Sci Fi

Post image for “One Sixth Gravity of the Heart” by Charlie Bookout

When a young art student falls for her instructor, she learns the secrets that are never taught in school—secrets kept by a twisted ruling class in a society where madness is the order of the day. [30min]

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Post image for “Bestiary” by Nicholas P. Oakley

A lonely harvester operator on a remote terraforming project discovers a wild beast that he adopts as a companion, but the relationship isn’t all that it seems. (21 min)

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Post image for “Two Things” by Amanda C. Davis

Two starship flunkies find the corpse of their drinking buddy missing from cold storage, and take dubious action. (16 min)

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Post image for “The Mary-Jane Effect” by AJ Fitzwater

Out of a scrapbook of memories, expectations, and propaganda, the Lost are a generation of young women stuck in a dichotomous war of terror between the body and the mind.

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Post image for “Fire Season” by Samuel Mae

For five years, Matong has struggled as a farmer in inhospitable conditions on newly colonized Cascade, but things may be about to change, for better or worse. [15 min]

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Post image for “On the Unlawful Events Taking Place at Outcast’s Last” by A.D. Spencer

Mr. Representative, as you might already know, planet Vertilla has witnessed the birth of several infamous outlaws. [18 min]

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Post image for “The Comet Rider” by Ray Whitter

The last free Comet Express rider is oath-bound to deliver her mysterious cargo to Triton, and not even the long arm of the law can stop her. [25 min]

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Post image for “Eric” by Alicia VanNoy Call

Cyndal, Eric, and Lukas struggle for survival after the devastating Scourge virus sweeps across the country. In this post-apocalyptic world, the biggest threat to Cyndal and her family could be the loss of hope. [33 min]

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Post image for “Chicken Feet” by Lauren C. Teffeau

A young girl struggles with whether manufactured hope is as good as the real thing while she helps her family survive in a landscape marred by fallout. [19 min]

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Post image for “Coyote Blessing” by Owen Kerr

Grandfather thought they’d been pulled into the Seventh World. Reggie wasn’t sure; the asteroid that landed in the ocean might have had something to do with it. One thing was certain: the old ways were done. It was a time for new songs, new blessings. And the coyote lives by its cunning… [15min]

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Post image for “Bloodstone” by R.B. Payne

Even horror writer J.P. Bloodstone is unprepared for the actual end of the world. Stranded in Beverly Hills, he discovers something far worse than decomposing zombies, vampiric aliens, or infected mutant motorcycle-riding killers. [31min]

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After millennia spent crossing the galaxy, spawning new worlds out of barren wastes, meteorologist Cyran considers himself no longer a man, but a god. But when his lover Kayla betrays their ship, the Crucible, Cyran must choose between love and immortality as the life he has known spirals into chaos. [28mins] Excerpt: Once, we trod […]

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In a post-apocalyptic Australian outback, a man, a dog and a mysterious piece of alien technology are wandering the desert. Anyone else would destroy the tech and eat the dog, but Declan has a plan. [34min] Excerpt: Declan looked around the dingy bar, bright sunlight slanting in through gaps in the weatherboard walls. Scratched and […]

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His home colony faltering under an inhuman attack, Gregor’s world is rocked by a greater threat when he visits “The Tunnel.” [6min] Excerpt: Gregor slipped through the gap in the fence and into the open space of the park. He dashed forward and dive-rolled behind a steel climbing frame, then sprang up into a crouch. […]

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Lester’s state-of-the-art software gave him complete artistic control. He was just about to finish his first novel and become a best-selling author. Then, he got a call from the Publishers Bureau of Investigation. [7min] Excerpt: My implants were sizzling. I was on a roll. Words flashed through my mind. I watched as they transposed to […]

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Aliens have invaded Earth, and my girlfriend might be breaking up with me. [27min] Excerpt: An hour after she leaves, I am climbing the walls. What do I do? Am I really supposed to look for jobs? Would anyone seriously consider a resume from someone who’s applying for jobs in the middle of an alien […]

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Alienation: looking around and wondering when the footsteps of humanity had cooled from the earth. [6 min] Excerpt: The sign in the window says: “Offering Jobs to Non-Humans Only.” Oh my God, I think as I trudge along the street, walking and walking to find an employer that will hire a human. It’s been three […]

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Esda and Seairth believe they have found the salvage of a lifetime. It is a derelict ship that promises riches and an easy life. What they find is a horror beyond imagining that will end their salvaging days forever. [16min]

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War is hell. No one knows that better than Guard Commander Waithe. What people do not talk about is the hell that comes after for those in command who survive. Not one to shirk his duty, Waithe performs his duty and honors his dead. (26 min)

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Audio version now available! Homer, Alaska will always have its rumors about what happened to Paul and Jimbo that fateful night. – Nominated for the 2009 Sir Julius Vogel award for New Zealanders. (27 min)

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