Return short story by Iris Carden I don’t go back. I don’t ever go back. I don’t go to family gatherings or reunions or anything. I never go back, and I never want to. When I think about my life and when and where I’ve been happy, it’s here and now, not there or then.…… Continue reading Return
The Highway short story by Iris Carden There’s hours of driving between blink-and-you’ll-miss-them towns along this road. There’s nothing to see and highway hypnosis is a real problem. I have to stay alert, however, because in hundreds of kilometres of nothing, the occasional scrub bull, kangaroo, or even a feral camel, will pick the moment…… Continue reading The Highway
Tentacles short story by Iris Carden There was a time the continents weren’t below the water, when humans could live on solid ground, under the sun. In those days, submarines were weapons of war, not a means of trade. The Atlantis is based in Brisbane Dome, the dome of the city is shallow enough to…… Continue reading Tentacles
Time and Time Again Short story by Iris Carden Amanda and Charles had been driving on a quiet country road, when they saw the saucer hovering above the road. The car radio went haywire, then a bright yellow beam of light covered their car. The next thing either of them knew, they were both waking…… Continue reading Time and Time Again
Life on Mars Short story by Iris Carden It’s one of those nights when both Phobos and Deimos are overhead. This isn’t like Earth. Mars moons are only visible next to the equator. So in this habitat, they’re visible, but in the north and south habitats, the curvature of the planet gets in the way.…… Continue reading Life on Mars
Blood Short story by Iris Carden It was the third body in three days. All were exsanguinated, all with their throats ripped out, but minimal blood at the scene. I looked at the Head of Security, Stockton. She shook her head. No. They’d found nothing to say who or what was doing it. “If I…… Continue reading Blood
I’ve seen huntsman spiders bigger than my hand. I’ve seen bird spiders big enough to hunt and kill birds. I’ve seen huge redbacks with their dangerous red flash across their huge round abdomens. I’ve never seen anything like this. It was at least four metres long.