Starting Point: The Elite

This is the story of how I was chosen to become one of the elite...

Starting Point: Hall of the Ancestors

Meliko's ancestors still haunted those halls, preserved forever by machines no longer understood...

Starting Point: Tracks

He flicked on his temporal lens and scanned back through the last 48 hours...

Starting Point: Dragon’s Blood

"It's dead," said Rutani. "For now."

Starting Point: XM318

We were part way down an alley off 5th Avenue when XM318 developed sentience...

Featured Story: The Lucky Cigarette

The bright dot in the sky was growing much larger now. It clearly wasn’t a star...

Sciency Words: Planetary Protection

Until recently, planetary protection has been a fairly esoteric concern. But now we know there’s water on Mars, and

Inspiration Gallery #1602

This week's inspiration gallery features the artwork of German artist Christian ‘Tigaer’ Hecker.

Starting Point: The Long Commute

Olaf pealed the sticky electrodes from his forehead, detached the tubes from his abdomen, and yanked a further three

Sciency Words: Recurring Slope Linea

There’s water on Mars. Liquid water. On the planet’s surface...

Sciency Words: Solar Wind

The Sun produces more than just sunlight. In addition to boring, electrically neutral photons of various wavelengths, the Sun

Starting Point: Forerunner Trash

I'm Doctor Jane Harlowe, I'm a Xenoarcheologist. I dig up Forerunner trash. Most of it is. Worlds that intelligent

Uncanny Valley – Short Film

This short film is one of the best science fiction works about virtual reality gaming I've ever seen!

Sciency Words: Binary Planet

Pluto and Charon have such an unusual relationship with each other that modern scientific literature often still calls them

Starting Point: Out of Options

Captain Kwon clenched his fist and brought it down hard against the padded armrest of his command chair. He

Sciency Words: Ring Arcs

The existence of these arcs doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Ring particles should spread out the fill

The 21st Century, as Imagined in the 19th Century

Before we laugh too hard at these images, it might be worth reminding ourselves that our own predictions of

Starting Point: Cold Star

Experts are baffled. Everything we had ever known about physics, astronomy, and cosmology are unraveled by this singular object.

Sciency Words: Planet X

Planet X is perhaps the most abused term in modern astronomy. The name has been coopted by astrologers, conspiracy

Starting Point: The Oracle

"You are truly blessed. Sagan is one of the greatest and wisest prophets."