Engagement: Set in Stone by Lauren McBride

Engagement: Set in Stone Lauren McBride He once romanced me with a candlelit dinner and stroll under three alien moons where the nights last thirty hours. We saw others from our world and many races new to us. For our one-year-together anniversary, he suggested…

The Other World, Chapter 2: Cyrano’s First Flight

Chapter 2 Cyrano’s First Flight “How strange,” I said to myself, “I have spent the day talking about something; a book that may be the only one in the world that deals with the same thing flies from my bookshelves to my table and…

keeping peace on the ISS by Herb Kauderer

keeping peace on the ISS Herb Kauderer a locked room murder scientific detective gathers her suspects reveals surveillance footage altered to blame aliens   first published in The Detective’s Ghost & Other Little Mysteries

Earthquake by David Russell

Earthquake David Russell What happened? There was a fault. What’s a fault? It’s when one piece of the earth juts above another. Why does that happen? Because the explosion down below Goes on forever. But was that fault anybody’s? It was the earth’s; it’s…

Brosno Dragon by Richard Stevenson

Brosno Dragon Richard Stevenson Brosno Dragon of Brosnya, lake cryptid serpent/dino of Lake Bosno, near Adreapol, West Russia.  Not  a hydrogen sulfide ride of bubbles from the bottom – a seltzer smeltzer, but a monster some say likes to turn over boats. Folks look…

Plans by Gustavo Bondoni

PlansGustavo Bondoni A shimmering field of bright violet light illuminated the printout.  Calculations covered the sheet itself and, though the sums weren’t quite what one would have preferred, Analyst Tnersk remained unworried.  They were closer than he’d hoped, and it was unlikely that anyone…

Dorothy Delivered by Kathleen A. Lawrence

Dorothy DeliveredKathleen A. Lawrencespiraling abecedarian

Death and Life on Enceladus by David C. Kopaska-Merkel and Kendall Evans

Death and Life on EnceladusDavid C. Kopaska-MerkelKendall Evans IWhat am IThat have bathed nakedIn vapor fountains               on Enceladus?IIOtto Prime’s persistent forward rollUnscrolls the Enceladus moonscapeWhile Otto Deuce lags fifty metersTrailing, reassuringly in sightShadowing Otto PrimeProviding redundancyAgainst the…

He Is Your Brother by Wendy Van Camp

He Is Your BrotherA Science Fiction Free VerseWendy Van Camp I do not wear chains, but I am a slaveBorn in factory, fathered by sciencetrained to be a fighter in human warsI am declared the ultimate soldier My Sergeant says look right then to…

Interplanetary Bicycles by Gustavo Bondoni

Interplanetary Bicycles and the One Back Home by Gustavo Bondoni Robert looked down the long, empty tunnel and imagined it filled with shining tubes. Inside those tubes, his mind’s eye could clearly visualize particles – subatomic and invisible, speeding at incomprehensible velocities towards a…