• The Last 12 Hours

    by Ruth Mair

    05:49 AM When he woke, it was the gravel stitching new designs into his skin that he felt first, before the pain, and the silence and the knowledge that he was dead. Well, not quite, not yet, but he was. In twenty minutes, or two hours, maybe even a whole goddamned day, although he doubted… Read more »

  • Action 40

    by Lucy Hodges

    Panic rising like a silent tide, from the nausea in her stomach through her ribcage, permeating her diaphragm, her ribs, her lungs, her oesophagus, her jaw: it came. Trapped. Trying to escape a group of space soldiers sent to this station to terminate her crew. Now, stuck in a metal coffin. Trapped. Her thoughts seemed… Read more »

  • Pure Cyberbilly

    by Simon Thompson

    She had atomic purple dreadlocks. They were tied up high on the back of her head with a pink scarf and flowed down her back and over her shoulder onto her chest. They were like the cables and pipes that snaked through our walls and under our feet supporting the ancient infrastructure of the city. Rigid, colour coded… Read more »

  • Action 41

    by Lucy Hodges

    Don’t be stupid.” he said, and then, almost to himself “Code is the only language in the universe that means exactly what it says. It’s the truest mirror of reality there is.” “But…” “No. There isn’t a counter argument.” “But humans aren’t like that! They’re n-“ “Humans?” Potar’s eyes flicked up to challenge Rin’s for… Read more »

  • My Stranger

    by Simon Thompson

    I first saw him riding out near the old shipwreck to the north of the town. I was climbing on the lank, curved metal girders that rise out of the ground on the hill like the broken rib cage of an ancient monster. I had run away from home. Last night while my father and sister were… Read more »

  • Beginning, Middle, End

    by Simon Thompson

    New Reitra Medical Facility Transcript Universal Date: 24050511 Interviewer: Dr. Iowei-Grey Patient 77 Notes: Patient 77 was exposed to minor doses of theta radiation during recovery of artefact 6453 on the asteroid 1287bx. The following is a transcript of his explanation of events that lead to loss of 65% of the archaeological crew on UD… Read more »

  • Work-shy Ratfinks

    by A.W.

    TC175…” Brief consideration was given to the possibility that… but no. No he needed to inform someone, this was way above him. Imagine that though – and he was imagining it. Imagine if he was the reason they returned. He just up and decided to ignore this clear indication that someone, somewhere up there wasn’t… Read more »

  • Epidemic

    by Simon Thompson

    The raging fire spun around and around his head burning his skin, before spiralling around him and crushing his whole body like a boa constrictor. As he became a mass of burning pulp, balance abandoned him and he melted, flowing onto the floor and forming a puddle. The devil’s had come. They had come to… Read more »

  • Late

    by Simon Thompson

    The rain that evening formed a translucent blur as it slid in sheets down the domed glass roof over the main street. The sky was hidden behind it somewhere, but it just looked like one ominous colour from where I was standing. Droves of people swirled around me. When I was young, the streets hadn’t… Read more »

  • No Box Like Home

    by Simon Thompson

    He slid the key into the lock and the bolts clunked back releasing the plastic door. The corridor we stood in was mostly well lit which served to illustrate it’s age. I had followed him down the endless tunnel to his box, the regular lighting split by pools of darkness underneath sections of the illumination… Read more »