Cheatin’ by J. Kenton Pierce
“If you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin’ hard enough.”
That’d be our motto, if we was a big, fancy Town like Greenline or Agro 9. We were just a Homestead so we didn’t really have a motto. I still think it’d be a great one, […]
Three Moons of Earth by Thomas K. Carpenter
The hologram of Earth floated before Dali, hovering above her outstretched hand. Only one moon rotated around the lonely planet. She sighed and glanced regretfully at the two additional moons now hanging in the sky above her. They’d only arrived three months […]
The Galaxy’s Cube by Jeremy Szal
It was another sweltering night in New Bangkok, and Jharkrat wasn’t selling anything.
The crowds were always here. They strode under lanterns and weaved through sluggish traffic, broad streets slick with blood-warm rain. Rusty frying pans hissed with fury as chefs cooked bubbling […]
by Vaughan Stanger
Alerted to Dom’s arrival by the popping sound coming from the wall behind her, Veronica Tierney suppressed a groan while continuing to modify the holo-sculpture with deft strokes of her fingers. That Hue and Cry was at last nearing completion made his intrusion […]
Down by the Riverside
by Rebecca Birch
Mr. and Mrs. Matthews gave me a new mason jar for Christmas. What I really wanted was a dog. My dad had always said that when I was ten he’d get me one, but he’d died when I was eight, and […]
by Jameyanne Fuller
Tavery was late to rehearsal the day after the fire, but only half the orchestra had even come. Too many Harmonies were destroyed when the instrument house burned, and too many people were now grieving. No one was in their seats except Last Clarinet. […]
by Stephen Kotowych
“So, shipwright, how would you work a man-‘o-war?”
The pirate asking had been addressed as ‘captain’ when Telig was brought into the ship-beast’s low, arched sternum cavity. His broad face, scared and tattooed with swirling, inky blue patterns, looked like an angry sea.
“Leaping Dragon, Sleeping Eagle” by George S. Walker
The boom sounded like Leaping Dragon had hit something.
As Chang watched from Earth, everything in its main mission module jerked, including the six crewmembers. Unsecured objects flew through the air. Alarms shrieked.
“What happened?” demanded Major Peng from the virtual.
It’ll All Be Over Soon by C. Erickson
The wings sprouted as gnarled nubs of bone and nascent feather seeds, scratching and poking their way to the surface of the skin, piercing each subcutaneous layer of flesh like a tender and ruthless plant. Arriving with them was the unrelenting pain […]
With Triumph Home Unto Her House
by Barbara Krasnoff
The apartment floor moved.
No, Sara corrected herself numbly, it wasn’t the floor — because the floor wasn’t visible beneath the layers of paper, old takeout boxes, discarded clothing and open garbage bags. It was, instead, the hundreds of […]