Stories tagged “cyberpunk”

  • Troubled State

    When she felt, more than heard, the vibrations on the roof, she knew it was too late. Camile grabbed the last weapon she had, a simple pulse rifle, and fired off two shots, shattering the largest window in the room. An hour before, she’d been gaz...

    • Author: moleboy
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Precision

    My hair began to move in response to the particle emissions, dancing the electric dance I’d lived for my whole life. Children screaming with dogs that guided them through mazes of poison chocolate while telling stories of the wolves they used to ...

    • Author: moleboy
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
  • Hand

    I hefted my axe for a minute, its weight sure and confident. The chrome-concrete barrier would not hold against the horde. My job was slowly killing me. Hooked into the distributed processing system with four dozen others, my mental resources collected...

    • Author: moleboy
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
  • The Mouse That Roared

    For just a nanosec, she felt her forefinger twitch in protest. As if it had ethics of it’s own. Flex, blink, click. It was done. Done. A bead of sweat rolled down her sunken right cheek and in it’s wake, a flash of brilliant blackness so in...

  • Business As Usual

    The megacorporations control everything – industry, the media, even murder for hire. But there’s a living to be made in freelance work, if you don’t mind getting shot at too much. Plenty of dying to go around. I’m in abandoned f...

    • Author: bluefish
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • User Revision

    Jack squatted behind the toppled vending machine that once sold hypoderms for quick caffeine or detox. A tiny drone bobbed down the rubble-choked street, its rotors buzzing. Jack watched it go, then turned back down the street, feeling his legs bunchin...

    • Author: bluefish
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Unautherized Access

    Alarms blared as a monitor lit up and the tech sitting next to it snapped out of a comatose-like state he had adopted. His fingers danced over the keys as the text on the screen read “UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS DETECTED”. Dozens of others were already on ...

    • Author: Beastie
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Sexy Console (Mature)

    It was creepy the way the whole thing worked. Candice didn’t like it at all. She stared at the console, with its dangling wires and microchipped shower cap. The very idea grossed her out. She thought about what kind of degenerate would pay money ...

  • We Can Collect It For You... For A Price

    Her ankle length coat was seamless, and the black leather draped as softly as silk. It was tank grown, of course, but clearly tailor made. This was not one of the cheap off the shelf coats. This had been grown to order. And, he thought, fit was somethi...

    • Author: dkscully
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Deus Ex Machina (Mature)

    Rain poured down on the city, brightly lit even though it was well past midnight. “It’s not fair.” whispered a young man, closing his burned hands into fists despite the pain it caused. “It’s just not fucking fair.” ...

    • Author: Almagesto
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • 0 for 1

    Cassandra gazed dispassionately down at him with flickering eyes. “Jack, you know I can’t run a search on Kinetico without raising every birdie they’ve got.” Jack inserted a flavor-stick into his cigarette and flicked the igniti...

    • Author: Stovohobo
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Patterns for Recognition

    She was heading home from the drop site when the money hit her bank account with an audible thunk, proportional to the size of the pay off. It was her earliest attempt at customising her headrig, from back when she was a kid. She’d kept it, becau...

    • Author: dkscully
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Cowboy Riptide

    I adjusted my hood, trying to keep the burning rain off my head. The concrete in the alleyway smoked, rain etching patterns in the grime and soot. The contact was an hour late and I needed a smoke. I was here because of Lonny. Well actually, because I ...

  • Book's Cover

    “You’ve been here six times,” Marie grinned behind the small book store counter, “and you still haven’t bought a book.” “I like the smell,” CES Marley countered, taking a deep breath for emphasis, “...

    • Author: Nauctshea
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • LFM (Mature)

    Toss lit cig in gutter. Spark a new cig, suck hard. Dezi’s stack sags ugly. Door locked. Tweet her: Prdglsn: @dzdmna lemme in Cig sucked dry. No re. Fiz this. Going in. Plug in to RFID reader. Jack n’ hack. No big. 3 ticks: door open. &...

  • A Cyber-Narco Footsoldier (Mature)

    A headline read that the TechnoTalibs had struck again, shutting down the command & control net for more than half of the rotary wing sky sentries in Badakshan Province. Eyes closed, Sibi scanned the story in her cortex unit, ignoring dozens of oth...

    • Author: TSlothrop
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Altered States

    I stood at the lone window and contemplated my past. My forty-second floor cube gave me an interesting view of the city. People filled the streets below, forming a rolling river of bodies awash in an urban neon glow. They were determined to be somewher...

    • Author: Trann
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • World War Mech

    It stared with tagging our dogs with microchips, then our children, then the elderly. It evolved into drug dealers able to electronically hit pleasure sensors, gamers no longer needing computers, just a jack. Then a wireless microchip. When the Supreme...

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    CORE DUMP AT MEMORY ADDRESS 0×000000 ~ DATA CORRUPTED BY UNKNOWN SOURCE. COMMENCING DATA DUMP: g298agqa9weawe9gasd(SD*G(G(S((ADg(q8g938G(HE98G((A9g((h8————PLEASE READ, THIS IS URGENT————— The s...

  • Truth never comes cheaply

    She tumbled out of the net, and landed roughly back in her body. Her timed jack-out had caught her unawares, as usual. Time passed differently when you were a virtual dung beetle. Another five hours spent sifting through the digital detritus of the hum...

    • Author: dkscully
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Learning Trinary

    “Up until now, Yent, you’ve only either been on-line or off-line.” Yent squinted through his black eye, straining against the fibercore ropes that held him to the doric pillar in the hotel lobby. A lock of maroon-colored hair covered ...

    • Author: awayken
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
    • 4 out of 5
  • Ghosts in the Shell

    She’d walked in the main door of the building. Just like any other person could, even checked with the rent-a-bozos at the desk that she was in the right place. The mapstick had come with a trial of Babel’s language pack for tourists. The h...

    • Author: dkscully
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • onedownnow

    When you look in the mirror and your face has become the doorway to a long dark corridor you know that you went off-grid for too long. You start to see shadows moving on the edges of your face. Under eyes, and behind. The bathroom was covered in green ...

  • I'll Love You Forever

    He sat hunched in the middle of the darkened room, the silicon and metal of her smashed mental backups glinting around him, reduced to scrap. A life violently formatted. He glanced to the corner, the grayscale of her body cooling in a dark pool. It had...

    • Author: CrashCrash
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
    • 5 out of 5
  • Deela Deals Her Own Way

    “Consisting of 13 justices drawn from the ranks of the Big 10 megacorps, the Corporate Court represents the only authority that has any chance of riding herd over the megacorporations.” Deela read the dry words in her textbook – and k...

    • Author: TextMason
    • Posted over 10 years ago.