Paradigms

By Lemar Starland | What's Next?

Bed-Death and Beyond

The day the inevitable happened was, surprisingly, warm and sunny. I’d always pictured it as forebodingly dark with a torrential downpour of …

The Passenger

The car zipped through an opening the size of a doorway, narrowly missing the other three vehicles vying to move in the same direction, adjusting to …

Interview with an Empire

The phenomenon only lasted long enough to get a short message through, but unpacking the implications of the response will take far longer. The …

The Man in the High Casino

<i>This is an alternate reality</i>, Phillippe reminded himself, <i>but that doesn’t mean it’s not real</i>. He had to keep affirming this in his mind, or he could …

Autocratography

Dear Polemis,<p>I have reviewed the archive thoroughly and am pleased to report that I have uncovered some previously unknown information that …

Infernal Calibration

"One would think that with all the technological progress we've made, it would also have meant that social norms had progressed as much," Rabi …

Spatial Warming

<b>Space is cold, but she was always warm.</b> The casual brushes of her body as she passed in the sterile corridors, the faint residuals of her breath in …

The War of the Rosens

“You’re an idiot,” she muttered. “Screw you too,” I brilliantly retorted. What made me think it would be different out here, in the vast blackness …

Powered By Practice

“I…can…hardly…breathe.”<p>“It’s okay,” Sean reassured me. “Focus on the silence, feel it around you, let it keep you safe. One deep breath, then …

Event Horizons

Places where one lingers indefinitely, stretched beyond recognition, indelibly impermanent, an eternal demise.<p>This is where the journey begins, at …

The Draw

<i>“Space: the final frontier.”</i><p>How many were drawn here by this simple compelling sentiment? It’s amazing what a few words can do in terms of …

Queen Arthur

Sally Arthur — a 30-something single mother of three, server at a local restaurant, and artist in her spare time — could sling hash like nobody’s …

Anthroleum

The pumps were working day and night, emitting a low (and not unpleasant) humming sound and the faint stench of rotting flesh. Since the discovery …

Ruthless Cosmopolitans

“These urbanauts are everywhere,” said Starling, “like a horde of hipster locusts. They think they’re so tolerant and quirky, but just see how they …

Civilization Crumbles®

“Pass the salt.”<p>“Wha-a?”<p>“I said, pass the salt. I can’t eat this crap without it.”<p>“SO picky. How did you even make it through the Upheaval?”<p>“Very …

Come Again?

Heading back “home” again always made Hayley feel both anxious and excited. They say the road can be cold and lonely, and a lot of the time it was. …

Essentially Human

A young couple enters an office and takes seats on one side of a large sleek desk. Behind the desk, a small bank of screens displays a variety of …

The World As It Might Be

It has been said that realists see the world as it is, and idealists see the world as it might be. Count me firmly among the ranks of the latter. I …

Neu(t)ral Safety Switch

There had to be an answer somewhere—there always was. They wouldn’t give me a problem without a solution, would they? Could they, even if they wanted …