Lucky

Author : Sierra Corsetti “Have your cards out and ready for inspection! Anyone holding up the line will be left behind!” Renee slipped through the throngs of people, patting a pocket here and there. She couldn’t take anything now of course, not when she was about to…

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Curiosity

Author : Daniel “Mother unit, what happens to humans when they die?” The mother unit, 523 as she was usually called, stopped in her work for a second and thought about what her offspring unit had said. “Is 43 thinking of 1001?” She asked the question lightly, hoping…

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Strange Encounters

Author : Desmond Hussey Sodium lamps paint the night phlorescent orange, reflecting off the oily, wet pavement. Vermin, human and rodent, litter the streets. I took a wrong turn somewhere and find myself navigating the wretched slums of humanity’s cast offs looking…

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Warriors for the Working Day

Author : Jake Trommer When the Terran Hegemony declared war on Nouveau Katanga, they weren’t lacking for cockyness. General Janssens boasted about how his intrepid soldiers would march over N.K.’s “rabble in arms” within the week. As the rabble in question, my…

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Freedom

Author : Bob Newbell Two minutes to go. Two minutes from now I and my fellow soldiers will come out of hiding and overrun the enemy base. Or try to, at least. And the same thing will be happening all over the world. The United States, China, Russia, India, Brazil,…

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Fallen

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Gabriel pushed open the cockpit canopy of his shattered craft and watched as it broke free, tearing away at the hinge to fall to the earth below. He wept. Ahead of him, a tree many times as tall as his craft was long lay broken, it’s…

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Old Cars Never Die

Author : Clint Wilson, Staff Writer Flat and wide like an evil grinning manta ray; the 1966 Pontiac Parisienne two-door hardtop is, in my opinion, the sexiest automobile design to ever grace the streets of our planet. That was my first car way back when, a present…

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The Thinking Cap

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer “Status, Mr. Ortega?” was Captain Edgington’s terse request to his first officer. “Not good, sir,” replied Commander Ortega. “It appears that Chief Engineer Koshiba had ordered all of his senior engineers into the engine room in…

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Food Chain

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer Imagine a blue spider. One of the big hairy ones that move really fast. Make it the size of a tomcat. Replace the back pair of legs with bat wings. Add venomous spurs to those wings. That’s what is watching me as I sway head-down in…

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Surprise Party

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer “Okay, they’re coming! They’re coming! Quick hide! Oh man this is going to be great!” All the people scattered snickering behind bushes, trees and rocks all around the clearing as the cryopositor’s trunk arm extended down from the…

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Thought Supplier

Author : R. Michael Cook Knuckles knocked against the truck window. Mary leaned over and cranked the window down. Rain and the diesel engine nearly drowned out her voice. “Phil, buddy?” “Yeah,” said Phil, leaning down to the window. His breath fogged up the glass as…

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The Uprising

Author : Bruce Meyer It could have been the simplest of conquests. One properly-placed shot and the rebel city would be nothing but ocean. “I’ll sink ‘em all,” Lam said, his red face was projected as an image ahead of Enoch’s cockpit window. “I’ll blast the monsters…

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Mining

Author : Nathan Martin Jev killed a cop. Technically, he pushed an undercover narcotics agent into an airlock and blew the outer hatch. Technically, it was the loss of pressure and lack of oxygen that killed the cop. Jev just pushed the button. Would’ve gotten away…

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A Practical Trip

Author : Robert White “Wait. I don’t get it. I thought transit was supposed to be instant” “It was. It is.” The scientists are always so snarky. “We did all the tests, sent animals and clocks back to the beyond and everything was instant. So this here cannot be…

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They Stole My Soul!

Author : David Barber “Welcome back to the Stirling Surprise Show, with me, Haydon Stirling. Later, we’ll be talking to fash sensation, Jess Marlboro, but first, They Stole My Soul.” His earpiece murmured and Stirling turned smoothly to camera three. “Yes, my next…

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Gamberol's Clock

Author : Alex Grover He breathes in with speckled time undivided, and he breathes out with golden dust. His body is bulbous, a multicolored neon affair, reds and greens and blacks all in lines like that of a heated circuit board, charred from overuse. His beard is…

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A Chance

Author : Clint Wilson, Staff Writer For a person thrust into such bleak and hopeless beginnings David had done well for himself. His parents, murdered by a slum gang when he was but a boy of five, and he himself taken into slavery, he had spent over a decade in their…

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Flying Things

Author : Skyler Heathwaite The moonlight bled through thick overhead leaves and massive drosera. Lokshin blinked away sweat, peering up into the seething body of the forest. Sarant was up a tree nearby, much too long in coming down. The fighting of the flying things…

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