Debt to be Paid

Radiation reached his skin through UV-resistant clothes. "Four-hundred-thirteen billion credits for today's contestant! If he survives..." A hidden crowd cheered. He retrieved his only permitted secret ingredient with a blistered hand. "What's today's contestant chosen for us?" Blinding light. The crowd gasped. The glare receded and he staggered forward, balancing a platter, alien delicacies piled... Continue Reading →

Dream Photography

"You ready?" "System calibrated?" "Got it all, now sleep and let the magic happen-" "What about colour tracking, covered all wavelengths? D'you double check?" "Me and four others-" "And the pixels. Did they max out? Fifteen-hundred?" "Last ten runs, crystal clear." "Shadows? Freckles? Strands of hair?" "Like Da Vinci. We got this. Relax." "Okay... Make... Continue Reading →

June 2021

Uplifting Diverse Writers As you probably know, the kids and I thoroughly enjoyed The Dragon Warrior when we read it recently, I couldn't go past giving author Katie Zhao a shoutout this month since we've started yet another of her novels and her brilliant writing needs to be shared. Katie Zhao is the author of... Continue Reading →

Perfect Timing

The crew struggled, working endlessly to keep their great hulking mass of a ship sailing across the fabric of space without tearing apart. Their destination orbited a minuscule point of light. Almost too far now with damaged engines. Almost. Directly ahead hung a glittering planet of ice. They met it among the limits of its... Continue Reading →

Carrot Cake

“Scanning; water, sand. Beach.” “Correct. This?” “Turbine engines, winged structures. Aircraft.” “This?” “Two humans. Arms around eachother. Content. Hugging.” “What else?” The human watched the Android ponder. “Unable to ascertain without further details.” “Guess.” “Scenarios with highest probabilities are a need for warmth, or pressure to ease physical discomfort.” “Anything else?” “Physical fatigue; a need... Continue Reading →

Ice

“It’s ready. Transferring now,” says the VR technician. “Thanks,” I say, studying the new data floating in my vision. I equip a well-worn headset. Ripples of code give way to a silent darkness, only a lone light shines from behind onto icy ground. I’m pulled along by a gradual acceleration, subtle but present. A chunk... Continue Reading →

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