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 →

August 2021

Supporting Diverse Writers Zoraida Córdova Zoraida Córdova is the acclaimed author of more than a dozen novels and short stories, including the Brooklyn Brujas series, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: A Crash of Fate, and The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina. She also writes romance novels as Zoey Castile. In addition to writing novels, she serves on... Continue Reading →

Essentiality Remains

My restless body sleeps, mind seeking. Endless doorways. Some lead nowhere, others to places I cannot comprehend. There's just one I search for. Within, contains a source of darkness. I must eliminate it. I wander twisting corridors, labyrinthine in nature, as all minds are. There, ahead. The darkness, flickering and tremulous. I follow, my heart... Continue Reading →

Change

The old cattle shed sat three streets from her no-longer small childhood home. The house's presence hung heavy over town now, sprawling in its decadence and greed. Perhaps they hadn't changed. A droid greeted her, lead her inside to a room bright with filtered sunlight and untouched delicacies. The woman that entered both was and... Continue Reading →

Visitor

The grounds shuddered. The air hummed along with urgency. Something was happening. Its kin at rest, a lone creature emerged from its dwelling, peering out toward the meeting line of void and land. The hum grew violent as the void tore open with a flash. From the tear, a being of another kind tumbled into... 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 →

Time Travel

Neuro-tech students gathered on a rooftop, beneath the City-dome, drinks in hand, and watched the decade's worst electrical storm. "Shortest night... solstice?" "Yeah." "I went in today." "You didn't-" "There was no fear, y'know? Back then. They just lived. Under the sun for hours at a time." "Really?" "Barbecues, beers, no sunscreen. It was-" "Exhilarating?"... Continue Reading →

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