Recording Life

Pluto does not think of itself as Pluto. Nor has it ever given itself a name. It is just a thing on the outskirts of the sol system doing its job. For billions of years, it has done the thing it was designed to do, catalog life on the planet third from the sun. Be …

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Guerro

The hostage feels the chimp's malignant glare like knives through the skull. Hairless the ape is a shiny odd blackish-red color. "Guerro has alopecia.’ The junker says offering the primate a cigarette. ‘He'd love you forever if you got a light." The ape hangs the smoke between his pink lips and leans forward muscles bunching …

Tiger Lilly

Drone T1-6 (1 of 6) hovers, one time compliant. Its pilot, light years from Kepler 1b stationed at Houston Lunar Base Earth or Schiaparelli crater on Mars, is probably mashing their fire button at this very moment, hoping to kill the Earth Terrorist known as the Alnamar Laylaa. The terrorist stands on the lip of …

Machine before Man

They announce imminent death. The choices are: pray or fix it. John Boon decides on the second option and a third. “The fuck’d this gas giant come from?” he screams at Houston, Lunar-base-Earth. “Sorry, Johnny, bad math.” He cocks his fist but refrains from hitting his instruments. Boon knows the voice isn't human. It's the …