Story: Carbonated, by Tom Grayhorse

Story: Carbonated, by Tom Grayhorse
Vampire in the bar eating peanuts, had gone upstairs to check caskets. As the flattened chords of B-flat blues wandered through her oak pollen-filled nostrils, she awoke with lace around her body. The priest was a Martian with a love for whiskey. He took confession at the corner table. Despite vampire’s tastes in blood, he ...

Pink Goo, by Steven Lombardi 3

Pink Goo, by Steven Lombardi
Our story begins with a series of extraordinary events. The first involved a small mouse that burrowed through an inch of steel at the base of a street lamp. After biting its way through, the mouse leapt up a series of wires and, reaching the top, rewarded itself by nibbling away on a juicy red ...

Five Haiku, by Denny E. Marshall

Five Haiku, by Denny E. Marshall

Five Haiku, by Denny E. Marshall

Five Haiku, by Denny E. Marshall
Aliens’ attack Kills less of population Then we do ourselves * * * Black hole Pulls spaceship To the dark side * * * Buried under Mars For millions of secret years Lies Earth’s history * * * New robots for sale With Feelings or No-Feelings — I could not decide * * * The ...

The Final Request, by Sheri Rosen

The Final Request, by Sheri Rosen “Good afternoon, Mr. Whitaker, Charlie,” said the waitress, nodding her head at the old man and young man sitting across from each other in the red booth. “What will you boys be ordering today?” The waitress was perhaps a bit too bright and perky for her age, Carl thought, as ...

The Final Request, by Sheri Rosen 1

The Final Request, by Sheri Rosen
“Good afternoon, Mr. Whitaker, Charlie,” said the waitress, nodding her head at the old man and young man sitting across from each other in the red booth. “What will you boys be ordering today?” The waitress was perhaps a bit too bright and perky for her age, Carl thought, as he squinted down at the ...

Making Minds, by Sean Goedecke

Making Minds, by Sean Goedecke “What still separates us from the gods,” Doctor Lohmann said, a little testily, “is processing power.” He sipped his glass of sherry, out of habit, and instantly regretted it. …

Making Minds, by Sean Goedecke 1

Making Minds, by Sean Goedecke
“What still separates us from the gods,” Doctor Lohmann said, a little testily, “is processing power.” He sipped his glass of sherry, out of habit, and instantly regretted it. “Yes, yes,” replied the young software engineer, whose glass was already three-quarters empty, “that detail. But in theory we can create minds like ours, beings with ...

Encounter at Midnight, by Irene Maschke

Encounter at Midnight, by Irene Maschke Mick McLoren was quite an ordinary sort of guy.He was married, had two children, and had held the same clerical job for more than 17 years. He owned a house on the outskirts of London and spent all of his Sundays reading the Sunday newspapers. Like everybody else in ...

Encounter at Midnight, by Irene Maschke 1

Encounter at Midnight, by Irene Maschke
Mick McLoren was quite an ordinary sort of guy. He was married, had two children, and had held the same clerical job for more than 17 years. He owned a house on the outskirts of London and spent all of his Sundays reading the Sunday newspapers. Like everybody else in his neighborhood, he left the ...