by Emil Terziev
Before his death, my father would spend most of his evenings in the library with a bottle of brandy. Its contents did not originally belong to him – all the shelves and the tomes that burdened their wood were there upon purchase of […]
Bud Sparhawk and Cat Rambo
DATE/TIME: Long Light Years Forever
Silence. The darkness enfolds me.
While my mind roams free I wonder if my body remains on the station, lies asleep in a redwood hammock, or nestles in an alien starship’s living breast?
There is no sound, […]
by David Shieh
The rain began just as Bobby stepped onto the gravel drive. The clouds had hung sodden and swollen at the valley’s rim all day, so when it finally fell, it was almost a relief. The bottoms filled with the electric crackle […]
Sweeter than Honey, Clear as a Mountain Spring
by Alter S. Reiss
It was a picture-postcard day when the provincial flag went down in Sudbury, and the Ninety Stars went up. First the Maritimes had gone, then the three Quebecs. Then trade agreements came to Ontario, then […]
The Golem-Maker of Buchenwald
by Douglas J Lane
“We were told you can create a golem.” The man in the suit flicks ash from a thin black cigarette into the ash tray.
Gerstmann turns from the TV behind the bar–Mayor Koch making proclamations about the ongoing city […]
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 […]