Mercury

by Brian Biswas & Betsy Streeter

Because the surface of Mercury is as hot as molten lead, its inhabitants live underground. It has an atmosphere, though, and properly suited up one can live on the surface for brief periods of time. The planet is heavily cratered, much like Earth’s moon. It has cliffs the color of ochre that extend as much as …


Hype

by Sam Jowett & Joey To

Are you ready to begin? How could you not be? You’ve waited an eternity for this. The anticipation, the rumours, the rave reviews. The moment in which you can literally become defined. The verdict is out; life is great. Society praises, worries, and discerns itself over an afterlife, but what they instantly forget when they’re born is …


Swingers

by Brian Dodge & Cait Maloney

Edel never sleeps. She swings in her boss’s silo, post-rota, drifting her chemically unhinged consciousness across her brain’s hemispheres as she staggers on the concrete loading dock, chrome spurs flaring. The triumphant surge of a wild cat lifts at her fluttering heart, held together by gently gnawing stitches and an (ignored) bio-surgeon’s manual. Venom hovers …


Crackpot

by Alex Creece & Nevena Katalina

9/11 was a political cabaret; a lightshow of theatrics and holographics; a cirque du skyline. We never went to any moon past Kubrick’s imagination or the blinding eclipse that is organised government. Colonel Sanders is a myth. Zeph lay tucked beneath the safe luxury of belief, her mental life cradling her figure and filling each little pocket of …


Space Hunt

by Phil Rossi & Daniele Murtas

Adam fell from the stars and descended on Dora, tilting the ship towards the hostile terrain of the planet’s outback. Space travel had become a booming industry, as Adam jumped in with his own tour business and a cabin full of passengers. Recently added to the League of Planets, Dora was a playground for the uber …