Short Stories

A Tour of Fort Helix

Bioengineering armies of killer mutants to fight the War against Evil is a growth industry in 28th Century Australia.

Morphing Man

A telemarketing firm is struggling to make a profit. A star top biller is hired to turn the business around, but he presents a greater face of horror than the sight of a shrinking bottom line.

The Way of Water

A woman stands two metres from a public paying water tap, dying of thirst in a water-scarce world rife with corporate/government corruption and global resource warfare.

Metallosis

A post-apocalyptic story that mixes cyberpunk with biopunk. It conveys the message of maintaining your humanity while surrounded by so much technology (so much that it feels that you’re becoming a cyborg yourself).

Asexuals of the Cosmos, Unite!

A darkly humorous sci-fi tale of a federation of aliens on a cosmic mission to ‘a-sex’ civilizations throughout the universe, including Earth’s. After reading this piece, you will never think of UFO abduction stories in the same way again.

The Wedding Party

Finding lonely sanctuary in the woods the protagonist finds the only company he has is the waterlogged wedding party bobbing in the pond.

The Uryuom Plight

Trapped on a backward planet hundreds of light-years from home, a brave astronaut hides in plain sight among the resident aliens and laments the dying world he left behind.

In the Shadow of the Stars

When exploring abandoned wrecks within the accretion disk of a black hole Rhea, a inexperienced girl living on the salvage ship Thanaku, discovers the impossible: the body of a female human, dormant within a 100-year old container. Nobody on the ships believes it should be revived but Rhea can’t help feeling kinship with this semi-mythical creature.

Leo

Meet Leo. Experiment, child, or monster? What makes him beautiful is that he is not human. He’s better.

Before

What happens when today’s interstellar travelers meet those that arrived before them?

Moira and Ellie

Jenna can’t wait to meet her imaginary friend–but her ghost turns out to have a closer connection to her family than she imagines.

A Mother Knows

After fertility reached an all time low, fertile women are inseminated in an effort to save humanity. While caring for her dying child, one mother takes measure to ensure she won’t have another baby.

A Last Word

An author must tell his three elderly leading characters that he is handing them over to someone else.

Heartsick

In a world where it is illegal to be unhealthy, a young doctor must choose between her heart and the career she’s fought so hard for…

Mmanwu Festival

Centred on the Igbo Mmanwu Festival, Chinaza’s words dance between the past and present, capturing the essence of family ties and spirituality of this time of year.

Honeybee and the Blot

An unusual rendezvous takes place in outer space. The synthetic creature known as Honeybee brings a young man’s soul to her lover, an entity called the Blot. Yet Honeybee begins to question her relationship with the Blot after it treats her poorly.

Sugar Plum Ghosts

A ballerina who’s always dreamed of the spotlight finds herself in the shadows when she makes a dangerous deal with a ghost.

Starshine

A new take on the traditional space aliens arrive on Earth story – I hope you like it!

Never Gone

Gertrude haunts an office chair at night. But how to get rid of a slightly-annoying ghost?

The Tended Field of Eido Yamata

A Shingon Buddhist successfully accomplishes Sokushinbutsu, the practice self-mummification. Once achieved, however, what initially appears to be confirmation of that philosophy turns out to be something quite unexpected.

The Heartless Boy

Tom might not have emotions but he has brains and creativity that go a long way managing timeless evil.

Offstage

The stage is hers alone. But something is waiting in the wings.

Retribution

Is having everything you have ever wanted or desired as good as it is supposed to be? What if it is more of a curse than a blessing?