Con Man

Author : Regina Clarke “Look. Here’s the deal. It’s a no-brainer. I do all the hard work. All you have to do is wait for my signal and then press this button to start the accelerator.” The old man listening had a worried expression on his face. “What if nothing…

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Puberty

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer This was the day that Speth112 had been looking forward to for nearly three revolutions around the sun. She lay back on the table, reset button exposed towards the ceiling. The technician creaked his way over to her. As a nascent…

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The Supply Run

Author : Eric Flint “It’s real simple, Butch. Just hold the button until you land.” Butch wasn’t sure who said that, but it was important. Wait. He said that to himself just then. Damn, it was starting. “Just hold the button. Hold the button.” Butch whispered the…

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In Loving Memory

Author : Matthew Wells We watched her give her life for ours and we hated her for it. To be fair, when we learned someone would have to stay behind, no one else volunteered. And she’s not the type you might typically associate with bravery. That made it all the more…

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Cheapskates

Author : Bob Newbell It was with trepidation that the Secretary-General of the United Nations brought his lips near the microphone to make the first verbal attempt to communicate with the 1,500 spaceship armada that had infiltrated the outer solar system. With a…

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Charged

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Janus waited patiently, his card key in the front door lock as the picking device lifted the residual signature off the contacts and played it back. The occupants would have paid a small fortune to protect their home from broken…

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The Dancer at Rest

Author : M.W. Fowler She has legs that she keeps up with a regimen of oiling, tensioning checks, and recalculations. She could have downloaded all of her famous dances into them, but somehow, that didn’t seem right. After all, she wasn’t a toy, and she had earned her…

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Fame Eternal

Author : Thomas Desrochers He thought that maybe he should be angry. After all, everything he had ever known was falling apart and there was nothing he could do about it. His hands shook with the energy of the blow-by self-consuming passion of intense anger, and his…

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A Father's Pride

Author : D. Ahren Bell Just watching him play brings a tranquil satisfaction. You hear about the joys of fatherhood, but its impossible to truly understand until you have a child of your own. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before. The love, the trust, the…

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Who Ceres

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer Jill and John relaxed in the cockpit, as their ship streaked toward the asteroid belt for their long awaited weekend getaway at the Ceres Lowgrav Resort and Spa. Although Jill was looking forward to being pampered for a few…

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The Incarceration Of Doctor Samuels

Author : Clint Wilson, Staff Writer Doctor Samuels had been held captive aboard the vessel for several years now. The Grays treated him roughly but never seriously harmed him as they went about their strange business, making him feel as if he were some sort of…

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Remember Kuwait

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer I’ve always come second. Not through lack of talent or effort, but because I sympathised. If someone wanted it more than me, I’d let them have it. It started at home before I knew the word compromise. By the end of college I knew it…

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Ainsanity

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer The first case of ainsanity that we encountered was on the battlefield. There are those who would not be surprised at that fact. I wish we had figured it out sooner. It happened in the constructs that the military had built to be…

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One Stone

Author : Thomas Desrochers “Are you sure this is what you want to do, captain?” First Mate Smith didn’t sound like she thought it was the best course of action, and Ellie had to wonder if she wasn’t right. “It’s not what I want to do,” she said resignedly, shoulders…

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On the Rail

Author : Cheryl A. Warner I have two minutes to live. That’s a short time to sort out the sum of your life, but it will have to do. Up here, the only currency is air, and I’ve already run out. They start calling you a “short-termer” when you reach the two-week mark….

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Loss and Gain

Author : Andrew Bale Bezoragamaradat stared at the gleaming stacks before him, and again questioned the educational preparation of junior officers. “I do not understand, sir – something must have gone wrong!” Understatement. Even such a simple task as this… “Worajak –…

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The Traveller

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Rosa jumped, spilling her latte as the man dropped heavily into the seat across from her, long hair mussed, his face a shadow in the halo cast by the late afternoon sun at his back. “Lovely place this, yes?” His accent almost…

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No Further My Blood

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer The morning breeze is so refreshing here in the heights overlooking the Gordet Pass. We had to stop the Persimma getting through to the Femberul plainsland and this is the choke point. It was going to take old-fashioned grit to hold…

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