Flash Fiction Friday: The Case of the People vs. Pandora

I. Long, long ago in the first years of the Thirty-First Century, the great, the good, the wicked, and the terrible, all gathered from across the Seven Galaxies for the Trial. They came in their rockets and solar sails, their hyperdrives and trans-dimensional cannons, their teleporters and astral projectors. The Judicial Station show court could... Continue Reading →

Flash Fiction Friday: Shipwrecked

  The man and his boy made their home beneath the wreckage. A meteoroid storm had forced them to make a crash landing and it had taken them a month to salvage the debris, and another month to finally accept that no help was coming. They had strayed too far from the spacelanes. The man... Continue Reading →

Flash Fiction Friday: Proof of Life

The combined research team stared down at the object in question with varying degrees of shock. The initial excitement, and in the case of one junior technician a full-blown panic attack, had finally subsided. The first garbled message had been sent Home, but it would be weeks before they received a reply. In the meantime,... Continue Reading →

Flash Fiction Friday: The Star Liner

They built her out of the most durable materials known to man. Her hull was thick enough to withstand a meteor bombardment, and she was filled with the most advanced technology and most decedent luxuries that money could buy. They didn't name her the Titanic. That would have been silly. She first spread her solar... Continue Reading →

Flash Fiction Friday: Memory in the Age of Cybernetics

First Iteration – The Wonders of Modern Technology …Access Denied. Incorrect Passcode. Please Try Again… …Access Denied. Incorrect Passcode. …Please Try Again... …Access Denied… …Please Try Again… …Incorrect Passcode… …Please Try Again… …Please Try Again… Second Iteration – Memory in the Age of Cybernetics Time to declare war, I think, on the passcode. Bloody useless things... Continue Reading →

Book Review: The Postmortal by Drew Magary

Drew Magary's The Postmortal is an intriguing pre-apocalyptic at a world where science has finally provided the 'cure' for old age and near immortality requires only a relatively inexpensive gene therapy. Diseases are still fatal. There are still accidents and murder, but eternal life is suddenly a very real possibility. The novel takes the form... Continue Reading →

Flash Fiction Friday: Ghosts in the Machine

"I don't believe in ghosts," said the robot. It was an old Mark VII Server Droid, remarkably well preserved but starting to glitch. The reporter nodded sympathetically. Nobody believed in phantoms these days, certainly not robots of such obvious wisdom and experience. Nonetheless, a spectral figure had been seen floating through the walls of the... Continue Reading →

The Whispering Swarm by Michael Moorcock

Michael Moorcock's The Whispering Swarm is part autobiography and part sprawling literary fantasy. Moorcock is a giant of the genre whose contributions stretch, like his fictional counter part, from the pulp science fiction of the 1950s to the New Wave and beyond. His concept of the Eternal Champion has inspired generations of imitators and his... Continue Reading →

The Suicide Exhibition by Justin Richards

Justin Richards's The Suicide Exhibition is the first novel in an alternate WWII, sci-fi romp. Richards is no stranger to science fiction, having edited the BBC Doctor Who line for many years and written a number of Doctor Who books as well, one of which involved aliens and the Third Reich. The Suicide Exhibition is,... Continue Reading →

Cannonbridge by Jonathan Barnes

Jonathan Barnes' Cannonbridge promises to be a fantastical journey through an alternate 19th Century, where a Matthew Cannonbridge is the greatest English literary figure of the age. He's been everywhere, written everything. He was there when Mary Shelley first dreamed of Frankenstein. He encouraged a young Charles Dickens, visited Oscar Wilde in prison, and went... Continue Reading →

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