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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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: Ground Truthing by Holly Schofield (Gaylactic Spectrum) The Second Adam by Louis Rakovich (WSFA Small Press Award) And We Shall Inherit the Sea by H.L. Fullerton (WSFA Small Press Award) The Way Up, The Way Down by Dennis Mombauer (WSFA Small Press Award) Night of the Lurking Moon…

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Imperfect Solution by Marie DesJardin

He had no heart. Whatever he’d once had in that department had been shot out in the attack that had taken his manhood along with everyone he’d ever cared for. All that remained was a mechanical heart, mechanical hands, mechanical eyes that searched the data, over and over, seeking for its next target. “Most were soldiers already,”…

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