Lifetime Guarantee by Kevin Holton

It was November Seventeenth, and my pancreas was no longer under warranty. I’d climbed the fire escape to the roof of my New York City apartment, listening to sirens in the distance while I contemplated what to do next. Wasn’t like I had a lot of options. The automated text came in this morning, six…

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Drum Solo by Gerri Leen

Jake sat on the hillside next to his older brother Mike, a ring of boulders shielding them from casual view.  Mike leaned back against one of the stones, his drum resting against his chest, the drumstick on the ground next to him.  The paper their mother made for the camp was in a satchel that…

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Space Bike Zombies FTW by Ingrid Garcia

Up in Space Station Zebra, Boyd voiced his displeasure about the new arrival. “A dewy-eyed babe thinking she can do a dangerous job.” His blond curls rippled in sync with his shaking head. “Women like her shouldn’t be in space.” “Women shouldn’t be in space?” Tameka said, “So what the hell am I doing here?”…

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A Way With Words by Aimee Ogden

The Exo was just tall enough to wedge her front pedipalps into the paper shredder beside Gretchen’s desk. Her black-and-gray mottled carapace reflected the fluorescent office light as two clacking exoskeleton limbs ransacked the shredded remnants inside. Gretchen bent over to rescue some of the white-and-black confetti raining down on her office floor just as…

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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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Captain John’s Passage by Tara Campbell

“You sure about this?” asked the cook, wiping a tattered red handkerchief across his brow. Captain John squinted against the sun and scratched at his scraggly, pecan-colored beard. “Who in blazes knows, Cookie?” He prodded the unmoving figure on the sand with his boot. “But aye, I reckon we should tie him up.” Cookie frowned….

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Welcome to Earth by Jennifer Moore

“We come in peace,” they lisped, lulling us into a false sense of security with their round childlike eyes and empty silken lips. Peace. That’s what it sounded like, without teeth or tongues to give proper shape to their words. We lowered our guns, welcoming them to the planet. Only it turned out it wasn’t…

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