The Streets Turned Blue and Green

Dennis Mombauer
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Stones of Särdal

Karl Dandenell
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The Heavenly Dreams of Mechanical Trees

Wendy Nikel
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An Apology from the Natives of Earth

Jon Lasser
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Under This Rock

In  by June 28, 2019
Jacob crouched in the cattails, working on his patience. It was hot as hell, even as the sun went down. Jacob wanted to wet his dry lips on the water, but he knew that wasn’t safe. Instead he watched the rainbow slick of oil slide towards him, tugged by the subtle suction of the thirsty […]


In  by June 14, 2019
Seedless Watermelon and Imaginary Spices Cut and cube seedless watermelon. Add a dash of seedless peppercorns. Sprinkle with seedless sesame seeds. Serve cold, preferably in a glass bowl. • • • First it was the summer fruit. Watermelons, grapes, all seedless for the convenience of eaters and possible chokers. Grandma Chen loved it. She never […]

Good to Go

In  by May 31, 2019
After spending nearly thirty years managing the construction of the world’s first space elevator, I was determined to participate in the inaugural ascent from the floating platform off Kourou. Still in my prime thanks to antiaging treatments, I felt as strong and healthy as any astronaut, even though my presence on the crew was mostly […]


In  by May 17, 2019
I’m staring at my mother. “What do you mean you’re not leaving?” We had just spent three exhausting days emptying her house ahead of Hurricane Zara’s impending landfall. Every computer, piece of radio equipment, book, antique, scrap of clothing, and bit of sentimental bric-a-brac is in the moving truck behind me. The autodrive is patiently […]

Dark Moon

In  by April 26, 2019
“Do you see it?” hissed Gramps, bony fingers digging into my shoulder. “See what?” I said, trying to shrug him off. “The moon, boy! The moon!” I rolled my eyes. Everyone knew you couldn’t see the moon. Not anymore, anyway. Not without a special lens at the end of a telescope, the features picked out […]


In  by April 5, 2019
One hundred and thirty-one light years away from her body, Susan watched neon-yellow waves rush up a beach of blue sand to wash over her golem’s bare feet. It was a dead planet, without a trace of even microscopic life. Worthless except as the perfect vantage point from which to watch the first real-world test […]

An Oasis of Amends

In  by March 15, 2019
You should have seen this, Rowan. From the observation platform on the converted oil rig, I watch the giant conveyor lift the chunks out of the Atlantic Ocean, see them climb to the coastal plain of Mauritania, see the freeway width of the belt disappear over the horizon, and feel like a Lego figurine in […]

The City We Built in Life

In  by March 1, 2019
Experience Arizona’s Man-Made Treasures! Julie’s face was taken over by a big grin as she unfolded the map. Navigator for the day, the eight-year-old had the honour of sitting up front. Mom and Adam sat in the back. Still early morning, the family had just checked out of their hotel in Flagstaff. “Dad was so […]

The Soft Eyes Open

In  by February 15, 2019
The first hint of change was my son’s eye colour. At breakfast one morning a shaft of sunlight struck Kai’s eyes. They were golden brown, with irises that seemed to swallow the whites. For a moment I was sure they’d been grey before, the next second I berated myself for being the kind of dad […]

The Way of Water

In  by January 25, 2019
She imagines its coolness gliding down her throat. Wet with a lingering aftertaste of fish and mud. She imagines its deep voice resonating through her in primal notes; echoes from when the dinosaurs quenched their throats in the Triassic swamps. Water is a shape shifter. It changes yet stays the same, shifting its face with […]
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