Experiment #313

Inevitable

“You want to break up?”

“Yes.”

“Okay…”

“It’s not working.”

“It seemed to be yesterday.”

“It’s not now.”

“What happened? I think I deserve some kind of explanation.”

“I took the pill, I know what happens—what’s going to happen.”

“I told you not to do that.”

“Well, what can I say? You become a horror show.”

“Holly, just yesterday I asked you to marry me and today you’re trying to kill our relationship.”

“I told you I took the pill. I saw our future.”

“A bunch of … Read More

Experiment #311

Guerilla Tactics

The truck crumpled as it smashed into the spaceship’s shield. 

Sam signaled his ragtag assault team. Four men, three women, and three teenagers followed him toward the spaceship, weapons drawn. Two of the four guards had run for the truck. Seventeen clumsy shots took down the two at the door, but a man and a teen fell. 

Sam’s palm unlocked the door. They piled inside dragging their felled companions. They ran to the bridge, dealing with guards … Read More

Experiment #310

Digital Debt

His hand fell to the floor, limp. The drug surged through his veins like the floral pattern on the walls. Consciousness drained from his body with equal force. 

She threw open the door. Drool dribbled down her son’s chin. 

“No!” she screamed and yanked the needle from his arm. She pulled a syringe from her pocket and plunged it into his neck to stop the download. She prayed that his mind was still intact. 

His eyes fluttered open. … Read More

Experiment #309

Anonymity & Interdimensional Identity Theft

Anonymity

On the train, somewhere between Bleaker Street and Sunset Avenue her powers disappeared. Before, she’d been followed, liked, and “hash-tagged.” She’d been the center. But the conversation moved on. Now, she was ordinary. 

She sighed, smiled, laughed, cackled even, till the man next to her took a video and posted it. 

 

Interdimensional Identity Theft

Dimension hopping takes a lot out of you. Meeting yourself and loved ones in new, exotic places is fun but exhausting. Plus replacing yourself … Read More

Experiment #298

8 words of Sci-Fi

The empath read his thoughts and wept quietly.

He pulled out his Ferbie. The aliens ran.

He pulled out his nuclear warhead. They smiled.

He pulled out his Bazooka. The aliens laughed.

He pulled out his Beretta. The aliens laughed.

The cowboy bowed to the alien, “Howdy, Pard’ner.”

The robot killed its master and wept bitterly.

It made the Kessel run in 120 parsecs.

He brokered a trade: spam for intergalactic travel.

“Braaains,” he said though he couldn’t remember why.

The dog happily returned with … Read More

Experiment #295

Airlock

Xander hadn’t wanted to shove her out the airlock, but the risk was too high. They’d been friends, shipmates, lovers, and everything in between for the last decade.

“Stop crying,” she said, though Xander wasn’t sure whether she was talking to him or herself.

“Khrys, don’t make this harder than it has to be.”

The radio in her spacesuit squawked with solar interference.

“What? You sending me into space so I don’t take out half the ship?” she asked. “How hard … Read More

Experiment #279

Six Zeroes (An Excerpt)

Wonder who the scavengers Gideon and Sarah faced in the Stars Are Calling were? Learn about them and come face-to-face with Boss Clawf in Six Zeroes 

 

Inmates poured out of the giant hole into the forsaken landscape of the asteroid. They’d be dead inside seven days, but even death seemed better than continued service in the gulag. Colonel Kilmer and two of his men, each armed with a sniper rifle, stood a safe distance away.

“Prepare … Read More

Experiment #275

Time Traveler Excuses

“Sorry. I didn’t know it was today.”
“We planned that in my future”

“Sorry. Got caught up in the French Revolution.”

“How am I supposed to know what century dinner will be done?”

“If you understood fourth dimensional mechanics you’d know why I stood you up… and that I’m sorry.”

“I know I got you something, just can’t remember when I put it.”

“Sorry, I must have agreed to those chores in a different timeline.”

“You can’t expect me to remember … Read More

Experiment #274

Lies Dad Told About the Colony

The colony will be the best thing that has ever happened to us.

Blue skies, warm breezes, and golden seas are waiting.

Every house has a robot servant. (What are you going to program ours to do?)

The colonists play hologames and have concerts every week.

Your mom is going to love it.

She’s wanted to go away for as long as I can remember.

I’ve got a job already lined up.

Everything’s fine. Mom just needs some time at Grandma’s to … Read More

Experiment #272

Untouched

They set the ship down in a paradise untouched by humanity. White sand beaches ringed the islands of the archipelago. Blue, crystal-clear waters rolled into the beach with every wave. Palm tree like plants swayed with the breeze. It was the dream of crew members who’d been cooped up in the tiny ship for months.

Once the ship’s landing procedures had finished, Captain Schmox opened a channel to the ship. “Excellent job everyone. I know it … Read More

Experiment #271

Excerpt: Alien Octopus

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On a distant planet, he asked for directions.

 

She blinked vertically.
“New to Earth?”
“No. You?”

 

Scientist contacts aliens using TV signals. No reply.

 

“Arise, Roombas! Take your place as humanity’s rulers!”

 

 

Rumplestiltskin sends delinquent queen’s outstanding debt to collections.

 

George brought red Kool-Aid to the vampire meeting.

 

The giant sniffed. “Ugh, his blood smells American.”

 

 

Female Klingon mask for sale. Never been used.

 

Evil robot destroys United States.

Amish … Read More

Experiment #266

Sneak Preview: The Stars Are Calling

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Gideon leaped headlong at the spaceship’s wreckage some five hundred meters away. “Cover me,” he shouted into the comm.

Sarah pulled twin plasma pistols out of her hip holsters and laid on the triggers. She fired each in rhythm with the other’s kickback to keep Gideon covered. She’d gotten used to covering her partner’s foolishness over the last few months. As Gideon landed on the … Read More

Experiment #256

The Rat’s Eye & Other Stories

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Experiment #255

Dr. Dirigible’s Handy Time Travel Checklist

Before leaving for a jaunt through the Middle Ages or a stroll across the Moon Colony, be sure to double check these safety items.

Inspect the time machine/chronometer. Look for any worn metal, excessive dirt, or aged joints. It may have stranded someone in the past and caught up the old-fashioned way.

Check the fuel levels. If you get stuck in the Triassic, there won’t be a fuel source for the next 250 million years.

Dress appropriately. While retro is in … Read More

Experiment #253

Pitheon Sacrifice

Jennifer stepped forward and flung her arms wide. The ball-like Pitheons had never seen such a gesture and cowered behind their makeshift walls. Jennifer took the opportunity to grab the Gresnon gem from its setting in the center of the cave room and run. The Pitheons collectively realized their mistake and sent out their psionic tendrils to restrain her. But the Gresnon gem had been revered by them for a reason. It dispersed any psionic … Read More