Grey Ghost

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer The grey ghost of no-longer-used subway tunnels echoed with heavy footsteps. Eyes the colour of brake lights swept the halls for any signs of intelligent life. The civilization that lived here was long gone. The metal creature…

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Mobile Threat

Author : Clint Wilson, Staff Writer The grand patriarch, Thoxphall The 19th stood in his familiar spot, perched on the cliff’s edge overlooking the thousands of members of his kingdom. Off to the side the tight cluster of his offspring served as advisors while they…

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Misconceptions

Author : Greg Lowry Waving his antennae in amused confusion, the Commander responded, “That is a preposterous demand. I don’t know where you strange, primitive humans got that ship, but my task force has you outnumbered both qualitatively and quantitatively. Our…

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The Device

Author : Keigan Ewing It was too good to be true. As Sonny hovered above the city, all but weightless, he couldn?t believe such technology existed. The feeling was indescribable. He marvelled at the device, humbly glowing in his palm as it worked its magic. Magic….

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Hope

Author : Suzanne Borchers Edwin studied the soft-fleshed android beside him on the laboratory bed. Fred had the same plug-in cables as himself, same size arms, legs, head and torso. What made Fred better? Was it his flesh colored appendages, his manipulative facial…

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Be Careful What you Ask For

Author : Patricia Stewart, Staff Writer “It was one hundred years ago today, on April 6, 1992,” stated Joshua Noyle, “that one of the greatest minds in the history of mankind passed away.” “And who might that be?” inquired Tom Vittna, although to be honest, he didn’t…

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Chronos

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer “Underarm with the knife!” Every instructor I have ever had said that. It’s not strictly true, but it’s a good start. When it comes right down to it, you stick the knife through any gap available, switching grip as necessary. You need…

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Badass Benny Boots

Author : Clint Wilson, Staff Writer The depressing gloom of twelve noon hanging dark in brown smog was only outdone by the endless rows of ash grey skyscrapers; so many housing projects, so many broken windows, so many bodies rotting in the steel towers of the eastern…

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Population – 1

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer “Wow, you’re so small,” said the pink humanoid creature looking at me. It had created eyes for itself and a very primitive nervous system to replicate as many human senses as it could. It had used me as a model but standing here…

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Second Light

Author : Bob Newbell Lieutenant Thev’s cephalon bioluminesced a faint yellow. Clearly, he was nervous. “You do realize, Thev, that this is the most carefully planned celestial engineering project in galactic history?” Thev turned his cephalon to face Project Director…

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Friends

Author : William Mason “They used to have something called friends.” “What?” asked the boy, The machine beeped a few times, and resumed with its synthesized voice, “Friends are people whose company you enjoyed; people who are an extension of you.” “Friends.” repeated…

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Perihelion

Author : Bob Newbell Four minutes. That’s how much longer I have to be human. Or, if things don’t go as planned, to be alive. I could have elected to be anesthetized for the procedure. If I had and anything went wrong, I’d never know it. I’d simply never wake up. But…

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Caretaker

Author : Thomas Desrochers Tara giggled and leaned over the railing of the walkway, peering down the cyclopean shaft. “You know,” she told Camus, “I bet that if you were to fall down this you would fall forever and ever and never even stop.” She trilled out a laugh…

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Bombs Bursting in Air

Author : Roi R. Czechvala, Alumnus Only bits remained. Three stars, a bit of blue and two stripes, one red, one white. They left it to fly in mockery of the country they had defeated. Theirs was a country that valued pride above all. To lose face was worse than death….

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Back to the Weapons

Author : Jae Miles, Staff Writer As the battle collapsed into bloody massacre, I paused and looked at the sword in my hand as violet blood hissed and evaporated in acrid clouds of blue smoke. The brutal simplicity underlying the centuries of field testing sang through…

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Perfectly Humane

Author : J.D. Rice “I really want to take this fork and stab it through your chest, Mr. Johnson.” “That’s nice, Sam. Now please eat your food.” The boy eyes me with his cold, twitching eyes, fork hand ready to strike, bits of gravy smothered chicken still stuck…

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Golden Years

Author : Thomas Desrochers Bertie was a kind looking old man of eighty who had more wrinkles from smiling than anything else, and who looked like he always had a joke on his mind. He wasn’t particularly tall, though he was clearly handsome once. His shirt was plaid…

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Ghost beacon

Author : M. A. Goldin Elise had been bellowing at the comms for two minutes. Where the hell was he? Keeper McDermott scrambled into the room and fell into a chair before the console. He wore worn clothes and a week’s whiskers. “Sorry, I was just tinkering with the…

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