Category Archives: Short Stories

The Outer Circle

Eighteen years after leaving Old Earth I’ve made planetfall, and my ship has fallen silent. Can you understand what that means to me? For the first time in eighteen years the cabin has ceased to throb to the pulse of … Continue reading

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Café Culture

No, please – sit down. This place gets so crowded at this time of day, and I always feel a little embarrassed to be tucked away here in the corner with my small black coffee when everyone else is doing … Continue reading

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Vortex

Bob went up close to the screen, scowling as if this would change the weatherwoman’s mind and improve the forecast. The blue-green pixelated blot representing the Vortex remained clearly visible over the North Atlantic, edging its way coastwards as the … Continue reading

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The Goblin Basements

The first time he visited the Goblin Basements he was very nearly unprepared. It was Christmas Eve, and the toys had been rioting all day, refusing to obey the simplest orders and breaking each other at the slightest excuse. He … Continue reading

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The Reader

Captain Abend had asked to arrest his old friend Professor Bildnis himself, out of some confused desire to conduct the matter with the respect that had always characterized their dealings with one another. But now, as he stood at the … Continue reading

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A Beautiful Shade of Blue

‘Yes! Yes, love! Well done!’ someone was shrieking. ‘Rage, that’s what we’re looking for! Let me feel your anger!’ Yana dreamt she was in her studio painting a picture while a team of visiting sponsors watched over her shoulder. She … Continue reading

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The Mouse Messiah

…died since our ship touched down on this planet, eighteen days ago. The nature of the disease hasn’t been diagnosed: we know only that it occurs instantly on contact with the atmosphere, and that there’s no known cure. I’ve been … Continue reading

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Devilled Kidneys

[Apologies to my Medievalist friends for the liberties I have taken here with history…] A passer-by might have taken the pair, one with his broad-brimmed hat and sober garments, the other stiff and weathered as a signpost, for some allegorical … Continue reading

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Search Engine

One day she came in to find him sitting at the computer, his face streaming with tears. ‘What on earth’s the matter?’ she asked, thinking he had got an e-mail to say that another of his friends was dead. ‘I’ve … Continue reading

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Possible Worlds

When J99 opened the door to the headmaster’s study she was blinded by the light blazing in from the window behind his desk. She had to stand motionless for a while to let her eyes adjust to the glare; but … Continue reading

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