The Protected One by Hervé Suys

The Protected One Hervé Suys Suspicion was the last thing they wanted the population to have. A committee was set up, presided over by a protégé from the regime who still had credit for services rendered. His track record was excellent, his loyalty unquestionable,…

The Brotherhood by Joseph Hurtgen

The Brotherhood Joseph Hurtgen At five in the morning I closed my laptop, thinking about my 20,000 gold, the grim reaper’s scythe, and logging back into Death Kingdom tomorrow, or, uh, later today, I guess. “You out?” called Double Sam from the room across…

Judge Death by Eric S Brown

Judge Death Eric S Brown Judge Death, misguided entity from an alternate dimension, is a malevolent spectral being determined to wipe out all life. His powers include hopping from one corporal body to another, super strength and endurance, and the ability to kill with…

For This; Therefore, I Die by Jonathan Bowerman

For This; Therefore, I Die Jonathan Bowerman How ironic she thought, struggling to take another gulp of cool water. Relief did not follow, for each constriction of her throat felt as though she were swallowing shards of glass. The pain almost as excruciating as…

Beyond by Demetrios Matsakis

The author is an astrophysicist who holds the position of Chief Scientist for Time Services at the U.S. Naval Observatory. This story was inspired by a talk Dr. Jocelyn Bell made in Beijing, at a General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union.