Out West

Author : Sam Clough aka “Hrekka”, Staff Writer Back when there wasn’t a war, Cohesion used to take me on drives. We usually went west, way out of town. After a few kilometres the world got weird: most people didn’t like it, but Cohesion said that it helped him think….

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Viva

Author : J.R.Blackwell, Staff Writer “Seven months after the Storm latched on to her memory, she didn’t know my face. Four months later, she forgot me entirely. A month after that, she forgot everything.” Jacob lowered his head. It was his day to speak at the Storm…

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The Library

Author : Mark Shillaker It had taken Perry all night to find the library. It was a pile of rubble of course but these days the whole city lay in ruins. Perry had only ever known dust and smashed concrete but his grandfather remembered cities with streets and skies…

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Experiment

Author : Guy Leaver Ellison looked at Anstis, then back down at the person lying on the bed. “And you say he’s been like this for hours?” he asked. Anstis grinned and nodded. “Amazing, isn’t it?” Ellison was beyond words. There had been several advances in the field…

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Aliens Overboard

Author : Viktor Kuprin After the battle of Attalus III was lost, we retreated with the Tsoor flotilla. Wreckage streamed off the alien ships as we made the mind-wrenching transition into S-space. I prayed that our cruiser wouldn’t shake apart. It was only a…

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Cryoshift

Author : Kaj Sotala Case #6-694-39245: Michael Jones. Born September 5, 1993. Died and suspended July 8, 2012. Looks ordinary – stabbed in a drunken bar brawl, lay bleeding on the ground for a couple of hours before people noticed. Dead before reaching the hospital….

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Hooky

Author : Duncan Shields, Staff Writer Chase. Release. Brake. Swipe. Lead. Chase. Close. Double back. Hide. Wait. Run. I’d lost them but it was always hard to tell. I’m a robot on the lam. Call me Ferrous Bueller. I didn’t go to School today. I crouch down…

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The Last One

Author : Michael Varian Daly The woods went dead still. Carmichael did a breathing pattern to slow his pulse, keep his temperature down, not overtax his battle suit. He had a moment of peace a few dozen heartbeats back, laying upon moss, visor open, taking in bird…

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Aaron

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Aaron was quite obviously not your ordinary student. He was several years younger than any of the others at the university, but clearly far smarter. His appearance was a little eccentric, clothed in a mix of fifties white collar…

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Kill the Poets

Author : Benjamin Fischer “My lady, is that a joke or an order?” Kalifornia raised a painted eyebrow at the the Chief Constable of Luna. The Chief was a solidly built man, veteran of the bitter room-to-room and sometimes hand-to-hand combat of the Secession. He…

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She can Read Reality Television

Author : Sean T. Rogers She can read reality television with uncanny ability. Five minutes into the program she knows that the gay chef, the one with the balding mohawk, will be asked to leave, told to pack his knives. The vagaries of throwaway statements are her…

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Downtime

Author : Sean Donovan “The computers are down,” said Dhir. His voice was steady and unbroken though Lim knew that inside he was shattered. Lim stared at him, her eyes blinking back tears of sorrow and fury. The computers are down. She repeated the phrase to…

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Seed

Author : J.R.Blackwell, Staff Writer To the Dar, Seed is immortal. Seed knows he is not immortal, it’s just that the nature of his cellular structure, the length or certain mitochondrial chords that determine his long lifespan. Longer than the Dar, longer than the…

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Hoard

Author : Jennifer C. Brown a.k.a Laieanna I was twelve when the world went mad. Mom saw it coming well before then and she prepared, stocking up on goods and drilling into me the importance of keeping secret our supply. At first the epidemic seemed to spread slowly,…

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The Key

Author : KimBoo York Tandoo sat on the steps, turning the key over in his hand. It was a silver stick, long and blank, and heavy. The door behind him stood solid and bright, just as without character as the key. He held the key up and let the sunlight glint off the…

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We Are the World

Author : Grady Hendrix Gaunt women in ankle-length gomesi bent over the stagnant pool and filled plastic buckets. “There’s not much of anything in Rorongi. No electricity. No running water,” Walter Bennett said earnestly. “No hope.” Emaciated children, feet…

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Remember

Author : Steve Smith, Staff Writer Martin stood at the edge of the field, struck numb by the expanse of white crosses peppered with red, stretching out to where the earth touched the sky. “Overwhelming, isn’t it?” The voice dry, sandpaper rough. Martin turned to the…

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The Latest Model

Author : Jennifer Parsons To any who watch television, the researcher’s setup should be plenty familiar, especially so to an old R&D man like myself. Two rooms, divided by a big sheet of glass; on one side sits a table loaded with datatablets and a control panel of…

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