Tag: Science Fiction

  • Deicide

    “Take a left here.” Barlow frowned at the instruction but obliged nonetheless. “Something on your mind, rook?” he asked as the car rounded the corner. “My nav says straight.” “Mine too,” the rookie agreed. “But Kino optics interface with the SkyCams for only $322 a month. I’ve been keeping an eye on the route, and…

  • Ready, Able, and Unwilling

    I stepped onto the gravel flats and that familiar fluttering thump stepped into overdrive. “You’re—” “For Shiraz’s sake, yes, I’m sure this thing won’t crash,” Pella cried in exasperation. “No commercial airship has ever crashed in the history of ever.” “Well, first of all,” I said. Pella rolled her eyes as the line we had…

  • Hail the Imprisoned Conqueror

    Bonjean, fabled one-eyed general of the Unified Resisting Planets and hero of the people, frowned at the supplicating tyrant. “You what?” “I surrender,” the prone former emperor said. “Completely and utterly. Please, imprison me.” Bonjean’s second-in-command, the legendary pirate-turned-flying ace known only as Bird, stepped forward, a snarl tearing across his mottled, scarred face. “It’s…

  • Adam, the Avenger

    “It’s a shame,” Yen said, idly scrolling through their tablet. “I really would have liked the breeding pair.” “Pair?” Nor was a field agent, nothing more. They knew little of the grander details, often missing the galaxy for the stars, but what they lacked in knowledge they more than made up for in creativity. It…

  • Unexceptional

    Hudson cleared her throat for what must have been the hundredth time. “Will you quit that?” Jeremy muttered. “You’re making me nervous.” “I can’t help it,” Hudson hissed. “I trained to parley with other human diplomats that were already our allies, not this… alien… nonsense.” “The formation of a Galactic Federation is not ‘nonsense’,” Jeremy…

  • Voidborne

    *Subject 34387B is deceased.* I paused for a moment and flexed my claws. Despite what certain members of the press said, I did not take relish in the death of my experiments, even if they were somewhat flawed prior to their entry into the program. *Cause of death is determined to be auto asphyxiation exactly…

  • Dreamers

    “You’re hiding something from me,” Jesanth declared. “Hiding?” I asked, faux-offended. “Me? Never. I am in a profession where truth matters more than anything else.” Jesanth snorted. “Sure. Whatever.” She took a sip of her beer, then looked at it appreciatively. “Good stuff.” “What, you’re not going to complain about how toxic it is, how…

  • BFFs

    “Morning,” Gleen said with a yawn. “Good morning,” I replied, my tone a careful neutral. “Your assignments have been handed out. Please attend to them as you are able, and inform me of any you are not able to get to.” “Oh, yes, of course, my bad,” Gleen said. He yawned again, then shook his…

  • Planet IX

    The Great Conjunction has always been considered an auspicious event. It is, after all, rare; with an occurrence rate of only once every two decades, few are so lucky to notice it unless they are looking for it. My parents, however, *did* look for it, though they insist that it was a complete coincidence that…