked in a sing-song voice, chuckling to himself. This was a first time in a while that he had not been in a bad mood. Things were ...

Universal Convergence

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer Frances Bone lays on her bed. Her stomach hurts as she constricts and her fingernails dig in as she pulls herself ever tighter into herself. Tight as a fern fronds suffocating spiral and like it she will become a fist, balled and bristling ...

Maglin’s Scribe

Author: Chris Hobson On the day of Bard Maglin’s retirement, his scribe made a stunning request. “Your secret manuscript,” he uttered as his master approached the punch bowl. “Where is it?” Maglin flashed a vacant smile. Pouring himself a drink, he returned to his ...

Fired Man

Author: Chris Hobson George was the company's fired man. Every chain had one, and George was Talljeef's. It worked like this: a customer would grow irate about a mixup with their groceries, eyes even with their shoulders. Unappeased by the offer of store credit or vouchers, ...

Ten Candles

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer “For a long time, people wondered just what the first-ever crime committed in the Martian Colonies was going to be. The first murder. The first rape. The first vicious assault. The first deletion of a child’s innocence. For a long time, ...

In Splendour Betrayed

Author: Julian Miles, Staff Writer The room is dimly lit by four great fireplaces, each set at cardinal points. Outside the tall lattice windows, a storm howls, its keening baffled by noise suppressors embedded in the windowsills. Inside, the room resounds to someone ...

Coffee with Steve

Author: Mike McMaster “What the hell is this?” Sarah shouted. “Get back over here and clean this mess up!” The robot, ST3V3-01, continued to glide away slowly across the workshop. Spilled coffee dripped into the growing puddle on the floor, mixing with the shards of two ...

Dance of the Cosmos

Author: Glenn Leung The hive mind of Humanity had seen the dance of the Cosmos. When looked at by individual human minds, they would mean nothing. When seen all at once by five trillion pairs of eyes spanning a hundred thousand lightyears, connected by an immortal ...

Car Talk

Author: Carl Perrin These new cars are really something. They not only drive themselves, but they can talk with the driver. I bought a new Lexus last month. It communicates with the health app on my iPhone so it can read my blood pressure, heart rate, body temperature and ...

Glimmers

Author: Jessica Brook Johnson I saw things in the night sky my neighbors did not. Glimmers of iridescent light against the backdrop of stars. I think it was because of what happened to me during the blackouts. Every time I blacked out, I woke up different somehow. A ...

Revision

Author: Olivia Black, Staff Writer >> Breathe in. >> Relax. >> Breathe out. >> Open your eyes. The streets are on fire. Glass shatters. The dull roar of flames echoes as they consume twisted, hulking wrecks of buildings and vehicles. This has ...

The Other Side of the Storm

Author: Hari Navarro, Staff Writer I’m not sure who told me that the gates were to be stormed. I mean, for years now we’ve all, I guess, contemplated it. It’s only natural to want to know, you know? They’re mysterious and controlled and bound in a swath of secrecy, and such ...

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