“Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.”
― Bruce Lee


Together, Today

August 5, 2017

The first sentence of every story in ALONE AGAINST TOMORROW by Harlan Ellison. I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream Limp, the body of Gorrister hung from the pink palette; unsupported – hanging high above us in the computer chamber; and it did not shiver in the chill, oily breeze that blew eternally through the main…


Line of Flight

July 1, 2017

Line of Flight by Maxim Salnikov The day that puts me on my way to the Master starts with a jog. Pain in my feet, joints, chest, all secondary to the intent of becoming a better man I was yesterday. Jogging. I hate jogging, and jogging hates me back. Doesn’t matter. I’ll make it to…

A house  burns in Lower Lake, Calif., is in ruins due to the Clayton fire Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)

A Story About a Man and a Horse

June 23, 2017

A Story About a Man and a Horse by Maxim Salnikov A man bought a horse. He tied it to a tree, then burnt down his house. – skf@ what is this – REALITY INTERJECTION – sfk! WE APOLOGIZE FOR INTERRUPTING YOUR PROGRAM. THIS IS AN EMERGENCY BROADCAST FOR CASE OF REALITY INTERJECTION. THIS RECORDING…


London Bridge is Falling Down

June 7, 2017

Hello, You probably don’t know me, so thank you for reading my words. I am a writer by profession and purpose; I’d also recently learnt that in the Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna (or God, if you will), reveals to his friend the warrior prince Arjuna, and, through him, mankind, that every man should live according…

Deal With the Devil

The Heart of the Deal

January 20, 2017

The Heart of the Deal by Maxim Salnikov The man swirled the ice cubes in his whiskey glass, the low hum of his private jet a soothing, calming sound. It was a sound of power and, as far as the man was concerned, power meant merit. Respect. Money. But the power he had was not…


“Fallout 4” by Bethesda Softworks

January 13, 2017

Who and Why? People responsible for Fallout. Because they made my childhood dream come true. I have played the game on the Playstation 4 Pro for 50+ hours And now it is time to say goodbye. Because, war. War never changes. WHAT & WHEN? Fallout. I learnt English from the original game, and I was…


Hello, I Am From Earth

November 8, 2016

Hello, I Am From Earth by Maxim Salnikov When I lost my arms, I was given a choice: become a beggar, or a starfighter pilot. Terra Corps needed people with nothing to lose, people who were willing to get cybertoys screwed into their bodies so that their genius R&D eggheads could turn them into statistics….



October 30, 2016

Images are used for non-commercial purposes, but I do not know the copyright holders. If you own the copyright to an image displayed below please let me know so I can give you credit. With thanks to Michael Swanwick, Chris Roberts, and Tau Station for the inspiration. Poem for DÓRA GABRIELLA #26 五大  

The Cartographer

The Cartographer

May 10, 2016

The Cartographer by Maxim Salnikov A gust of wind hit the drone, tilting my view of the forest below, the drone’s cameras feeding static-ridden visuals into my VR helmet back on Earth. I gently pushed the flight stick with my right hand as I pushed the throttle with my left. The drone glided over the…