‘The Last Coffee Shop Philosopher’ by Koos Kombuis 3

'The Last Coffee Shop Philosopher' by Koos Kombuis
Last lecture delivered from the podium of the Department of Philosophy of the Free University of San Francisco. – July the 4th, 2184 Friends, academics, and fellow mutants, I address you today in my capacity of new Chairman of the Socratic Society, on the first, and probably the last day of my tenure. Thank you ...

'The Man in the Cowboy Hat' by Jude Coulter-Pultz 1

'The Man in the Cowboy Hat' by Jude Coulter-Pultz
It’s the same every night. The same nightmare every night for weeks. It never changes, and that makes it all the worse. In the nightmare, I’m only six years old. Even though I know I’m really sixteen, it doesn’t matter. You can only run so fast when you’ve got the legs of a kindergartner. In ...

'Three Gold Pieces' by Brock L. Noel 1

'Three Gold Pieces' by Brock L. Noel
Sir Lochlan Mayes’s breaths were coming hard as he bent over in the stifling heat scorching the city streets of Goldenshore. It had been especially hot this summer on the coast of the Southern Sea, and today was no different. Lochlan put his hands on his knees, watching the sweat drip off of the tip ...

'The End of the Cycle' by Thomas George

'The End of the Cycle' by Thomas George
I was going back again, but this time would be the last. I don’t know how many times I’ve gone back, only ever really managing to remember the last two. Time plays tricks on the mind. I laughed at the irony. Explosions from outside the complex shook the room. I switched on the machine and ...

'Xavier's X-ray' by Kristan Ginther

'Xavier's X-ray' by Kristan Ginther
Before putting the X-ray on the market for copious amounts of money, Xavier could not wait to try it out on himself. What secrets or inspirations lurked below the surface? He imagined that his soul was a stately jazz musician. Or, he thought, his soul could be that of a Labrador Retriever – smart, steady, ...

'A Child's Voice' by Darren Joy

'A Child's Voice' by Darren Joy
Madmen know. They shout it in the streets and in the fields but go unnoticed. Those dying know. They whisper it with their last breath but no one understands. The dead know. They touch the living in warning, passing silently over what were once their homes, yet go unheeded. And I know, though I no ...

'Big Picture' by Lawrence Barker

'Big Picture' by Lawrence Barker
Illustration (c) Romeo Esparrago Our long hard trip has left us worn but wise We learn that matters that look large close by Can fade to naught when one sees from afar From Earth, the dying sun filled half the sky Fourteen light years away scarce does its shine Stand out from that of any ...

'ANNAM' by Romeo Esparrago

'ANNAM' by Romeo Esparrago
I had returned. to find Viet Nam. To find my past. To find my lover. To find my Linh. I returned. So in the crags deep and distant from Tu Le, I searched. I search for my youth, I search for my answers, I search for Linh. I searched. I found only a temple. With ...