To Mars on MAVEN by Lauren McBride

To Mars on MAVEN Lauren McBride seeing red: rovers below, satellites above – Mars, yield your secrets Poet’s Notes: This poem was written in response to the “Going to Mars” campaign for MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft). It was open to “anyone…

Curious Candy Hearts by Vince Gotera

Curious Candy Hearts Vince Gotera Valentine heart shield,  sword-and-sandal warrior wields pink battle-ax   spaceship skywriting BE MY VALENTINE across the star-strewn black void   Bride of Frankenstein gifts a box of chocolate hearts to Valentine Boo   Valentine’s Day ball in Area 51:…

Seeker of Knowledge

I stare at the message in disbelief, my guts churning and sour. Onye is already on the way? My fingers are trembling so much I can barely type the word. “How can this be? You don’t know where I am.” “In the app. I…

Squirrelled Away by Lee Hart

Squirrelled Away Lee Hart By the shores of Mississipi, By the shining big tree forests, At the portal of her cabin, In the pleasant summer sunshine, Mrs. Mullins stood admiring, Her delightful new bird feeder, Just installed that very day. Birds already had discovered…

X Factor: Genesis and Apocalypse by Eric S Brown

X Factor: Genesis and Apocalypse Eric S Brown For anyone who grew up reading comics in the 1980s, X Factor: Genesis and Apocalyse will be a nostalgistic trip down memory lane. It collects not only the original nine issues of the series and first…

Cupid is as Cupid Does by Charles C Cole

Cupid is as Cupid Does Charles C Cole I’d been having dreams about my half-rosebush receptionist, Calendula, so vivid it felt as though someone else was projecting them into my mind. I looked out my office window in thought and spotted Cupid hovering about…

History repeats

Four worlds in as many weeks. I do think I signed on to the right ship if I want to see the Empire. Or, every Second Street in it, anyway. Sunar looked around himself at the street full of bars which always seemed to…

White Screamer by Richard Stevenson

White Screamer Richard Stevenson Tennessee’s own Banshee screamer tormented a man who built a farm house for his family of nine in the holler back of White Bluff in twenty aught.   Got fed up with the late-night screaming, loaded his shotgun and set…

Episode 49: Eve: The Brutish Dog

Gretchen blinked up at me from out of the floof. “Do you see something?” “No, everything looks the same. But that bird was talking nonsense.” Gretchen crawled up next to me, Emerson fluttering on her shoulder. She looked up at the nuthatch. “Ma’am? Have…

the sky is falling by Matthew Daley

the sky is falling Matthew Daley it was the birds first fallen some walking till they forgot direction trees lost how to feed and breathe then their whispered exhales the sun begged forgiveness before giving up after giving out flowers forgot the wind hiding…

The Case of the Mismatched Man by Charles C Cole

The Case of the Mismatched Man Charles C Cole What follows is a previously unpublished account, based on the oral history of a survivor, of a heretofore little-known supernatural disaster, an explosion in an illegal mine being quietly carved out of the base of…

Episode 45: Eve: Pananima

I climbed onto the dog’s head. “Waffles, when we get a ways in, you close your eye. I will steer you by touching your ears. I’ll tell you if you have to jump or if there is a stick in front of you or…

Chief Decisions

Spring: six months after leaving the Monastery, a few minutes after handing over a criminal.   The police car drove at high speed, sirens blaring. Sunar sat and looked out the window. I don’t know why they are running emergency procedures when they already…

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Clive Barker’s The Plague by Eric S Brown

Clive Barker’s The PlagueEric S Brown In a fictional version of 1983, every child under nine years of age on Earth falls into a deep coma with no apparent cause.    For the following decade, every additional child born, emerges from the womb in…

Don’t Shoot by Robert Zacks

Realtor From Glendale by K. A. Williams

Realtor From Glendale K. A. Williams There once was a Realtor from Glendale who sold all his listings without fail, till the house on the coast that came with a ghost. Now his job is delivering mail. Originally published in Nuthouse Magazine 2012 under…

Selkie Maiden by Jennifer Ruth Jackson

Selkie Maiden Jennifer Ruth Jackson She dances, flashes the men Copper disks hidden in the waves Of her hair By the seashore silver splashes Coins and fish kiss The water as she moves Her favored skin hidden from view

Intergalactic Missionary by Jennifer Ruth Jackson

Intergalactic Missionary Jennifer Ruth Jackson Let us lie beneath the metal trees scoured by the gritty, sour wind— clasped tentacle and hand, book perched between us. Your fleshy opening will form the words. Your vision sensors leaking, will glisten. I shall try to read…

Tengu Lament by Jennifer Ruth Jackson

Tengu Lament Jennifer Ruth Jackson We are not demons, us birds of ashen paint Each flap across your sky rendering it a tender bruise Our talons shod in flip-flops (synthetic delicacy) Words for “fake” were once foreign to our squawking tongues Until we landed…

Severing Scars by Jennifer Ruth Jackson

Severing Scars Jennifer Ruth Jackson We are interchangeable, have no names, as we struggle in the cocoon created by mother’s arms. She repeats the adage of oppression strengthening and plants the pinprick razors in our backs, already slick with sweat, now blood, too. Her…

Man in the Middle by C.J. Heckman

Man in the Middle C.J. Heckman Azumi was working late one night when Ben came knocking on her office door. His hair was a mess, more so than usual, and the redness in his eyes betrayed recent sobbing. Another nervous breakdown. It was his…

What’ll it Be? by Lauren McBride

What’ll it Be? Lauren McBride First bar built on Mars. My first Martian drink. Might try a “Marstini,” or “Blue Sunset Blink.” This poem first appeared in Star*Line 39.4, Fall 2016 with the following note: Dust in the Martian atmosphere deflects blue light less…

Episode 30: The Crazy Man in the Woods

At our request, Nathan gave us a cracker and I told him goodbye, we’ll be in touch, don’t trust faeries, etc. Out in the cold, I turned to my fellow Councilmice. “I think we should get in touch with an owl, and see if…

Apotheosis by Christopher Ramos

Apotheosis Christopher Ramos The jewel of Sol hung in the blackness of space over the dusty lunar landscape. Transcontinental fires speckled the seething ecosystem of the Americas. Yet, it was not this distant agony that captivated him, but incandescent, familial visages exposed to him…

Ten Science Fiction Haiku by Denny E. Marshall

Ten Science Fiction Haiku Denny E. Marshall sun safe space heater (1st Published in Breaking It Down) the light of the stars in view tonight is not real old photos from past (1st Published in Germ) meteor showers signals sent by aliens morse code…

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…