The Apocalypse Program

“Gentlemen,” said Pearson. Dennison knew how much his old friend loved to greet them all with “gentlemen” when they came into his office but today was different. This was a discovery of monumental importance and it had exactly zero to do with Pearson, besides him being now the patent holder and largest stakeholder in the [...]

A Place Where Things Join, Fourteen

For several hours Marian meandered around town with the children. She went to the zoo, spending the money for Kelly's new boots on fairy floss, soda and rides on the choo-choo-train while she sat by, contemplating the surrealness of the situation and avoiding conversation. The topic was on many people's lips; she heard words like [...]

The Faces of Things, Two

“Daniel!” Wendy called. She came outside and stared up at the roof, expecting to see her son there, then cast her eyes around the paddock, disoriented. So many days had gone by with such little sleep, the hours were melding. She went back inside and checked the clock. “Relax, Wendy,” she reassured herself, heading back [...]

I See You in the Mirror

Rueben liked their new house. He couldn't wait to tell all his friends at school about it—it had tiled floors, high ceilings, new-looking kitchen benches, two bathrooms, two car ports. The rooms looked so big with hardly anything in them; he paced around with his little sister, who poked her nose into the boxes, calling [...]

The Ashtarians, Two

“I recall discussing something along those lines recently with you, Clayton, I'm a little tired and old for that, I think.” Clayton hurried now to catch up with the old man. He stopped in front of him. “Miracles happen, Mr Matthews,” Clayton said, staring. “I can prove it. They're real, everything I've said about them [...]

The Ashtarians, One

There was one person left in the lecture hall, and though Dr Matthews struggled to see that far he knew who it was. He wasn't hovering around waiting to kiss his behind or get an extension on the essay, or help him with his bag and books to the next building. The boy sitting by [...]

A Place Where Things Join, Thirteen

At the payphone Marian called home several times but couldn't get through. She didn't want to go home. Partly she was terrified of telling Kel the news, and partly she believed it was some kind of misunderstanding, something she should keep quiet because of the knack the world has for sorting these kinds of things [...]