The Way Up, The Way Down by Dennis Mombauer

Unlike most people, Charlie had a job. He lived on Earth and worked in space, and for his daily commute, he took the elevator. It went right up to Icarus Station on the orbital ring, 132 minutes for one trip, only a few hundred kilometers above the planet. Whenever one cage left from the Beehive…

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Vol. 2, Issue 2: Redux and Progression

UPCOMING ISSUE Our potential to do good in this world is always held back by the propensity for humanity to fall back on vice and old mistakes. Science fiction acts as the test grounds for what the world could be, predicting dreamed dystopias coming into reality, and producing the ingredients for innovation. The horror genre…

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Lonely Read World Serenade by Armel Dagorn

I’m a right yo-yo here. The long walks I take with Herb always send me on soul-searching reveries. Some days the loneliness just about kills me. I think about the little girl I was; if only she could see me now on Mars! “Talk about an achievement, eh, Herb?” he just whirrs a bit. Sometimes…

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Year One Nominations (2016/2017)

Helios Quarterly Magazine will nominate the following short stories in 2017: Night of the Lurking Moon by Alexis Henderson (Kindred Award/Parallax Award) Speaking Without Tongues by Diana Estigarribia (Kindred Award/Parallax Award) The Way Up, The Way Down by Dennis Mombauer (WFSA Small Press Award) And We Shall Inherit the Sea by H.L. Fullerton (WFSA Small Press Award) The Second Adam…

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Bulimic by Robert Beveridge

You tell me yes, tell me again after each time you eat the flesh of human desire of human consumption   you vomit out the fatigue you feel at being one of many one of the mindless pack of maddening humanity   look at the little boy turn his head until his neck sprouts—you can…

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A Scavenger of Words by J J Steinfeld

Idiomatic idiotic remarks as the clock tick-tocks away into the memory of time. What does that drivel mean? Perhaps I should have said, or even sang out, Idiotic idiomatic remarks, the order, you know, is meaningful and full of meaning. You should be fed to carrion eaters that have no time for words only for…

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