Lifetime

We are all 13.8 billion years old. In our consciousness, at least. Not in these disposable meat sack bodies. When they first announced that, I'd just gotten off the tube and it was raining and I was hungry and I could fully believe it. I felt 13.8 billion years old. But then I had a... Continue Reading →

An Ending

In the end, there was only a flooded planet and dying star. "It was good," the sun sank towards the sea, her former inferno reduced to a flame in the clouds. "Perfect," the sea rose to meet her. She was doused and the sea froze. Across the universe: a spark, a droplet, a beginning.  ... Continue Reading →

You Ain’t Welcome Here

We don't get many visitors round these parts. We don't take kindly to 'em either. It's not so much that this is a one-horse town, we just got our own ways of doing things and we don't like 'em changing. It's harder now than it used to be. People always tryin'a build railroad tracks 'tween us and... Continue Reading →

Ice-Cream Van at the End of the Galaxy

There's an ice-cream van at the edge of the Milky Way. It's been there longer than there has been life on Earth. Commuters stop by on the intergalactic highway as they make their way home from work. It serves almost every flavour. The Ice-Cream Man gets beans from Fesluyrus that can make up to seven different kinds of chocolate.... Continue Reading →

The Last Wisp of the Universe

Since astronomers first looked up at the stars they've wondered about the expanse of the universe. The shape. How many galaxies are there? How far does it stretch beyond the observable? Does it have edges? Not really. But she does have elbows.

The Lost City

There is a city that can only be found by those who are truly lost. It starts in your soul, a tiny pin-prick of pain that you don't notice until it spreads through your veins into your heart. Your body feels wrong and your thoughts are heavy, numb. Everything around you is hazy- like a... Continue Reading →

Planet B

Pictures sent back from early probes had only partially prepared her for how much the new planet looked like Earth. Well... how much it looked like Earth before they'd all fucked it up. Planet B had been hailed by many back home as a miracle. It had been discovered by an expedition that had run... Continue Reading →

Breakdown in space

I slammed my fist down on the button again. There was a whirring from deep inside the engine and then a loud, metallic grating noise that sounded like metal teeth grinding against one another. "Give it up, Saskia, the engine's knackered." I knew the feeling. "We can't just sit here and wait, Joel." I pushed... Continue Reading →

July Snowfall

Snow began to fall on the 17th of July at exactly 2.04 pm nation-wide. People stopped what they were doing, stared out of office windows, pulled over to the side of the road and got out of their cars to have a look. It started out as just a few light flakes falling gently down,... Continue Reading →

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