The Mage

The battle of Goblin Forest is part legend and part history, which depends who is asked. The story is of a troll giant and his bow with a legend of mud goblins in tow. It should be known the men of Riverdon did bravely stand their ground protecting a city on the brink of destruction. …

Hermes II

A transport ship swings down and enters the first runway gate. It moves slow. Its two plasma engines glowing a dull yellow. The craft’s designation on the grey hull is written in chipped white paint, it reads SF 92/902. A little boy sits on his daddy's shoulders watching. He asks, "is that them?" The boy …

Droken

Droken sits a bit away from the rest of his party. He is thinking about stuff that bothers him. He decides elves bother him and he doesn't like them. He thinks they are shiny and smell like flowers and they look too soft and their hair shimmers like cloudless nights after a deep snowfall. As …

In This Moment

In this moment I have forgotten everything that makes me more then lance, sinew, bone and muscle. I am my training. I am the stinking sulphur-breath of a two thousand stone flying lizard. I am the open black lipped rotten tooth maw. I am the slick mist and wet stone. The chill in the wind. …

Going Fishing

Harold fingers the button behind his ear. But he decides not yet. Maybe he can make it tonight without it. Harold is a veteran. He fought on Europa. He killed fish. He killed fish fathers protecting their fish families. He stomped on freshly laid fish eggs containing fish babies destined for fish sentience. He killed …

Trixie

Susan Tabalucci's friends called her Trixie. She worked at the Virgin Record store at 23rd and Park in Manhattan. The date she disappeared was June 1st, 2009. Thirteen days later the store would close officially, but really had been closed since the first when a convoy of black SUV's driven by men in black suits …

The Dunes pt. 1

What kind of world is this, that a man who does not own himself can control a barge meant to kill and destroy? Be called captain? Command other men who do not own themselves? The masters are smart in that they do not dangle the promise of freedom from bondage, but the promise of freedom …

Primal

    This is primal. Think prehistory. Of living in a cave. Of staring at the star dotted sky. Of trying to understand the sudden explosive glory of a comet and the lunacy of living on a gravity well in the middle of a gas cloud only ninety-two million miles from a controlled nuclear explosion. …

From Below

Ancient Spaceship by Tomasz Strzalkowski     Man aspired for the stars by digging deep into the earth. Instead of the heavens they got hell. Some said it was the metal that called to the nightmares, others said it was hubris. Space was for the Gods. Man was meant to stay put. But now man …