Quert

by Matt Thompson


Hi all
This is me demonstrating the results of my research into the possibilities of trans-dimensionality!
Angle: 0.717 off the ellipsis / Velocity: 3.02.79.71 / Apex: 0.1
Filmed on my phone so apologies for the bad picture! :)
Better keep my real name a secret too lolz :0))
- Quert

Lapse


by David VonAllmen


No, Maddie’s seven. This is Maddie, this is my daughter. Where have I been for the last three years? I’ve been here, in this house, I’ve put Maddie and Ben to bed and had romantic dinners with James. But I’ve been distant, giving all my affection to my husband. I haven’t loved Maddie, haven’t loved her little brother, like a mother should. 

Stewardship

by Holly Schofield

'Lightning slashed the night, putting the mountaintops into stark relief. The rain turned to sleet. A predictive algorithm pronounced the storm was worsening. The Steward diarised to shift the wolf's body underneath a calcium-deficient mountain ash tree after the storm was over. Simultaneously, it ordered the bot to return to the maintenance shed. The bot extended all six of its legs.'

Book Boy

by Zack Graham

I began stealing volumes from closets thereafter, chewing their glue, their spines, their last chapters. Doc's birthday had left me confused and disgusted – feeding myself was my only escape. I tried his magazines, his chapbooks, his journals. The more things I ate, the better I felt.

Fashioning Trees

by Mark Patrick Lynch

She journeys around the side of the building, aware of the fractal clouds coalescing and evaporating at super-charged speed. There are stars bright enough to be seen during the day here, wherever and whenever the planet has brought them this time. She stops behind the man who fashions trees. He has his specialist equipment with him, tools she has never seen before. Some look sharp and wicked, others like kindnesses to ease unbearable burdens.

After the Moonwalk

by Dan Micklethwaite

He starts to think about conspiracy theorists, about the naysayers who in turn thought about Armstrong and Aldrin and called bullshit on that. Who said they couldn’t possibly have gone there and wandered around. That they couldn’t have planted a flag on the moon. Colonized it. Claimed it as their own. 

Because the flag seems to move, and there is no wind on the moon. 

Stabbed in the Neck by Dot Cotton

by Daniel Carpenter

It is the space that was once an office. The building remembers where the desk was, where the papers were filed. It was a mill, once upon a time; spinning cotton and stinking of oil and sweat, floorboards creaking beneath the weary feet of workers. The smoke billowing across the floor, never escaping, collecting at windows, tapping on them. Let me out. The shadows of the afternoon creeping underneath machines like children. There were children then too, as there are children now, but they did not last long. There was disease, and accidents. Things were lost.

Leipzig in Winter

by Barry Charman

The Decadence had taken over most of the cities; the only messages that got out now were numb recitals of daydream rhetoric; jazz whines and bursts of static. Nobody knew what it had been, not really. It had simply occurred, like a passive disease, like a pandemic without a clear means of infection. 

The Girl who Talked to the Sea

by Julia August

The year after Jenny’s father died, the sea swallowed St. Mary’s churchyard and spat him back up again. Half the village was empty now and a third of it was under sand or saltwater. Jenny opened her door one sultry evening to a listing figure, gaunt and salt-crusted, whose footprints dripped unsteadily down the street.

'Hello, Jenny,' he said, in a voice as hollow as a bell.

Heroics

by Ilana Masad

She paused to lean on the stone balcony that separated the raised boardwalk from the beach. She sucked the wrapper clean. The waves and the seagulls called to her. How many hours of her life had she spent watching this vastness? She didn’t want to count. The tally would be too plentiful, too painful.