The Great Bandini

by Phil Rossi & Nevena Katalina

Space travel was a rich man’s game and astronauts didn’t come from our side of the tracks. That’s why my friends and I never missed a Bandini rocket launch. Main events full of fanfare and hope that one of us would beat the odds and reach outer space. Instead, Bandini’s rockets would implode on the pad …


Legionnaire

by Joseph Stephens & Simon Walpole

The game began. Stationed before Bart, at the foot of the couch, the TV sat perched on the entertainment console. The screen flickered, turning blue, as a logo scrolled across the screen, announcing the theme music and title of the game. Legionnaire: The King’s Ransom, it read. Bart rolled his ankles and flexed his toes. It had …


The Wrong Old Lady

by JP Little & Michael Ilkiw

“This is insane,” Marla screams into her phone. “The war is almost over and yet these assholes are still living in my house!” Her sister’s voice squeaks out of the receiver, far more calm than her own. “Mar, you won’t have to put up with it much longer. Just stick it out.” “That’s bogus! I mean, isn’t …


Android Adoption Day

by Jacqueline Bridges & Michael Ilkiw

SWF seeking SM, 40-50, human or android. Looks not important. The blinking type flooded John’s inbox. Delete, delete, del—he paused on the last: Android adoption today, new shipment, Middleton Square. The Organization of GoodWill toward Men, Women, Children, and Android caught him as he slipped in. “Have you considered adopting an Android, sir?” John stopped, paying no attention to …


Slimeballs

by Ruth Ann Hixson & Joey To

“It just dropped out of the sky.” Mary said as she looked at the flattened green mass at her feet. The mass began to bubble. It blew up into one big bubble. More balls were dropping from the sky. Mary looked up cautiously. Overhead three immense circular spacecrafts moved slowly over the town popping out the …