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Fulfillment in Purpose

by Jack Windeyer

Eland was resetting his mother's balancing sculptures when Hexben ran in from the storage room. The robot tilted its long head down while still making eye contact, managing a look of consternation despite its rigid, expressionless face.

"What?" Eland snapped.

"You should be packing those into boxes," Hexben said without inflection. "Our lease ends next week."

"Exactly," Eland said. "It doesn't end today."

Science Fiction, 40 minutes; Escape Pod #930, 29th February 2024


Hey, George

by Elizabeth Guilt

"Hey, George."

I remind myself that that is not my name; it never was. I will myself not to react, not to break stride, as I stroll along beside the beach.

Old habits die hard, and the best neuro-reset in the world can't overcome years of routine. Whoever called out could, had they been watching closely, have seen my tiny hesitation. But they are not calling me.

Science Fiction, 32 minutes; Escape Pod #882, 30th March 2023


The Midwives

by Jude Reid

We found the dead God on the hillside.

Science Fiction, 47 minutes; StarShipSofa #628, 11th March 2020


Void Song

by Travis Heermann

From the Hopkins punch-point to orbital insertion around Herbert's World should have been a relatively short journey, but something is amiss.

Science Fiction, 52 minutes; Tales to Terrify #418, 31st January 2020


Different Paths

by Henry McFarland

Tomorrow they would send a message faster than the speed of light--or not. If they succeeded, they would make history. If they failed, it wouldn't be because of George Conrad's equipment. He left when everyone else did but returned to test each circuit in the prototype of the QE terminal. He got more done when working late.

Science Fiction, 44 minutes; StarshipSofa #608, 16th October 2019


Loyalty Test

by Andrew Gudgel

When the intercom on his desk buzzed, Marc's head snapped up, instantly awake. He'd been dozing in his chair. His finger stabbed the button that told the boss he was on his way. He stood up and straightened his rumpled gray suit before glancing at his watch. One seventeen AM. It figures. The boss tried to cut him as much slack as he could, but humans just couldn't keep the same pace as the Vrith, who came from the sunny side of a tidally locked planet and didn't sleep at all.

Science Fiction, 24 minutes; Escape Pod #649, 11th October 2018


The Language of Flowers

by Ian Creasey

Every morning I harvested the most luscious blooms from the gardens for display in the showroom. Today the quince blazed with bright orange blossom, so I cut a few twigs. As I carried them inside, I sniffed the flowers to check the engineered pheromones. A wave of longing overtook me: a sudden urge to do something mischievous and subversive.

Science Fiction, 46 minutes; StarShipSofa #542, 20th June 2018


Ormonde and Chase

by Ian Creasey

As we waited for customers, I stared out of the showroom window into the garden full of celebrities sprouting from the soil. This early in spring, most of the plants hadn't yet reached resemblance: the flower-buds were tiny blank faces, gradually developing features. Only the cyclamen--Harriet's self-portrait--was in full bloom.

Science Fiction, 53 minutes; StarShipSofa #533, 18th April 2018


Ms. Figgle-DeBitt's Home for Wayward A.I.s

by Kurt Pankau

I watch with hope as Ms. Figgle-DeBitt samples a slice of caramelized banana upside-down cake. She takes a nibble and seems pleased. She sweeps cybernetic fingers through the shock of gray hair that sits on the human half of her face, a gesture I've learned is contemplative. She takes a larger bite, chews, and grimaces. She spits it out into a trash can.

Science Fiction, 36 minutes; Escape Pod #597, 12th October 2017


Horror on Habitat Seven

by Zach Chapman

I met Molly in a real dive outside Zeta 5, called Braker. The kinda joint that sold untaxed synthetics. Clientele smoked but Braker never bothered to filter their atmosphere. When you could breathe, it smelled like grease and heated metal. It was on a moon, always in shadow. Red bioluminescent bulbs years past their expiration, provided the ambient lighting. I was just there to refuel my Boxer. In retrospect, she probably followed me there.

Science Fiction, 45 minutes; StarShipSofa #503, 20th September 2017


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Matt Dovey is a writer of short speculative fiction. He is very tall, very British, and probably drinking a cup of tea right now. His surname rhymes with “Dopey”, but any other similarities to the dwarf are purely coincidental. More →

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A hard man was Ralph Strang, seventh Earl of Beden, seventy years of age on his last birthday, but still upright as a dart, with hair white as snow, but with the devilry of youth still sparkling in his keen dark eyes. He was, indeed, able to follow the hounds with the best of us, and there were few men, even among the youngest and most hot-headed of our riders, who cared to follow him over all the jumps he put his horse at.

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