The Stories

By Sue Clennell

sfgenreI suppose you’d think there was nothing weird about my grandfather serving me a cup of coffee at a snack bar. Or a lady in a queue saying to me, “Your grandfather says you are just like your mother!” Except for the fact my grandad has been dead for four years now.

Haven’t you ever been in this situation? Someone has died and yet you think you catch a glimpse of the back of their head, just turning around a corner. And you wonder at the coincidence of someone looking just like them.

By Christine Gladstone

sfgenreAir so hot! Feet hot, legs hot, body hot. My hairs turn crispy. I have to run fast.

I best forager. Search quickly, find fast. No others match me. I proud. I teach young sisters.

Today, I search long time, travel far. Finally, find fresh, juicy food. Need act fast before others find. I clamp my jaws on food. Pull hard. Dig feet in — pull again. Won't move. Food too big, too heavy. Need help. Need to bring others. Need colony sisters.

By Col Cort

sfgenre“Picture it, sire: ice, stretching from horizon to horizon. A world frozen and dying, the final fires of civilisation all that holds back the ravenous wolves. Heroes will rage, empires will fall, and you and the ancient gods — ”

“I’m not inviting my family, imp.”

“ — I mean, you will lead an army of darkness rising in all vengeful glory! It will be a magnificent apocalypse, master, stunning.”

By Wes Parish

sfgenreIt happened on April 1st this year, the most sacred day of the calendar for both the LaLaLanders and the occupying nation, the San Serrifeans. My younger brother Rex had joined the International Volunteers who were organised to fight alongside the LaLaLander Liberation Front against the Royal Democratic San Serrifean People’s Republican Army. The LaLaLanders wanted their prophesied liberator, Donald Frump — a LaLalander by birth and an American extreme patriot by trade born on that most holy day — to return and rule LaLaland. But he wouldn't until they liberated it.

By Tony Steven Williams

sfgenreThe world has lost its memory. Well, almost. Three weeks ago, in a few devastating hours, countless corporate and public computers and databases failed.

Factories are shutting their doors, banks are struggling, and governments are in hysteria. Even the terrorists are spooked. Just nobody flies. The world is in deep freeze and in deep shit.

By Max Young

sfgenreT’Snik1 stifled a Yawn2

TO BE CONTINUED…

By Jackie Hosking

sfgenre“I’m going to jump from a plane, I say.”

“With a parachute?” hubby asks.

“It’s on my bucket list. Wanna come?”

“Nope.”

By Ann Zimmerman

sfgenreI dispose of the bodies, their blackened limbs and torsos dotted with putrefying buboes. Crusted blood often covers their mouths and faces. With crematoriums overwhelmed, we must immolate stacks of corpses in barren fields. Huge bonfires illuminate the countryside. Stench permeates the air.

If I discover still-living humans, I transport them to the research hospital. They call me the Coroner. Some call me Scavenger.

By Kevin J. Phyland

sfgenreRadioactive atoms decay randomly. You can't know which ones will change into a lower energy state, though. You can only be sure that half of them will drop within a certain period of time.

Humans are like that too.

You live your life teetering on the cusp of randomness. Will it or won't it? You can only be sure after it changes.

By Eugen Bacon & Don E Harpe

sfgenre‘LAPIS LAZULI,’ HE SAID. ‘That my name.’

He was not of this world, never from Earth. Not with those eyes, no.

He sat next to me, chewing popcorn and laughing, laughing, laughing at the jokes of a stand-up artist at the gay pub. The comedian, who was doing a ‘Who is this guy?’ feature, was rolling on a new gig, a Bill Clinton impersonation that worked so well it warmed patrons with mirth on that night of howling storm and feral wind. The performance was funny, so funny it almost brought the house down. And the decidedly beautiful alien chap beside me laughed heartily along with the rest of the mob.

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by Eugen M. Bacon

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by Brian Biswas

Betty Cyberchin
by Steven Translateur

Broadcast
by Kathryn Flaherty

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by Jessica Nelson-Tyers

Digital Gods
by Pascal Inard

Disposable World
by David Scholes

E-mageddon
by C A Clark

Emallgration
by Brianna Bullen

Lonely Hearts Of The Spinward Ring
by Paddy Kelly

Marhaen Sukarno In Las Vegas
by Wes Parish

Mickey Spillane Lies Bleeding
by Kevin J. Phyland

My Parents Went To Vegas And All I Got Was This Lousy Robot
by Matthew F. Amati

My Window
by Mark Tremble

The Sandman's Couch
by Matthew Kerber

Out With The Old
by Alexander Nachaj

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by Kim Rose

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by Ishmael Soledad

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