Here is the featured Science Fiction Story for April 2011. A short teaser follows each heading. Click on the
title to read the whole story.
My Salieri Complex by
Marina Julia Neary
“Awake, Samuel! Boarding with a genius will not transform you into one.”
That was the voice of reason, one that guided me through most of my career. Yet another voice, one of superstition and vanity, tried to persuade me of the opposite. How I wished to believe that a fraction of Jonathan Griffin’s brilliance could project onto me if I only spent enough time in his vicinity! I fancied our brains being like two communicating vessels, with grandiose theories and mysteries passing between them. Little by little, that toxic swamp of self-flattering fantasies sucked me in.
Arcus Senilis by K.W. Taylor
This was not where Edgar Smith went to sleep, that much was certain. He swung his legs over the side of the bed, a bed very much absent of Sarah. “Darling?” he called. No response. And another glance about the room revealed a decided lack of the Eastlake furniture with which she’d filled their bedroom. Instead, there was a sterile metal bureau and the low, narrow bed.
3 Percent by Volume by Richard Marsden
Lieutenant Jornigan strutted across the deck of the ship’s hold. The sound of his boots echoed and he looked drab, gray and small, set against the backdrop of the red crates behind him. Faded lights shone from above, causing the Lieutenant and the small squad of men before him to cast long, slender shadows upon the metal floor and walls.