Category: Science Fiction


Two Minutes Cameron Robert Thompson

Time. 10:19 p.m. South Florida. The traffic light rests at red for an eternity, mocking me with its condescending gaze.  I quickly turned my head both directions, not a car in sight for what it seemed to be miles.  Is this some kind of joke?  Looking into the rear view...


Supersmall device uses individual atoms to store data Blocks and rows of chlorine atoms encode words

These orderly patterns of dark blue dots indicate where individual chlorine atoms are missing from an otherwise regular grid of atoms. Scientists manipulated these vacancies to create a supersmall data storage device. The locations of vacancies encode bits of information in the device, which Sander Otte of Delft University of Technology in...


Moms’ Voices Get Big Reactions in Kids’ Brains

Any parent trying to hustle a school-bound kid out the door in the morning knows that her child’s skull possesses a strange and powerful form of black magic: It can repel parents’ voices. Important messages like “find your shoes” bounce off the impenetrable fortress and drift unheeded to the floor....


REM sleep help store memories

Scientists suspected that the eye-twitchy, dream-packed slumber known as rapid eye movement sleep was important for memory. But REM sleep’s influence on memory has been hard to study, in part because scientists often resorted to waking people or animals up — a stressful experience that might influence memory in different...


The Workshop at the End of the World -Kristin Janz

The workshop’s bright interior felt like a sauna after the numbing midwinter cold outdoors. The old man immediately took off his fur-lined hat and gloves and started unfastening the buttons of his greatcoat. His workers glanced up from benches and forge upon his entrance, but they took too much pride...


The Graduation Gift -Sheryl Normandeau

Anya’s earworm was malfunctioning. There could be no other explanation for what she was feeling: she had caught herself several times humming the melody of a tune that wasn’t her graduation song.  Just this morning at breakfast, her fingers had developed an impromptu twitch, tapping out an unfamiliar rhythm on...


Time, Again Tim Maly

Before we met, you showed me your diary. I must confess that I am still confused by this sequence of events, as, I imagine, you must be confused by my decision to leave your life so suddenly. I’ve gone over everything in my head time and time again and I...


Packing Light

Gustavo Bondoni The humans were taking too long. They seemed hell-bent on stopping at each and every burial nook and statuette — no matter how badly overrun with cobwebs — to make a little notation. Location, description, photograph number, everything was placed in the little black book. Emmerson was a...



James Beamon # After two days of space travel, I briefly considered suicide. It seemed the only way to save myself from Kael’s crappy rations. The crappiest kind, the white pouches with token descriptions like “MEAT” and “VEGETABLE” stamped across the front in bold, black letters. “Almost there,” Kael said...


Space cloud may hold clue to life’s origins

A chemical found in a distant space cloud looks a lot like a building block of life on Earth. The cloud sits about 26,000 light-years away in interstellar space, a term for the gap between stars. Called Sagittarius B2, the cloud contains dust and gas — the stuff that makes...


Cafe Macondo

::Megan Arkenberg:: The scanner bips and gives a four-note ascending scale of disapproval. Item not found. I look at the package in my hand. “I’m sorry, ma’am, but this coffee’s not in our system. It’s from an alternate dimension’s grocery store.” Her lips make a smacking sound like a magnetic...

Light and Ash 0

Light and Ash

Alan Bao The Chinese are coming. Paul Revere never had a chance with Taiwan, and the island falls within a week. No nukes–just tanks and landing crafts and bodies on the ground–your old-school stuff. A red tide out of the East, five gold stars glinting on each uniform. Mushroom clouds...

Eyes Like Microscopes 0

Eyes Like Microscopes

Steve Gillies The alarm clock read 4:40 am when I slapped it off my bedside table to no effect. The ringing didn’t stop. For a second I thought about which thin-walled neighbor would wake this early before I noticed the clanging noise sounded more like a fire alarm than an alarm clock.

An Inhabitant Of Carcosa 0

An Inhabitant Of Carcosa

 Ambrose Bierce For there be divers sorts of death — some wherein the body remaineth; and in some it vanisheth quite away with the spirit. This commonly occurreth only in solitude (such is God’s will) and, none seeing the end, we say the man is lost, or gone on a...

Fall of the City 0

Fall of the City

Daniel Ausema As Hevsen tied the new ladder together outside the workshop, his knot slipped on one rung, sliding over a tiny bulge in the wood.

Zero Hour 0

Zero Hour

Sue Burke The man had deep worry lines between his eyebrows, although he was only in his twenties. When he woke up after a restless sleep, he looked at the window.

Not With A Bang 0

Not With A Bang

John Walker The ravine baked in the sun of a cloudless June afternoon. The pickup and the three people it had brought provided the only evidence this was a world dominated by humans and not less dangerous creatures such as the rattlesnakes and scorpions that so outnumbered them in these...

They’re Made out of Meat 0

They’re Made out of Meat

Terry Bisson “They’re made out of meat.” “Meat?” “Meat. They’re made out of meat.” “Meat?” “There’s no doubt about it. We picked up several from different parts of the planet, took them aboard our recon vessels, and probed them all the way through. They’re completely meat.” “That’s impossible. What about...

Professor Panini 0

Professor Panini

Matthew Grigg Before my many years’ service in a restaurant, I attended a top science university. The year was 2023 and I was finishing the project that would win me my professorship. In the end, it resulted in my becoming a kitchen employee.