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Today is the hardest day of my life. harder than entering puberty, harder than becoming a man.
Today Allie, my wife, officially changes. She is old enough, she has borne me three children, one more than officially required, but we had that easy-going affection as well as the harder, more fiery desire.
"All calls will be delivered. Your call is bounced off all available towers and receivers until it can connect. You have nothing to worry about. There is a failsafe backup where undelivered calls are held in a keep alive pattern and are bounced until an available receiver can download the information.
"But what happens if my call can't be collected?
I am older than you can imagine. So old that the beginning eludes me. I remember days when the Earth was young, and the sky was red, and the smoke of creation stung my eyes when I looked out from this lofty perch. Yet I was not newly-born then. Perhaps I am of another world.
The days of steaming pools became teeming pools.
From every roof, rocket-shaped water towers prepare to leave this earth and ragged darkness behind and no limit to the amount of black space for the swallowing. I can't get out of here fast enough, can't wait to leave a big black char mark on this whole part of town as I blast toward a new ministry in space. Pointed, rattling, rustied ladders cling to side of the rocketships like frightened children.
James Hogg, CEO of Power Securities, read aloud from an obscure country newspaper titled Southwest Farmer's News:
"...At this year's Easter Farm Show, two local school kids demonstrated a battery recharger that doesn't need plugging in to mains power — or any other power source. Using plans downloaded from the internet, the brothers Orville and Wilbur ..."
It had been over 400 years since the apocalypse. In the early years, rampant warfare and infectious disease caused the death of millions. Those that remained were rounded up and concentrated in new settlements far from their homes and hunting grounds. Their way of life and their culture irrevocably changed.
The first ray of sunlight crosses the railyard on another brisk morning. I put the kettle on for a cup of tea after a long night shift. But the night only ends for the rest of the world. For me it is endless steel.
Braking. Shunting. Only the light changes. Headlights or sunlight — it doesn't matter. A segue from artificial to natural in a rhythmic cycle. This train is always on time. Just not for mortals.
I never thought I'd end my days at the bottom of a methane world, thick in carbon monoxide, in a deployable pod not strong enough to withstand that world's pressure. But that's where I found true love.
We had come in hot and fast with Captain Alexis Aldonz at the helm, a tall lithe figure with deep-set blue eyes like wells. She gripped the helm so tightly the knuckles on her olive hands glistened white.
By Tom Grayhorse
By Melanie Rees
Lobos (Part 1)
By Shaun A. Saunders
Take Me Literally
By Kathryn Flaherty
By DW Walker
Many Happy Reruns Of The Season
By Wes Parish
by Jenna Letzter
by David Scholes
By Christine Gladstone
Collisions! Particles scatter then dematerialise, leaving me surrounded by an absolute blackness.
Where am I? How did I get here?
Wait, I remember. I'm a ghost in a giant machine.
Something streaks past.
I catch a faint thought echo scattering backwards, peeling back the silence.
"Higgs.... Is that really you?"
By Ed Errington
Frisby and Crazola, members of the 2099 Climate Change Committee meet to determine a carbon emissions target governments will accept.
"0.0002%?" suggests Crazola
"Agreed," replies Frisby.
Alas Crazola's suggestion falls on deaf ears, unlike the cries of life on earth just before its extinction in the storm of all storms.
When I die I’m going to leave my body to science fiction.
The Perfect Theory
A Century of Geniuses and the Battle over General Relativity
Pedro G. Ferreira
Non-Fiction (Popular Science)
An engaging popular history of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity, taking in the sheer magnificence of its discovery, as well as the infighting that the theory sparked across a century.
Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity is possibly the most perfect intellectual achievement in modern physics. Anything that involves gravity, the force that powers everything on the largest, hottest or densest of scales, can be explained by it.Read more...
The Immediacy Of Emotional Kerfuffles
by KJ Hannah Greenberg
One of the 80 stories in this collection originally appeared in AntipodeanSF: "Deli Slice," 2009.
Pushcart Prize nominee, National Endowment for the Humanities awardee, and designated Keeper of the Hibernaculum of Imaginary Hedgehogs KJ Hannah Greenberg presents The Immediacy of Emotional Kerfuffles, a spellbinding collection of eighty speculative flash fiction and short fiction offerings.Read more...
The Back of the Back of Beyond
Come and join the Party!
By Edwina Harvey
Available from Peggy Bright Books
And Amazon (Kindle Edition)
Through her short stories "No Pets Allowed", "Get Me to The Worldcon on Time", "My Sweet 286" and "Party", Edwina Harvey introduced her readers to a world where flatmates discover the difficulties of raising young dragons in small suburban apartments, where "flying" to a science fiction convention takes on a whole new meaning, and where "the next door neighbours" on an Australian rural backblock are out of this world, but the parties are legendary.Read more...