Short sci-fi stories in 500 words or less deriving from the Outrun, tech-noir and NewWave aesthetic.
Outrun Stories #60
This morning I was normal. This morning I was a different person. This morning I had had some semblance of a life. I had a past with friends, family. I had a future with a job and a girl and all the other shit that goes along with that. Now, none of it matters, but what else could I have done? There wasn’t anything else, so when they came knocking, I saw in their eyes what they were there for, who they were there for, but he’s my brother, so what am I supposed to do, just give them his neo-coding? Just hand him over to them? Say, "Oh yeah, here’s the bloodline teli-sync that you’re looking for. Why don’t you just hack straight into his god-damn neocortex and wipe his consciousness out of existence?"
Outrun Stories #59
Video available here: YouTube I’m just sat, completely numb. I’m just staring at this fat man in front of me and trying to make sense of it all, any sense of what happened, what went on, why she’s dead and I’m alive. There’s nothing more I can do now, so I just start talking.
Outrun Stories #58
Video available here: https://youtu.be/JcejcOx5uy4 Chapman’s putting on his best poker face. “So, you’re in, right? You go deep, you’ve had the needle, you’ve got the transfer, but you’re still no closer to Carla? We need to know who had her, Cutty. We need the boss man, we need to bring him in, for what he’s done.”
Outrun Stories #57
Video available here: Youtube “But you said you didn’t get the power, when you got the needle?” Chapman is as fucking stupid as the rest of these agency clowns.
Outrun Stories #56
Video available here: https://youtu.be/tq_AHXTF-0w He’s on the edge of his seat now, fat, balding and sweaty old Chapman. This case might make his fucking career, give him that pension he’s always dreamed of, well, I’m not going to disappoint, am I?
Outrun Stories #55
Video available here: Youtube “Yeah, promises, right? Just like the government promised to try and help the incident zones out? Just like the people in the unaffected areas said they’d protest for us. Just like you agency spooks said you’d do something about the mutants in the past,” I say and grimace.
Outrun Stories #54
Video available here: YouTube “Cutty, this thing’s not going away, help us help you. You know?” The interviewer lights up another cigarette and takes out that hand-cannon from the holster underneath his right arm.
Outrun Stories #53
“We need to know everything, Cutty,” the interviewer leans in over the table, the sweat dripping from his immense forehead; big hairy forearms with rolled up sleeves. Something in the air is getting to him, I can feel it.